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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 www.bikerjimsdogs.com What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary stand ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Brian Landis FolkinsSnanke Rattle Rattle SnakeSnake 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 >>
‚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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Hereís an improv-based act that's learned the art of restraint.
Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Science and mixology.
Shine Through (Stones Throw Records)
Be there or be square!
After years with Sonia Dada, Paris Delane is happy to be on his own.
Hustle & Flow is short on action, long on scenes of recording.
Tintin packs an epic, spacious sound into a modest frame.
Lisa Marie Presley's belated rock-and-roll career couldn't have come at a better time.
The Pan African Film Festival shatters stereotypes about black culture.
April 10, 2003
VHS or Beta inspires communal dance ecstasy and has a good beat. But don't call it disco.
A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.
Faithfully (Bad Boy)
The cyber-brawl over Scientology spreads to search engines.
Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton)
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.