One of the pioneers of dub and electronic dance music, Mad Professor was born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser in Guyana. In the late '60s at the age of thirteen, he moved to London where his father was living. Fraser, who was an electronics whiz kid and had built his own studio by the mid '70s, became in ... More >>
Some medical dispensaries (and soon-to-be recreational dispensaries) are just begging for a change in laws. What kind of change? One that would allow people to hang out and puff herb with other patients. So far, nobody has really stepped up to take that on. If it does eventually happen, though, ... More >>
Let's be real: Most songwriting amounts to a bunch of vague amateur poetry with pretensions of profundity. In the midst of all the babble, though, periodically a lyricist will emerge who has the courage to write about things that are real, raw and personal. That kind of truly honest songwriting reli ... More >>
While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>
See Also: - Stone River Boys at Central City Roots Ruckus, 8/11/12 - Stone River Boys at El Diablo's Rockabilly and Ribs, 8/12/12 Starting in the '80s, guitarist Dave Gonzalez released a number of albums with the Southern California-based roots rockabilly trio the Paladins before later founding the ... More >>
Tuesday, August 7, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
See Also: - Mile High Soul Club keeps the Meadowlark sweaty with classic Motown - Nightcap: Membership has its privileges at the Meadowlark's Mile High Soul Club On Saturday, August 25, former Backbeat scribe and longtime local musician and DJ, Jason Heller, is coming together with Reggie Blanding, ... More >>
Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>
Aretha Franklin is the greatest soul singer to ever live. She's the reason we have Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Adele, you name it. The singer, born Aretha Louise Franklin in March 1942, paved the way for all of the artists who followed. The Queen of Soul sang on a slew of hits such as "Natural Woma ... More >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>
On this, the first day of Black History Month 2012, there's some sad news coming out of Los Angeles: Don Cornelius, a legend who changed television forever, was found dead this morning at his home of an apparent suicide. The 75-year-old Chicago-bred civil rights-inspired journalist was the epitome ... 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 >>
Catch John Legend tonight at the Pepsi Center with SadeJohn Legend considers everything, especially when he's being interviewed. He pauses long enough for you to imagine him considering several inferior answers and tossing them before choosing one that sounds just right. Back in the fall of 2 ... More >>
Dred Scott may be homeless, but he's also got a real gift, a gift for performing R&B covers as if he were Marvin Gaye himself. The guy has chops, and thank god Tyler Ward, a Denver pop/rock artist, found him on 16th Street one day and chose to feature him on his Tyler Ward Featured Artist series on ... More >>
Photo by Kate LevyCurren$y at the Summit Music Hall this past Saturday night CURREN$Y Trademark da Skydiver • Young Roddy • Smoke DZA Fiend • Corner Boy P • Monstabeatz 05.21.11 | Summit Music Hall View Curren$y at Summit Music Hall slideshow To paraphrase Katt Williams: "If you don't mes ... More >>
Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>
Turn up the TammyOur long national nightmare is over. On Monday, the divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren was made official. While Tiger will likely continue to pull strange ass on the road and Nordegren will likely get a dumptruck-load of cash, we're going to suggest these songs to the ... More >>
Hailing from Montbello, Graffiti Black is a 23-year-old producer, writer and graphic designer known for creating sharp and distinct sounds that are both vibrant and accessible. He flips familiar elements and samples with flair and an experienced ear. Artists such as Innerstate Ike, Mr. Midas, ... More >>
Happy Wednesday. Yes, we've looked outside and know there's not much happy about this dreary day. Winter, it seems, is eager to rear it's ugly head. Nonetheless, we've got a bunch of tickets for some shows tonight that will hopefully help ease some of the pre-winter blues. First up, is Meshell Nd ... More >>
Sunday, October 18, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Wednesday, September 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Four musical moments in history that helped shape our lives and our country.
Nothing scarier, wilder or more attractive to JJ Grey than a strong woman.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Hopps rekindles the jazz flame.
Bleed Like Me (Interscope)
Singling out some exceptional singles.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
Don't Give Up on Me (Epitaph/Fat Possom)
Love, Shelby (Island)
Romeo Must Die: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jake Schroeder raises a flag for Opie Gone Bad.
New Edition is banking on a reunion to revive its members' fortunes.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.
TED HAWKINS SINGS ABOUT A LIFE LIKE NO OTHER. HIS OWN.
SHE'S THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES' N'DEA DAVENPORT, A SOUL SONGSTRESS FOR THE NINETIES.