One of the pioneers of dub and electronic dance music, Mad Professor was born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser in Guyana. In the late '60s at the age of thirteen, he moved to London where his father was living. Fraser, who was an electronics whiz kid and had built his own studio by the mid '70s, became in ... More >>
While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>
There's no question that the President -- in town this evening to debate Mitt Romney -- is a huge music fan. From quoting Sam Cooke during his '08 acceptance speech to randomly singing Al Green verses during a fundraiser to citing Stevie Wonder as being responsible for his marriage, Obama is far and ... More >>
Barack Obama's appearance in Boulder on Sunday brought out Rich Black Mormons (one of them, anyway) and thousands of others -- a fascinatingly varied swath of humanity willing to swelter in the heat for hours for a chance to stand on CU-Boulder's Norlin Quad, sight of the annual 4/20 celebration, to ... More >>
While many are counting the days until fall, others are still reveling in summer's glory. Catie Long is one of those. We spotted her on South Broadway, where her fashions were a definite standout. Find out more about Long's funky, vintage street style straight ahead. See also: What's in your bag? G ... More >>
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Welcome to the weekend! Another diverse lineup of musical goodness awaits you. Tonight at Red Rocks, Ghostland Observatory and MiM0SA kick off two nights of electronic goodness that will culminate with a show featuring STS9 tomorrow night. And there's a full slate of rock on tap as well, including M ... More >>
Today, I received a message on Match.com from a man who tried to woo me with the line, "Let love in. (I'm love)." There are several problems with that, but let's take a couple steps back: While writing "Money can buy you love, if you have a contract with this Harvard MBA," I spent roughly a month wo ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
In Silver Sparrow, the latest book by novelist Tayari Jones, the story follows two girls growing up in Atlanta -- but there's a twist: Dana, who narrates the first half of the book, is the secret half-sister of Chaurisse, who narrates the second half of the book. The two girls share a father, ... More >>
Songs not to include on your Valentines Day mix CD.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Be there or be square!
After years with Sonia Dada, Paris Delane is happy to be on his own.
The second coming of the Lord.
Back to Then (Hidden Beach)
Unsung country crooner Allison Moorer changes course on a new album -- and she doesn't care what you call it.
Don't Give Up on Me (Epitaph/Fat Possom)
From race to religion, Chocolate Genius tells it like it is.
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
India.Arie taps into a soulful past to create her own kind of wonderful.
With the help of friends in high places, Groove Armada's ship has come in.
David Byrne comes up big-time in Stop Making Sense.
The skies opened up on the Westword Music Showcase. But the bands played on.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Proof that today's popular music is just as good -- and bad -- as it's always been.
Joy turned Cracker’s David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he’s real and really angry.
The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.
K Records founder Calvin Johnson leads Dub Narcotic Sound System down the road less traveled.
The biggest musical winners from 1996.
The Heads' Jerry Harrison on the controversial decision to carry on without David Byrne.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.
BURDENED BY IMPOSSIBLE EXPECTATIONS, DAVE PIRNER ACHES TO TAKE SHELTER IN SOUL ASYLUM.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.