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 >>
TALIB KWELI at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/27/13 Last night, Cervantes' hosted one of the more interesting pairings in recent memory. The bill featured Talib Kweli, a New York native often lumped in the conscious rap category, and Big K.R.I.T. a Southern Rapper with a huge underground follo ... More >>
Third Eye Blind is making its way back to Denver for a show at the Gothic Theatre on Friday, December 6. Tickets ($30) go on sale this Friday, September 27, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on local radio and what's selling at local r ... More >>
In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>
AMERICA'S MOST WANTED FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | FRI, 8/23/13 The America's Most Wanted Festival features some of the most talented and successful artists to come out of the South in a long time, including Lil Wayne, whose name speaks for itself and whose March album I Am Not a Human Being II has ... More >>
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SAGE FRANCIS @ FOX THEATRE | THU, 4/18 When evaluating an artist like Sage Francis, the question inevitably arises: Should a musician be cherished for the values they hold and their loyalty to said values or their ability to make enjoyable and listenable music? If it's the former, then Sage Francis ... More >>
Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>
YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13 Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a f ... More >>
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 >>
BLACK STAR @ CERVANTES' | 05.11.12 The first strains of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" started blaring through the speakers as Yasiin Bey shook himself onto the stage to thunderous screams of applause. Wielding an red old school "drop mike," the Brooklyn MC fist pumped and enticed the cr ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>
The next few days kick off what will no doubt be a summer of hip-hop shows to remember in the Mile High City: Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli (as Black Star) will be swooping through the town this weekend, as will Drake on his Club Paradise Tour, featuring J.Cole, Waka Flocka, 2Chainz, ... More >>
Friday, May 11, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
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 >>
Update (4/10): We've confirmed that Talib Kweli will indeed be performing at Cervantes this Satruday, April 14, in place of Black Star, originally slated for that same date but moved to 5/11. Tickets for the show are $5 ($10 on Saturday for those under 21). Heads up, hip-hop heads: Black Star (the ... More >>
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to David Roth. He and a guest will be our guests at Beta tonight. Thanks for all the entries. Happy Thanksgiving. Whatcha doing tonight? Partying, we presume. You do know that next to New Year's Eve, tonight is the hottest club night of the year, right? Well, it is ... More >>
Foodchain, still riding high off the re-release of its Showoff Digital debut, Corpses, and the acclaim the crew has earned from respected rap heads like Statik Selektah, Big Pooh and Talib Kweli, is back with the second video from the record, "Yes Indeed (G-girl)." Before pressing play, you h ... More >>
Though his debut album, Boy Meets World, came out in 2009, rapper Fashawn has flourished more within the realm of the mixtape, a format he's been using since 2006. Among his many mixtape releases came Ode to Illmatic, a track-by-track take on the classic Nas album that showcased Fashawn's unc ... More >>
TALIB KWELI With Chicharones • Food Chain 12.03.10 | Cevantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Talib Kweli embodied the tried-and-true show-business rule that no matter what, the show must go on. Having seen him live tons of times, I usually come with the premise that if you've seen the Brooklyn MC ... More >>
To coincide with the reissue of Corpses, the debut full-length from the Food Chain, which dropped this week on iTunes, Showoff Digital,the group's label headed by Statik Selektah, premiered the video for "Reverse Psychology," a bonus track from the re-release, earlier this week. The clip fe ... More >>
Touring in support of his latest effort, No Better Than This, John Mellencamp comes to the Temple Buell Theatre on Wednesday, April 6. Tickets range from $44.50 to $130 and go on sale this Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. -- and include a digital download of the T Bone Burnett-produced album, wh ... More >>
Marci Johnson Props are due to the Foodchain, which has reportedly signed a distribution deal with Statik Selektah's Showoff Records imprint. Statik delivered the news himself last week during his Showoff Radio program on Sirius's Shade 45 channel (listen after the jump), when he played "Ric ... More >>
Looks like props are due to Food Chain and Time, whose new releases both registered on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart this month. Time's Naked Dinner, which entered the charts late last month, peaked at #19, while Food Chain's Corpses, which features a track with Talib Kweli that's garnered the atte ... More >>
Wow! Corpses, the new album from the Foodchain, a group profiled in these pages last week, has been out just over a week now, and it's already generating a swelling buzz across the nation. The blog 2DopeBoyz posted a track from the new album featuring Talib Kweli, as did XXLMag.com -- talk about a s ... More >>
Letitia SalazarMos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, DCQ, Spoke-In-WordzGothic TheatreFriday, August 21, 2009Better Than: anything Lil Wayne or Drake could pull offMos Def hasn't headlined a nationwide tour since the Lyricist Lounge tour in 2000, where he recruited folks like Bernie Worrell (of ... More >>
Letitia Salazar It was a busy weekend in Denver, with a fashion show on Thursday, Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Bluebird on Friday, the Avett Brothers at the Ogden on Saturday, the Flaming Lips at Red Rocks on Sunday, and the grand opening of a new nightclub downtown. So if you're looking t ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayRock the Bells 2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday, August 6, 2009 Better than: ringtone rap, anything associated with Auto-Tune or listening to the self-proclaimed newly anointed "King of Pop," Kanye West, talk about himself endlessly. Since 2003, Rock the Bells has been the pre ... More >>
3 the HardwayFebruary 28, 2009The Marquis TheatreBetter than: The Talib Kweli show the night before at Club Vinyl where you could have had your jaw tapped.Diamond BoizIn celebration of the release of their debut album, Set in Stone, rapper A.V.I.U.S., producer Es-Nine, and DJ Cysko Rokwel, collectiv ... More >>
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