Rick Rubin

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The ten best rap producers of all time

    Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in June

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 6/22/13 When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The misappropriation of country music

    Country music used to have its own distinct identity, one that was tied to rich traditions of lonesome country roads, hard work, low pay and drinking. These days it's a black hole of insipidity. Following the Grammys, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons are now reportedly making inroads on country radi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Ian Astbury on the Cult's new album, Choice of Weapon, his interest in Native American Culture and being a devotee of the Doors -- not just a fan

    Since first emerging in the mid '80s, The Cult (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) has gone through some lineup changes and been on a few breaks. Through it all, the band's core members, frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, have continued to churn out some heavy records, including 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Time keeps on ticking with an Adam Yauch tribute and new album in the works

    Among a handful of the local music-scene tributes to recently deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Time offered his respects for the fallen MC and activist on a new tune, "Too Sweet to Be Sour," a cross-Atlantic collaboration with British MC Akira the Don. The track opens with a crisp horn line looping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Beastie Boys Check Your Head turns twenty

    See Also: • Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 • Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 • More Today in History posts When the '80s became the '90s, everyone stepped up their game. Rap matured lyrically and became more sophisticated sonically, while rock became more intelligent and emotionally r ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Five acts whose careers have resurrected

    Whether you're honoring a ubiquitous egg-laying rabbit obsessed with scavenger hunts or the miraculous resurrection of a thirty-something Jewish carpenter, the Easter season is upon us once again. But regardless of your religious affiliation, in the world of music, returning from the dead seems to h ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012

    Gogol Bordello

    Thursday, March 8, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik can almost buy booze

    Saturday marks the twentieth anniversary of the monumental Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. In 1991, the world was in a war-charged state of transition. Combat troops were preparing to be sent to the Gulf; the Soviets were in fear of the big chill and their food supply; Los Angele ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011
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    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

    April 11, 2011

    Five careers Jack White could help revive next

    ​Jack White has been a busy bee lately, producing records for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and now, Jerry Lee Lewis. We're starting to get the feeling he might view himself as a sort of Rick Rubin-type character, but instead of making older musicians darker and more introspective, he's just mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    What's killing the music industry? Auto-Tune? The Internet? American Idol? All of the above?

    ​The music industry has been marked for death for a long time now, but amazingly, nobody has managed to come up with a concrete reason as to why. Sure, it's easy to assign blame, but the real reason the music is dying is still a mystery to most people in the industry. Thankfully, plenty of sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Adele saves the music industry (for this week, anyway)

    ​Adele, the soulful British pop diva who's had this coming for a long time, has the first blockbuster album of 2011 with 21. She's atop the Billboard charts this week, having sold 350,000-odd copies. This is a welcome development no matter how you look at it: Take a tour through her recent bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Meet Nathan Reid, studio wiz extraordinare

    ​Many people in Denver may not know Nathan Reid by name. Just the same, over the course of his career, which spans three decades, he's had the chance to work with a host of prominent acts from Ghostface to Damien and Stephen Marley. Currently operating out of Mercury Sauce, his private produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Top Five Candidates to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol

    ​So by now you've heard that legendary curmudgeon Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after this season. Good for him. Probably a few years too late if he were hoping to jump ship before the franchise jumped the shark, but whatever. Anyhow, his absence will all but drain Idol's talent pool ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009

    The Avett Brothers

    Friday, August 21, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.

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    August 19, 2009

    Q&A with Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers

    Crackerfarm​Arena rock is making a comeback. Thanks to bands like My Morning Jacket, Wilco and North Carolina's the Avett Brothers, the spirit and tradition of the '70s is swelling and helping to conjure up images of rock and roll when it was at it's purest, most visceral and most likely bearded. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Vintage Q&A with the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton

    Ron Asheton, the mega-influential guitarist with the Stooges, died yesterday at age 60 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's sad news, but at least Asheton was able to experience some much deserved acclaim in his last few years, when the surviving Stooges reunited for a new album, entitled The Weirdness, and ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    October 30, 2008
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    August 21, 2008

    Metallica due at Pepsi Center on November 4

    Update (8/22): Just moments ago, Metallica debuted "The Day That Never Comes," a song from the new record on its website. Meh. While we'll hold out judgement on the rest of the album, this particular tune sounds an awful lot like it could've been an outtake from Metallica (the "Black Album") to us, ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008


    Wednesday, June 18, Toad Tavern, 303-795-6877.

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    June 18, 2008
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    April 3, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Mini Reviews

    Mini Reviews

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    May 31, 2007

    Linkin Park

    Minutes to Midnight
    Warner Bros.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    Supersized Stooges

    This week's profile of the Stooges describes original guitarist Ron Asheton as "voluble," and that's an enormous understatement. He's clearly enjoying the opportunity to talk about his life and career after all these years, and he's got plenty of stories to tell. In the extensive Q&A below, he talks ... More >>

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Shut Up and Sing

    Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jew-pergroup.

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    December 15, 2005

    Diamonds in the Rough

    Rick Rubin put the polish on Neil Diamond's new disc. Who's next?

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    November 10, 2005

    Neil Diamond

    12 Songs (Columbia)

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    September 29, 2005

    Rivers Changes Course

    Weezer's auteur takes a tentative step into the real world.

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    July 21, 2005


    Fijacin Oral, Vol. 1 (Epic)

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    May 19, 2005


    Make Believe (Geffen)

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    May 12, 2005

    The (International) Noise Conspiracy

    Friday, May 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

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    April 21, 2005

    DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid

    Sunday, April 24, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

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    September 4, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-loused in the Comatorium (Universal)

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    July 24, 2003

    Mars Attacks

    The Mars Volta isn't interested in your expectations.

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    August 8, 2002

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    By the Way (Warner Bros.)

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    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

    When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    He's Got a Witness

    Preacher Boy made a believer out of Eagle-Eye Cherry. Now he's hoping to convert local audiences as well.

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    February 1, 2001

    Rage Against the Machine

    Renegades (Epic)

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    June 12, 1997

    Cash on the Barrelhead

    After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.

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    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

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    April 11, 1996
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    April 13, 1994
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