Riff Raff (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Still Looking for Halloween Plans? We Have VIP Passes to Coloween For You

    Update: And we have a winner! Thanks for playing. Stay safe and warm out there. We're down to the wire, people: Halloween, which falls on a Friday this year, is only two days away. Personally, I can tell you my costume idea is not working out, but maybe you are slightly more organized than I am. M ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Playbill: Three Plays and Performances in Denver for October 30-November 2

Catch up with a somber chapter in the history of Jewish culture at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center or follow an even darker path and get in the Halloween spirit at local stages this weekend. Keep reading for details. See also: Vampire Weekend: Theatre of the Vampires

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The Costume-Based Guide to This Year's Halloween Concerts in Denver

    Halloween changes as you get older. It starts off with the excitement of candy, which fades into the excitement to get dressed up to get drunk. Once you're old enough to do that outside someone's basement, but before you're old enough to be dressing up kids of your own, Halloween is a paradise of li ... More >>

  • Film

    August 14, 2014
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    June 18, 2014

    How Diplo and 2 Chainz are flourishing in a dying industry

    Once upon a time, 2 Chainz and Diplo were working toward fame in the traditional lanes of the music industry. But that was before they learned the lucrative art of making the Internet laugh. 2 Chainz gave Skip Bayless one of his chains on ESPN2. You can order Diplo-ordained weed grinders with one-da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Riff Raff live is good, but not nearly as good as Riff Raff on the Internet

    I drove all the way to Colorado Springs once because I heard a Myspace scene queen was going to be at a house party I was invited to. I wanted to see if she was real. She was. Seeing Riff Raff at the Bluebird last night felt similar; I went to see if Jody Highroller was real. When you observe and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    The 2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival adds Randy Newman, Brandi Carlile and more

    For now, the story of Planet Bluegrass is about the floods and the devastation they brought to towns like Lyons. The storied venue sits nestled in the canyon, no small part of its appeal being that it does not have proximity to natural beauty so much as it is actually a part of the natural beauty. B ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2013
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    November 1, 2013

    Photos: Here's what Halloween in Denver looked like last night through our photographers' lenses

    It was a wild night last night in Denver. Though we're sure no one needs to tell you that. You're probably just barely recovering from spending an hour this morning washing off the grease paint and chugging your coffee trying to shake off that hangover. Amirite? A trio of our resident shutterbugs we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    THURS | DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/31/13 It just wouldn't be October without DeVotchKa's annual Halloween extravaganza. This year, the beloved Denver act is holding court at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, October 31, and the Boulder Theater on the following night, Friday, November 1. Shady El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    New Denver shows: Excision and Deltron 3030, Michael Buble, PANTyRAID, Living Colour

    Excision is making his way back to the Centennial State to rattle the windows at 1STBANK Center for the inaugural Boom Festival featuring Deltron 3030, Funtcase vs Cookie Monsta, Brillz, Ill.Gates and Robotic Pirate Monkey on Friday, November 15. Tickets ($30-$39.75) for the show are on sale now. Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    The ten weirdest hip-hop releases of all time

    Weird is not a bad thing. It sets you apart. So, in rap, where so often so much music sounds so much like the same thing, weird can be a part of something really, really good. It's not surprising, then, that some of the weirdest rap albums of all time have also been some of the most influential. Eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    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

    June 4, 2013

    Ten rappers and the artistic movements they exemplify

    Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    3 Loco at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 5/17/13

    3 LOCO @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 5/17/13 First there was silence. Then there was hysterical screaming, as Andy Milonakis walked on stage. "Pussy, pussy, pussy, marijuana," he rapped over and over again. Yup. This was definitely a 3 Loco show. What a curse 3 Loco faces; they're completely a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Ten best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    NATHANIEL RATELIFF & NIGHT SWEATS @ BOULDER THEATER | 5/17 At this stage of his career, particularly in Denver, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble. Nonetheless, the limited-edition two-song seven-inch he produced for Record Store Day feels like a fresh and glorious reint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/13/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit records tha ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    A rundown of the rap world's favorite drugs

    Drug culture isn't relegated exclusively to rock, obviously. For its part, the rap game is equally loaded with drug references of all kinds, from Promethazine and DMT to LSD and PCP, and likewise addled with its own cautionary tales and fatalities. While there's nothing as concrete to suggest that d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    FLOBOTS @ AGGIE THEATRE | FRI, 5/3/13 Half a decade after releasing the platinum single "Handlebars," which made rounds on radios across the country, the Flobots have grown significantly, both as a musical group and as a philanthropic force within the Denver community. Since parting ways with Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    The ten most underrated rappers of all time

    What contributes to a rapper's underrated status? Is it the unwillingness to compromise? The inability to compromise? An early demise? Bad promotion? Possibly all of these things and more? Whatever the case, with these rappers, it's certainly not for a lack of talent. We put together a list of the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    CONSPIRATOR @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/23/13 Conspirator is an apt name for this supergroup of sorts, which comprises members of several well-known acts. Exploring the ethereal realms of EDM, the quartet -- Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Chris Michetti ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    Billy Bragg

    Saturday, March 23, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 888-929-7849.

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    March 8, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics: The complete list

    We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    The fifty worst rap lyrics (50-41)

    Listen, before I breakdown rap's worst lyrics, you should know, I don't hate Lil' Wayne. No, really. I like him just fine. But even good rappers get caught slipping, as evidenced by the fact that Lil' Wayne makes several appearances on this list. And while picking low-hanging fruit is the nature of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Ten most enigmatic figures in hip-hop

    Sometimes there are figures in music whose mysterious and inscrutable magnetism transcends the music they make. More than musicians, they become cultural figures whose every move is analyzed every which way in an effort to figure out what's going on in that great gray matter, as Frank Ocean puts it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    New Denver shows: Rush, Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Postal Service, Death, Danzig and more

    Bunch of new shows to let you know about this week, including Rush, who's coming to the Pepsi Center in August, plus new dates featuring the Postal Service, Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Colorado Symphony, Death, Danzig and Deer Tick. Keep reading for the full rundown of all those shows, including tic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Brother Ali at Cervantes', 2/2/13

    BROTHER ALI @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 2/2/13 Brother Ali commands the stage like a political figure, only one who's less concerned with appearance and more concerned with the impact of his speech. In the nihilistic rap world of uncountable monies, untraceable guns and impregnable bitches, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012
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    November 30, 2012

    Action Bronson at Cervantes, 11/29/12

    ACTION BRONSON @ CERVANTES' | 11/29/12 The building wasn't full, but it certainly wasn't empty either when Action Bronson stepped onto stage. The crowd was a little cold. Clouds of ganja smoke floated across the room. Everyone was a little subdued. When Bronsolino started rhyming, there was that re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Action Bronson on how he and Alchemist wrote Rare Chandeliers underwater while scuba diving

    Before he gained notoriety as an MC with his 2011 studio debut Dr. Lecter, he was well respected as a New York chef (his lyrics are still garnished with references to foods of all sorts). But while he shares a profession with Raekown, another well known New York Chef, the Wu-Tang member he most freq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Hoodie Allen at Summit Music Hall, 9/23/12

    HOODIE ALLEN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 9/23/12 In the moments before Hoodie Allen took the stage at Summit Music Hall, the anticipation was reaching a breaking point, and the tension was as thick as the combination of the smoke drifting off the stage from the machines and the smoke drifting onto the st ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: Critic Karina Longworth weighs in

    Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is currently at the Toronto Film Festival, from where she'll be writing regular blog posts. This is her first in the series. This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto ... More >>