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    November 17, 2014

    Cricket on the Hill Was the Great Equalizer of the Denver Music Scene

    From 1963 until March 15, 2008 The Cricket On The Hill (located at 1209 East 13th Avenue) was a dive bar that hosted bands of pretty much every conceivable genre and level of notoriety. Denver's godfathers of noise Page 27 played there -- so did nearly every other band in town over the years. It was ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Denver's DJCHAP Joins Forces With the Influential Teklife Crew

    DJCHAP is off to a good start. So far, he's earned the respect of one of his biggest musical influences, grown an online following from around the world, and just dropped an EP of fresh footwork tunes that has earned praise from influencers like XLR8R and Potholes in My Blog, among others. But he re ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Colorado's You, Me & Apollo Wins National Award for "I Don't Want to Be Loved"

    The winners of the 2014 Unsigned Only Music Competition have been announced, and the Fort Collins band You, Me & Apollo won in the Americana category for its song "I Don't Want to Be Loved." The competition received more than eight thousand entries with a finalist group presented to a panel of judge ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Start the Way You Think it Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Rap is in a new golden era

    The progression of music will always be weighed down by periods of stagnation. Although new rap acts are presented into the mainstream every year, the actual newness of the music is generally overstated. The prime exception to this rule is the so-called "golden ages," pockets of time where innovatio ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Wax Tailor explains the concept behind his concept album, Dusty Rainbow From the Dark

    Wax Tailor is the long-running hip-hop/downtempo project of Jean-Christophe Le Saoût. In the '90s, Le Saoût was involved with the rap band La Formule, and in the latter part of that decade, frustrated with the creative restrictions of a major label, he established the Lab'Oratoire imprint. In 2001 ... More >>

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    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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    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: 50-26

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Culling through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining the fifty best ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Ten best hip-hop Christmas songs

    For as many ill conceived hip-hop Christmas cuts that have been produced over the years, there have been as least as many that were great. While they're not all necessarily fun, feel good songs meant to get you in the spirit of the season, and some deal directly with the ills of the holiday or criti ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012


    Spring Break

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    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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    December 17, 2011

    Review: Speedwolf at The Marquis Theater, 12/16/11

    Tom MurphySpeedwolfSPEEDWOLF at the MARQUIS THEATER | 12/16/11Speedwolf vocalist Reed Bruemmer feigned surprise at the end of the band's set last night and asked the audience if they actually wanted to hear the band cover KISS. Of course everyone did, so the guys closed the record-release show with ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Scott Ian of Anthrax on Worship Music, comic books, Doctor Who, VH1 and interviewing Ozzy

    Scott Ian of Anthrax​Anthrax (due Wednesday, October 19, at Summit Music Hall) is one of the Big Four thrash bands from the '80s and the only one originally based on the East Coast. More than most metal bands, Anthrax seemed willing to smile and display a wicked yet playful sense of humor -- e ... More >>

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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 >>

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    March 11, 2011

    VibeSquad's Aaron Holstein on dubstep and the importance of hip-hop to his craft

    ​ Looking at Aaron Holstein, the man behind VibeSquaD, you would never guess he is a trained multi-instrumentalist with a background in jazz. The talented Colorado-based producer emits sounds that can make your ears bleed with pounding bass, swirling synthesizers and relentless energy -- but ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Hip-hop's ten most impactful deaths

    ​Today marks the anniversary of the day that the world lost the greatest rapper of all time. Christopher Wallace's untimely death on March 9, 1997, had a significant impact on the rap game. If Biggie had lived, for instance, his presence would have essentially erased the need for Jay-Z. Unstop ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we present you with fifteen love songs about... inanimate objects

    ​It's Valentine's Day, which means the entire Internet is abuzz with songs about love -- or if people are feeling particularly sad -- songs about hate. But what about those who prefer to spread their affection to other things, like inanimate objects? Well, there are plenty of those songs, too. ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Nuggets rap Christmas in Hollis

