R. Kelly

  • 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

    December 5, 2013

    R. Kelly's Black Panties, the family-friendly edition with adorable baby animal GIFs

    In his new column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Here's what you need to know about Robert Sylvester Kelly: He's the fucking best. At singing. At wearing masks. At making videos of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Predatory dance floor boners are not okay

    Gentleman, this is a public service announcement. We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing togeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    I wanna get freaky with you: The ten most WTF-worthy lyrics of '90s-era R&B

    If you're the type of person who don't see nothin' wrong with a little bump n' grind, then gather round. This one's for you. During the hypersexualized years of the Clinton era, the potent blend of R&B that took hold had a penchant for cliched, over-the-top lyrics about gettin' busy, getting freakin ... More >>

  • News

    July 25, 2013
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    April 14, 2013

    The questionable fashion of Coachella artists

    We all know Coachella is a textbook study on the desire to wear things that no human should. That typically applies to the crowd, which comes decked out in ill-fitting, barely-there outfits, wearing spirit hoodies and every piece of tight neon attire imaginable. But artists on stage can commit some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ten things R. Kelly taught us about love

    With Valentine's Day just a few day away, we can all use all the help we can get in the love department. So what better time than now to delve into the R. Kelly cannon and pull out some valuable lessons on love? Is there anyone who knows the ways of love better than the R&B Thug? Exactly. He's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ten things Taylor Swift taught us about love

    If ever there was somebody who knows about love, it's got to be Taylor Swift. After all, she's pretty much written the 21st century book of love. Sure, she's only 23, but even so, she seems to know a thing or two about relationships -- god knows, the girl's certainly been in enough of them. Alas, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ten best (and strangest) arts and culture experiences in 2012

    Denver, you've got it going on. This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of many incredibly cool events involving local and national artists, musicians and performers. Combing through the past year of Westword stories, I compiled this list of the best (and strangest) arts- and culture-related expe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2012
  • Music

    November 29, 2012

    Mega Gem

    Colors of the West

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    More fun with animated GIFS: Rusko's Dubstep Workout Routine from Red Rocks

    See Also: - 25 ass-shaking GIFs from Lollapalooza 2012 - Welcome to the Dubstep Parking Lot - Dubstep for Dummies, a primer for newly-minted dubstep fans - Rusko Q&A: "I, of course, support medical marijuana, and I am clearly a patient." - Review: Justice at Red Rocks, 8/7/12 Earlier this week, Rus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Five acts with more taxing problems than you

    See Also: • Tax Evasion: How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too. As the saying goes: There are only two things that are certain and unavoidable in this life -- death and taxes. And while both might be causing folks to lose sleep these days (you didn't forget tax time is upon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Video: The Fray freestyles national anthem at the Kansas vs Kentucky NCAA Championship

    The Fray performed the national anthem at the NCAA championship last night, and like most songs the boys cover, they made it their own. There was nothing inherently wrong with their performance, except that, well, if you're a purist, there was everything wrong with their performance. Really, is it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Will Oldham narrating an audiobook? Here's 10 more musicians we'd like to see narrate classic books

    ​Audio books are all about finding the perfect actor with the perfect voice to read to you while you drive across the country. So, when we heard Will Oldham had taken on the narration of Rudolph Wurlitzer's Slow Fade, we started thinking about what other artists should venture into the same bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl National Anthem gaffe: Five worse renditions

    By now you've heard about Christina Aguilera's vocal malfunction at the Super Bowl last night. Midway through her a cappella rendering of our hallowed national anthem, she completely flubbed the lines, "O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming." Evidently she was caught up in the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Christina Aguilera Super Bowl National Anthem gaffe: Five worse renditions

    By now you've heard about Christina Aguilera's vocal malfunction at the Super Bowl last night. Midway through her a cappella rendering of our hallowed national anthem, she completely flubbed the lines, "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming." An embarrassing gaffe to be sure. Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Bree Davies attempts to Justify My Love of R. Kelly

    Terry Richardson​Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    1/11/11: Get healed by the oneness of Braco

    ​There are lots of ones in today's date, and we as a culture do not miss chances to invent significance for these sorts of things. Croatian gaze-healer Braco, pictured here gazing, gets his power from oneness and can therefore heal cancer today. Or something. Video below.

