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    March 13, 2014
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    April 16, 2013

    Ten rockers who found religion

    We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork on playing a homemade drum kit made of cardboard boxes

    Soilwork formed in Helsinborg, Sweden, in 1995 and developed out of the Gothenburg melodic death metal mold, incorporating aspects of NWOBHM and other styles of music to forge an angular yet flowing sound of its own. Though clearly rooted in prog, there is enough of punk frayed edges in the band's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Peter Black on growing up around music, So What! and the importance of community

    See Also: Tonight: Peter Black at the Meadowlark Peter Black (aka Peter Gurule) first gained renown as a DJ as part of the long-running and legendary club night, So What! Since then, he's made a name for himself not just as a skilled DJ in a very real sense of the term but as someone who has taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Karl Denson on musical roots, moving on after Lenny Kravitz and creating Beastie Boys tribute

    Karl Denson (due on the main stage at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase) is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped the musician from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2012

    Review: Sleigh Bells at the Ogden, 04/13/12

    SLEIGH BELLS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.13.12 Ever heard of the loudness wars? Doesn't matter. War's over. Sleigh Bells wins. Decisively. Right now, there's a roomful of people banging their heads in unison, in the kind of scene that makes dollar signs appear in the eyes of chiropractors. It's so loud you ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    April 21, 2011

    The Anthology of Rap: The hip-hop soundtrack to go along with this week's cover story

    ​This week's cover story, "Word," tells the extraordinary tale behind The Anthology of Rap, released last year to high praise and a bit of heated debate. The Westword story focuses on Anthology co-editor and CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley, a hip-hop academic whose own narrative is as compel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Rev Run on Auraria campus today

    Britt Chester​ Reverend Run was on the Auraria campus today talking all about how he parlayed his position from a life of 'hood proportions, growing up in Hollis, Queens, to one of an almost royal standard. Using his inspirational synthesis, which, if you follow him on Twitter, you can spot f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    People Under The Stairs on music and big ass mansions

    Catch People Under the Stairs on Saturday night at the Marquis with Prime Element and Input​ As the first hip-hop duo signed to electronic dance label Om Records, People Under The Stairs have been spitting out quality underground material since 1998. Thes One and Double K have a true apprecia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    The Anthology of Rap co-editor Adam Bradley on his background and compiling the book

    ​Making connections between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Wonder Mike isn't such a stretch for Adam Bradley. As one of the editors of The Anthology of Rap, a newly released collection from Yale University Press, as well as the author of 2009's Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop, Bradley has ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    April 30, 2010

    Mark Farina weaves a tapestry of funk at the Gothic

    Mark Farina|Miguel Migs 4.29.10 | Gothic Theatre Downtempo guru Mark Farina has been touring with deep house DJ Miguel Migs, but fortunately for Denver, his stop at the Gothic added two local players to the bill. First up was Half Color, a two-man group out of Fort Collins playing downtempo, liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Recast: What the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack should've sounded like

    ​Last Recast, we looked at film with an excellent score and added some licensed music to spice it up with mixed results. This time around we'll look at one of the arguably worst licensed soundtracks of any film, Ghostbusters 2. Now, keep in mind, we're not saying we don't appreciate Randy Edelman' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Live Review: Mr. DIbbs & Rob Diktum

    Photo: Tom Murphy Calm Calm, Reflect June, Tullie, Ancient Mith and Mr. Dibbs & Rob Viktum Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Fox Theatre Better Than: A mainstream hip-hop show. I’m pretty sure I got to the show on time and Calm opened their set with one of their best songs – “Ginger’s Drumming Wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    Q&A With Chuck D of Public Enemy

    Public Enemy's Chuck D is among the greatest innovators in hip-hop, and unlike so many of his peers, who’ve either disappeared from the scene or have transitioned into other sectors of the entertainment universe, such as acting or reality TV, he’s still spitting rhymes with something approximati ... More >>

  • News

    September 28, 2006

    Sole Survivor

    Bryan LaRoche just did it.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Say What?

    The top WTF moments of 2005.

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Rivers Changes Course

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

  • News

    June 23, 2005
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    February 17, 2005

    The Hustler

    DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    The Beatdown

    We built this city on rock and roll.

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Turning Pro

    The Procussions take their homegrown hip-hop to the West Coast.

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Rock Steady

    Don't call Aesop Rock the savior of hip-hop. He's just trying to be original.

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Four elements make one movement.

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Voices Carry

    With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    The World Within

    When DJ Vadim traveled to the ends of the earth, he found hip-hop in every corner.

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Career Remix

    DJ Paul Oakenfold heads in a new direction -- and not everyone wants to follow.

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

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

  • Music

    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • Music

    April 12, 2001

    Back That Smut Up

    As the Smut Peddlers, members of the High and Mighty hip-hop crew find new life in porn.

  • Culture

    April 5, 2001

    Blowin' Smoke

    Ted Demme and Denis Leary are a match made in effin' heaven.

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Don Is Breaking

    With a new full-length album and his own record label, Denver rapper Don Blas is lighting up the local hip-hop scene.

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    The Same Old Shlock

    Proof that today's popular music is just as good -- and bad -- as it's always been.

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    The Wisdom of the Saint

    As himself and Apostle, Jeff Campbell embodies two personas. Both of them want to write Denver's hip-hop gospel.

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    Sweet Emotion

    Hip-hop rock-fusionist band Rainbow Sugar believes it's a Wonderful life.

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    More Songs of the Century

    Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.

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    April 1, 1999
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    January 28, 1999

    A Weasel No More

    Get reacquainted with Steve Knutson, the Denver rock-scene alum behind four CDs' worth of hip-hop history.

  • Music

    April 23, 1998

    Spin City

    A look at Den One, Denver's least likely regular hip-hop party.

  • Music

    April 9, 1998

    The Gospel According to Ben Harper

    A gifted performer reveals how to become a better musician: Work at it.

  • Music

    February 12, 1998
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    December 25, 1997

    And the Winners Are ...

    Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

  • Music

    November 6, 1997

    United They Stand

    Three locals are using the media to put Colorado hip-hop on the map.

  • Music

    August 21, 1997

    The Tempel of Dance

    Worshipping DJ Jonas Tempel at the Church and beyond.

  • Music

    January 9, 1997

    A Good Rap

    Exploring the mindstate of the hip-hoppers in Denver's nGomA.

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