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    Hip-Hop Trends in 2005

    On the surface, 2005 was another banner year for hip-hop. There were at least a couple of classic albums (Beanie Sigel's The B. Coming and Kanye West's Late Registration) and a slew of great ones (Madlib's The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, Young J...

    by Sam Chennault on December 29, 2005
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    Heady Metal - In 2005, longhairs got more progressive than ever.

    When it comes to heavy metal, 2005 will be remembered as the year the promising Sounds of the Underground tour debuted, metalcore dominated the scene popularity-wise, and Iron Maiden got egged at Ozzfest. There weren't a lot of big hits (only n-meta...

    by Jason Bracelin on December 29, 2005
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    Freestyle Fellowship - Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.

    So barefoot-boogie hippies rub you the wrong way. Or maybe you're more open-minded than the typical cranky-pants, scene-sucking elitist. Either way, hopefully you're savvy enough to realize that shortcut labels like "jam band" and "indie rock" better...

    by Jonathan Zwickel on December 29, 2005
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    Down-Home Delights - Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere.

    In 2005, Nashville hunks-in-arms like Toby Keith tuned down their jingoist jingles, the Muzik Mafia treaded water, and most of alt-country's best contenders simply looked back. But as these ten albums from country's mainstream and underground demonst...

    by Franklin Soults on December 29, 2005
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    Electronic Music - The year in review.

    While hip-hop continued to get mo' live in '05, and indie rock further honed post-punk/emo's affectations into something more genuinely affecting, the arch-paradigms from the last twelve months of electronic composition seemed more concerned with loo...

    by Tony Ware on December 29, 2005
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    Overlooked in '05 - Ten discs that are worthy of your money and your close attention.

    Listening to every single thing that comes across my desk is by and large a painful, if not soul-killing, experience, but occasionally a few diamonds land in my lap that wouldn't get there any other way. Although most of these CDs are by artists you'...

    by Scott Faingold on December 29, 2005
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    Diaspora Jammin' - The best underground music from the U.S., Brazil, the U.K., the Caribbean and Africa.

    2005 was a year of exploration and expansion in urban music. Against a Matrix-like background of corporate-controlled radio and TV, iPod-enabled consumers demanded more musical choices and were rewarded by indie labels that stepped in to provide an a...

    by Eric K. Arnold on December 29, 2005
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    A Pack of Mutts - The Lone Wolves of 2005

    As far as music goes, I am not a tribal person. I am not prodded by Pitchfork, nor narcotized by Relix, nor are my spirits lifted by No Depression. Not to say that those media sources are entirely flawed -- indeed, each has its virtues. But each of t...

    by John Nova Lomax on December 29, 2005
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    Rose Hill Drive - Boulder Theater

    According to Rose Hill Drive drummer Nate Barnes, someone at the Boulder Theater suggested that, during its Friday, December 30, show at the venue, the band reinterpret a classic album in its entirety as a precursor to a set of original material. And...

    by Michael Roberts on December 29, 2005
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    Tim Burgess - La Rumba

    Led by Tim Burgess, the Charlatans UK were one of the key acts to help resurrect British rock during the Madchester craze of the early '90s. Their jangly blend of psychedelic rock and dance beats was unique (not to mention catchy as hell), setting th...

    by Timothy Pittz on December 29, 2005
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    New Year's Eve - Start the new year right.

    New Year's Eve is one of the busiest club nights of the year, with everybody and their mothers celebrating across the city. But the magic doesn't have to end when the clock strikes two -- as long as you can keep yourself entertained for five hours un...

    by Tuyet Nguyen on December 29, 2005
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    Over the Weekend...Margot & the Nuclear So and So's

    Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Friday, May 16, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better than: Getting food poisoning anytime. Going to see a band you love when its touring in support of a brand new record -- or, in this case, in advance of one -- that you've ...

    @ Backbeat by Dave Herrera on May 17, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Radiohead Come Alive and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: So, this Radiohead band seems pretty popular, and this review is another argument that this may be the group's best tour ever. Photo courtesy of A to Z...

    @ Backbeat by Cory Casciato on May 17, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Last Night... Flight of the Conchords and Karen Kilgariff @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House

    Flight of the Conchords and Karen Kilgariff Thursday, May 15, 2008 Ellie Caulkins Opera House Better Than: Making an ass of yourself. The idiots were out in full-force last night at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, a remarkable concert venue that I...

    @ Backbeat by Dave Herrera on May 16, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Beyond Playlist: Leona Lewis and More

    Leona Lewis Spirit (J Records) Leona Lewis has quickly developed a huge gay following, and no wonder. She resembles a particularly gorgeous cross-dresser - a fact that's no doubt made marketing to both the male and female gay demographic a helluva...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on May 16, 2008 @ 9:45 am
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    Last Night... The BellRays, Architects, the Knew and the Dicky Jaguar Band @ Larimer Lounge

    The BellRays, Architects, The Knew, The Dicky Jaguar Band Thursday, May 15, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: Bothering to get any sleep last night. So, you say you want to be a rock star, eh? Well, think twice. As the members of the BellRays can a...

    @ Backbeat by Dave Herrera on May 16, 2008 @ 9:45 am
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    Mile High Makeout: Making New Friends

    The time has come, yet again, for me to move. All of my belongings must be stacked, stuffed and stowed as I find my way to another new home. I've already packed up my books. That was easy. After all, I hardly ever read any of them. They're mostly for...

    @ Backbeat by Sean Cronin on May 15, 2008 @ 12:42 pm
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    Get a Cue

    Table Steaks East, the club at 3523 South Parker Road in Aurora that recently changed its name to Mile Nine, is in the process of changing from a pool hall into a live entertainment venue with a sports lounge, stage and a 3,000 square-foot patio that...

    @ Backbeat by Patricia Calhoun on May 14, 2008 @ 7:31 pm
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    Breathe Carolina Signs with Rise Records

    Yet another Denver band has officially been spoken for, and for once, the rumors were actually true: Breathe Carolina has indeed inked a deal with Rise Records, the Oregon-based imprint that previously released the debut recordings of Fear Before t...

    @ Backbeat by Dave Herrera on May 14, 2008 @ 11:52 am
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    Q&A with M.I.A.

    The May 15 Westword profile of Maya Arulpragasam, who performs as M.I.A., is built upon the foundation provided by the following Q&A, conducted on April 28, the day after the end of the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, where her set tur...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on May 14, 2008 @ 7:55 am
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