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Danny Brown

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    August 19, 2014

    Six Musicians Who Are Way Better Than Their Music

    Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Rap is in a new golden era

    The progression of music will always be weighed down by periods of stagnation. Although new rap acts are presented into the mainstream every year, the actual newness of the music is generally overstated. The prime exception to this rule is the so-called "golden ages," pockets of time where innovatio ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    MON | JUNIP at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 10/14/13 Formed in 1998, Junip fuses an acoustic folk sensibility with a meditative psychedelia driven by synthesizers. Before the Swedish outfit took off, guitarist and singer José González had a bit of a successful solo career with songs that were used in telev ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    FRI | GARY CLARK JR at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/11/13 Austin-bred guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr. is focused on reconnecting the blues with its roots. The electric bluesman not only cites Jimi Hendrix as an influence, but with his slender frame, long fingers and soaring bellow, he might remind folks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in October

    TUES | FLATBUSH ZOMBIES at CERVANTES OTHER SIDE | 10/22/13 As if they tore themselves out of the pages of a graphic novel, Flatbush Zombies are intense and ultra-stylized to an extent that is at once cartoonish and darkly gritty. Sometimes, in the case of very exciting music like theirs, substance t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Danny Brown and Action Bronson at Ogden Theatre, 9/17/13

    DANNY BROWN & ACTION BRONSON at OGDEN THEATRE | 9/17/13 Danny Brown walked out in his $4,000 outfit (or so I was told by a fashionable concertgoer) looking ratty as ever. It's amazing how, when combined with Brown's unkempt hair, missing front teeth and general aura of decay, even the most expensiv ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    TUES | THE NATIONAL/LOCAL NATIVES at RED ROCKS | 9/17/13 After finishing their tour in support of 2010's High Violet, the members of the National didn't have any immediate plans to record again. But guitarist Aaron Dessner, whose daughter had just been born, ended up with a lot of time on his hands. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The best rap in Denver in September

    KID CUDI & TYLER, THE CREATOR @ RED ROCKS | MON, 9/16/13 Kid Cudi headlines this all-star lineup fresh off the release of his most recent, polarizing release, Indicud. Though his decision to self-produce has rubbed some the wrong way, he remains one of the premier hookmen in the rap game. Tyler, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    The ten best all-star remixes in rap

    In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    The ten best mixtape rappers of all time

    Supposedly, albums are where it's at. That's when the artist is supposed to bring their A-game, convert the doubters, all that good stuff. So why is it that a lot of the time it's the mixtapes that are the most enjoyable? Maybe it's because so many mixtapes are when artists are still building their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    New Denver shows: Excision and Deltron 3030, Michael Buble, PANTyRAID, Living Colour

    Excision is making his way back to the Centennial State to rattle the windows at 1STBANK Center for the inaugural Boom Festival featuring Deltron 3030, Funtcase vs Cookie Monsta, Brillz, Ill.Gates and Robotic Pirate Monkey on Friday, November 15. Tickets ($30-$39.75) for the show are on sale now. Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Horrorcore: From Esham to Hopsin, a look at the history of rap's most terrifying subgenre

    When somebody bathes in blood and guts, swings from hanging bodies or sews together dismembered parts -- that's horror. And so naturally when rappers embody this realm, it's called horrorcore. But true horror is more than blood and guts; it is bewilderment in happenings that occur beyond an ordinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Action Bronson and Danny Brown at Ogden Theatre on Sept. 17. Tickets on sale Saturday

    Action Bronson, who was just in town last week supporting Mac Miller on the undercard of his headlining bill at the Ogden Theatre, will be making his way back to the Mile High City for a co-headlining date with Danny Brown, an equally esteemed rapper who's made several trips to Denver himself. Ticke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 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' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    The ten weirdest hip-hop releases of all time

    Weird is not a bad thing. It sets you apart. So, in rap, where so often so much music sounds so much like the same thing, weird can be a part of something really, really good. It's not surprising, then, that some of the weirdest rap albums of all time have also been some of the most influential. Eve ... More >>

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    May 22, 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 ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 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 ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    A rundown of the rap world's favorite drugs

    Drug culture isn't relegated exclusively to rock, obviously. For its part, the rap game is equally loaded with drug references of all kinds, from Promethazine and DMT to LSD and PCP, and likewise addled with its own cautionary tales and fatalities. While there's nothing as concrete to suggest that d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The ten greatest Midwest rappers of all time

