METHOD MAN & REDMAN @ CERVANTES' | 4/20/13 Appearing to a sold out crowd, hip-hop and weed icons Method Man and Redman turned Cervantes into a backyard house party as the MCs delighted the crowd with classic hits and an energetic stage show that showcased their timeless music. The ballroom served as ... More >>
Once upon a time when imposing creatures like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch roamed the earth, we used to get glossy black & white publicity photos by the truckloads, along with CDs (I know, right?). The discs are long gone, but the pics, we crammed 'em in a filing cabinet and forgot about 'em. Unti ... More >>
DRAKE @ COMFORT DENTAL AMPHITHEATRE | 05.14.12 Last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, not only did Drake bring along a slew of his homeboys for The Club Paradise tour, he displayed mind-blowing artistry. Erudite and gorgeous, the Toronto MC charmed the entire place with his theatrics and gestur ... More >>
Since forming in 2008, Sleigh Bells (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) have issued three records, a debut EP on M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings in 2009, followed by two full-length albums, 2010's Treats and its latest offering, Reign of Terror. The band's combination of heavy, expansive guitar r ... More >>
Superman, reinterpreted.Superman provides the basic template: publicly mild-mannered and lame, but secretly able to jump tall buildings and dominate everything. The potential for variations on that superhero theme is basically endless -- and particularly so coming from kids, whose superheroes ... More >>
Eric Gruneisen DRAKE With Tyga 11.02.10 | Wells Fargo Theatre It seems Tyga -- last night's opener -- got the memo: Donning a puffy vest in Colorado makes you automatically likeable. We have braved decades of trends in those things, and nothing makes you look native quite like sleeveless bo ... More >>
Drake. Photos by Kiernan Maletsky Drake • Mike Posner • DJ Chonz05.17.10 | Ogden Theatre First was Denver's own DJ Chonz, who was assigned with warming up the rapidly-filling Ogden. He performed his task admirably [editor's note: with one turntable, no less], but as the first-act DJ, th ... More >>
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