    Yep.​The NBA has a long and awkward history of team-produced Christmas music. Last year, the Nuggets did "Winter Wonderland" with all the production value of a local car commercial.This year's edition, released today, is more... well, entertaining at the very least. That's right, they remade R ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Paul the Octobus film next for The People vs. George Lucas makers about to go international

    Paul the Octopus.​One of the annual oddities of the Starz Denver Film Festival is the scheduling of the closing night film (this year, the unintentionally hilarious Black Swan) on the event's second-to-the-last day. As usual, Sunday, the day after, featured a full slate of cinema, with The Peo ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Mashed landings: A rundown of the 5 worst mash-ups

    flickr / nmfin​Thanks to the absurdly low cost of music and video editing software and an inexhaustible number of people who clearly have too much time on their hands, the Internet has been inundated with mash-ups. Some folks, believe this is a auspicious development for humanity. And while we ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Q&A: Meet Bianca Mikahn of Paradox

    Which came first, the poet or the MC? Broaching the philosophical debate implies the two are not one in the same. History shows us otherwise, whether the funky notes of blues rattled off the tongue of greats like Billie Holiday, or, more recently, the appearance of the Last Poets on Nas's [Untitled] ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Under Fire: The Second Act

    ​Our former Cafe Society intern just decided to chuck college in favor of a real education: as a sous chef. In Under Fire, he chronicles his daily trials and tribulations in the kitchen. A new computer, a healed finger (the cut was all flash and no substance -- the finger was working ag ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    September 2, 2009

    Q&A with Regan "Busdriver" Farquhar

    Photo by Brian TamborelloBusdriver with Busdriver.​ Boasting may seem like a hip-hop requirement, but it's actually possible to play the rap game without overdosing on self-love every other line. For proof, direct your gaze to the following Q&A with Regan Farquhar, who performs as Busdriver. T ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Jukebox Effect

    I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Scribble Jam, Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z

    LOCALS ONLY Scribble Jam is an annual hip-hop festival hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio. So why are so many Colorado hip-hop artists excited about it? Well, on October 1 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, a Scribble Jam preliminary event is being held to determine the best rapper and best producer to represe ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    Live Review: Hippie Werewolves at Herman's Hideaway

    Photo: David Barber Hippie Werewolves frontman Haylar Garcia Hippie Werewolves, Old Man Stu, Assault Monday, August 18, 2008 Herman's Hideaway There was a time when the notion of mating rap with metal seemed vital and groundbreaking. At first, there was an admitted novelty factor attached to hear ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    Sanity Claus

    Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.

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    November 1, 2007

    Musical Mentors

    Re-Creative Fusion plays with improvisation.

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    October 24, 2007

    The Rockies Make a Grand Entrance

    As promised in this week's Beatdown, the following is a breakdown of entrance music for many of your favorite Rockies players. The songs are reportedly chosen by the players themselves, and while some of the selections make total sense (Todd Helton and Josh Fogg's picks are no-brainers), others are ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    A Fine Frenzy

    Alison Sudol is indeed someone You Oughta Know. Thanks, VH1.

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    October 11, 2007

    Cheeky Monk

    The latest news from Denver’s counter culture.

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    April 5, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    May 4, 2006

    Aural Pleasure

    The talented tongue of Atmosphere goes to work.

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    November 3, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    September 16, 2004

    Slick Rick

    Friday, September 17, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

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    April 1, 2004

    Club Scout

    People Under the Stairs

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    March 18, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Bo Diddley

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    March 11, 2004

    The Beatdown

    A long-awaited Hip-Hop Summit looks like the real deal.

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    August 21, 2003

    Roadside Profits

    The Road Less Traveled (RSP/

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    January 6, 2000

    Two's Company

    Together Productions gives the city's dance scene something to rave about.

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    November 25, 1999

    And You Don't Stop

    These student DJs are hip-hop professors.

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    September 24, 1998

    The Break of Don

    The Don Kronicals are a hip-hop partnership with punch.

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    March 6, 1997

    Run, Reverend, Run

    Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.

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    August 29, 1996
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    August 22, 1996

    Simply the Quest

    A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.

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