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    June 6, 2014

    The twelve best concerts in Denver this weekend

    It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>

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    July 31, 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 >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    Jahni Denver

    Mountain Lion, Pt. 1

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    December 31, 2012

    Ten best (and strangest) arts and culture experiences in 2012

    Denver, you've got it going on. This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of many incredibly cool events involving local and national artists, musicians and performers. Combing through the past year of Westword stories, I compiled this list of the best (and strangest) arts- and culture-related expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop: A Broncos anthem, plus new cuts from Billy Lipz, Young Doe and more

    We've got another fresh batch of local hip-hop for you this week, including a new cut from Innerstate Ike, Esi Juey and Nyke Nitti that pays homage to the beloved boys of winter in the orange and blue. If you have't heard it yet on KS-107.5, which has been showing the track love since premiering it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Local Shakedown Volume 4 features forty local acts, including Ian Cooke, Hindershot and more

    After gaining a reputation for taste and comprehension with their first three volumes, including a nod in our Best of Denver issue in 2010, the folks at Radio 1190 continues to document the Denver music scene with the fourth installment of their Local Shakedown comp, a two disc set that covers a gam ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Review: T-Pain at the Ogden Theatre, 2/26/12

    T-PAIN @ OGDEN THEATRE | 2.26.12 In a display of what can only be described as obnoxious, drunken, ego-driven mania, T-Pain performed for nearly three hours last night to a two-thirds-full Ogden Theatre that, by the end of his reign of terror, was more than half empty. The king of mediocrity in an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Weekend's best live music bets: Overcasters, Glass Hits, T-Pain, Zola Jesus and More

    TGIF! We made it to the weekend! Another fine lineup of live music in store for you in the Mile High City over the next couple days. Tonight, Overcasters play the second night of its three-night stand at City Hall. Dubbed Gathering of the Clouds, the second edition of this three-day festival marks t ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012


    Sunday, February 26, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

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    December 22, 2011

    T-Pain coming to the Ogden Theatre

    ​An extensive user of Auto-Tune, T-Pain helped bring the pitch correction software to the masses with his iPhone app, I Am T-Pain. He doesn't skimp on the Auto-Tone on his latest effort, Revolver, which was released on RCA earlier this month. In support of the disc, T-Pain stops at the Ogden T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

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

    ​​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks featuring Atmosphere, Common, Greives Budo and Get Cryphy were announced; the Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Monroe Monroe and Juno What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Tech N9NE on being a major artist with a loyal fanbase while remaining fiercely independent

    ​A fiercely independent artist with a diverse, dedicated and ever expanding cult following, Tech N9NE (due tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium) has a hustle that simply cannot be knocked. Currently in the midst of an 82-date tour in support of his latest album, All 6's and 7's, the rapper has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Lil Wayne gets Unplugged, and we've got suggestions for his set list

    ​Hip-hop lyrics often get lost amongst the bass, snare and 808-drenched beats and production of a song. That's why, when a rap artist -- like Jay-Z, for example -- decides to take on MTV's famous Unplugged series, the outcome can be amazing, as was the case with Jigga, and hopefully will be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Rock knew early about bin Laden's death; hey, at least it wasn't Charlie Sheen

    For The Rock's eyes only.​Last week, we got the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed and shortly thereafter, we learned that the news had leaked to a couple of people -- including actor/professional wrestler The Rock -- before the White House informed the press and public. Today, the maj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    What's killing the music industry? Auto-Tune? The Internet? American Idol? All of the above?

    ​The music industry has been marked for death for a long time now, but amazingly, nobody has managed to come up with a concrete reason as to why. Sure, it's easy to assign blame, but the real reason the music is dying is still a mystery to most people in the industry. Thankfully, plenty of sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Tonight: Das Racist at the Larimer

    ​Joke rap hinges upon one thing: Whether an artist is laughing at themselves, or if the rest of the world is just laughing at them. Das Racist are clearly laughing at themselves -- best evidenced in the track "Hahahaha JK" where they explain they're not joking, just joking, they are joking, ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Nicki Minaj on SNL: Top 10 Digital Short songs

    ​Nicki Minaj was the musical guest on this week's SNL. Her performances were good -- she's an undeniable presence -- but her star turn was in a digital short called "The Creep." In the last half-decade, that's where some of SNL's most memorable non-Sarah Palin moments have been. Where did ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    The National, Bassnectar, Sleigh Bells, the Slits filled our playlists this past 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?" 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 al ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    July 22, 2010

    Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross, FOE & Whygee dominate our playlists this week

    Jason StoffBig Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists.​ 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, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Top 10 weirdest musical duets

    A couple of nights ago, we had the absolute pleasure of seeing William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun do a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Lopez Tonight that made our hearts cream with loving ecstasy. We have no clue what to actually think of Lin Yu Chin (other than that the internet seems t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    And now, presenting thirty craptastic minutes with thirty different iPhone band apps

    ​ Sometimes we have to wonder if folks that program for Apple's App Store are hell-bent on wasting people's time. We spent an evening with as many artist-specific iPhone apps we could get our hands on and found a few amazing things, a few interesting things and a plethora of pure and total cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    We Are the World 25/2010 performers pull off impressive performance

    All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    We Are the World 2010: List of performers seems a little underwhelming -- the idea is to get people to buy the song, right?

