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  • The Beatdown

    published April 28, 2005

    "I don't want people to think that I'm throwing in the towel," says Kenton Schawe, aka DJ Nutmeg. "I'm just not going to do it for a... More >>

  • Life Crew

    published April 21, 2005

    As a singular cohesive document, the Life Crew's inaugural release falls short. It sounds like the disjointed effort of more than a dozen artists.... More >>

  • Bloc Party

    published April 21, 2005

    Ladies and gentlemen, meet this year's Killers. Although the two acts bear very little sonic kinship -- aside from the fact that they're both... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published April 21, 2005

    "I've become what I said I'd never become," says Trevor Pryce, laughing into the phone. "Yeah, a hipster. I have a Mohawk." The VH1 exec on... More >>

  • DJ Z-Trip

    published April 14, 2005

    Z-Trip has always been on some next-level shit. Mention mash-ups, and his name will invariably come up. While it's debatable whether he was the... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published April 14, 2005

    "No, sir, I can't even play a freaking flute," reveals Wayne Quigley. "And what's that thing called -- a recorder? My kids blow me away on... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published April 7, 2005

    "I'm just a little dude trying to do some good hip-hop and give love to my people by supporting their music," says Adam Dent of Low... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published March 31, 2005

    At the Austin airport a couple of weeks ago, heading home from South by Southwest, I ran into my buddy Iron Mike -- who looked like fifty... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published March 17, 2005

    This week, twenty or so local artists will invade Austin for the 2005 incarnation of South by Southwest. For those keeping score, that's roughly... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published March 10, 2005

    From the outside, the building that houses Rudy's Studio looks like all of the other tract homes in this suburb just north of Denver -- which is... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published March 3, 2005

    Dreaming this vision. I'm lying next to you at home in bed. I wish this were true. Five months away. Getting farther every day. Life on the... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published February 24, 2005

    Francois Baptiste's ability to multi-task rivals that of an air-traffic controller. It's 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, the first... More >>

  • Club Scout

    published February 17, 2005

    You won't be able to swing a dead cat this week without hitting a blinged-out, card-carrying member of the hip-hop glitterati. Expect everyone... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published February 17, 2005

    A little after five on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Cassidy Bednark, aka DJ Bedz, is holed up in the Coors Light booth high in the... More >>

  • Give our regards to Broadway

    published February 17, 2005

    5:55 a.m.: 7600 Broadway They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway...but right before dawn, on the hillside where Broadway... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published February 10, 2005

    "You're either with me or you're in my fucking way." There's no stopping Melissa Ivey. Sprawled out on a jade couch in the green room... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published February 3, 2005

    Late last year, Mootown residents locked horns over the holiday lighting display at the Denver City and County building, re-igniting the age-old... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published January 27, 2005

    Last week, as I watched the latest excruciating installment of American Idol, I noticed a common thread in each wannabe's performance. One... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published January 20, 2005

    It's five o'clock Monday, January 17: Do you know where your beats are? If you're like most savvy digital-music fans, your beats are on your... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published January 13, 2005

    Okay, hands up: Who here hates neo-country? Yeah, me, too. But not everyone detests it. In fact, KYGO -- which celebrates its 25th anniversary... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published January 6, 2005

    If what happens on New Year's Eve is any indication of what's ahead for the next year, then we're in for more great music and drunken debauchery.... More >>

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