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    November 22, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... 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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    April 25, 2013

    Did Daft Punk "Get Lucky" with Pharrell, or vice versa? Examining Pharrell's ten greatest misses

    Before it was even released, "Get Lucky," the first single from Daft Punk's forthcoming album "Random Access Memories," set the world on fire. From the fan edits of the track to the sixty second commercial from Saturday Night Live to the album teaser from Coachella, "Get Lucky" generated more than t ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    The ten best storytellers in hip-hop

    The art of storytelling has existed since before recorded history, so it's somewhat surprising that the practice didn't take off in hip-hop, an originally oral tradition, until the late '80s. Since rappers discovered just how captivating a well-told story could be, the storytelling track has become ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop lyrics of 2012

    1. 2 Chainz - Birthday Song "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty." Don't freak. We're just kidding. Every year, people say hip-hop is dead, but every year it keeps expanding -- commercially, sonically. thematically -- pretty much in every way imaginable. Although the radio may lead you to ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    The five best concerts this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend! The fact that you're reading this right now means that we either all survived the end of the world, or we all misunderstood the Mayans and miscalculated the date of our supposed demise. Whatever the case, we're here, and it's the weekend -- and it's a holiday weekend at that. ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 17, 2012

    T.I. at 1STBANK Center, 12/15/12

    T.I. / KS-107.5 JINGLE JAM @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/15/12 After a bit of a wait, the lights dimmed. Screams of delight filled the 1STBANK Center, fighting for preeminence in a veritable bass-made earthquake. A booming, overpowering voice delivered a fiery sermon as the man of the evening finally took ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The twenty best hip-hop shows of 2012

    As much of a stronghold as our town is for EDM, Denver is also a hotbed of hip-hop. Although we've always held true to the assertion, and such a declaration would seem perfectly reasonable to even casual observers, the point was never driven home more definitively than when we took a look back at th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Win tickets to see T.I. at 1STBANK on Saturday

    Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, T.I.'s brand new album doesn't hit until Tuesday, but there's a solid chance you'll get to hear at least part of the record, including "Hello," the new cut featuring Cee Lo that just dropped, at 1STBANK Center when T.I. headlines KS 107.5's Jingle Jam with Lupe Fiasco ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    The five most listened-to songs and albums of the week, August 20 through August 27

    Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but starting tod ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Lupe Fiasco at City Hall, 5/17/12

    LUPE FIASCO @ CITY HALL AMPHITHEATRE | 5.17.12 See Also: Five things non-Lasers need to know about Lasers, Lupe Fiasco's diehard fans Lupe Fiasco loves his fans, and clearly the feeling is mutual. The more he gave last night, the brighter his Lasers shone. The connection Fiasco has with his fans i ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Lupe Fiasco

    Thursday, May 17, City Hall, 303-832-8628.

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    May 17, 2012

    Five things non-Lasers need to know about Lasers, Lupe Fiasco's diehard fans

    Update 5/17/12: Contest is over. Congrats to Jamaal Meezy Hinton and Stephanie Auld. Please shoot us an email for details on how to claim your tickets. Thanks to everybody for the entries! Lupe Fiasco is playing City Hall tonight. Maybe you consider yourself a fan. You might bump The Cool every n ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Lupe Fiasco at City Hall on May 17

    Lupe Fiasco is coming back to Denver for a date at City Hall Amphitheatre on Thursday, May 17 with a stellar local supporting cast, including Foodchain, Pries and DJ Mu$a. Tickets ($40-$45) for this 18 plus show are on sale now via SoCo, and if Lupe's last show at the Fillmore offers any indication, ... More >>

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    November 26, 2011

    Review: Hopsin at the Bluebird, 11/25/11

    HOPSIN at THE BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/25/11Hopsin is a rowdy young man from Los Angeles who is mad at everyone, from the wife of late rapper Eazy-E to Lupe Fiasco. Some, for good reason, others possibly for shock value. No matter, the crazy-eyed rapper stormed the stage at the Bluebird last night with ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Chromeo, Lupe Fiasco, X, St. Vincent, Odd Future and more on tap this weekend

    Rocktober is living up to its name so far, especially this weekend: On Friday, Chromeo electrifies the Ogden, while Frank Turner throws down at the Marquis and Lupe Fiasco raps at the Fillmore. On Saturday, there's some agonizing decisions to make between seeing OFF!, which features Circle Jerks fro ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco supports Occupy Denver -- on Twitter and in person

    Lupe Fiasco, the Chicago everyman rapper scheduled to play the Fillmore tonight, made an early stop on his tour of the city to support the Occupy Denver gathering in front of the state capitol earlier this afternoon. Fiasco has maintained an increasingly public profile about his support of the Occup ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Download Sole's Nuclear Winter Volume 2 with Pictureplane, Greencarpetedstairs and more

    ​Apparently it's the summer of Sole, because the dude is just not letting up. With Hello Cruel Worldjust released earlier this month, we missed the Nuclear Winter Volume 2 mix tape, which is available as a free download from Circle Into Square. All you need is an email address and you'll get a ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    The rap roundup: food metaphors, sneaker fiending and nostalgia abound this week

    ​This week in local hip-hop, we have a bunch of new tracks from a fresh new face, Kid Plat, as well as some others we're already familiar with, including a food-heavy cut from Turner Jackson, a nostalgia-tinged track from the Roadside Profits, and a very grown-up collaboration featuring Haven, ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Slim Cessna, A. Tom Collins, Serious Moonlight and DJ MU$A 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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    March 29, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Peter Gabriel and Widespread Panic are coming to Red Rocks in June, while Sade is due at the Pepsi Center in August. Meanwhile on local radio, My Body Sings Electric, Pacific Pride, the Sunshine House and String Chees ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Sole expands his "rap as journalism" with two new videos

