Music History

Rearview: The Week in Review (8/9/08-8/15/08)

Jackson Browne thinks McCain is a dick (ed. note: this is pure conjecture)

Here's a friendly one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were wondering how the hell John McCain thought he could get away with using a song -- without permission -- from noted liberal singer-songwriter Jackson Browne without getting sued...

While we're on the subject pf politics, music fans should be grateful that the DNC is gracing our fair city, regardless of their affiliation or disinterest in politics. Why? Because the DNC is shaping up to be an excuse for a shitload of hot bands to play here. We found out about two more additions to the DNC line-up, the politically charged Rage Against the Machine and a private (as in, you're not invited, but neither are we) shindig that reads like an indie rock mini-festival.

Besides the DNC-week action, we've got the lowdown on what's upcoming with our usual weekly roundup, plus updates on more acts for Monolith and Metallica at the Pepsi Center.

What about shows that already happened? We've got them covered. Take a gander at reviews of Eyedea & Abilities, RX Bandits, the last-ever Machine Gun Blues show, and more.

We've also got a handful of online-only record reviews, including the oh-so-dreamy Jonas Brothers in this Beyond Playlist. We've also got your handy-dandy list of the week's top sellers over at Twist & Shout.

It was a busy news week here. There was a laptop stolen, then recovered. We reported on Magic Cyclops disappointing finish in the air-guitar championships. U2 released their classic Red Rocks concert recording on DVD. Duncan Barlow of d. biddle and Lion Sized is moving, the Erica Brown Band is calling it quits and the Chain Gang of 1974 got a sweet spot opening for 3Oh!3's national tour. We also brought news that the Swayback will be working with the celebrated producer Andy Johns and that Sleeper Horse needs a drummer.

Because we love you, we give you things. Things like free tracks from Young Coyotes and the Fire Drills, and a sneak peek at the new Flobots video.

Columns, columns, everywhere! We debuted a new column from Rachael Pollard called Fascination Street. Scratch and Dent considered the sagely wisdom of Mr. T. The Mating Game compared the relative knowledge of Born in the Flood's Nathaniel Rateliff's bandmate and soulmate. Mile High Makeout ponders the theatrics of rock and roll. And the Rap-Up provides the usual weekly highlights of the hip-hop scene.

Finally, in a depressingly and distressingly familiar entry, we have news that the Denver scene has lost yet another musician, with the death of promising rapper Bionik Brown. In other sad news, the cause of Tickle Me Pink bassist Johnny Schou's death has been determined and a memorial service for former Angellic Rage frontman Paul Vee has been organized. Let's all hope next week there wont be any more death-related news to report... -- Cory Casciato

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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