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    July 17, 2014

    The ten best smoking sections at Denver's music venues

    In spite of its jogging and vegetable addiction, plenty of people in Denver still smoke. No, the other kind. The one you can get in gas stations. Some music venues are better equipped to serve smokers than others, so we've put together a roundup of the best places in town to light up. Remember, pot ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Riot Fest's new Denver location: Five places it could go

    While the folks behind Riot Fest were recently denied a temporary-use permit to hold the event at May Farms in Byers the third week in September, organizers will reportedly have a new venue announced in the coming days. Sure, it's a major pain in the ass for everyone involved to scramble to change l ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Park Centre Lounge & Grill celebrating thirty years with prices rolled back to 1984

    In celebration of thirty years in business, the Park Centre Lounge & Grill in Westminster has rolled back the prices on six menu items to $3.50 this week. And that's not the only way it's giving back to its faithful followers: From noon to sundown on Sunday, Park Centre will reward regulars with a c ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Five great views -- both mountain and city -- around Denver

    Denver is a beautiful city, especially on days devoid of any brown cloud, and there are dozens of places where you can get a memorable shot. Here are five spots that offer a great view of the city or the mountains -- and, in some rare cases, both. See also: Best Bathroom with a View of Denver -- Am ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Our five favorite views around Denver

    Denver blog posts are keeping an eye out. At our Show & Tell blog, Antonio Valenzuela highlights five great views -- both mountain and city -- around Denver. At ColoradoPols, Michael Bowman writes about "Secession, the Sequel." Denver Egotist highlights a football-to-football translator. Cup feve ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Hoodlab will be leaving its home on Larimer at the end of July

    Hoodlab will be leaving its home in RiNo next month. The owners of the HoodLamb clothing line, which celebrates hemp and got its start in Amsterdam, moved their business into the building at 33rd and Larimer streets almost two years ago, and quickly turned it into a gathering place known for art, cu ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Why California's Snow Tha Product thinks of Denver as a second home

    A full crowd, mostly comprising young women, pilled into Cervantes' last night to support their new idol: Snow tha Product. The buzz she has generated in a short time was evident -- the show was sold out and the energy was vibrant. Many people have identified with the rising star, who raps from a pe ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Talib Kweli at Cervantes' Masterpiece, with Big K.R.I.T., 10/27/13

    TALIB KWELI at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/27/13 Last night, Cervantes' hosted one of the more interesting pairings in recent memory. The bill featured Talib Kweli, a New York native often lumped in the conscious rap category, and Big K.R.I.T. a Southern Rapper with a huge underground follo ... 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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    September 19, 2013

    Rakim at Cervantes Otherside 9/18/13

    RAKIM at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 9/18/13 Last night at the Otherside, Rakim stalked the stage like a lion on an African plain, controlling the mic with a swagger that hypnotized the room, which was filled with an audience who hung on to his every word. The God MC showcased a presence that left everyon ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    MGMT @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | FRI, 9/6/13 Back in 2008, at the peak of their Coachella-studded career, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser were living one dream (deliciously abstract pop art) and singing about another: one rooted in Paris, heroin, cocaine, "elegant cars" and "models for wives," to ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Clearview Film's 8ight tha Sk8 on his approach to making music videos and what's next

    Clearview Films has come a long way since filming its first video in 2009. Shooting over 150 videos since its inception, Clearview has been working hard to make a name for itself in the video game. We tapped Antonio Valenzuela, who's worked with Clearview on various projects, to catch up with founde ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Hip-Hop Congress's fourth annual Spirit of Hip-Hop jam is this Sunday at La Raza Park

    Once again it's on: This Sunday, Hip-Hop Congress Denver is throwing its annual

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Roostercat Coffee House

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Antonio Valenzuela hosted at Roostercat Coffee House this past Saturda ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Geto Boys at the Summit Music Hall, 6/14/13

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 6/14/13 Stepping on stage with an eager swagger, lead by Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy," Scarface was the first of the Geto Boys to greet the crowd. The rapper, who visited Denver on his own last fall, announced that all three member of the outfit were in the bu ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Montbello high school drumline is headed to Takayama, Denver's sister city in Japan

    Montbello High School's drumline will be flying high next week, when its members take one of the first Dreamliner trips to Tokyo in order to visit Denver's sister city of Takayama, Japan. In preparation for the trip, on Saturday the students went through an orientation organized by the Japan Exchang ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Method Man and Redman at Cervantes', 4/20/13

    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 >>

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    March 8, 2013

    The 20 most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs: The complete list with five new profiles

    In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, we've covered a range of jobs, from guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catalog to band management. Today, we complete our list of the most coveted Colorado music ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Photos: MTV's Made holds private audition for Auraria students

    MTV's hit show Made held a private audition on the Auraria campus Monday. There were around seventy brave souls in the waiting area on the third floor of the Tivoli, outside one of the ballrooms, patiently waiting their turn to spill their hearts out in hopes of being made. We caught up with five of ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 20, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    The twenty best hip-hop shows of 2012

