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 >>
HOPSIN @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/18/12 If there was a reoccurring theme last night at Cervantes', it was a pronounced disdain for the recording industry. Spitting in the eye of the industry with bravado, with each artist on the Funk Volume Tour boasting about their independent status, ... More >>
Laetitia Sadier was the charismatic singer of the influential and experimental Stereolab, a band she started with guitarist Tim Gane after a short stint in the political post-punk band McCarthy in the late '80s. Combining krautrock drones and hypnotic rhythms with a lounge-jazz sensibility and a wil ... More >>
While the concert announcements have started tapering off a bit, there's still some big shows that have been announced, including Gotye's Red Rocks show in August, Channel 93.3's Big Gig in September featuring Silversun Pickups, 3OH!3, the Hives, the Wombats and others at Red Rocks. Also, Matisyahu ... More >>
STING at WELLS FARGO THEATRE | 11/20/11Sting's list of endearing anecdotes is almost as long as his lineup of inexplicably bizarre ones -- which, in turn, is almost as big as his ego. The former Police frontman and pouty-lipped crooner remains fearless in the face of a staid solo career (heavy on Po ... More >>
Eric GruneisenGame at the Ogden last nightGAME at THE OGDEN THEATRE | 11/3/11Last night at the Ogden, Game had so many fans draped in red on stage with him, it began to look more like the red sea, rather than a band of hip-hop hooligans representing for their favorite MC. A few things are sti ... More >>
Known almost as much for controversy as he is for his husky vocals, The Game (due tonight at the Ogden Theatre with Menace, Juice, and BLKHRTS) came onto the scene with a lot to say and even more to prove. The L.A. native has an unflinching loyalty to the West Coast, and he brings an intensit ... More >>
Larimer Lounge Presents: Don't Get Shot!True to form, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend in Denver. And as always, there's tons of variety to choose from. On Friday, the Swayback is playing a free gig at the Larimer, while Electric Six hits up the Bluebird, Wolves in the Throne ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Paul Simon, Amos Lee and Matisyahu were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Whiskey Bottles, Petals of Spain and Hot IQsall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and rec ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Mastodon, Stephen Stills and Trans-Siberian Orchestra were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Saints, Kinetix, the Fluid and Dave Beegle all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record s ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows Tech N9ne, Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Monroe Monroe, Air Dubai, Spires and Popcult all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new a ... More >>
"Mr. Know It All" is no "Since U Been Gone," but it will sell quite well.Kelly Clarkson is back. Again. After disappearing from the pop-music scene following her massive hit album Breakaway, then returning with the Clive Davis-hated project My December, then returning again with "My Life Woul ... More >>
Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, the world's leading collector of failed superhero franchise leads, opens today. Reynolds plays Hal Jordon, a fearless test pilot who's chosen to become part of an intergalactic peacekeeping force called the Green Lanterns. They use their power rings to h ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Gucci Mane went straight from the psych ward to the tattoo parlor and came away with the confusing mess you see to the right. Lots of people have suggested this is a clear indication he got out a bit too soon, but does this really seem like exceptionally, uncontrollably rash behavior? He may ... More >>
A Day to Remember and Bring Me the Horizon are co-headlining The Game Changers Tour, slated to stop at the Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, March 27. We Came as Romans and Pierce the Veil are also on the bill. Tickets ($35.25) go on sale this Saturday, December 18 at 10 a.m.
There have been rumors on the Internet the last few days saying that Call of Duty: Black Ops might be the biggest launch in video-game history -- which is actually saying quite a bit, considering people were saying the exact same thing last year about another game in the series, Call of Duty: ... More >>
Phil Lesh & Bob Weir's group Further, who helped kick off things at the 1stBank Center in March, return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25. The two Grateful Dead members will be joined by RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Benovento-Russo ... More >>
Jason Nocito Baltimore-based duo Beach House (due at the Bluebird Theater with Bachelorette on Wednesday, April 7) is one of the rare bands that arrives on the scene with a sound so mature, singular and self-contained that you worry about its lifespan: How could something that seems perfect ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>
If you're available tonight around 8 p.m., Beta Nightclub (1909 Blake St) will be hosting the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle, a hip-hop producer head-to-head competition. The event, which is a premier national hip-hop event, will be hosted by well-renowned rapper/producers Exile and Black Milk.Twelve ... More >>
The only thing this heist movie steals is your time and money.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (7 Grand Records)
Saturday, June 11, Coors Amphitheater, 303-830-8497.
Sunday, April 17, Magness Arena, 303-830-8497.
The Out-of-Towners (ECM) Land of the Sun (Verve)
Stuck in the Panic Room, David Fincher takes us to a most familiar place.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
From South Park to Pokémon, 1999 was almost an American beauty.
Twenty-five years later, Sweden's still getting its revenge.
August 6 - 12, 1998