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    April 23, 2014

    The six worst reasons to start a band

    For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    New Denver concerts: Journey, Hall & Oates, Gavin DeGraw, tickets on sale this weekend

    Journey and Steve Miller Band co-headline the Pepsi Center, with Tower of Power opening, on Wednesday, July 16. Tickets range from $39.50-$135, and go on sale this Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week and to see what songs were played on local rad ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    New Denver concerts: Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy, ZZ Top, tickets on sale this weekend

    As reported previously, there's a trio of big shows going on sale this weekend, Arcade Fire at the Pepsi Center and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Temple Buell on Friday, and Trey Anastasio Band at the Ogden on Saturday. We've also got the word on three more shows, Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy and ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    The ten biggest tropes in rap music

    Rap is not the homogeneous radio-whoring genre that people make it out to be -- most of the time. But the rest of the time, you have to admit rap can be just as formulaic and predictable as its detractors claim. If you're looking to find a new appreciation of one of America's greatest musical creati ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    The ten best rap videos of all time

    There's nothing like a music video to bring out the character in a song. Unfortunately, these days, music videos tend to be mostly the same, especially rap videos. Needless to say, it's refreshing when a clip comes along that is different and creative enough to grab and hold your attention. With tha ... More >>

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    May 2, 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

    April 1, 2013

    The ten most underrated rappers of all time

    What contributes to a rapper's underrated status? Is it the unwillingness to compromise? The inability to compromise? An early demise? Bad promotion? Possibly all of these things and more? Whatever the case, with these rappers, it's certainly not for a lack of talent. We put together a list of the t ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics: The complete list

    We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 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 9, 2011

    Hip-hop's ten most impactful deaths

    ​Today marks the anniversary of the day that the world lost the greatest rapper of all time. Christopher Wallace's untimely death on March 9, 1997, had a significant impact on the rap game. If Biggie had lived, for instance, his presence would have essentially erased the need for Jay-Z. Unstop ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    November 12, 2010

    Aloe Blacc, Harry Nilsson, Kid Cudi fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Hammer vs Jay-Z: The top five dumbest and most pointless beefs in music history

    MC Hammer recently decided the best way to rekindle his once massive flame was to start a beef with Jay-Z in the way of diss track called "Better Run Run," boasting lines like, 'That boy tried to steal my swag/His finger prints all over the bag." While it might have sounded good on paper -- start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Interpol, Animal Collective, Eminem and the Heads top sellers this week

    ​While there weren't any clear winners across the board at local record stores for the week ending September 12, !!!'s Strange Weather Isn't It made it into the top ten at Albums on the Hill and at Wax Trax. Elsewhere, Interpol's self-titled album, released last week on Matador, took the top s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Never can say goodbye: Five acts who can say retired, but just can't seem to stay retired

    Here's why some fans have reasonable doubts when they hear an artist say they're retiring.​With the regular football season getting ready to kick off, Brett Favre has once again pulled a fast one and decided to return for one more season. Sure, he can say retired; he just can't seem to stay re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Arcade Fire, Los Lobos top sellers at local stores

    ​Arcade Fire's latest effort, The Suburbs, continues to dominate the local charts, claiming the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Twist & Shout and Wax Trax for the week ending August 15. Los Lobos' Tin Can Trust, released August 3 on Shout! Factory, performed well, as did Wolf Parade's Expo 86 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Best Coast, Big Boi top sellers at local stores

    ​While there weren't any unanimous winners across the board, Best Coast's debut, Crazy For You, released last week on Mexican Summer, took the top spot at Wax Trax and the tenth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending August 1. Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich, 3OH!3 top sellers at local stores

    ​While national acts like the Roots, the Black Keys and the Wolf Parade continue to be strong sellers at local record stores, local acts came in on top at two stores for the week ending Sunday, July 11. Danielle At the Sandwich, who gave an in-store performance at Twist & Shout last week, debu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    3OH!3, the Roots, Eminem top sellers at local record stores

    ​Streets of Gold, 3OH!3's new disc, which dropped last week on Photo Finish/Atlantic, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout, and claimed the top two slots (both deluxe and regular versions) at Albums on the Hill and snagged the third position at Independent Records for the week ending July ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Young Money grabs top spot at Independent Records again

    ​Lil Wayne's hip-hop project Young Money nabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the second week in a row with We Are Young Money, which features Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jae Miltz and Lil Twist. Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, came in second with Malice 'N Wonderland and Eminem's Relapse: Refill came in ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Young Money top seller at Independent Records