    As much of a stronghold as our town is for EDM, Denver is also a hotbed of hip-hop. Although we've always held true to the assertion, and such a declaration would seem perfectly reasonable to even casual observers, the point was never driven home more definitively than when we took a look back at th ... More >>

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    December 9, 2012

    Public Enemy at the Ogden Theatre, 12/8/12

    PUBLIC ENEMY @ OGDEN THEATRE| 2/4/12 Flava Flav was in top form last night at the Ogden Theatre, from hamming it up informing everybody that Manny Pacquaio got knocked out in the sixth round to sharing the story of how he came to wearing the ever-present iconic clock around his neck. But it was whe ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Dom Kennedy at Larimer Lounge, 12/03/12

    DOM KENNEDY @ LARIMER LOUNGE |12/03/12 Dom Kennedy hit the stage to a packed house at the Larimer Lounge last night, and, riding a wave of nostalgia, he urged, "If you're a '90's baby, put ya hands up." Rocking a fitted Dodgers hat and Stanford hoodie and backed by his OpM crew, Kennedy wooed the c ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    The thirty best concert photos of the far

    We suspected that the fall concert season was going to carry the momentum from the summer concert series, but we had no idea just how memorable it was going to be. Here we are just roughly past the halfway mark, and already we've been treated to shows by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, Madonna, Leona ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Kung Fu Vampire sinks fangs into the rap game

    Kung Fu Vampire brings its blood-curdling hip-hop to the Mile High City just in time for Halloween. Formed over a decade ago, the San Jose-based act is lead by the group's namesake, who's ferocious, rapid-fire rhymes drive the outfit's hard-hitting hip-hop, which is delivered with live drums of Chri ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Raekwon Rocks the Vote at Auraria, 10/25/12

    RAEKWON @ ROCK THE VOTE ROAD TRIP / AURARIA | 10/25/12 "Whether there's twenty people or 2,000," said Raekwon, painfully aware of which side of that spectrum this small gathering was on, "I'm always gonna give it 200 percent." And he did, with grace. He spoke directly to the front row, despite the ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Hopsin at Cervantes', 10/18/12

    HOPSIN @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/18/12 If there was a reoccurring theme last night at Cervantes', it was a pronounced disdain for the recording industry. Spitting in the eye of the industry with bravado, with each artist on the Funk Volume Tour boasting about their independent status, ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Yelawolf at the Bluebird, 10/16/12

    YELAWOLF @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/16/12 "If you're over 21, make some noise!.... And if you're under 21 but you're still getting fucked up, MAKE SOME NOIIIIIIISE!" implored one Mr. Michael Wayne Atha, otherwise known as Yelawolf, the hip-hop pied piper of a younger, mostly male crowd, who would late ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Rockie Fresh at the Marquis Theater, 10/9/12

    ROCKIE FRESH @ MARQUIS THEATER | 10/9/12 Rockie Fresh, Maybach Music Group's newest member, took the stage at the Marquis Theater last night wearing all black and several gold chains before rocking the small crowd. His energy was upbeat after spending almost a month up in the western slope of Color ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    MC Lyte questions the current state of hip-hop

    Last night at Auraria, MC Lyte shared her views on the current state of hip-hop, a broad range of topics ranging from the diminishing role of females to the dwindling voice of hip-hop overall and its lackluster effectiveness to her personal triumphs and downfalls. With style and grace, she left many ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Our top five spins this week, September 24-30

    In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>

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    September 23, 2012

    DJ Premier and Pete Rock at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 9/22/12

    DJ PREMIER & PETE ROCK @ CERVANTES' | 9/22/12 At the end of their set last night at Cervantes', DJ Premier's Houston Astro's hat was dripping with sweat, while Pete Rock appeared to have barely broken one. Over the course of their set, though, the two matched wits furiously playing through the genr ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    "Here I Go Again," by Whitesnake: One man's shlocky dreck is another man's anthem

    We all have it -- that one song that stopped us in our tracks the first time we ever heard it, that continues to give us pause each and every time it's played. In our periodic feature, Deep Cuts, we share the personal stories behind our all-time favorite songs and how and why we came to love them. T ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Colorado Crush block party brings graffiti art and music together on Saturday, September 8

    Update 8/17/12: The complete Colorado Crush schedule has been added below. See also: The third annual Spirit of Hip-Hop celebrates the four elements and keeps the culture alive Original item 8/9/12: Colorado Crush is upon us. The giant summer graffiti block party founded by Dread is back for its t ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    The third annual Spirit of Hip-Hop celebrates the four elements and keeps the culture alive

    See Also: - Spirit of Hip-Hop 2011 park jam - Spirit of Hip-Hop 2010 park jam The Spirit of Hip-Hop is about hip-hop, and it's about art, but it's mostly about community. Each summer, Hip-Hop Congress Denver puts together a park jam to celebrate the culture, and this year, its third, they absolutel ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    SP Double at Gothic Theatre, 7/14/12

    SP DOUBLE @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 7.14.12 See Also: - SP Double has come a long way, and it shows - Mr. Midas on Son of the Crack Era, hip-hop unity and the downfall of King Midas - Morning Star is striving to make his rise in the Denver rap game - "Welcome to the CO" The doors opened at 8 p.m., but t ... More >>