It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.
It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 201 ... More >>
Update 10/24/12: A Bob Weir solo date with Jackie Greene has been announced on Thursday, December 13 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets for the show ($37.50 - $56, plus fees) go on sale this Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. So now that the final debate's over, we still don't know who's going to be in t ... More >>
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 >>
You can't possibly be partied out! The fun really starts this weekend, where all sorts of people will come together in cheap champagne and party favor glory. If you're into getting the celebrations started early minus the shenanigans, we've got a line-up of album release parties, end of year live hi ... More >>
If you ever get the chance to speak with Del the Funky Homosapien, your first thought will most likely be something like this: "Wow! He is one quiet, enigmatic dude." However, as you'll discover, once he opens up, he is a wealth of information. Embarking on his twentieth year as an artist, ... More >>
Capsule record reviews
Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1-866-455-2264.
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Jewish potty-mouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity.
Set to debut in Boulder, Billy Martin's Turntable Sessions will turn you on your ear.
It's Very Stimulating
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
So...How's Your Girl?
Styles of Beyond takes underground hip-hop back to the future.
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.
DJ Shadow makes instrumental music. But he can't keep quiet about the state of hip-hop.