    ​Young Money, a hip-hop collaboration lead by Lil Wayne, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending December 27. The group's We Are Young Money features Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jae Miltz, Lil Twist, Gucci Mane and more. Eminem's Relapse checked in at number two, while Mary J. Blig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Introducing Twitterpated: the most captivating tweets from our favorite follows

    ​Unless you're a willful and adamant luddite or a conscientious dissenter pop culture trends, you've undoubtedly noticed how Twitter has steadily and unceremoniously unseated all the other social networking sites to become the primary means of communication and information dissemination in the Oba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    When music meets movies: Ten Great Hollywood Decisions

    ​All right, a few weeks ago we offered up our take on the ten worst moments of crossover disaster, ill-advised efforts to mate movies with music. Now it's time to look at the flip side of the coin, the ten movies in which music and Hollywood made great bedfellows, outstanding cinematic turns that ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Fabolous grabs top spot at Independent Records

    ​Loso's Way, the new disc by Fabolous released last week on Def Jam, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records and knocked down Twista's Category F5 to the second slot for the week ending August 2. Eminem's Relapse continues a long run on Independent's top ten and nabbed the third slot while Je ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Twista top seller at Independent Records

    ​For the second week in row, Twista's latest effort, Category F5, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records while Eminem's Relapse moved into the second slot for the week ending July 26. Jeremih's self-titled debut and Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night came nabbed the fourth and fifth slots. See the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Twista grabs top spot at Independent Records

    Twist's Category F5, released last week on the GMG imprint, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records while local act Speakeasy Tiger's debut, The Public, came in second for the week ending July 19. Krizz Kalico's new album, Genius, nabbed the third spot and Jeremih moved down number four. See the ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Jeremih grabs top spot at Independent Records

    After six weeks in the number one spot, Eminem was finally knocked down to the third slot by new albums by Jeremih and Killswitch Engage for the week ending July 5. Michael Jackson's 25th anniversary edition of Thriller grabbed the number four slot and Wilco's Wilco (the album), released last week o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    The blog shortcut, June 8 edition

    Baker St. Pub. Click it or ticket. Today in Cafe Society: • Baker St. Pub moves into former Nine75. • Gelazzi's gelatinis are unwrapped tonight on the Food Network. • Milking It: Golden Grahams. • The Gin Mill adds the Barn Out Back. • Colore Pizzeria Moderna set to heat up South Broadwa ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    The blog shortcut, June 1 edition

    Johnny Iuzzini. I sincerely hope some of you are still alive out there. Today in Cafe Society: • Frasca Food & Wine hosts the hottest pastry chef ever. • Milking It: Smart Start Toasted Oat. • The restaurant roll call for May. • KJ's Coffee Bar going for its bar exam. • New kings of the ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    The blog shortcut, May 15 edition

    Talk about slow service... Hurry up already. Today in Cafe Society: • May is National Hamburger Month -- and CityGrille's eleventh anniversary. • Make a pig of yourself this weekend. • Will The Bachelorette get a pizza the action? • New York Times' restaurant critic Frank Bruni steps away ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: ytCracker, DJ AM , Eminem and No Limit

    Photo: Aaron Matthews LOCALS ONLY The funny thing about living in Colorado is that you may have superstars right in your own backyard and not even know it. That’s certainly the case with rapper ytCracker. While he’s not widely known in the Colorado hip-hop scene, he’s a beast in “nerdcore ... More >>

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    March 21, 2008
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    February 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up:, Eminem, 50 Cent, Common

    Locals Only: Beatsource launches a “hip-hop iTunes” It’s been the talk of the town for the last several months but has finally launched and features a few local artists as well. Based here in Denver, is an online hip-hop music store that targets DJs and features ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2007

    Mac Lethal


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    July 13, 2006

    Obie Trice

    Second Round¹s on Me (Shady/Interscope)

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    April 20, 2006


    Things to Do in Denver When You¹re Def...(Cadava Records)

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Pigeon John

    Sunday, March 12, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005

    Best Drag Troupe

    The Alterboys

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    August 12, 2004

    Griffin Laughs at D Life

    Comic Kathy Griffin reveals all about life on The D-List.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Bumblebeez 81

    The Printz (Modular Recordings/Geffen)

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    March 27, 2003

    Best Jukebox

    Don's Club Tavern

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

  • News

    November 7, 2002

    Off Limits

    The evilness that men do

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    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    The Plane Truth

    How did bogus information about a Boulder crash wind up going national?

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    August 2, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 2, 2001

  • Music

    December 14, 2000

    Hit Pick


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    August 24, 2000

    The Need for Weed

    By aiming for the lowest common denominator, Up in Smoke went over like gangbusters.

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    August 24, 2000

    Urban Renewal

    How could an R&B outlet become the most popular radio station in Denver? The little girls understand.

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