De La Soul

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    May 2, 2014

    The seven best shows in Denver this weekend

    It was kind of cold and crappy this week, but that was just a way to enhance your appreciation for this weekend, which is supposed to be the kind of beautiful where cartoon birds appear from trees. Ride your bike to one of these shows:

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    April 3, 2014


    Please Forgive Us
    Elevation Sickness

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    March 17, 2014

    Denver fans explain why De La Soul still matters

    De La Soul, the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio, performed last Saturday to a capacity crowd at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. It was "nuts-to-butts crowded," as my Tennessee friends like to say. Consider now the fact that the group hasn't released a proper album in five years (2009's obscure Are ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    New Denver shows: Vans Warped Tour, De La Soul, Sno-Core Tour, ticket on sale dates

    This year's installment of the Vans Warped Tour, which features Saves the Day, Mayday Parade, For Today, I the Mighty, the Ghost Inside, Teenage Bottlerocket, is slated to drop by Denver on Sunday, June 15. Tickets range from $28.50-$48.95 and are on sale now. Keep reading to see what other shows ar ... 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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    November 7, 2013

    Coming of age with 21 drinks: Doing it the Old-Fashioned way at The Classic

    Over the past few months, I've enjoyed breakfast drinks, sophisticated French cocktails, erudite winter warmers and a desperate cry for help in liquid form. All this fancy mixology stuff is well and good. But to quote Liberace by way of De La Soul, for my next number I'd like to return to the class ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Tokimonsta at Larimer Lounge, 9/19/13

    TOKIMONSTA at LARIMER LOUNGE | 9/19/13 Let's face it: Really progressive urban shows are rare here in Denver. Given that, consider for a moment the genre-destroying line up of Tokimonsta, Gavin Turek, MNDR and Jesse Boykins III that took the stage last night at Larimer Lounge. Tokimonsta is this yea ... 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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    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/9/13 A number of bands are returning to a Southern-rock sound these days, but much of the music they're making is too derivative to be interesting. Alabama Shakes, fresh off a date warming up for Neil Young, bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in hi ... More >>

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    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

    December 11, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Review: De La Soul at Cervantes', 10/29/11

    ​DE LA SOUL at CERVANTES' | 10/29/11De La Soul brought the noise to Cervantes this past Saturday. There was a notable air of nostalgia for '90s-era hip-hop, and people simply lost their minds when Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo rocked classic tracks like "Me, Myself and I" and "Stakes Is High," cuts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Halloween Events: Great American Taxi, MiM0Sa and Designer Drugs (win tickets!)

    This weekend is huge. It's one of those, "If you aren't here, then you aren't having as much fun as me" kind of weekends. The deck is stacked with amazing things to do, so pick a card -- any card. We've got some passes to Designer Drugs at Club Vinyl to give away, so leave us a comment on a memorabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    In honor of Modest Mouse and Big Boi: A look at the Top 10 rap/rock collaborations of all time

    ​In case you haven't heard yet, Modest Mouse is working with Big Boi on its next album. Seriously. Yeah, we're having a hard time even trying to imagine what that's going to sound like. The news, however, did get us thinking about the ten of the best and rap/rock collaborations. You know Aeros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Gorillaz at Wells Fargo, 10/24/10

    Jon SolomonDamon Albarn of Gorillaz​ GORILLAZ With N.E.R.D. 10.24.10 | Wells Fargo Theatre In what will probably now become a legendary appearance at Wells Fargo Theatre last night, Gorillaz brought out a Colorado crowd in its truest form -- Dads, ravers, white people with dreads, babies, br ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    Freeway and Jake One

    Thursday, July 22, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

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    May 6, 2010

    Devin the Dude

    Tuesday, May 11, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Ralphie does Coachella without credentials

    This isn't your daddy's Woodstock, your hippie cousin's Bonnaroo or your yuppie Chicago Uncle's Lollapalooza. This is Coachella, man, and it attracts the most pretentious music fans on the planet, who all choose to gather in grassy polo fields and endure intense desert heat for the same reason. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    The blog shortcut, September 1 edition

    Drooling yet?​Mr. Ryan, you have my gratitude. Today in Cafe Society: • Meet Mr. Burger: Tom Ryan of Smashburger. • Fantasy football party deals abound in Denver. • Stomp Them Grapes moving north. • Otto's is outta Market Street. • End of summer pinot party tonight at Lala's Wine Ba ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    Denver greats pay tribute to hip-hop's greats at Get Down Wednesdays

    Gotta love Denver, man. At the risk of sounding like a homer, the creativity here is invigorating. It seems cats are constantly striving to come up with compelling ways to put on shows, Stand By Your Band at the hi-dive, Denver Does Denver and now Hip-Hop Bites Back, an idea whose time has truly com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Party Like It's 1999: Your election-night party guide

    It's Judgment Day. The Moment of Truth. The Tuesday That Will Determine Whether Or Not All Those Threats to Move to Canada Will Make You Into a Liar, or Maybe a Canadian. Anyway, it's big -- which makes it as good a time as any to get drunk with friends. With that in mind, plenty of restaurants, ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Black Hollywood, Lil Kim, Naughty By Nature, Eminem

    The best rapper ever? Vibe readers think so. LOCALS ONLY Metropolitan State College of Denver’s radio station, MetRadio, has been around over a decade, and according to Colorado emcee D.O. it has barely featured any hip-hop. He’s looking to change that, by launching a hip-hop show called “B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Paid Dues Festival @ Fillmore Auditorium

    Paid Dues Festival featuring De La Soul Friday, June 13, 2008 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: The wack hip-hop at KS107.5’s Summer Jam Eleven hip-hop artists in six hours: Could you ask for a better night? Not to mention, Denver is only one of four cities slated to get the Festival -- and even ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2008

    Rock & Roll Grill

    A recent benefit ends up helping no one.

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    April 25, 2008
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    March 24, 2008
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    June 7, 2007

    This Just In...

    The latest nightlife news.

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    March 29, 2007

    Copper Wired

    Bid winter a fond farewell in the high country.

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Bob Dorough

    Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.

  • Music

    November 24, 2005


    Tuesday Ladies' Night returns.

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Overseas MP3s

    For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    RRAAHH Potential

    RRAAHH Foundashun shows what can be done when you have more talent than money.

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    May 19, 2005


    Demon Days (Virgin)

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Soul School

    After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    The Roots

    The Tipping Point (Geffen Records)

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    January 22, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Hackensaw Boys

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    November 6, 2003

    Critic's Choice


  • Music

    September 26, 2002

    Styles, Slum Village and Clipse

    A Gangster and a Gentleman (Ruff Ryder)
    Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
    Lord Willin' (Star Trak)

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

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    March 29, 2001
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    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    The Wide World of Rap

    Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.

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    May 28, 1998
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    April 3, 1997

    The Shadow Knows

    DJ Shadow makes instrumental music. But he can't keep quiet about the state of hip-hop.

  • Music

    August 22, 1996

    Simply the Quest

    A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.

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    September 20, 1995
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