    Our friends over at CNN just posted a partial list of performers appearing on the "We Are the World" remake. From the looks of it, we put more thought into this whole thing than the organizers did. Okay, sure, there were a handful of bona fied stars that took part -- and we're assuming they've be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Top Ten Songs from the '00s That Will Puzzle Future Generations

    Wonder if whoever set these misfit creatures loose happened to notice their poker faces?​This last decade has seen several genres rise and fall on the Billboard charts and because of that we've had a weird array of singles briefly topping the charts. In ten years or so, when we look back on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Frank E: The takeover continues with Madonna, Lil Wayne and Toni Braxton

    ​We never cease to be impressed with the strides that Colorado producer Frank E continues to make. It's like nonstop! And although he's been producing hits for a nice range of hip-hop artists like Chamillionaire, Plies, T-Pain and Flo-Rida, he's doing the pop thing too. Two singles from pop supers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Strippers (temporarily?) take over the airwaves

    From​ I'm in love with a stripper (radio station). Cue the medieval flute-sounding music. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, allow T-Pain to school you.) I was driving in my car this afternoon, and I got a text from a friend of mine. (Don't worry. I didn't holler back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Over the Weekend: KS-107.5's Summer Jam

    Luda. KS-107.5 Summer Jam Fiddler's Green June 12 By their very nature, hip-hop radio station festivals like KS-107.5's Summer Jam (the station's twelfth consecutive sell-out) tend to promise more than they can deliver. The lineups are generally stellar -- proof that despite changes in the music i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Beyond Playlist: Green Day and more

    Green Day 21st Century Breakdown (Reprise Records) The five years since the release of American Idiot, an album so strong that most critics didn't believe the Green Day crew had it in them, have only added to the burden of expectations for 21st Century Breakdown, as Billie Joe Armstrong and pals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Def Jam's Ace Hood shows Denver Nugget love with "Overtime" remix

    Denver Nuggets DJ and 107.1 FM mixmaster, DJ Bedz, pulled some strings with his colleagues at Def Jam Records to get an NBA Playoff anthem from artist Ace Hood for the Nuggets' playoff run. The track is called "Overtime" and features T-Pain and Akon. While it's already a radio hit nationwide, the Nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Producer Frank E has more hits on tap

    We did a short profile of Colorado producer Frank E a while back, focusing on his work with national artists like Plies and Flo Rida. Then he hooked up with T-Pain and cooked up another a mixtape gem. But there's still no slowing him down, as Flo Rida is dropping a new single produced by Frank E alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: My head is spinning

    Photo: Lucia De Giovanni Last night, I had the honor and privilege of guest deejaying at Matt Fecher's New Music Mondays at the Larimer Lounge, playing music from my collection next to the incandescent DJ Ginger and firestarter DJ Hot to Death. Ginger played a couple of body-rocking sets, including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they w ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (11/17/08-11/21/08)

    Leave the Gun. Take the cannoli. All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Guns N' Roses, Kayne West and T-Pain

    Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy Interscope Frankly, after a decade and a half, I’m just happy that only some of this blows, instead of the whole thing – and as a bonus, several of the tracks that do blow are unintentionally funny. Not all of them, of course: “If the World” sounds so muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Operation World Domination continues to be in full swing for 3OH!3

    All right, just when you thought things couldn't get any more redamndiculous for 3OH!3, they have. Following last week's appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly (clip posted after the jump), comes news that's likely to further stir the ire of naysayers. We've just learned that Nate and T-Pain have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Scribble Jam, BET’s Rap City, Kanye West, T-Pain

    Catch Lungs LOCALS ONLY On Wednesday, local hip-hop fans made their way to the Fox Theatre in Boulder to see who would represent Colorado at this year’s Scribble Jam Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. The decent-sized crowd was treated to performances from up and coming local artists Catch Lungs, Pur ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: The BoomBox, Lil Wayne, Young Buck, 50 Cent and Queen Latifah

    LOCALS ONLY Being a hip-hop artist in Denver is one of the toughest gigs in town. Not only is it difficult to find a venue that will allow hip-hop shows, let alone take home a piece of the bar and door, but it’s really hard to find an audience who isn’t brainwashed by the mind-numbing playlis ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008
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    May 2, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Side 3 Studios, Kanye West, Common, Rappers on Sean Bell verdict

    LOCALS ONLY When former Sony exec Adelio Lombardi moved back to Denver several years ago, he had a vision of launching a state-of-the-art recording studio in the metro area for local and national acts. Lombardi officially opened Side 3 Studios last year, and has already seen visits from Bow Wow, Om ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
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    February 8, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DJ Bedz, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Flavor Flav

    Locals Only: DJ Bedz Joins XM Radio DJ Bedz has been handling business with Denver on his chest for quite awhile now. From spinning the weekend mixes on KS107.5, to reppin’ as the official Denver Nuggets DJ, to mixtaping the heck out of the Mile High City and even appearing on BET’s Rap City ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Mini Reviews

    Mini Reviews

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    November 22, 2007

    Trans Am

    Thursday, November 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    A Tale of Two Rappers

    How the hype played out in the 50 Cent vs. Kanye battle royal.

  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    Kanye West

    Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella

  • Music

    August 23, 2007


    Wednesday, August 29, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know about to avoid cultural ostracism.

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