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    February 24, 2014

    JJ Grey & Mofro at the Fillmore, 2/21/14

    JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14 This show at the Fillmore offered a full night of funk in various forms, from the cowfunk stomp of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to the slick and polished Motown meets Shel Silverstein funk of Keller Williams, culminating with JJ Grey and Mofro's down ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're bjc9998

    Cafe Society dished up three Guess Where contest posts last week, ranging from a kinky cocktail that goes by the name of the Rick James Sexual Chocolate Edible Tower of Desire (you can find that cocktail at Two Guns Distillery), to a platter of Cajun-spiced shrimp from Teller's Taproom, to an excell ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Guess where I'm drinking a Rick James Sexual Chocolate Edible Tower of Desire

    Heading to the hills this holiday weekend? Eat dessert first -- in the form of the Rick James Sexual Chocolate Edible Tower of Desire. At this distillery, you get a shot of made-on-site whiskey delivered in a chocolate shot glass that you drop in a moonshine shake -- like a car bomb. Bombs away! C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Dave Chappelle lights up Comedy Works -- with more shows to go

    With nine shows down and three more to go, Dave Chappelle has been running a comedy marathon this week at Comedy Works. With almost no promotion outside of the club's e-mail list, tickets have been selling out in record time, and no matter how many extra shows are added (sometimes three in a night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Keenen Ivory Wayans on Dave Chappelle, In Living Color and Jehovah's Witnesses

    As much an icon of African-American comedy as Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans pioneered a new style of televised sketch comedy with In Living Color, introducing mainstream Americans to the stylish humor of early '90s black culture. The show also launched the careers of Jim Carrey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Dave Chappelle's Oddball Comedy Festival postponed due to weather

    No, Chappelle did not get sick of his "Rick James, bitch!" shouting fans and disappear into Morocco. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, scheduled for tonight at Fiddlers Green, has been postponed due to the massive flooding and rainfall that Denver and other cities have endured over the last ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013
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    September 4, 2013

    Counterfeit Music on why the band will never, ever play "Talking In Your Sleep" again

    Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands. For the most part, the outfits here don't just merely perform somebody else's music, but rather they put time, energy and effort into really channeling the acts and eras they're emulating. Often times these acts tend to get overlooked because ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Dave Chappelle's "meltdown" was more Bill Burr than Michael Richards

    A week into his comeback tour, Dave Chappelle either had a "meltdown," was "booed off the stage," or was treated like a black-face minstrel by a crowd of "fucking animals" last Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. The incident has made for a bloggery buffet of commentary on race, comedy and corporate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Five TV shows that were canceled much too soon

    Futurama has been cancelled...again. Fans are keenly aware that the show was nuked back in 2003 by Fox, then brought back by Comedy Central after it bought the rights to the four movies in 2007. But this season will reportedly be the last one, with the series finale airing on September 4. Yes, Fut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The five best jail-inspired musician memoirs

    Pop culture incrementally improved the chances that books would outlive CDs when news spread that Lil Wayne had inked a deal to write a memoir about the eight months he spent locked up on gun charges. Titled Gone 'Til November, the book is scheduled to be released in May. While the hip-hop blogosphe ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    The ten hottest musical pairings

    For centuries, men have known that the real power of music lies in its ability to get you laid. From "panty-dropper" mixtapes that your parents made back in the day, to John Cusack standing outside the window with Peter Gabriel on the boombox, to that little boy banging on the drums in Love Actually ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Five great marijuana moments in standup comedy

    While many comedians themselves may prefer a stiff drink, marijuana has, for some time, been the drug of choice for comedy audiences. From Lenny Bruce's satirical pamphlet on the dangers of the herb, to sketch comedians like Cheech & Chong and Dave Chappelle building whole careers around it, enterta ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Medicine Man in Denver

    Every few months for the last four or five years, I throw my back out doing something dumb -- like hanging artwork, falling on a catwalk while turned around talking to someone on a snowboard, or mowing my lawn. The most recent cause of injury? Dancing at a wedding. What can I say? I can't help getti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    It's a celebration, bitches! Mondo Guerra wins Project Runway All Stars

    It must have been tough for Denver designer Mondo Guerra to keep a secret for so long, but on Thursday night, the reality-show contestant could finally let it out: He was the winner of Project Runway All Stars. In a watch party held at the Exdo Event Center, Guerra had gathered with a few hundred o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    As Black History Month comes to a close, we reflect on the influential Sounds of Blackness

    Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Neil Young's Harvest turns forty

    The year 1972 saw the death of the hippies -- or, at the very least, the decline of the movement from idealistic young go-getters playing with the fire of radical social change to an out-of-control inferno of hard drugs and failed dreams. Neil Young's Harvest wasn't the first to comment on these dar ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: I'm Rick James, bitch!

