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Flying Lotus (Musician)

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    July 16, 2014

    The biggest weekend of Lily Fangz's promising young career

    Lily Fangz bounces on the balls of her feet, looking out on the crowd from the stage at Red Rocks. Her long hair flows past her shoulders. She raises the mic. It's time to go. Fangz, aka Lileana Krenza, is a rapper and hip-hop artist, and she's diving into reggae work. Her "merch" is made up of draw ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Red Rocks shooting: Attorney David Lane on whether police response may have broken laws

    As part of our coverage of last week's shooting at Red Rocks during the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert, we've shared a detailed description of the law enforcement response from Jeffco sheriff's office rep Jacki Kelley as well as accounts from Bree Davies and Mary Willson, two Backbeat contrib ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Red Rocks shooting: Westword's Bree Davies on search, lack of info and being trapped for hours

    Editor's note: Backbeat contributor Bree Davies was at Red Rocks last week when shots were fired at an SUV whose passengers included Schoolboy Q. This is her story. When I left the Flying Lotus/Nas/Schoolboy Q show last Thursday night at Red Rocks, nothing seemed particularly out of the ordinary. ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Photos: Triple shooting at Red Rocks following Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q show

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, three people were shot following the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert at Red Rocks last night -- a trio who were found in a vehicle on 6th Avenue in the wake of the chaos. Meanwhile, thousands of people were temporarily detained while law enfor ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Schoolboy Q was the target of a shooting last night at Red Rocks that left three injured

    Update: More details have emerged about last night's shooting outside Red Rocks, and it appears the shooter was targeting Schoolboy Q after his performance opening for Nas and Flying Lotus. Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the actual amphitheater when someone ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Nas and Flying Lotus put on the quintessential Red Rocks show, with help from Schoolboy Q

    Editor's note: There was a shooting after last night's concert at Red Rocks. Early reports suggest Schoolboy Q was targeted on his way out of the venue. Three people were injured, none seriously. There was also a concert, though, and by all accounts it was a good one. We'll have some more reports on ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014
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    October 1, 2013

    New Denver concerts on sale: Flobots NYE, George Strait farewell tour, Thundercat

    Flobots are set to ring in the New Year this year at the Marquis Theater. Tickets ($28-$32) for the show go on sale this Friday, October 4, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on local radio and what's selling at local record stores. Se ... 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 >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Mac Miller talks about building his fanbase organically by focusing on making dope music

    While conventional wisdom would have Mac Miller parlaying his "brand" to create a line of energy drinks, or headphones, or body spray, Mac Miller doesn't have any such agenda. There's no master plan in place to create multiple revenue streams. Instead, his focus is simply on making dope music with p ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    BLKHRTS (MIXTAPE RELEASE) @ MARQUIS | SAT, 7/27/13 BLKHRTS have crafted an utterly riveting hybrid sound that centers on retro-futuristic production that is both unique and progressive. Live, the crew brings an unbridled energy that's as ferocious as Onyx, as primal as Body Count and as frenzied and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    March 29, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    LEFTOVER SALMON @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI & SAT, 3/29-3/30 Leftover Salmon has graced the the bluegrass scene with their talents for 23 years and counting. With the passing of Mark Vann in 2001, the band hasn't produced an album in eight years. The new addition of Andy Thorn, carried over from Emmitt ... More >>

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    March 10, 2013

    SnowBall Music Festival 2013 tipsheet: The eight must-see acts you should catch Sunday

    Ah, yes, Sunday morning coming down. I believe that's how Kris Kristofferson once described the tail end of an epic bender, what, with no way to hold his head in a way that didn't ache and what have you. Hopefully you didn't go too hard the past two days; there's still one day of great music to look ... 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 7, 2013

    Snowball Music Festival

    Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, 800-979-0332.

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    March 7, 2013

    The SnowBall Music Festival 2013 survival guide

    The third edition of the annual SnowBall Music Festival kicks off tomorrow night in Winter Park. Seasoned veterans that we are, we've put together an exhaustive survival guide for you to ensure that you have the best possible experience and don't become a human popsicle. We know what to bring, how m ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ WINTER PARK | FRI-SUN, 3/8-3/10 If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the apt ... More >>

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    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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    January 24, 2013

    Various Artists

    Visions
    Dirty//Clean Records

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    October 31, 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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    October 19, 2012

    Flying Lotus at the Ogden Theatre, 10/18/12

    FLYING LOTUS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 2/4/12 The Ogden Theatre was hit last night with the bowel-shaking earthquake that is Flying Lotus, who opening his set with a sample from Lil Wayne's "I feel like dying." While we didn't check with every single person, we're pretty sure the bass-emitting frequencies ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Flying Lotus

    Thursday, October 18, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

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    October 18, 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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    October 18, 2012

    Flying Lotus on how J Dilla really did change his life by making music that was deep and heartfelt

    Flying Lotus is one of the most innovative electronic producers out right now. Born Steven Ellison but better known these days by his stage handle, the L.A.-based artist began making beats at the age of fourteen, and with his omnivorous taste in music, he's gone on to create lush, detailed music wit ... 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 >>

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    October 9, 2012

    New shows: Breathe Carolina, Vail Snow Daze, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Eddie Money and more