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Tonight: The Hood Internet at the Fox Theatre

    ​The concept behind The Hood Internet's work is pretty simple: Create unlikely combinations of current tracks by a variety of artists, and let the newly birthed song ride out. Less ADD-like than a lot of mash-up creationists, The Hood Internet DJ duo simply builds a sonic space where R. Kelly ... 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

    June 7, 2010

    The MTV Movie Awards were last night, but who cares?

    While you were out enjoying the lovely weather last night, MTV aired its 19th annual Movie Award show. The broadcast featured such thought provoking awards as "Most WTF Moment" and "Best Villain." We're pretty certain the MTV Movie Awards haven't actually mattered to anyone for the better part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Alicia Keys top seller at Independent Records

    ​Alicia Keys grabbed the top spot at Independent Records with her fourth studio effort, The Element of Freedom, released last week on J Records. Gucci Mane, who was on top last week with The State vs. Radric Davis, slipped to number two, while Snoop Dogg's Malice 'N Wonderland came in third for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Gucci Mane top seller at Independent Records

    ​Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane grabbed the top spot at Independent Records with his latest effort, The State vs. Radric Davis, released last week on Asylum. Snoop Dogg claimed the second slot with Malice in Wonderland, released last week on Priority, while Lady Gaga's Fame Monster nabbed third place, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    R. Kelly top seller at Independent Records

    ​R. Kelly's ninth album Untitled, released last week on Jive, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending December 6. New-Orleans-based rapper Juvenile came in second with his latest effort, Cocky and Confident, while Birdman's Priceless took the third slot. 50 Cent's Before I ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
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    February 20, 2008

    Q&A With Redline Defiance

    Having a conversation with the members of Redline Defiance is like trying to keep a bucket of puppies from spilling: They’re young, enthusiastic-like rockets. And they’re hyper-stoked about their upcoming CD-release party. The act has performed on the Warp Tour, had its music snapped up by FSN a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Abracastabya's Heart of Darkness

    On a scale of doom to gloom, this band is absolutely stabulous.

  • Music

    January 24, 2008


    Are today’s rappers ballin’ as hard as they claim?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up

    This may be Jay-Z’s last year at Def Jam Right now Jay-Z is celebrating a pretty good year as CEO/President of Def Jam. His label garnered 26 Grammy nominations last week, his artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo are blowing up worldwide and his own project, American Gangster, is topping year-end lists. But ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2007


    Wednesday, August 29, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    R. Kelly's Artistic Process

    A look inside the mind of a crazed/brilliant R&B lothario.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007
  • Calendar

    March 8, 2007
  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Snoop Dogg

    Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Aloe Blacc

    Shine Through (Stones Throw Records)

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Death Pool for Cutie

    Check the Vegas odds: It's time to predict this year's rock-star deaths.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Say What?

    The top WTF moments of 2005.

  • Home Entertainment

    November 3, 2005
  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Overseas MP3s

    For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Jamie Lidell

    Multiply (Warp Records)

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Fat Joe

    All or Nothing (Atlantic)

  • Music

    October 14, 2004

    R. Kelly

    Happy People/U Saved Me (Jive/Zomba)

  • Dining

    September 2, 2004

    Drink of the Week

    Incredible Hulk

  • Music

    May 27, 2004


    Split Personality (J Records/Full Surface)

  • Music

    March 18, 2004


    Kamikaze (Atlantic)

  • Culture

    December 11, 2003

    A Fan's Notes

    Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003

  • Music

    September 6, 2001


    Aaliyah (Blackground)

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