    Happy Black History Month! February has traditionally been the month when the contributions, traditions, and historical facts about African Americans are celebrated the most. This year's Black History Month started off a little heavy with the passing of Soul Train founder Don Cornelius. All month he ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    April 8, 2011

    Five rap albums to take on the mothership when the government shuts down at midnight

    ​Tonight when the clock strikes midnight, you should expect calamity, destruction, and famine to sweep the nation, because word on the street says the government is shutting down. Word to Chicken Little: A bunch of awful things are supposed to happen...we think. They don't pay us the big bucks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    DJ Vajra wins Red Bull Thre3Style competition in Boulder

    Photo: Ru JohnsonDJ Vajra in Boulder last night.​ RED BULL THR3STYLE TOURNAMENT 04.07.11 | Boulder Theater Last night at the Boulder Theater, the Red Bull Thre3Style tournament was live and absolutely direct. Beyond the blazing marquis outside and the multi-Mini Coopers with the gigantic Red B ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    String Cheese Incident at 1STBANK - 3/10/2011

    Britt Chester​ STRING CHEESE INCIDENT WINTER CARNIVAL 03.10.11 | 1STBANK Center The String Cheese Incident has played eleven shows since partially disbanding in 2007. The few shows they have played since then -- six of which have been in Colorado -- have been received with mixed feelings fro ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Dear Charlie Sheen: An open letter

    A collaboration with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, you say?​Dear Carlos Estevez, aka Charlie Sheen, How goes it, man? I saw you on Good Morning America and beyond the sweats, the wide red eyes, excessive talking, cigarette-smoking and orange liquid-consuming antics, you looked fucking ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    February 15, 2011

    Asstastic: 10 album covers celebrating the gluteus maximus inspired by Born This Way

    Gaga's nostalgia-inducing butt.​Although physical albums are on there way to being rendered completely useless, there was a time -- believe it or not -- back when telephones still had curly cords, that all recordings were only available in a tangible form. As such you developed attachments to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Split Decision: Kanye West, young man. Or not.

    ​Kanye West is about as polarizing a figure as there is these days. The mere mention of his name inspires a variety of reactions, everything from exasperated eye rolls to passionate rants or equally passionate raves girded with an apologetic undertone for all of his often inexplicably brazen b ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Curren$y at Marquis Theater, 10/21/10

    Britt Chester​ CURREN$Y Big K.R.I.T. • Smoke DZA • Corner Boy P 10.21.10 | Marquis Theater It was little testy last night at the Marquis. Things got off to a tense start with a heavy-handed security presence combined with a restlessness on the part of the crowd as they waited for the sho ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Red Bull Thre3Style: magMANimous from Denver takes home bronze

    ​ RED BULL THRE3STYLE 10.09.10 | Beta, Denver, CO Red Bull has been steadily establishing a reputation for championing the artistic expressions of up and coming artists, and this evening was no different. At Beta this past Saturday night, the Red Bull Thre3Style brought ten DJs from across t ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Whygee and Foe discuss Dispensary Music, drugs power and ancient civilization

    ​One of the most anticipated albums in local hip-hop circles this fall is Dispensary Music, the long awaited full-length collaboration between Whygee and Foe, slated to drop tomorrow on iTunes.The collaboration between these two rappers was inspired by sporadic features on various songs in the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Lester Eugene Fowler, not Rick James, identified as Super Freak Bandit

    "Bitches..."​Last week, we told you about the latest bank robber named by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force: the Super Freak Bandit, named for his curly wig, not because anyone suspected the late Rick James. Now, the feds think they've got their man -- which explains why the holiday ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Super Freak Bandit ain't Rick James, bitch

    "Sample this, MC Hammer."​The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has outdone itself this time. The office known for its clever names for at-large bank robbers has previously given us such memorable monikers as the H1N1 Bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit and the recently cha ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Last Night: Rock the Bells at Red Rocks

    Aaron Thackeray​Rock the Bells 2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday, August 6, 2009 Better than: ringtone rap, anything associated with Auto-Tune or listening to the self-proclaimed newly anointed "King of Pop," Kanye West, talk about himself endlessly. Since 2003, Rock the Bells has been the pre ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Q&A with Jesse F. Keeler and Alex "Al-P" Puodziukas of MSTRKRFT

    Photo by Geoff McLean What began as a simple phone interview with Jesse F. Keeler for this week's profile of the dance duo MSTRKRFT turned into something considerably stranger, and more amusing. Yes, Keeler talked at length -- but when he had to use the primitive toilet in the group's new Toronto s ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    The end of KCUV

    Colorado's Unique Voice no more. As a new radio station, KRWZ/950 AM, is born, another one dies. KCUV/102.3 FM, known as Colorado's Unique Voice, has ceased operations. As of now, the outlet is simulcasting the programming from its sister operation, Jack/105.5 FM. The station -- which began life ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know to avoid ostracism.

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    June 30, 2005

    Dance, Dance, Revolution

    Hip-hop, clowns, and war dances meet on the street in Rize.

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    May 12, 2005

    Comic Timing

    Comic Charlie Murphy has a way with words.

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    March 10, 2005
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    April 1, 2004

    Silencing Radio 1190

    Rather than muzzle Barnett, CU clamps down on music.

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    October 9, 2003
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    August 15, 2002

    More Local Color

    Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.

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    October 14, 1999


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    April 15, 1999
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    November 19, 1998
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    November 5, 1998

    On the Good Foot

    Funkster Rick James learns how hard it is to remain hip.

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    November 20, 1997

    The Revenge of Guilty Pleasures

    Readers come up with their own list of songs that are so bad they're good.

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