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Like sax players, any discussion of the best trumpeters is likely to involve some of the same names. And that's not happenstance. It's because the playing of those greats is so distinctive, prodigious and influential that it truly stands out among countless other horn players. Keep reading for a run ... More >>
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 >>
A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>
DJ PREMIER & PETE ROCK @ CERVANTES' | 9/22/12 At the end of their set last night at Cervantes', DJ Premier's Houston Astro's hat was dripping with sweat, while Pete Rock appeared to have barely broken one. Over the course of their set, though, the two matched wits furiously playing through the genr ... More >>
Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>
DJ PREMIER at CITY HALL | 11/19/2011The masses came together last night to pay respect to one of hip-hop's living legends, DJ Premier at City Hall. Making his way cooly onto the stage to screams of "Preemo," DJ Premier got right to work with "Nas is Like." Half-man, half amazing, indeed, the New Yor ... More >>
Saturday, November 19, City Hall, 303-832-8628.
Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>
Jorge MorenoSpank RockSpank Rock (due tonight at Summit Music Hall for the Check Yo Ponytail 2 tour) emerged in Philadelphia around the middle of the last decade making music that brought together threads of hip-hop, rock, R&B and electronic pop. With the release of 2006's YoYoYoYoYo, the gro ... More >>
Tonight at Cervantes' A.V.I.U.S. is releasing his sophomore solo effort, For Better or Worse, in a dual release party with Mane Rok and Es-Nine, who are dropping En Stereo -- a tribute to the deejay and MC collaboration. We already gave you a sneak peek of A.V.I.U.S.'s new joint, now we've got an ex ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Farina with Pillowfight, DJ Rootz and AA 07.23.10|Fox Theatre There's a covenant involved when listening to live music: You give your attention and energy to the musician, and in exchange, they provide you with some kind of experience that (IMO) should be crafted to capture that attenti ... More >>
By now you've heard about the loss of Keith "Keithy E" Elam, aka Guru, who passed away yesterday. If you're reading this right now, you're probably grappling with the tremendous loss of Guru and reflecting on the monumental impact he had on rap music -- despite the fact that he never really ... More >>
Michael MartinEvery Friday we spotlight the hottest cats behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half ... More >>
Kids Gather Round
Yes visits the Paramount on February 12. Yes, who kicked off its "In the Present" tour last month, will stop at the Paramount February 12 with long-time members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, as well as Rick Wakeman's son, Oliver, on keyboards. Vocalist Benoit David, who Squire discovered ... More >>
Saturday, July 21, the Oriental Theater, 303-455-2124.
Be there or be square!
Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (7 Grand Records)
The Perceptionists are holding out for a better tomorrow.
Shades of Blue (Blue Note)
MURS is already a legend. Now if he can just get folks to stop thinking of him as the new guy.
After five years, Gang Starr reclaims its place in the hip-hop pack.
As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.
Phife Dawg makes a solo stand in a post-Tribe world.
Yo, Flaco! was recently named the best unsigned band in America. They couldn't be happier.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Black on Both Sides
Scene & Heard
Medeski, Martin and Wood branch out beyond jazz.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.
Pinning down Wyclef Jean, one of hip-hop's hottest commodities.
Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.
DAS EFX TRIES TO KEEP IT GOING THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.
PEOPLE SWEAR BY--AND AT--HIP-HOP'S OUTSPOKEN, UNDISPUTED GURU.
SHE'S THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES' N'DEA DAVENPORT, A SOUL SONGSTRESS FOR THE NINETIES.
The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens