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Mos Def

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: 50-26

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Culling through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining the fifty best ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012

    BurntMD

    Not So Black & White
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: October 5-7

    Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Cold enough for you this morning? Yeah, we're feeling all sorts of brrrrrr over here. Only in Colorado can you go from eighty degrees to the thirties in the expanse of a couple of days. Alas, though, there's relief on the horizion, plenty of hot music this weekend to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Backbeat's five most listened-to songs and albums, week of September 5, 2012

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be too surprising to find that the most common (and our mutually favorite) topic of conversation among all of us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and boy, wouldn't you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The five biggest hip-hop name changes

    See also: - Snoop Dogg at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/17/12 - Review: Snoop Dogg at Snowball, 3/3/12 - Review: Snoop Dogg at the Fillmore, 3/2/12 Artists do what they can to control their image, from their songs to their videos to their Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. They hire publicists. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: the Fray, the Lumineers, Leftover Salmon, Drake and more

    Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012

    Black Star

    Friday, May 11, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Black Star show at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom this Saturday moved to Friday, May 11

    Update (4/10): We've confirmed that Talib Kweli will indeed be performing at Cervantes this Satruday, April 14, in place of Black Star, originally slated for that same date but moved to 5/11. Tickets for the show are $5 ($10 on Saturday for those under 21). Heads up, hip-hop heads: Black Star (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Re:Generation strives to break down barriers

    This past Sunday during his acceptance speech on behalf of his band the Foo Fighters for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy awards, Dave Grohl made some comments that stirred the ire of some folks. Lauding the fact that Wasting Light, the album in question, had been recorded in his gara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Fresh Breath, Spoke in Wordz, the ReMINDers and Prime Element spit fire in BET-style cypher

    Ah, yes, we love it when cats take it back to the old school. A team of Colorado's dopest MCs, including Paul JR and Myke Charles from Fresh Breath Committee, Aja Black and Big Samir from the ReMINDers and A.V.I.U.S. from Prime Element, have done just that with their own BET-styled rap cypher. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    In honor of Modest Mouse and Big Boi: A look at the Top 10 rap/rock collaborations of all time

    ​In case you haven't heard yet, Modest Mouse is working with Big Boi on its next album. Seriously. Yeah, we're having a hard time even trying to imagine what that's going to sound like. The news, however, did get us thinking about the ten of the best and rap/rock collaborations. You know Aeros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Odd Future on Fallon: What the hell happened?

    ​Tyler The Creator and Hodgy Beats from LA shock rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. If you know anything about the group, it will come as no surprise that the performance was four minutes of sheer pandemonium, culmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Bad Religion, Shad and Eels 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Ten musicians we'd like to see teach elementary school

    David Shankbone​ This weekend in New York City, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is evidently slated to give a lecture to kids between the ages of eight and twelve titled "A Dissertation on White Noise." This news got us to thinking: What other musicians would we like to see teaching our childre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The ReMINDers rock the Apollo

    Aside from Red Rocks, there's only a handful of stages that merit inclusion on any performer's bucket list. We're talking about places that are so revered they're considered hallowed ground, the type of places in which artists dream of performing at for their entire lives. CBGB's before it became a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of February 8, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Gothic Theatre

    Letitia Salazar​Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, DCQ, Spoke-In-WordzGothic TheatreFriday, August 21, 2009Better Than: anything Lil Wayne or Drake could pull offMos Def hasn't headlined a nationwide tour since the Lyricist Lounge tour in 2000, where he recruited folks like Bernie Worrell (of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Booze, beats and bachelorettes

    Letitia Salazar​ It was a busy weekend in Denver, with a fashion show on Thursday, Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Bluebird on Friday, the Avett Brothers at the Ogden on Saturday, the Flaming Lips at Red Rocks on Sunday, and the grand opening of a new nightclub downtown. So if you're looking t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Wilco top seller at Twist and Shout again

    ​Wilco's latest effort, Wilco (the album), has been holding steady ground on Twist & Shout's charts since being released June 30 and it topped the charts once again for the week ending August 9. Dead Weather's Horehound, Levon Helm's Electric Dirt, Mos Def's Ecstatic and Regina Spektor's Far r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Modest Mouse top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​Modest Mouse's No One's First and You're Next, released last week on Sony, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout while Yim Yames (aka Jim Jones of My Morning Jacket) nabbed the second slot for the week ending August 9. Wilco's Wilco (the album), Levon Helm's Electric Dirt and Dead Weather's H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 3, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Wilco tops charts at Twist and Shout again

    ​Wilco's latest effort, Wilco (the album), has been strong seller at Twist & Shout since it was released June 30, and once again it tops the charts for the week ending August 2. Dead Weather's Horehound, Levon Helm's Electric Dirt, Mos Def's Ecstatic and Regina Spektor's Far ound out the top f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Eminem grabs top spot at Independent Records again

    For the fifth week in a row, Eminem's Relapse grabbed the top spot on Independent's best seller list for the week ending June 21. Tech N9ne's Sickology 101, which has been a top seller since it was released April 28, moved up the second spot while new discs by Black Eyed Peas and Mos Def grabbed thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Grizzly Bear top seller at Wax Trax

    Grizzly Bear's latest disc, Veckatimest, nabbed the top slot at Wax Trax for the week ending June 21. The late-'70s Colorado punk compilation Rocky Mountain Low continues to stay in the top ten while new albums from Mos Def and Sonic Youth also grabbed spots in the top five. See the full breakdown a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Sonic Youth top seller at Twist and Shout again

    Sonic Youth's new album, The Eternal, grabbed the top slot for the second week in a row while George Harrison's new greatest hits collection, Let It Roll, came in second for the week ending June 21. Steve Earle's Townes, Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown and Mos Def's Ecstatic rounded out the top f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Sonic Youth top seller at Twist and Shout

    After two decades on Geffen Records, Eternal, Sonic Youth's Matador Records debut released last week, was the top seller at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 14. Mos Def's The Ecstatic,  Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, both released last week, came in at the second and fourth slots while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Eminem grabs top spot at Independent Records for fourth week in a row

    Eminem has been holding on to the top spot at Independent Records for a month now with his latest release, Relapse. Mos Def's The Ecstatic and Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., both released last week, grabbed the second and third slots while Method Man & Redman and DJ Quick & Kurupt rounded out ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008
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  • Film

    February 21, 2008

    Be Kind Rewind

    Michel Gondry attempts to celebrate DIY filmmaking but comes up short, stale and flat.

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    December 26, 2007
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    January 25, 2007
  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Hard Ride

    Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk.

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Get Down With Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party.

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Pharoahe Monch

    Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2005

    Looks That Kill

    D.C. Gallery is turning Japanese, we really think so.

  • Music

    October 21, 2004

    Mos Def

    Tuesday, October 26, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.

  • Summer Guide

    June 12, 2003

    Think Distinct

    This summer's movies could withstand the drought.

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Soul Brains

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Scritti Politti

    Anomie & Bonhomie
    (EMI)

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Mos Def

    Black on Both Sides
    (Rawkus)

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

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