Hoo, boy, it's SnowBall weekend, here in Denver for the first time in the festival's young history. The dance-heavy lineup features reliable names like Pretty Lights and Griz as well as some curveballs, like Earl Sweatshirt and Warpaint. There's more: In the Whale will spend two nights celebrating ... More >>
FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>
FRI | DELTRON 3030 at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/15/13 Deltron 3030 isn't so much a group or an album as it is a mode of thought, and there are few hip-hop albums (or albums of any genre, for that matter) with the cinematic quality of this group's self-titled debut. Dan the Automator created deeply textur ... More >>
Sometimes there are figures in music whose mysterious and inscrutable magnetism transcends the music they make. More than musicians, they become cultural figures whose every move is analyzed every which way in an effort to figure out what's going on in that great gray matter, as Frank Ocean puts it. ... More >>
Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>
The xx is an electronic pop group from London, England whose music is informed by soul and post-punk as well as hip-hop and modern electronica. The act's critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album from 2009 garnered the outfit widespread popularity. And while a lot of bands would have stopped dev ... More >>
DELTRON 3030 @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 9/16/12 The futuristic project known as Deltron 3030 and consisting of Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ P-Love (sitting in for Kid Koala, who was apparently stuck in Canada) took over the stage at Cervantes last night jus ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! The weather has finally cooled off a bit, but the shows haven't. Whatever your inclinations are this next couple of days, there are a plethora of options, from Devin Townsend Project tonight at the Summit Music Hall to Deltron 3030 tomorrow night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Bal ... More >>
Saturday, September 15, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Twelve years in the making, the sequel to Deltron 3030 has attained mythical stature in many underground hip hop circles. The original -- a turn-of-the-millenium sci-fi concept record that sprang from the collaboration of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala -- balanced a dark, ... More >>
A winter storm of ski and snowboard video premiere parties will pummel Denver and Boulder over the next two months, as local theaters roll out the white carpet for VIPs (Very Important Pros), local/national/international filmmakers and snow-dancing revelers. We've put together the most comprehensi ... More >>
Cut Chemist (real name Lucas MacFadden) has been constantly redefining the art of turntablim for the past seventeen years as a member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, in addition to being an innovative solo artist. Blending everything from funk and soul to hip-hop and bossa nova, Cut Chemist's sty ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
There are rumors floating around that the Tom Hanks owned Playtone production company may be discussing the possibilities of turning Green Day's American Idiot (the musical) into a movie. This is, without a doubt, the worst possible news we could feasibly imagine. We're picturing a kind of Garden ... More >>
Billy Joel and Elton John, both legendary pop singers and pianists, have been on their Face 2 Face tour since March will visit the Pepsi Center Sunday, November 22. After opening the show with a series of duets, each playing pianos and trading vocals, Joel and John will play sets with their own b ... More >>
Wednesday, April 18, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
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