Isaac Hayes

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Start the Way You Think it Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    The Eleven Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a weekend of superlatives in Denver: The biggest reunion of the year (OutKast), the biggest drum set on the planet (Terry Bozzio), the king of Tex-Mex Guitar (Joe King Carrasco)...All great shows. There are more, including the annual Reggae on the Rocks and NedFest for the people who miss the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    EOTO started as a String Cheese Incident side project between Michael Travis and Jason Hann, a studio musician who also played with Dr. Dre and was a member of Isaac Hayes's band. Out of the practicality of the living situations of both musicians, EOTO began as more of an electronic project that ini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Biker Jim on where he'd eat if had only 24 hours in Denver

    This is part two of our interview with Biker Jim, chef-owner of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. Read part one of the Biker Jim interview. Jim Pittenger Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs 2148 Larimer Street 303-550-8231 What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    R.I.P. Donald "Duck" Dunn, 11/24/41 - 5/13/12

    He was the backbone, part of the nerve center of a great rhythm and blues band that made the music of a bygone era live, breathe and jump again. But Donald "Duck" Dunn's musical accomplishments went far beyond the scripted praise he earned from John Belushi playing the fictional Jake Blues in the 19 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Crispin Porter Bogusky attempts to turn baby carrots into a junk food

    Crispin Porter BoguskySex sells, but can it sell baby carrots?​When Boulder-based advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky set began constructing a marketing campaign to sell more carrots, its creative team studied consumers' "carrot habits," and learned all about the importance of crunch a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Jason Hann of EOTO on how the group made a name of its own apart from String Cheese

    ​ "EOTO" in Japanese means "good sound," which perfectly suits the like-named electronic duo EOTO. With extensive histories as professional drummers, it seemed only natural that members Michael Travis and Jason Hann would evolve to another level in their musical careers. After all, they had m ... More >>

  • Articles

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    800 the Jewell on founding a label and what inspires him

    Phillip Embry with his family.​ 800 the Jewell (aka Phillip Embry) is a man of many words and even more substance. In addition to his work as a producer, musician and rapper, he is the founder of Jewell Tyme Music, the label that houses such artists as Haven the Great, King FOE, Karma, and ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Scientology's got a hold on you: Five believers you might not expect

    The guy who invented Scientology also wrote this.​The dark empire of Church of Scientology, well known for its extensive real estate holdings, expanded its reach in Denver yesterday by throwing down $8.5 million in cash money on a new facility to house its secretive minions. Believed by its ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Red Hot Chili Peppers give Glee the Heisman. Five other acts least likely to license their music.

    ​In recent years, there's been a parade of artists refusing to license their tracks, whether it's been for use in video games, commercials or television shows. Seems like some of these old timers have sticks up their butts when it comes to relinquishing artistic control and just don't get it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival set reviews: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Amos Lee, The Samples, The Constellations

    Brian Landis FolkinsSnanke Rattle Rattle Snake​Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, 1:30 p.m., Bison Tent Blame it on the early hour, chalk it up to the inconvenient location of the Bison Tent on the far eastern end of the complex. Maybe it boils down to the fundamental feel of the open-air stage, a fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of November 2, 2009

    ‚ÄčAs 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. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>

  • Film

    November 6, 2008
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    August 12, 2008

    Bionik Brown Killed in Car Crash

    If you were listening to the radio yesterday morning, you know that the rush hour commute was an especially deadly one. "4 motorists killed in crashes on area roads," reads the headline in today's Rocky Mountain News. The brief goes on to list Nathan Woods as being among the fatalities, noting that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    Why No Statement From South Park Creators About Isaac Hayes' Death?

    An image from South Park's "The Return of Chef" episode. The August 10 death of Isaac Hayes at age 65 spurred warm statements from individuals throughout the entertainment industry -- but apparently nothing thus far from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Coloradans who created South Park, the Comedy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008
  • Music

    May 3, 2007


    Hereís an improv-based act that's learned the art of restraint.

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    Sound Tribe Sector 9

    Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    I Pity the Yule

    Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.

  • Dining

    July 6, 2006

    The Thin Man

    Science and mixology.

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Aloe Blacc

    Shine Through (Stones Throw Records)

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Gentle Giant

    After years with Sonia Dada, Paris Delane is happy to be on his own.

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Boyz N the Studio

    Hustle & Flow is short on action, long on scenes of recording.

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Tin Men

    Tintin packs an epic, spacious sound into a modest frame.

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    It's Now or Never

    Lisa Marie Presley's belated rock-and-roll career couldn't have come at a better time.

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    Pan African Images

    The Pan African Film Festival shatters stereotypes about black culture.

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    Blame Conifer!
    April 10, 2003

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Boogie Men

    VHS or Beta inspires communal dance ecstasy and has a good beat. But don't call it disco.

  • Music

    June 20, 2002

    Bridge to the Future

    A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Faith Evans

    Faithfully (Bad Boy)

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    A Click in Time Saves Minds

    The cyber-brawl over Scientology spreads to search engines.

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    Money Mark

    Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton)

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Time of the Season

    This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?

  • Calendar

    July 1, 1999
  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

  • Music

    January 8, 1998

    The Return of Superfly

    One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.

  • Music

    September 4, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
  • Music

    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

  • Music

    June 6, 1996
  • Film

    April 25, 1996
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    December 13, 1995



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    February 15, 1995
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    April 6, 1994