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    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in November

    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 >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Horrorcore: From Esham to Hopsin, a look at the history of rap's most terrifying subgenre

    When somebody bathes in blood and guts, swings from hanging bodies or sews together dismembered parts -- that's horror. And so naturally when rappers embody this realm, it's called horrorcore. But true horror is more than blood and guts; it is bewilderment in happenings that occur beyond an ordinar ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Ten rappers who should just retire already

    The following rappers have all been, at one point, among the best in the game. They were each considered to be the cream of the crop, but even the finest cream goes bad eventually. Sadly, these MCs are all arguably well past their prime, and although we love them and it pains us to say it, they need ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    The ten weirdest hip-hop releases of all time

    Weird is not a bad thing. It sets you apart. So, in rap, where so often so much music sounds so much like the same thing, weird can be a part of something really, really good. It's not surprising, then, that some of the weirdest rap albums of all time have also been some of the most influential. Eve ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time: 50-26

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Womenswear Wednesdays: Esthetician Domini Rivera on her baby-doll style

    Until yesterday's snowfall, women were beginning to show more skin on the streets, in honor of spring. On a recent sunny day, we spotted local trendsetter Domini Rivera, a Denver native and esthetician. Continue reading to find out which era inspires her look, her style mantra and which part of her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    The ten most underrated rappers of all time

    What contributes to a rapper's underrated status? Is it the unwillingness to compromise? The inability to compromise? An early demise? Bad promotion? Possibly all of these things and more? Whatever the case, with these rappers, it's certainly not for a lack of talent. We put together a list of the t ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    The new Pries video causes a bit of a stir

    Earlier this week, Pries released a video for "You Know I Know," the latest single from The Lonely Kid Show. After seeing the clip, which was filmed in front of a mural at Guerilla Garden, Jolt, who painted the piece that serves as the backdrop, took to Facebook to voice his frustration with the con ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Ten most enigmatic figures in hip-hop

    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 >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    December 29, 2012

    Alex Maas of the Black Angels on Phosphene Dream and the band's evolving sound

    In recent years, the Black Angels have deservedly been a prominent band in the psychedelic rock world. Though the act had the rare distinction of being the backing band for one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock, Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, the music created by the Austin-based act i ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia, on bum piss and fried fish

    Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com This is part one of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part two of my chat with Pritchett will run in this space tomorrow. Hunter Pritchett and his kitchen crew are thumbing through an Ita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The 20 greatest geek albums

    ​If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Earth, Deca, DeVotchKa, Mogwai, Hindershot, Warsaw and Adele top our weekly playlists

    ​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 >>

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    December 16, 2010

    YTCracker on the virtues of Nerdcore and the finer points of hacking

    Straight outta C Springs, YTCracker is among nerd core's finest​ YTCracker rolls with a crew and movement known as "nerdcore," the epicenter of all things sophisticated and geeky. The rapper -- aka Bryce Case, who pronounces his name as "whitey cracker" -- and his contemporaries, guys like MC ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Strange Powers on Armageddon and what he's been up to since returning to the Mile High City

    ​ Known to early local hip-hop heads as Shag One and, more recently, as Strange Powers, Josh Powers doesn't fit into the mold of a typical hip-hop cat. He embraces his individuality and honors his own unique global view of music and ideology through his creative endeavors - from more traditio ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Air Dubai, Lil Wayne and DJ Krush fill our playlists this week

    ​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 >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Nick Cave is supposedly penning The Crow remake -- here's five musicians we'd like to see tackle other movies

    ​Rumors have been swirling recently that Nick Cave may have signed on to rewrite the screenplay for The Crow remake (ouch that sentence hurts our heads). Cave is a favorite around here for his music, but we're a bit hard pressed to find anyone who's actually made it through a piece of his fict ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Q&A with Time

    ‚ÄčTime, aka Chris Steele, has been involved in the Denver hip-hop scene for over a decade, and his current and future collaborators include Sole of the Anticon collective, Talib Kweli, Drake, Kool Keith and C-Rayz Walz. The snarkier hip-hop aficionados refer to the form Time writes and performs as ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    April 14, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top five spins for the week of April 13, 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 >>

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    September 26, 2008
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    May 5, 2008
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    April 12, 2007

    Peeping Tom

    Wednesday, April 18, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Dr. Octagon

    The Return of Dr. Octagon (OCD International)

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    May 18, 2006

    Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom (Ipecac)

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    February 2, 2006

    Kool Keith

    Saturday, February 4, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

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    June 3, 2004

    Jurassic 5

    Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Backwash

    Clever as a Fox, Boulderís best club turns ten.

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    About to Break

    Set to debut in Boulder, Billy Martin's Turntable Sessions will turn you on your ear.

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Gorillaz

    Gorillaz (Virgin Records)

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    April 12, 2001

    Back That Smut Up

    As the Smut Peddlers, members of the High and Mighty hip-hop crew find new life in porn.

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Backwash

    Slim Cessna has seen the light.

  • Music

    January 27, 2000

    Material

    Material
    Intonarumori
    (Axiom)

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Like a Record, Baby

    QBert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz put a new spin on the DJ craft.

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    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Handsome Boy Modeling School/Quannum Projects

    So...How's Your Girl?
    (Tommy Boy)

    Quannum Spectrum
    (Quannum Projects)

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Beyond the Fringe

    Styles of Beyond takes underground hip-hop back to the future.

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    September 9, 1999

    Playlist

    Kool Keith, Joe Gallant and Illuminati, Belle and Sebastian, Tricky With DJ Muggs and Grease, Reggae Gold 1999

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    The Wide World of Rap

    Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Spread the Jam

    Medeski, Martin and Wood branch out beyond jazz.

  • Music

    February 18, 1999

    Ghost Story

    DJ Spooky is writing one of hip-hop's most mesmerizing chapters.

  • Music

    October 22, 1998

    Creep Show

    The joys of navigating Creeper Lagoon.

  • Music

    January 22, 1998

    Brother From Another Planet

    When it comes to hip-hop, Dr. Octagon veteran Kool Keith is out of this world.

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    December 25, 1997

    And the Winners Are ...

    Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    The Closing of the American Ear

    We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?

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