    There's a whole new batch of shows to let you know about, some of which are going on sale this week, including a new date from Breathe Carolina, as well as a rescheduled date for Mouse On Mars at Summit Music Hall, plus 3 Doors Down and Daughtry, who are co-headling the 1STBANK Center in December, a ... More >>

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    October 9, 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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    October 4, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins, week of October 1-7

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

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    June 3, 2012

    Flying Lotus keeps Two AM jumping well past 4

    Flying Lotus swooped into Two AM Afterhours absolutely beaming after his set at Red Rocks on Saturday night and absolutely tore it down, setting a new precedence for incredible, wordlessly. He let the music do most of the talking without much toasting to the crowd from the microphone. In a word, it ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Weekend's best dancing and nightlife: Bassnectar, Julius Papp and more

    There's some ridiculous talent in town, including Bassnectar at Red Rocks, Julius Papp at Bar Standard, and there's also some dope parties, including the inaugural Full Moon Gathering of 2012, an underground camping blowout, and more. Page down for the weekend's best dancing and nightlife bets.

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    April 16, 2012

    The best of Coachella weekend one

    Oh, man, our West Coast counterparts at the LA Weekly and OC Weekly were on the ground reporting from Coachella all weekend, and they brought back some really great stuff, giving a chance for land-locked music lovers like us who watched the stream on YouTube to live vicariously: • "What My Spirit ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop from D'Girl, ProCyse and Stephen Herrera, the Kool Crue and King NiCO

    Another fresh batch of local hip-hop this week: D'Girl brings in a few of her homegirls on her latest video for "Sex Show," ProCyse lets his flow loose over a laid-back beat, the Kool Crue spits lines over Drake's "Headlines," and we introduce you to a fresh new face in the roundup, King NiCO. Page ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Snubluck: "I feel happy just releasing music whether it gets attention or not"

    While Denver's electronic music scene is thriving, there are some producers who've found that it's tough to make a name if you don't have club bangers. Inspired by more experimental downtempo electronic acts like those found on Flying Lotus's influential Brainfeeder label, local beatmaker Snubluck p ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: J Dilla

    Happy birthday, J Dilla!​Ah, J Dilla. His influence and production style brought forth beatmakers carrying their backpacks filled with treasures from the basement into the mainstream. Even more so after his death. A cult-like following surrounds his legacy. Born James Dewitt Yancey in February ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Ryat on its improvisational roots, its collaborations and Avant Gold

    Ryat.​Philadelphia's Ryat (due tonight at Rhinoceropolis) started as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist avant-garde songwriter Christina Ryat before Tim Conley joined the sonic adventure that is making music in this unit. With both Ryat and Conley benefiting from backgrounds in improvisa ... 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 25, 2010
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    November 16, 2010

    Introducing the Slowdown Lounge: Rush Hour respite at the Walnut Room

    ​Rush-hour traffic making you nuts? Blood pressure through the roof? Need a place to escape to keep from going Michael Douglas on everyone? The Walnut Room and Paul Riola have teamed up on a new concept to pull your race car out of the red. For the past year, Paul Riola, multi-instrumentalist ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Air Dubai, the Heyday, Bad Religion, Superchunk, Waka Flocka Flame top sellers

    ​On the heels of their dual CD release party a few weeks ago at the Gothic, Air Dubai and the Heyday claimed the top spots at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 10. Up at Album's On the Hill, meanwhile, Bad Religion topped the charts with its latest Dissent of Man, Superchunk's latest e ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan 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?" So 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 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Books top sellers at local stores

    ​Big Head Todd & the Monsters' ninth studio album, Rocksteady, released last week, took top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout, while the Books' latest effort, The Way Out, also issued last week on the Temporary Residence Limited imprint, debuted in top four slots at the two stores, ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Tom Petty, Melvins, Gaslight Athem strong sellers at local record stores

    ​While there weren't any clear winners across the board for the week ending June 20, Tom Petty's Mojo , released last week on Reprise, Gaslight Anthem's American Slang, released last week on Side One Dummy, and Melvins' latest effort, The Bride Screamed Murder were all strong sellers at local ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Melvins, Jack Johnson top sellers at local record stores

    ​The thick and sludgy new album from the Melvins, The Bride Screamed Murder, released last week on Ipecac, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and came in fourth at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 6. Jack Johnson's new platter, To the Sea, meanwhile, released last week on his Bru ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Black Keys, Widespread Panic top sellers at local stores

    ​The Black Keys' latest effort, Brothers, performed strong for the second week in a row and claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill and Independent Records, while checking in at number two at Twist & Shout. Widespread Panic's Dirty Side Down, released last week on ATO, Hank Williams III's ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff and Deftones top sellers at local record stores

    ​In Memory of Loss, Nathaniel Rateliff's outstanding Rounder Records debut, topped the charts at Twist & Shout (where he also did an in-store performance last week) and Wax Trax, while rounding out the top ten at Albums on the Hill for the week ending May 8. Forgiveness Rock Record, meanwhile, ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Faith restored: Coachella 2010 lineup announced

    Fucking A. Ask and ye shall receive, eh? (Well, it's not Denver, but close enough.) Just glimpsed the lineup for this year's Coachella. As far as headliners go, you've got your Jay-Z and your LCD Soundsystem and, uh, let's see here, Thom Yorke and ... yada, yada, yada. Whatever, dude. Five words: Fa ... More >>

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