Dan The Automator

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    November 10, 2014

    The Nine Best Shows in Denver This Week

    Here's the weather update, in case you're planning your wardrobe for all this live music excitement: rain tomorrow, snow Tuesday and Wednesday and it's going to be sunny but cold on Thursday. Wear a hat when you see one of these shows: See also: The Nine Best Rock Bars in Denver

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    April 4, 2014

    The nine best concerts in Denver this weekend

    Hoo, boy, it's SnowBall weekend, here in Denver for the first time in the festival's young history. The dance-heavy lineup features reliable names like Pretty Lights and Griz as well as some curveballs, like Earl Sweatshirt and Warpaint. There's more: In the Whale will spend two nights celebrating ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in November

    FRI | DELTRON 3030 at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/15/13 Deltron 3030 isn't so much a group or an album as it is a mode of thought, and there are few hip-hop albums (or albums of any genre, for that matter) with the cinematic quality of this group's self-titled debut. Dan the Automator created deeply textur ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT @ BOTANIC GARDENS CHATFIELD | 7/13 David Byrne and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) initially met at an AIDS/HIV benefit in 2009. But after they ran into each other at a collaborative performance between Björk and Dirty Projectors, it was suggested to Byrne that he should try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Ten most enigmatic figures in hip-hop

    Sometimes there are figures in music whose mysterious and inscrutable magnetism transcends the music they make. More than musicians, they become cultural figures whose every move is analyzed every which way in an effort to figure out what's going on in that great gray matter, as Frank Ocean puts it. ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    The five best concerts this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend! The fact that you're reading this right now means that we either all survived the end of the world, or we all misunderstood the Mayans and miscalculated the date of our supposed demise. Whatever the case, we're here, and it's the weekend -- and it's a holiday weekend at that. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2012

    Review: Deltron 3030 at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 9/16/12

    DELTRON 3030 @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 9/16/12 The futuristic project known as Deltron 3030 and consisting of Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ P-Love (sitting in for Kid Koala, who was apparently stuck in Canada) took over the stage at Cervantes last night jus ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Sept. 14-16

    Welcome to the weekend! The weather has finally cooled off a bit, but the shows haven't. Whatever your inclinations are this next couple of days, there are a plethora of options, from Devin Townsend Project tonight at the Summit Music Hall to Deltron 3030 tomorrow night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Bal ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2012

    Deltron 3030

    Saturday, September 15, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Del The Funky Homosapien on putting more thought into the lyrics for Deltron's new album

    Twelve years in the making, the sequel to Deltron 3030 has attained mythical stature in many underground hip hop circles. The original -- a turn-of-the-millenium sci-fi concept record that sprang from the collaboration of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala -- balanced a dark, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The 20 greatest geek albums

    ​If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>

  • Articles

    March 17, 2011
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    February 22, 2011

    Del the Funky Homosapien on the things lacking in hip-hop today, Gorillaz and cassette tapes

    ​ If you ever get the chance to speak with Del the Funky Homosapien, your first thought will most likely be something like this: "Wow! He is one quiet, enigmatic dude." However, as you'll discover, once he opens up, he is a wealth of information. Embarking on his twentieth year as an artist, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Five albums that should be made into movies instead of American Idiot

    There are rumors floating around that the Tom Hanks owned Playtone production company may be discussing the possibilities of turning Green Day's American Idiot (the musical) into a movie. This is, without a doubt, the worst possible news we could feasibly imagine. We're picturing a kind of Garden ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Peeping Tom

    Wednesday, April 18, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.

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    December 7, 2006


    Sunday, December 10, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

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    October 26, 2006

    Del tha Funkee Homosapien

    Wednesday, November 1, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    Head Automatica

    Decadence (Warner Brothers)

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    Depeche Mode

    Singles: Boxes 1-6 (Reprise/Mute)

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2003

    New Men, Blue Men

    Azure like it

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Constant Evolution

    The weirdest thing about Del tha Funkee Homosapien isn't his mind. It's his ability to get better and better.

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    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

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    November 8, 2001

    After the Fall

    An unfortunately timed album cover put the Coup in a harsh post-September 11 spotlight. But the controversial rap group's political resolve refuses to crumble.

  • Music

    July 5, 2001


    Gorillaz (Virgin Records)

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    February 22, 2001

    Frazer's Edge

    Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.

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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

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    December 9, 1999

    Handsome Boy Modeling School/Quannum Projects

    So...How's Your Girl?
    (Tommy Boy)

    Quannum Spectrum
    (Quannum Projects)