Broncos safety Quinton Carter was hurt most of last season, and the contract he signed as a rookie in 2011 is pretty modest by NFL standards -- $2.495 million over four years. That's barely enough to buy a new Escalade each Christmas! Still, it's tough for us to believe Carter is so hard up for cas ... More >>
This is a turning point in the history of music on the internet. I know, I know, it feels like a regular Friday, but trust me, things will never be the same again. The forces of capitalism, social networking and goofing off have converged at the perfect time to create the magic that is the "Harlem ... More >>
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 >>
Talib Kweli got all hip-hop scholarly this past Friday as the keynote speaker for the spring Sankofa Lecture Series at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The event was designed to focus on the anthropology of hip-hop, and Kweli, who was succinct and clear with his message, was absolutely dynamic ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY Since releasing their debut album, Til Then... last year, ManeLine, which consists of Mane Rok, InkLine and DeeJay Tense, have been on a tear locally doing show after show and even helping get monthly local hip-hop nights going at Herb‚Äôs Hideout (Everybody Eats) and the Marquis Theate ... More >>
The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>
The French dance-music maven wants to duplicate his European fame in America.
After the NBA's Pepsi fizz goes flat, George II must pump up the Nugs.
Tupacís mom, Afeni Shakur, makes peace with the artistís legacy alive.
Putting Denver on the musical map.
Rising political powerhouse Jared Polis is rich, tireless and filled with contradictions.
The Volunteers (Jade Tree)
Berliner Paul van Dyk tests the politics of the American dance floor.
Junior Senior is proud to be a silly dance band.
The second coming of the Lord.
Sex and this city
Ming & FS want to do it all -- at exactly the same time.
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him.
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Rufus Wainwright thinks the world could use a little romance right now.
Five years after Swingers, Jon Favreau just wanted to get a movie Made.
Any Dick or Harry can get funky with the Tom Tom Club's first recording in eight years.
As himself and Apostle, Jeff Campbell embodies two personas. Both of them want to write Denver's hip-hop gospel.
Oliver Stone tackles pro football on Any Given Sunday.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
DJ King Britt is making Boulder part of his royal domain.
Funkster Rick James learns how hard it is to remain hip.
Ice Cube on child-rearing and Family Values.
The Don Kronicals are a hip-hop partnership with punch.
Kim Fronapfel, aka DJ Sentiment, focuses on music that matters.
Pinning down Wyclef Jean, one of hip-hop's hottest commodities.
Denver rapper Kingdom hopes he has the golden touch.
One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Denver's Gary Givant has been DJing since the Seventies--and he's still going strong.
Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.