Prime Element began as 3 the Hardway, three hip-hop heads -- an MC, a producer and a DJ -- devoted to celebrating a culture they love through positivity, hard work and great music. Their name has obviously since changed, as has their label affiliation since Set in Stone, their last release, but what ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Over the last decade or so, mixtapes have revolutionized the rap game and altered how marketing in general is approached. Not only have the rappers received substantial acclaim, but the DJs have realized just as much stardom. Although there are numerous DJs -- guys like Statik Selektah, Trap-A-Holic ... More >>
LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13 Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>
This Saturday is poised to be the most celebrated day in our state's history, what with this being the first 4/20 since Amendment 64 was passed and all. Some of music's most heralded imbibers are being shipped in just to help the local stoners celebrate in style, from Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hi ... More >>
Denver is known for its various species of beer geeks, outdoor enthusiasts and sports fans. More and more it's becoming known for its music, and the varied climate of the scene cultivates a diverse cluster of fans, from metal heads to hippies to Juggalos. Here we have the complete Denver music fan f ... More >>
The art of storytelling has existed since before recorded history, so it's somewhat surprising that the practice didn't take off in hip-hop, an originally oral tradition, until the late '80s. Since rappers discovered just how captivating a well-told story could be, the storytelling track has become ... More >>
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 >>
Black Pegasus is one of the few Colorado rappers that has made hip-hop his full time job. Currently he's working on the release of his co-hort Liquid Assassin's new album, Apocalypse, with his own album, Brass Knuckle King, slated to drop sometime later this year. But in between recording session ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite new releases from the past year.
Agitprop rapper Immortal Technique demands to be heard.
Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.