Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin!
The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>
Contrary to trends among many rising hip-hop artists these days, Big J Beats doesn't flood the internet with a new song or mixtape every other week. Despite the shortage of releases, he's definitely prolific, and it turns out his hard drive is a goldmine of unreleased gems, including American Gangst ... More >>
With two events down, including the offical re-launch of the Solution weekly at the Meadowlark a few weeks back and last weekend's Denver Dre Day, #TheSolution6, a celebration marking the sixth anniversary of the Solution's founding at Milkbar, is well underway. Tonight at Beauty Bar, the Solution c ... More >>
ACTION BRONSON @ CERVANTES' | 11/29/12
The building wasn't full, but it certainly wasn't empty either when Action Bronson stepped onto stage. The crowd was a little cold. Clouds of ganja smoke floated across the room. Everyone was a little subdued. When Bronsolino started rhyming, there was that re ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Noah Hubbell ho ... More >>
We're just over a month out from this year's Westword Music Showcase, and we've already let you know who we have headlining the mainstage this year -- but keep it locked on Backbeat for another big announcement this coming Monday. Now it's time for us to give up the goods on the local lineup. As you ... More >>
Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote!
The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>
Sometimes an artist has to go deep into himself in order to produce a product built from pain, tragedy, triumph, motivation and creativity. Whenever this watershed moment happens for the greats who make and love music, the explosion is ground-shattering and usually changes the artists' repertoire fo ... More >>
Eric GruneisenBLKHRTS: FOE, Karma and Yonnas AbrahamBLKHRTS at OLD CURTIS ST. BAR | 8/6/11In advance of this show, BLKHRTS spread the word that there would be a sacrificial ceremony to kick off its tour. Considering the names of the opening acts and the lyrical content of the band's music, th ... More >>
Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, and stores around town have been preparing for the epic event in a variety of ways. The exclusive release list is huge, but so far, most stores aren't confirming or denying their inventory. The owner of Twist & Shout Records, Paul Epstein, confirms ... More >>
One of the most anticipated albums in local hip-hop circles this fall is Dispensary Music, the long awaited full-length collaboration between Whygee and Foe, slated to drop tomorrow on iTunes.The collaboration between these two rappers was inspired by sporadic features on various songs in the ... More >>
Turner Jackson is still a youngster in the game. Just shy of 22 years old, he doesn't consider himself a "rapper." You'd be hard pressed to find him spouting capricious odes of gratitude to the heart of hip-hop -- he's still a novice when it comes to the foundations of hip-hop learning. Regar ... More >>
Update, 7/19/10, 4:20: MP3 downloads and EP art added after the jump.
So we've been hearing about this project for quite some time now, and we've been eagerly following its progress on Twitter every day via updates from its co-stars, King F.O.E. and Whygee.
The project intrigued us for a v ... More >>