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    April 7, 2014

    OutKast is coming to Denver with the Mad Decent Block Party, tickets on sale now

    So news is spreading quickly about this year's Mad Decent Block Party, a fledgling festival tour heretofore specializing in the kinds of hip-hop and dance acts whose members were likely to be wearing floral print hats. It was mostly found in large clubs with outdoor spaces, that sort of thing. Not t ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Artist Matt Scobey on his new installation Hootie Hoo, Outkast and working with concrete

    Matt Scobey is always busy working on something interesting. For his brand-new installation at Fancy Tiger, the artist drew inspiration from the 1920s art movement Proun to create a concrete-and-wood modular installation with pieces that viewers can purchase to take home in order to create their own ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    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

    October 11, 2013

    The ten best non-rap covers of rap songs

    In the past few years, it has become fashionable for non-rap artists to cover rap songs, and it's often with an overwhelming irony. Most of the time, though, the best covers are ones that take the tune seriously enough to create something that expands on the original in a creative way. Here are the ... More >>

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    August 22, 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 >>

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    August 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 8/19/13 Few bands of the past two decades have had as profound an influence on as wide a spectrum of artists as My Bloody Valentine. Not only did the landmark 1991 album Loveless have a massive impact on the group's peers at the time, but it has since influ ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in June

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 6/22/13 When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it go ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    March 7, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics of all time: 20-11

    We've almost reached the end of our countdown of rap's most dreadful lyrics. Think you can stomach ten more? Good. Purely by coincidence, today's selections feature some of hip-hop's most memorable scientific and mathematical gaffes. And we're not talking anything complicated, here; we mean basic ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    February is already off to a good start for hip-hop with a pair of great shows this past weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks and Brother Ali with Prof, Danny Brown and Evidence at Cervantes'. Even excluding those shows, the rest of the month looks to be just as enti ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    The ten best storytellers in hip-hop

    The art of storytelling has existed since before recorded history, so it's somewhat surprising that the practice didn't take off in hip-hop, an originally oral tradition, until the late '80s. Since rappers discovered just how captivating a well-told story could be, the storytelling track has become ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    New shows: SnowBall Music Festival adds STS9 and other acts, the Pharcyde at Fox and more

    New week, new year, new show announcements -- the biggest one this week involves STS9. Fresh off a three-night New Year's Eve run at the Fillmore comes word that the outfit has been added as a headliner at this March's SnowBall Music Festival. We've got the full run down on that below, as well as wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The ten worst hip-hop Christmas songs

    Every holiday season, we're blessed with great renditions of classic Christmas songs to warm our spirits, but along with that also comes a lists of well meaning yuletide flops. This is especially the case in hip-hop, in which rhyming about Christmas has not always produced the best results. Here are ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2012

    Tonic Alize

    Paper 2012
    Brown Magic Records

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    October 26, 2012

    Waka Flocka at Ogden Theatre, 10/25/12

    WAKA FLOCKA @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/25/12 In order for Waka Flocka and his crew to keep pace with his past appearance in the Mile High City, all they would have had to do at this is walk out on stage and perform a few hit singles. Instead, the Brick Squad Monopoly (SQUAD!) spit a rowdy, if somewhat un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: October 22-26

    New week, whole new batch of shows. We start off the week with an absolute bang -- Sleigh Bells tonight at the Boulder Theater -- and end it with lauded locals Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing a super intimate show at the Soiled Dove Underground to raise money to give emergency aid to those ba ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Killer Mike

    Saturday, September 22, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.

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    July 19, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. at the Bluebird, 7/18/19

    BIG K.R.I.T. @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 7.18.19 See Also: - Big K.R.I.T. at the Marquis, 10/21/10 - Mr. Midas and Big K.R.I.T. collab on "Back On" Big K.R.I.T. calls himself the King Remembered In Time, an appropriate name, because he truly is timeless. When the big king stepped on stage, all stern-face ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012


    Sunday, May 13, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    April 26, 2012
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    March 8, 2012
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    March 3, 2012

    SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 1 travelogue

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL, DAY 1 @ VAIL VALLEY | 3/2/12It took about four bone-chilling minutes, starting at the opening of gates, to remind me of the frigid misery I signed up for again this year. Did I learn my lesson from last year in regard to snow boots, multiple layers, cash, and festival planni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    The 54th Grammys: who will win (Adele) and who won't (Lady Gaga)

    From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big too. Continue reading f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    2012 Grammy Nominations: Kanye West and Adele clean up, Katy Perry earns pair of nods

    Grammy nominations for 2012 were announced last night during the Grammys Nomination Concert -- which was, oddly, just that: a concert, not a nominations show. Nominations in four major categories were announced, plus performances by major players in mainstream music like Lady Gaga, who performed twi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier

    Saturday, November 19, City Hall, 303-832-8628.

