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    July 11, 2014

    Last night's Royalty Free Haiti benefit proved the venue potential of Dryer Plug Studios

    The neighborhood surrounding Dryer Plug Studios, along a strip of current and former light industrial buildings on 43rd Avenue, isn't exactly quiet. Freight trains run at semi-regular intervals less than two blocks away. Next door is a church, and across the street are some houses. The entrance is o ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Justin Bua on the connection between hip-hop and MMA: "They are both irreverent cultures"

    For Justin Bua, painting is about documenting moments in time that reflect an era. Hailing from New York, Bua's work has examined the urban themes of hip-hop, jazz, break dancing, and the countless threads that continue to sew the fabric of the entire culture. Since the early '90s, Bua has also pass ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    New to the Denver Concert Calendar: Nickel Creek, Rod Stewart & Santana, Gogol Bordello

    Chris Thile has decided he's bored of not selling thousands of tickets at a time, so Nickel Creek is back, and they're coming to Denver. Rod Stewart and Santana are also into selling thousands of tickets, so they'll be coming through as well. Incidentally, Santana has never meet a collaboration he d ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Tonight at the Meadowlark: The Art of Records III: Enter the Marauders at the Solution

    Tonight at the Meadowlark, the Solution is presenting the third installment of the Art of Records, its unique artistic series, which combines music and art in a compelling way by having local artists offer up their interpretations of classic hip-hop albums. This time, the talented cast of artists in ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    KRS-One at Cervantes' Other Side, 10/19/13

    KRS-ONE at EXTRACT HARVEST FEST at CERVANTES' | 10/19/13 The Extract Harvest Festival took over both sides of Cervantes' with classic hip-hop and reggae filling the place. KRS-One was the main headliner, but all of the acts, which included the Pharcyde, Mr. Vegas and Trapzillas, among others, had th ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Here's what boxer Mike Alvarado is listening to

    Tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, Mike Alvarado will battle Ruslan Provodnikov in a junior welterweight title bout that will broadcast live on HBO (7:45 p.m.). The hometown hero, a two-time Skyview High School wrestling champion straight out of Thornton, is an intimidating warrior. If you've seen hi ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    The ten best rap videos of all time

    There's nothing like a music video to bring out the character in a song. Unfortunately, these days, music videos tend to be mostly the same, especially rap videos. Needless to say, it's refreshing when a clip comes along that is different and creative enough to grab and hold your attention. With tha ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time: 50-26

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

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    December 29, 2012

    Alex Maas of the Black Angels on Phosphene Dream and the band's evolving sound

    In recent years, the Black Angels have deservedly been a prominent band in the psychedelic rock world. Though the act had the rare distinction of being the backing band for one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock, Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, the music created by the Austin-based act i ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    UMS 2012: Bad Weather California delivers an old-fashioned rock show

    See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Photos: The Beastie Boys in Denver, a visual history from the archived newspaper ads

    By all accounts, the Beastie Boys performed in the Denver metro area ten times over the course of two decades, beginning with the act's first show at the Mammoth Events Center on Friday, February 13, 1987, and culminating with its Rock the Vote double bill at the Fillmore with Tenacious D on Monday, ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Shins, James Taylor and Explosions in the Sky were announced; In the Whale, Tennis and FaceMan got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Leonard Cohen, Matador, Young Jeezy and Lana Del Rey ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: J Dilla

    Happy birthday, J Dilla!​Ah, J Dilla. His influence and production style brought forth beatmakers carrying their backpacks filled with treasures from the basement into the mainstream. Even more so after his death. A cult-like following surrounds his legacy. Born James Dewitt Yancey in February ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    David Bowie's Hunky Dory turns forty

    David Bowie's Hunky Dory was originally released on December 17, 1971​No matter how hard he tried, David Bowie just couldn't fit into the '60s. From having to abandon his birth-name (Davy Jones) to the pop-darling Monkees singer, to staring in Ice Cream commercials in order to finance his tank ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