    The Midwest is the bastard child of the American rap scene at large -- unsung and independent, with a massive chip on its shoulder. The most talented artists from the Midwest have succeeded each with their own unique style and flavor, regardless of what was making money elsewhere in the country at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    The ten greatest southern rappers of all time

    It took a long time for the south to be recognized as a major player in the hip-hop scene, and it still has a ways to go to be held in the same regard as the East and West Coasts, but with the emergence of a new breed of countrified rappers such as Big K.R.I.T., Future, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz (and ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    10. CLUTCH @ BLACK SHEEP | MON, 3/18/13 Clutch has dodged being saddled with a label, primarily because of the illusion of reinvention it's projected with each album. But the truth is that it's just an illusion. Clutch is set in its ways, yet all of its music sounds like bold experimentation -- even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows this month

    The hip-hop, as you know, doesn't stop. It's a new month, which means there's another fresh batch of dope shows for you. And trust: March has plenty of freshness on tap, from revered elder statesmen like De La Soul, Naughty By Nature and GZA to newer cats like Tech N9ne, French Montana and Kendrick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    February is already off to a good start for hip-hop with a pair of great shows this past weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks and Brother Ali with Prof, Danny Brown and Evidence at Cervantes'. Even excluding those shows, the rest of the month looks to be just as enti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Brother Ali at Cervantes', 2/2/13

    BROTHER ALI @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 2/2/13 Brother Ali commands the stage like a political figure, only one who's less concerned with appearance and more concerned with the impact of his speech. In the nihilistic rap world of uncountable monies, untraceable guns and impregnable bitches, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The five best shows in Denver this week

    Welcome back to the work week. How was the weekend? A bunch of great shows, eh? Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks with Macklemore, Eli Goulding at the Ogden Theatre, Brother Ali and Danny Brown at Cervantes' and Hot Water Music at Summit Music Hall. What did you catch? Bunch more shows this week, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

    Ah, yes, what a, uh, super weekend we have on tap. Welcome! You made it! Not only is the big game going down, but the weather is supposed to be favorable with a high in the fifties and there is an abundance of music to look forward to -- so much so, in fact, that we've expanded our picks this week t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Gateway Acts: How a Rush to judgment ultimately led to more affecting music

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2013

    Qknox

    Qknox
    Self-released

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    January 16, 2013

    The 25 best concerts this winter/spring

    As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop lyrics of 2012

    1. 2 Chainz - Birthday Song "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty." Don't freak. We're just kidding. Every year, people say hip-hop is dead, but every year it keeps expanding -- commercially, sonically. thematically -- pretty much in every way imaginable. Although the radio may lead you to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour and Shred Circuit contest highlights from Loveland

    The burgeoning multi-media empire known as So-Gnar puts on awesome events like the So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour and Shred Circuit contest series, then turns around fun little video edits within days to help fuel the stoke. Last week we previewed the kickoff to the 7th annual Snowboard Camp tour at Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: Nov 12-16

    Welcome to another week! Plenty of goodness awaits you. As always, we've got all of this week's shows listed in our concert calendar if you'd prefer to get a full view of what's going on. Otherwise, we've narrowed it all down and picked out the best shows that are the most worth checking out this we ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    A-Trak at Rhinoceropolis, 10/18/12

    The scene from A-Trak's house party last night at Rhinoceropolis: People were pushing, shirts were off, sweat was dripping to the ground like so many leaky faucets then rising from the beer soaked floor to form the most disgusting sauna you can imagine. The best moment of the show, which came during ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    A$AP Rocky at the Ogden Theatre, with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, 10/16/12

    A$AP ROCKY @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/16/12 A$AP Rocky walked onto the stage with his crew in tow, ski mask over his face, looking like some radical of ill repute. Odd Future and Pro-Era have pulled the same stunt, only more effectively. The rapper invigorated the Ogden immediately with overwhelming ener ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: October 15-19

    Hope you got good and rested this past weekend, because you're going to need to tap into your energy reserves for the insane amount shows going down this week. We have all of them listed in our concert calendar, of course, if you'd like to get the full view. Otherwise, below, we've narrowed it down ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Danny Brown

    Monday, October 15, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

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    July 31, 2012

    New Denver Concerts: Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more

    See Also: - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive lead this week's shows - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead this week's shows - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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