This week's cover story, "Word," recounts the creation of The Anthology of Rap, the scholarly catalogue of rap lyrics co-edited by CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley. The story details the challenge of figuring what, exactly, all those rappers are saying. A few of the quarter-of-a-million word ... More >>
Remember that open video shoot for Sole's music video we told you about two weeks ago? Well, now you can see the results. He just threw up his first self-produced video, "White Rage," a part of a series of songs meant as an experiment of rap as journalism. The video was filmed right in front ... More >>
It's coming up on the birthday of this great nation, and what better way to celebrate it than to blow shit up, which is basically our M.O. anyway? Aside from the visual spectacle, which these days is starting to get a little esoteric (honestly, what does the Jupiter-burst have to do with th ... More >>
Monsters of Folk's self-titled debut grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill, while eponymous releases from Blakroc and Them Crooked Vultures came in second and third for the week. Boulder-based guitarist Trace Bundy, meanwhile, checked in at number four with Adapt, and Michael Franti & Sp ... More >>
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane grabbed the top spot at Independent Records with his latest effort, The State vs. Radric Davis, released last week on Asylum. Snoop Dogg claimed the second slot with Malice in Wonderland, released last week on Priority, while Lady Gaga's Fame Monster nabbed third place, ... More >>
Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are ChickenfootOn the surface it might seem a bit strange throwing Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith together, but the four apparently gelled so well that they decided to ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsFresh Breath Committee kicked things off at Vinyl. See more photos from Vinyl at westword.com/slideshow. Fresh Breath Committee, 12:00 p.m. The day started off nice and sunny and Club Vinyl's rooftop, but I was a bit late in catching the set from the Fresh Breath Committee. The ... More >>
Well, what do you know? Here's another reason this week to ditch out on work early. Who, us? Yeah, we know. We just couldn't, right? Uh, yeah we could. Pffth! What are you talking about? You know how we roll. After we give you drop, in fact, we're outta here like Vladamir, Jeeves. Yesterday, Dr. Kno ... More >>
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