"All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this." That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think it was Chuck D. I wa ... More >>
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 >>
The Anthology of Rap caused a stir nationwide last year. The first scholarly compendium of rap lyrics drew praises from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Chuck D, but also courted controversy over alleged mistakes. But coverage missed the back story of anthology co-editor and CU-Boulder professor Ada ... More >>
This is a rant. It involves rappers and how rappers shouldn't rap over their pre-recorded vocals, a phenomenon we've been seeing more and more lately. It's the equivalent to singing along with a music video on BET turned up so high that the volume is distorted. No matter how lively and enthus ... More >>
Photo: Eric GruneisenPublic Enemy has, for upwards of 26 years, put out rousing music that incites the masses both in recording and live show. Last night at the Ogden Theatre though, the crew showed out as if they had something to prove. Don't call it a come back. They've been here for yea ... More >>
Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s ... More >>
There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. But it can be tough to decide which one to go to when you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing musical riches, the land of too many shows and too little time. So which ones are worth checking out? Glad you ... More >>
Wellspring: Dispensary by IKEA?As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all stra ... More >>
Photo: Resonating Art Meet DJ Vajra, your favorite DJ's favorite DJ LOCALS ONLY DJ Vajra isn't just one of the best turntablists in Colorado -- he's one of the best in the nation. Vajra was recently tapped to do a showcase at this year’s DMC World Finals at London's indigO2 on Saturday, Septemb ... More >>
Just received word from the Mad Society Productions folks that the Public Enemy show originally slated for tonight at Boulder's Theater has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Admission to the show is free and open to folks sixteen and older (with a valid photo ID). You may remember last week the whole ... More >>
Locals Only When Ichiban’s name was announced as the winner of Best MC at this year’s Westword Music Showcase, the hip-hop heads in attendance were taken aback but so was the rapper himself. “There were so many dope MC’s in the category this year, I was actually very surprised,” Ichiban ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Video games are so the new rock and roll, which makes this Battle of Rock Band tournament, in which players competed at the game Rock Band, the new Ed Sullivan Show. Or something. There are pictures t ... More >>
Locals Only: Beatsource launches a “hip-hop iTunes” It’s been the talk of the town for the last several months but Beatsource.com has finally launched and features a few local artists as well. Based here in Denver, Beatsource.com is an online hip-hop music store that targets DJs and features ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: One girl's love of Ghostland Observatory overcomes a solid, wailing wall of douchebags, drunks and general idiocy.
The mini-profile of Northern State that appears in the November 1 issue of Westword springs from the following maxi-Q&A with Julie Potash, one of three MCs in the sprightly hip-hop act. It’s her second interview with the paper, but the first one to actually appear in print; a previous article inte ... More >>
Thursday, October 25, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
Public Enemy's Chuck D is among the greatest innovators in hip-hop, and unlike so many of his peers, who’ve either disappeared from the scene or have transitioned into other sectors of the entertainment universe, such as acting or reality TV, he’s still spitting rhymes with something approximati ... More >>
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
The civil-rights era is far from over for this songstress.
Mr. Lif's thought-provoking rhymes take you back in time.
Mothership (Arketype Records)
Since 2005 has hit the bricks, here's the final word on last year's finest discs.
The Lone Wolves of 2005
Agitprop rapper Immortal Technique demands to be heard.
Drums of Death (Thirsty Ear)
Shifting Gears (Hollywood)
Wednesday, August 4, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.
RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sony/Columbia)
Wilco weathers Reprise Records, in-fighting and an in-studio film crew in a new documentary.
Cuttin' Heads (Columbia)
Internet interest at CMJ Music Marathon 2000
Chant Down Babylon
Pinhead Cirus is one of many local bands with new music.
THE ROCK-AND-ROLLERS WHOSE FACES COULD STOP A CLOCK. UGLY A LOOK AT THE MOST FRIGHTENING FACES IN ROCK AND ROLL.