The Eight Best Shows This Weekend in Denver

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Cashmere Cat plays Cloak & Dagger Festival on Saturday.
There are some punk rock bands playing next to the football stadium this weekend. Perhaps you've heard. There are plenty of options for those not headed to Riot Fest, including the inaugural Cloak & Dagger fest, with an impeccable lineup full of some of dance music's most interesting up-and-coming artists. If you go to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals show at Red Rocks, don't miss irresistible opener Lake Street Dive. Also in town this weekend: Sir Elton John. The rest of our picks follow.

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Colorado's Ten Best Breweries for Music Fans

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Brandon Marshall
Fans at this year's Breckenridge Hootenanny
It's no surprise that music and beer are meant to be together, especially in Colorado. Still, there are a handful of local breweries that like to turn it up a notch when it comes to supporting Colorado's music. We've picked out ten of the best places for music fans to find their microbrews. You'll find live music at some and others made the cut because of the way music informs everything from specific beers to the brewery's entire identity.

See also: Our extensive brewery coverage courtesy of the Beer Man

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The twelve best concert poster designers in Denver

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Design credits below.
Denver is full of excellent artists and designers, whose images successfully articulate the mood of a show before anyone hears the music. Here are thirteen of the best, from the most commercially successful artists to those starting out, from those who have worked for major music festivals to those who focus on the underground. Most of them are easy to contact if you would like to work with them -- you'll find email addresses or web sites below.

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The Best of Denver 2014: Music category winners

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Westword's annual Best of Denver issue is on newsstands now. Within it, you'll find several hundred of our favorite things about this city, everything from best handcrafted signs to best tater tots. Go find yourself a copy to earmark and keep in your car or bicycle basket or whatever.

It's not all junk food and arts and crafts, of course. Some 50-plus of this year's best things/places/people/events in Denver come from the world of music, covered here every day on Backbeat. For ease of perusal, we've spotlighted those below. Click on any of the category titles to read about this year's winner. And let's start some healthy debates in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. It's already time to start looking for next year's best.

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The ten best Denver album covers of the past year

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Editor: Westword's 2014 Best of Denver issue is on news stands now. You can peruse several hundred categories to find your next meal, night out or whatever thing you're into. And while we're thrilled with the results, we encountered plenty of debate while determining our favorites across this great city.

As part of effort to encourage discussion about Denver, we'll present a few of our runners-up on Backbeat. Please feel free to let us know what you think in the comments. Up first: Best Album Cover.

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The Best of Denver Readers' Poll closes today

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Tom Murphy
Last year's Westword choice for Best New Band: The Dirty Few
Our thirtieth Best of Denver issue will bring a new cow to your newsstand in a little under two weeks. In the issue, you'll find several hundred of the best ways to spend time in our city, whether you're looking for fine art or cheap booze, whether you've got three days to kill or twenty minutes.

In addition to our suggestions, you'll also find in the Best of Denver the opinions of you, our readers, on several topics. There's a poll where you can participate in that part of the issue, and we're down to five semi-finalists, which, and we cannot stress this enough, were also selected via completely open public vote. Today is the last day to cast your vote.

Don't let those jokers who read Cafe Society have all the fun. We've listed the music-related categories below for your perusal, but you can also go straight to the poll to vote.

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Denver's ten hippest bars

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In July 2012, we put together a list of Denver's hippest bars, from the mainstays to the emerging hipster havens. The release of that list caused a considerable amount of hubbub -- since then, the list has grown and evolved, separating the tried-and-true from the fleeting trend spots and adding a host of newly-minted hip headquarters. Here's an updated list of Denver's ten hippest bars.

See also: Denver's ten hippest bars, 2012 edition.

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Eight of the best live sound engineers in Denver

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Do know what the difference is between a good show and a great show? The sound. It's always the sound. When it's bad, you certainly know it. On the other hand, when it's a great mix, you might not even notice, unless you're a particularly astute listener. You might just think your favorite band is really on point that night. And while that may very well be true, the fact that the band sounds as good as it does definitely isn't by chance. What you're hearing is the hard -- and often thankless -- work of a great sound engineer. We're compiling a list of the best sound engineers in town, and here is the first in a series. Continue on to see the first eight of the best sound engineers in Denver, presented in no particular order.

See also: 25 reasons the Denver music scene rules

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Download Westword's new-and-improved Best of Denver app

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Ken Hamblin
The view from the booth at NORAD, Denver's Best New Club for 2013.

Want to know where to go and what to do in Denver? Your essential mobile guide -- also known as our Best Of app -- just got better.

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The ten best places to sing karaoke in Denver

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All photos by Chris Morgan
The scene at Ogden Street South.

While there are a countless number of places to do karaoke around town, we've singled out the ten best spots in town to indulge your inner song bird. Some of these places cater to singers every night of the week, while others only do karaoke on specific nights. Some of these spots made the list last year, but we've also updated it and added a few more. Keep reading to see the ten best places to sing karaoke in Denver.

See also:
- Meet Dave Staff, Denver's seventy-year-old karaoke king
- Denver's ten best jukeboxes
- Denver's biggest hipster bars


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