In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>
Over the last decade or so, mixtapes have revolutionized the rap game and altered how marketing in general is approached. Not only have the rappers received substantial acclaim, but the DJs have realized just as much stardom. Although there are numerous DJs -- guys like Statik Selektah, Trap-A-Holic ... More >>
Denver blog posts are feelin' it. Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein enjoys lauding Danilo Gallinari and (yes, it's true) Evan Fournier in recapping a rare Nuggets victory in Utah. The Cauldron's Jon Caldera on the Independence Institute's latest court victory. Denver Frank quotes Bob Costas quoting ... More >>
It took a long time for the south to be recognized as a major player in the hip-hop scene, and it still has a ways to go to be held in the same regard as the East and West Coasts, but with the emergence of a new breed of countrified rappers such as Big K.R.I.T., Future, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz (and ev ... More >>
Wu-Tang has been immersed in kung-fu for so long, it was inevitable that one member of the Clan would make a major appearance in a martial arts movie at some point. The RZA appeared briefly in Ghost Dog in 1999, but only for a passing moment, though he did produce the soundtrack. In The Man with the ... More >>
Got plans this Thursday? You do now...well, potentially. Caspa -- the dubstep phenom known to his mom and dad as Gary McCann, and known otherwise to everybody else as the Dopest Ghost in Town -- is bringing his bass-banging dance extravaganza to the Fillmore with Flosstradamus, Nadastrom and Sinden. ... More >>
Thursday, August 2, Wells Fargo Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Girl Talk (due this Saturday, June 23 on the Westword Music Showcase Main Stage) started when Gregg Gillis was earning his degree in biomedical engineering. Eventually Girl Talk took up enough of Gillis's time to become a full time endeavor. Although influenced in part by early mash-ups, Gillis was ... More >>
Girl Walk // All Day star Anne MarsenIt's like a mash-up of mash-up: The film Girl Walk // All Day takes the manic moods of remix master Girl Talk's 2010 record, All Day, and pairs it with a story of Girl and her city, told through dance. In advance of tomorrow's screening at the Denver Fil ... More >>
MILLIONAIRES at MARQUIS | 06.13.11"Wobbling between the monitors, the Green sisters continued to talk more about being drunk and the desire to fuck before going into the Madonna 'Dress You Up' rip-off, 'Stay The Night.'"
Those Ludacris's are coming in great. Aziz Ansari brings his Dangerously Delicious tour to Denver tonight. The stand-up album he's supporting, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, was one of the funniest releases of 2010. He also plays Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks and Recreation, which re ... More >>
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There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. Trouble is, you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing riches when it comes to music, the land of too many shows and too little time. So which ones are worth checking out? Glad you asked. After the jump, we've ... 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?" So 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 ... More >>
This year's Red Rocks line-up has been filling in rather nicely, and there's been a few more additions this week, including a second Sting date that's been added, Blues Traveler's annual Fourth of July show, the Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Reggae on the Rocks, Celtic Woman and To ... More >>
While no specific artist dominated sales across the board at local record stores for the week ending April 25, Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep, Cypress Hill's Rise Up Willie Nelson's Country Music claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Records and Twist & Shout, respect ... More >>
There you have it: Fourteen-year-old Bieber's debut full-length is on top of the Billboard album chart. His debut EP, meanwhile, is at number five. That one's called My World (get it?) -- can't argue with either title. This makes him the youngest chart-topper since Stevie Wonder, yet something te ... More >>
We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. Andrea Ball's g ... More >>
Flobots' Survival Story, released last week on Universal Republic, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill, while coming in second behind Ludacris' Battle of the Sexes at Independent Records. Gorillaz's Plastic Beach was also a strong seller for the week ending March 21. See the full brea ... More >>
Taio Cruz is a British dude who wrote and produced for A-listers until 2008, when he stepped in front of a mike. Now, two years later, he has broken a Hot 100 record by having the Ludacris-assisted remix of his single "Break Your Heart" enter the chart last week at 53 and make the ridiculous climb ... More >>
Quite a few shows announced this week that will be going on sale this weekend: The Black Eyed Peas, who just added another trio of Grammys to the three they already have, bring their E.N.D. World Tour to the Pepsi Center on Saturday, March 27. Ludacris and LMFAO open the show. Tickets for the tou ... More >>
Luda. KS-107.5 Summer Jam Fiddler's Green June 12 By their very nature, hip-hop radio station festivals like KS-107.5's Summer Jam (the station's twelfth consecutive sell-out) tend to promise more than they can deliver. The lineups are generally stellar -- proof that despite changes in the music i ... More >>
Rapper T.I.'s Grammy-nominated album Paper Trail knocked Bobby Valentino off the number one spot on Independent Records top seller list for the week ending February 22. The Fray moved up to the number two spot from number four, while Lil Wayne and Ludacris still remain in the top ten. See the full b ... More >>
For the second week in a row, Ludacris grabbed the number-one spot on Independent's top seller's list (week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1), beating out Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen and Akon. The full breakdown is listed after the jump.
In terms of music news this was a slower week in the Mile High City. The biggest items were news of Overcasters being invited to perform at South By Southwest on the heels of a particularly harrowing trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago with the Fluid, followed closely by DJ Vajra's inclusion in a ... More >>
Ludacris's latest release, Theater of the Mind, which was third on Independent's Jan. 12-18 top seller list, moves up to first for the week of Jan. 19-25. (hed) p.e. made a strong showing last week as well. The full breakdown is listed after the jump.
(hed) p.e.'s concets in Denver and Colorado Springs last week must've fueled sales of the band's latest album, New World Orphans, which was released January 13, on Suburban Noize Records. Kanye West and Ludacris also made strong showings, as did the Notorious soundtrack, which features cuts by Jay-Z ... More >>
Photo: Lucia De Giovanni Last night, I had the honor and privilege of guest deejaying at Matt Fecher's New Music Mondays at the Larimer Lounge, playing music from my collection next to the incandescent DJ Ginger and firestarter DJ Hot to Death. Ginger played a couple of body-rocking sets, including ... More >>
Which song will electrify the crowd next Thursday? In a little more than a week, 75,000 lucky ticket-holders will head for Invesco Field, ready to usher in a new era of photos for their Facebook pages. They'll walk through the closed (and possibly burning) streets of Denver, arriving hours early t ... More >>
Locals Only When Ichiban’s name was announced as the winner of Best MC at this year’s Westword Music Showcase, the hip-hop heads in attendance were taken aback but so was the rapper himself. “There were so many dope MC’s in the category this year, I was actually very surprised,” Ichiban ... More >>
Ludacris thinks about what he's done Here's a handy one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week while you were busy pondering the political implications of Obama's rejection of the new Ludacris track written to support him...
Locals Only There’s a lot of rappers in Denver, but there’s only a handful who can really shine on the microphone. Check out this video, “The Crown” from up-and-coming group Infinite Mindz with a verse from SP Double and O.N.E. singing the hook. Don’t sleep!!!
CacheFlowe, Joe Sampson, Nathan & Stephen and George & Caplin Hi-Dive Friday, June 8 Slide Show Live Review
Release Therapy (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam)
Reality Check (Atlantic)
Hustle & Flow is short on action, long on scenes of recording.
Saturday, June 11, Coors Amphitheater, 303-830-8497.
In Paul Haggis's Los Angeles, good and evil Crash into one another.
All-Star Weekend put a jewel in Francois Baptiste's production crown.
NBA All-Star Weekend
An FCC crackdown has radio stations on high alert.
The hits just keep coming on radio.
Thursday, April 29, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.