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    November 3, 2011

    Rollin' In My '64: Ten famed (and great) rap songs about a Chevy

    Donk.​The Chevrolet car company was founded 100 years ago today to compete with the Ford Model-T. But who cares about 100 years ago? The golden age of Chevrolet was from 1960 to 1976, from the Impala to the second-generation Caprice. This writer learned to drive on a '64 Impala in various stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Professor concludes that sex sells. Who knew? The 10 best "reproductive messages" in songs

    State University of New York professor Dawn R. Hobbs recently concluded that 92 percent of the songs that made it to the Billboard Top 10 in 2009 contained some form of "reproductive messages." The conclusion is unsurprising: Sex sells. What is mildly surprising, however, is the statistical degree t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    8Ball and MJG on the longevity of their southern style and how their rhymes are as pure as ever

    ​8Ball and MJG (due at Casselman's this Sunday, September 4) are one of the dopest hip-hop acts to ever come out of the south. The Memphis duo ushered in an entirely new era of hip-hop, unwrapping their lives in layers with vivid tales of pimping hoes, making money and moving drugs with eloque ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 18, 2011

    Young Jeezy

    Tuesday, August 23, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    August 17, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A pair of new October dates have Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden and Bush at the 1STBANK Center, with Chevelle and Filter, while November brings Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Fillmore. On local radio, Air Dubai, Le Divorce, Bop Skizzum and Signal Path ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Game soundtracks like Bastion and Sword & Sworcery continue to peak on Bandcamp

    ​Long before Lil Wayne allegedly sampled a track from Sword & Sworcery, independent video-game soundtracks have consistently been topping the sales charts on Bandcamp. It's gotten to the point that when a reasonably hyped game releases a soundtrack, it's almost inevitable that it will end up i ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Review: Katy Perry at 1STBANK Center, 7/26/11

    Katy Perry last night at 1STBANK Center with Skeet Skeet and Robyn​KATY PERRY at 1STBANK CENTER | 07/26/11The crowd at Katy Perry last night was exactly as expected -- armies of sprayed and glittered bodies evoked every variation of Perry's persona over the last half-decade: girls from prescho ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011
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    May 20, 2011

    Tonight: Curren$y at the Fox

    ​Earlier on in his career, Curren$y (performing this evening at the Fox Theatre with Trademark, Young Roddy, Fiend and Corner Boy P) ran with the likes of Master P and Lil Wayne, via the rappers' infamous entourage/record labels, No Limit and Young Money. Now releasing albums on his own throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Top five music videos based on movies

    ​Lil Wayne's delayed "6 Foot 7 Foot" video leaked and subsequently premiered yesterday. If you haven't seen it yet, let's just say director Hype Williams has outdone himself. He uses Inception as a jumping-off point, and in doing so, "6 Foot 7 Foot" joins a long list of music videos inspired b ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Lil Wayne is not for the children

    ​Didn't somebody wise once say: "Lil Wayne is not for the children?" Oh, wait, come to think of it, that was ODB. Nevermind. And it was "Wu-Tang is for the children!" We digress. Nonetheless, the point remains. It doesn't take much to deduce that a guy that talks about the things Wayne talks a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Twitter patter, so much chitter chatter: Cats could learn a thing or two from Chamillionaire

    ​There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.

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    January 17, 2011

    Lil Wayne's Twitter account compromised. Hacker fails to get the Internet riled.

    ​Yesterday, while Lil Wayne was presumably not diligently monitoring his Twitter account, it was compromised by an unknown Tweeter. Surely the Internet break-in sucked for Weezy once he was alerted, but the bigger problem lay in followers' laps: The faux LilTunechi was a blathering idiot, subj ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
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    November 5, 2010

    Hammer vs Jay-Z: The top five dumbest and most pointless beefs in music history

    MC Hammer recently decided the best way to rekindle his once massive flame was to start a beef with Jay-Z in the way of diss track called "Better Run Run," boasting lines like, 'That boy tried to steal my swag/His finger prints all over the bag." While it might have sounded good on paper -- start ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Best Coast, Big Boi top sellers at local stores

    ​While there weren't any unanimous winners across the board, Best Coast's debut, Crazy For You, released last week on Mexican Summer, took the top spot at Wax Trax and the tenth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending August 1. Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty, ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    "Hey!" by 3OH!3 and Lil Jon: Another new track from Streets of Gold Crunk Rock.?

    ​ Mystery solved: You won't find "Hey!" on Streets of Gold, and that's because it's on Lil Jon's new album Crunk Rock, released earlier this week. All right, so we already told you about 3OH!3 premiering Streets of Gold's first single, "My First Kiss," featuring Ke$ha on Monday. Evidently, i ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Top five TV themes ripe for mashup

    Have you heard "Office Musik" yet? It's Clockwork mashing Lil' Wayne's "Hustler Musik" with the theme from The Office. It's good. So good that we listened to it about fifteen times yesterday. So good that it was Hype Machine's number one track at the same time that Entertainment Weekly wrote it up ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records again

    ‚ÄčTech N9NE's latest effort, K.O.D., grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the second week in a row, while Slayer's new disc, World Painted Blood, came in second and Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 grabbed the third slot. Michael Jackson's This is It and Say Anything's new self-titled album rounded o ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records

    ‚ÄčTech N9NE's K.O.D., released last week on Strange Music, nabbed the top spot on Independent Records' charts for the week ending November 1. Michael Jackson's soundtrack to the film This is It and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 came in at second and third, while Swollen Member's Armed to the Teeth a ... More >>

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