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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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    May 16, 2014

    The eleven best shows in Denver this weekend

    Red Rocks' season is in full swing, with Global Dub Festival tonight and country star Brantley Gilbert on Sunday. In between, you can catch Will Hoge at Grizzly Rose, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes' and, of course, the dude who wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." He's playing the Boulder Theater ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    2013 Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    THURS | DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/31/13 It just wouldn't be October without DeVotchKa's annual Halloween extravaganza. This year, the beloved Denver act is holding court at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, October 31, and the Boulder Theater on the following night, Friday, November 1. Shady El ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    The best EDM shows in Denver in October

    FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year together. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Robotic Pirate Monkey

    Booty Snatch

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    April 18, 2013
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    April 16, 2013

    Raekwon's thoughts on storytelling in hip-hop

    This Friday, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan is teaming up with DJ Premier to celebrate 4/20 with the legendary DJ Premier at the 420 Extravaganja this Friday, April 19, at HoodLab. This show marks the first time Raekwon and DJ Premier share a bill. We spoke with Raekwon about the prospect of performing ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    420 Extravaganja party announced for 4/20 weekend

    The 4/20 weekend this year is shaping up to be a massive, city-wide event. Not only is the traditional 4/20 political rally again taking at Denver's Civic Center Park, but the crew from High Times has claimed the Mile High as their city of choice for the first-ever Cannabis Cup on American soil. An ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    9th Wonder on how hip-hop is like pills in the applesauce, a gateway to knowledge and history

    A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>

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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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    November 6, 2012

    In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane

    Today's election marks a potentially monumental day for our state. With Amendment 64 on the ballot, Colorado is on the cusp of being the first state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In honor of what could be a historic moment in the legislative annals of the Centennial State, we've compiled ten o ... More >>

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    October 7, 2012

    Yasiin Bey at Cervantes, 10/05/12

    YASIIN BEY @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/5/12 When Yasiin Bey stepped on stage at about half past midnight, the crowd was hungrily awaiting his arrival, freshly energized from an impressive set by Binary Star and ready now for the main event. Dressed in fitted white slacks, white collared ... 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 21, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Sept. 21-23

    Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Paradox & DJ Sean P

    Phatmass Records

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    August 21, 2012

    New Colorado Concerts: Kreayshawn at the Fox, Sleigh Bells at the Boulder Theater and more

    See also: - Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive and more - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Celebrating the life and rhymes of Biggie Smalls

    This week, we're celebrating the life of the late, great Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., who died fifteen years ago this week. One of hip-hop's most important teachers, Biggie Smalls, as he was affectionately known, empowered corner boys everywhere to tell the story of their struggle ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Re:Generation strives to break down barriers

    This past Sunday during his acceptance speech on behalf of his band the Foo Fighters for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy awards, Dave Grohl made some comments that stirred the ire of some folks. Lauding the fact that Wasting Light, the album in question, had been recorded in his gara ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Re:Generation director Amir Bar-Lev: "I think real music lovers do their homework"

    What happens when contemporary electronic musicians, DJs and producers are teamed with old masters of rock, jazz, soul and country? That's the question posed by the new documentary Re:Generation, which opens for a limited run of screenings around Denver on February 16. The film follows musical colla ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Ten best hip hop shows of 2011 in Denver

    Eric GruneisenTyler, the Creator at the Ogden Theatre this past October​There were so many hip-hop shows and concerts this year, it was hard to keep count. The shows of note, though, were bangers and crowd pleasers and showcased dynamic artistry. With so many epic moments (?uestLove and Jazzy ... More >>

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    November 20, 2011

    Review: DJ Premier, DJ Vajra and DJ Mu$a rock Shoe Shine 7, at City Hall, 11/19/11

    DJ PREMIER at CITY HALL | 11/19/2011The masses came together last night to pay respect to one of hip-hop's living legends, DJ Premier at City Hall. Making his way cooly onto the stage to screams of "Preemo," DJ Premier got right to work with "Nas is Like." Half-man, half amazing, indeed, the New Yor ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier

    Saturday, November 19, City Hall, 303-832-8628.

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    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier on having a humble respect for the game and going back to using the old slang

    Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7​DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Geoff Barrow of Portishead on Blue Lines, Banksy, Silver Apples and his act's early success

    Portishead​Portishead (due Thursday, October 27th, at 1stBank Center) wasn't the first band associated with the aesthetic of trip hop but it is the most commercially successful with major hits in the 1990s. The thing that made the band so remarkable was that the sound it crafted wasn't one tha ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Gramatik on joining Pretty Lights Music and what he has in store for his show at Red Rocks

    ​Gramatik (due at the Fillmore tonight and tomorrow at Red Rocks with Pretty Lights) used to be an MC who rapped with his buddies over his beats. He grew up in Slovenia listening to DJ Premier, Guru, Rza, Dre, and an arsenal of hip-hop and break beats fills his catalog of sample options. Now, ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later

    ​ The hip-hop purists among us are very familiar with the story and legacy of James Dewitt Yancy, better known as J. Dilla. Having come up in the hip-hop underground scene in Detroit and later emerging as one of the most influential producers in hip-hop, it was Dilla's death at the height of ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    2010 Red Bull Big Tune Finals, 11/18/10

    Jennifer Boyer​ RED BULL BIG TUNE FINALS 11.18.10 | Metro, Chicago First there were eighteen. Then there was one. Last night at the Metro in Chicago where the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune finals took place, aspiring producers from around the country competed against each other in the hopes of rece ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    RIP Guru, gone at the age of 43

    ​ By now you've heard about the loss of Keith "Keithy E" Elam, aka Guru, who passed away yesterday. If you're reading this right now, you're probably grappling with the tremendous loss of Guru and reflecting on the monumental impact he had on rap music -- despite the fact that he never really ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Guru shows love to Colo. hip-hop artists

    For those unaware, Guru is founder and one half of legendary hip-hop group, GangStarr. Although the status of GangStarr is up in air (Guru says the group is done; DJ Premier says they're on a long break), the duo haven't talked since 2003. In the meantime, while DJ Premier is producing Christina Agu ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: Ice Cube, Phife, 50 Cent, Jam Master Jay

    Ice Cube signs up for NBC cop show Ice Cube sure has come a long way from his jheri curl days in NWA. He’s got platinum albums and hit movies, and now he’s going to take another shot at television. According to rapper has signed on to write and produce a cop comedy for NBC. "As we cont ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Nas

    50 Cent suing Taco Bell Last month a letter from Taco Bell addressed to 50 Cent went out to various media outlets asking 50 to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent, to help promote their menu and “Why Pay More” ad campaign. But ironically, the letter never went directly to 50, real na ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007


    Yard Rock Records

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    August 31, 2006

    Christina Aguilera

    Back to Basics (RCA)

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    March 6, 2003

    The World Within

    When DJ Vadim traveled to the ends of the earth, he found hip-hop in every corner.

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Living Out Loud

    After a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop.

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    November 23, 2000

    Universal Man

    Cultural awareness, positivity and groove are all part of the Common cause.

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    December 9, 1999

    Mos Def

    Black on Both Sides

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    November 18, 1999

    Critic's Choice

    Scene & Heard

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    August 20, 1998

    Native Intelligence

    Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.

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    July 2, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    After Further Review

    Putting the season's major releases to the test.

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    June 5, 1997

    The Closing of the American Ear

    We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?

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    January 16, 1997

    Damage Control

    Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.

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    January 3, 1996



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    April 27, 1994