    ​When we last checked in with Sole (aka Tim Holland) a couple months back, he was just starting to explore the notion of "rap as journalism," in which he turned pre-existing songs and beats into political statements, quickly and without a lot of investment. He's since gone on to do a few of th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    The tragedy of Lupe Fiasco's triumph

    ​Lupe Fiasco's Lasers was the album he didn't like and the label didn't want to release. It's a disaster of pandering, middle of the road pop from a rapper, who, at the very least, seemed full of fight until now. Most of the album couldn't hold its own in a crowd of flash-in-the-pan Top 40. La ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Flaming Lips have announced a co-headlining date with Primus this August at Red Rocks. Kenny Chesney is also at the Rocks in July, and Panic! at the Disco is due at the Ogden in June. Meanwhile on local radio, Air ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Tanya Morgan heads up Ahead of the Class Tour

    JJ Casas​ Tanya Morgan, once a group with a following confined to the East Coast underground hip-hop scene, has seen several layers of artistic success since first coming onto the scene. Anyone affiliated with the following of Donwill and Von Pea can assert the mainstream success of artists l ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    What's in a name? In Lupe Fiasco's case, a lot, apparently.

    ​Last week, Lupe Fiasco's new album, Lasers, was released to lots of shrugs and more than a few scathing reviews. The general consensus was that the album sucked, and Lupe should have gone back to the drawing board (or the corner store) for more "food and liquor."

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    January 26, 2011

    BLKHRTS, Wu-Tang 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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    August 25, 2010

    Cee Lo Green's inescapably charming (and shamelessly profane) kiss off tops our playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most persistent 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 lis ... More >>

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    July 25, 2010

    UMS Night Three Travelogue: Air Dubai at Import Warehouse, Machine Gun Blues at 3 Kings and more

    UMS Travelogue, Night Thee 7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway There's been no shortage of buzz surrounding Air Dubai: Though it has yet to hit the national stage, round these parts we've already as good as coronated the band successor to Flobots. Though the acoustics were terrible in the Im ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Despite the mountain of hype surrounding B.o.B., Lupe Fiasco proves this tour is still very much about him

    Aaron ThackerayLupe Fiasco proves why he's the headliner. (Check out the slideshow for more pics from last night.)​ Lupe Fiasco • B.o.B. 04.29.10 | Ogden Theatre B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco collaborated on "Past My Shades," which appears on the former's just released, soon to be number one albu ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    The Chain Gang of 1974, Jónsi, Wire Faces and more 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?" 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 >>

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    June 24, 2009

    The Pirate Signal, Boon Doc, to compete in Red Bull producer battle

    If you're available tonight around 8 p.m., Beta Nightclub (1909 Blake St) will be hosting the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle, a hip-hop producer head-to-head competition. The event, which is a premier national hip-hop event, will be hosted by well-renowned rapper/producers Exile and Black Milk.Twelve ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    Mile High Music Fest Survival Guide

    Update: Click here and here for live blog coverage of the entire event. Well, it's finally here, the inaugural edition of the much ballyhooed Mile High Music Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, we'll be holed up at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the lovely environs of South Commerce City covering bo ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend... Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco @ Pepsi Center

    Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco Sunday, April 27 Pepsi Center The mainstream press' habit of branding Kanye West a one-dimensional egotist tends to make his creative achievements seem like side effects of his neuroses, and that's a shame. His public statements overflow with so much se ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Graffiti in the Gardens, Kanye West, Local Hip-Hop, and the Art of the Early Show!

    Oh what a weekend. Things we learned: 1. People get all hot an bothered about zoning issues. Weird, we know, but check out some of these comments on Joel Warner's tour of ugly houses in Highland. The Highland. The Highlands. Whatever your real estate agent or copyeditor wants to call it. 2. A gard ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Q&A With Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D.

    Pharrell Williams, the subject of an April 24 Westword profile, is as busy a producer as any on the planet; among his most recent projects was Madonna’s Hard Candy, which reaches retailers on April 29. Still, he managed to squeeze in an interview to promote an upcoming appearance by N.E.R.D., a pa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Maestro Jeff Hughes, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Kanye West

    Ever since he started roaming the streets of Denver last year and then putting the footage on YouTube, Maestro Jeff Hughes has been a hot commodity. As Colorado’s own hip-hop violinist, Hughes impresses even the most critical of hip-hop haters by deftly adding a classical touch to hip-hop classics ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Lupe Fiasco’s Exit Stategy

    With just two albums under his belt, this acclaimed Chi-town rapper is talking about retiring.

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    January 16, 2008

    Q&A With Lupe Fiasco

    The January 17 Westword profile of Lupe Fiasco was based on a wide-ranging conversation – and the following Q&A preserves every word. The man born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco begins by discussing the three characters he created for his latest CD, The Cool, noting along the way that they represent pieces ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    Lupe Fiasco

    Lupe Fiasco's The Cool
    Atlantic

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    January 4, 2008
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    December 19, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>

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    May 2, 2007

    Coachella, Yeah!

    Celebrities spotted in this tent. Our Denver contingent arrived at the Coachella campgrounds Thursday night to set up; we quickly became known as the "Denverites who came with the Hawaiians." The entire festival was amazing, but here are some of the highlights: Friday: Brother Ali, Digitalism, To ... More >>

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    February 19, 2007

    Deep Roots

    The sold-out Fillmore was already bumping for the opening DJ before Chi-town sensation Lupe Fiasco (above) took the stage as the warm-up for the Roots on Saturday night. Although brief, Fiasco's set sent the temperature of the room soaring as he bounced around the stage -- militantly for his politic ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006

    Nationalistic

    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

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    October 26, 2006

    Del tha Funkee Homosapien

    Wednesday, November 1, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

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