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    April 10, 2011

    Method Man and Redman at City Hall, 4/9/11

    Photo Britt ChesterMETHOD MAN & REDMAN With Dj Cavem and MTHDS City Hall | 4/9/11 City Hall's amphitheater stood under a cloud of smoke last night for the finale of a three-night stay in Colorado for Method Man and Redman. Openers Dj Cavem and the MTHDS were given the opportunity to prime for the Ho ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later

    ​ The hip-hop purists among us are very familiar with the story and legacy of James Dewitt Yancy, better known as J. Dilla. Having come up in the hip-hop underground scene in Detroit and later emerging as one of the most influential producers in hip-hop, it was Dilla's death at the height of ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    The Anthology of Rap co-editor Adam Bradley on his background and compiling the book

    ​Making connections between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Wonder Mike isn't such a stretch for Adam Bradley. As one of the editors of The Anthology of Rap, a newly released collection from Yale University Press, as well as the author of 2009's Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop, Bradley has ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Chef and Tell, part two: Snooze's Spencer Lomax dishes on lard-ridden pastries, Eric Ripert, Bourdain and Besh

    Lori Midson​ Spencer Lomax Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Four locations in Colorado This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Spencer Lomax, the culinary director of Snooze. In part one of that Q&A, Lomax dishes on swine, green chile and cheek meat. Favor ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Q&A with DJ A-What from the Pirate Signal

    Because of his outsized persona, Yonnas Abraham is the face that most people generally associate with the Pirate Signal. If you look over dude's shoulder, though, there's another cat that cuts an equally impressive figure in his own right on the ones and twos. That distinguished chap's name? Alejand ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Pirate Signal at the Marquis Theater

    Photo by Chad FahnestockDJ Beretta, D. Allie, Dante, Air Dubai, Mane Rok and the Pirate SignalMarch 13, 2009Marquis TheaterBetter Than: Puking up green beer outside Scruffy Murphy'sEntering the Marquis Theater on Larimer Street on Saturday night was like stepping into a warm, dry bungalow after bein ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they w ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: ManeLine, Hip-Hop Stars React to Obama win, Shakir Stewart Suicide, Mos Def

    LOCALS ONLY Since releasing their debut album, Til Then... last year, ManeLine, which consists of Mane Rok, InkLine and DeeJay Tense, have been on a tear locally doing show after show and even helping get monthly local hip-hop nights going at Herb’s Hideout (Everybody Eats) and the Marquis Theate ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008
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    October 18, 2007

    Sound Bites

    Brief reviews of recent releases

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    June 23, 2005
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    November 18, 2004

    Doom's Day

    Daniel Dumile isn't having an identity crisis. It just seems like it.

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    August 9, 2001

    Welcome to the Club

    With the help of friends in high places, Groove Armada's ship has come in.

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    March 15, 2001

    Ace in the Hole

    Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.

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    February 22, 2001

    Get Into the Groove

    The seven members of Groove Collective are of one mind in their pursuit of a new kind of jazz.

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    January 25, 2001

    Swan Song

    By refusing to follow the flock, Ugly Duckling has emerged as a wholly individual hip-hop creature.

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    June 22, 2000

    Good Time Gang

    Yo, Flaco! was recently named the best unsigned band in America. They couldn't be happier.

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    June 15, 2000

    Scratch It Up

    The steel wheels keep turning in the DMC turntable battles.

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    October 14, 1999

    Beyond the Fringe

    Styles of Beyond takes underground hip-hop back to the future.

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    September 10, 1998
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    August 27, 1998

    Sentimentally Yours

    Kim Fronapfel, aka DJ Sentiment, focuses on music that matters.

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    July 30, 1998

    On the Money

    Beastie Boy pal Money Mark likes to make new music the old-fashioned way.

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    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head.

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    June 5, 1997

    The Closing of the American Ear

    We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?

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    March 6, 1997

    Run, Reverend, Run

    Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.

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    January 2, 1997

    Get Local

    Begin 1997 with the ten best Colorado CDs of 1996.

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    January 2, 1997
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    December 26, 1996

    The Prize Patrol

    The biggest musical winners from 1996.

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    May 16, 1996
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    January 12, 1994


    The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens

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