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 >>
WALLFLOWERS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/24/12 Jakob Dylan must be a hell of a poker player. Last night's show at the Ogden proved that, as the Wallflowers frontman crooned through a couple dozen songs with a stony glare on his face. Clad in black and looking every bit as youthful as he did at the peak of ... More >>
New week, whole new batch of shows. We start off the week with an absolute bang -- Sleigh Bells tonight at the Boulder Theater -- and end it with lauded locals Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing a super intimate show at the Soiled Dove Underground to raise money to give emergency aid to those ba ... More >>
If you thought last week's new show announcements were killer, brace yourself. This week's show is just as killer, er make that Killers. After being missing in action for the past couple of years, the Las Vegas quartet is making its triumphant return this November at the 1STBANK Center in support of ... More >>
Welcome to the online version of The Edge 2011-2012, Westword's annual insider's guide to winter activities. This season has already seen plenty of snow, and that's just the beginning, as the 25 resorts profiled below have added new terrain, lifts, features, events and restaurants. To sort it ... More >>
Fifteen years ago, the sexually charged acid house group Lords of Acid and the legendary industrial act My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult teamed up for the Sextacy Ball tour. The two acts are joining forces again this summer for a reincarnation of that tour which hits the Ogden Theatre on Wed ... More >>
Atlanta-based rapper B.o.B.'s Adventures of Bobby Ray, which dropped last week on Atlantic, claimed the number two and three slots at Albums on the Hill and Independent Records, respectively, while Gogol Bordello's fifth studio album, Trans-Continental Hustle, released last week on Columbia a ... More >>
While the Flaming Lips and Stardeath & the White Dwarfs' fascinating interpretation of the Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been available on iTunes since December, the colored vinyl version, released on Record Store Day, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and came in third at Independe ... More >>
While there were no clear winners across the board at local record stores, Erykah Badu took the top spot at Albums on the Hill, while Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings' latest effort, I Learned the Hard Way, claimed the top slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending April 11. Dr. Dog's Shame, Sham ... More >>
Today started out like any other day: 6 a.m. coffee, a couple of smokes, some news and left overs from the night before. I turned on the TV and flipped to MSNBC, because that was the one big news network that I happened to see setting up Sunday afternoon by the train station. As soon as I turned it ... More >>
A willingness to make an ass of yourself is key to enjoying most things in life. The American Presidential Experience, an exhibit that fills a good chunk of the parking lot at Invesco Field at Mile High, is pretty much what you'd expect -- in a good way. The primary displays -- including a replica ... More >>
David Byrne visits the Buell Theatre October 12. Among the recent concert info we've received over the last week, a second Cheech & Chong was added and Eddy Grant's August 15 show at the Bluebird was canceled. Here's a rundown of the shows going on sale this weekend. For ticket information, click ... More >>
Call me daddy. No, really. Here's a convenient and useful guide to all the wonderful content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were reeling from the shock and disbelief of discovering that Clay Aiken, of American Idol fame, has somehow managed to spawn, and is now a fath ... More >>
We just got word that Jakob Dylan canceled his Rocky Mountain Folks Fest appearance, but the good news is that John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats will be flying in for a rare solo set on Sunday, August 17. KT Tunstall, Missy Higgins, Stephen Kellogg, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and oth ... More >>
Coldplay had cold game last week. Say what you will about Chris Martin and company, but from a commercial standpoint, you can't knock the hustle. Still putting asses in the seats, the outfit was Twist & Shout's best seller last week. 1. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends 2. Alkal ... More >>
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Rebel, Sweetheart (Interscope)
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From the week of December 14, 2000
The Wallflowers wither in the hype.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.