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J Dilla

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Why Are Bands Like Phantogram So Huge in Colorado?

    There's an Internet meme that tells you what band you're probably into based on state. For Colorado, that band is Naked and Famous. In 2013 that band played at the Fillmore to a large crowd. That sort of mixture of rock and synth pop and R&B finds a different manifestation in Phantogram. That band's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The ten best family-friendly rap albums

    Although lot of rap these days is riddled with violence, misogyny and profanity, there's still plenty of clean rhymes out there to be rocked by the entire family, should you be so inclined. And it all comes worry-free of the ill-effect it might have on impressionable minds, and some of it even ranks ... More >>

  • Music

    October 3, 2013
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Mouse on Mars at Summit Music Hall, 2/23/13

    MOUSE ON MARS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL |2/23/13 As visuals flashed, streamed, scrolled, blinked, increased in luminosity and otherwise conspired to reflect the jittery, glitchy, sometimes manic and always dynamic flow of sounds being produced by Mouse on Mars, Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner stood behind a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13 Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    9th Wonder on how hip-hop is like pills in the applesauce, a gateway to knowledge and history

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Gramatik on joining Pretty Lights Music and what he has in store for his show at Red Rocks

    ​Gramatik (due at the Fillmore tonight and tomorrow at Red Rocks with Pretty Lights) used to be an MC who rapped with his buddies over his beats. He grew up in Slovenia listening to DJ Premier, Guru, Rza, Dre, and an arsenal of hip-hop and break beats fills his catalog of sample options. Now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Amen

    ​ Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) 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 the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Q&A with Robert Glasper

    ​Robert Glasper's latest Blue Note effort, Double Booked, shows just how well the pianist straddles the jazz and hip-hop worlds. While he flexes his jazz chops within the confines of an acoustic trio setting during the first half of the disc, he delves into more forward thinking hip-hop territ ... More >>

  • Music

    June 4, 2009
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    May 12, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top five spins for the week of May 11, 2009<

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 14, 2007
  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Nationalistic 2005

    The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    Brother, Brother, Brother

    Little Brother's new record takes hip-hop's stereotypes to task.

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Soul School

    After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Love the Player

    Okayplayer.com is more than just a website. For some, it's a way of life.

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Vision Quest

    Phife Dawg makes a solo stand in a post-Tribe world.

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    Universal Man

    Cultural awareness, positivity and groove are all part of the Common cause.

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