Up-and-coming producer Beni Haze has been a fixture in certain areas of the music scene for a while now; although you might not necessarily recognize his name in conjunction with dance music (that'll change soon, we'd wager), he played keyboard in Pnuma Trio with Paper Diamond's Alex B., and he's mo ... More >>
Before it was even released, "Get Lucky," the first single from Daft Punk's forthcoming album "Random Access Memories," set the world on fire. From the fan edits of the track to the sixty second commercial from Saturday Night Live to the album teaser from Coachella, "Get Lucky" generated more than t ... More >>
See Also: Justin Martin at City Hall, 7/27/12 If you haven't heard of Justin Martin yet, consider yourself on alert: The scene veteran and Dirtybird artist has long been a favorite of those in the know for his impeccable selection and ability to transcend electronic-music genres, but he's about to ... More >>
Over the weekend, Serena Williams might have been in Spain playing tennis, but she was getting more attention in the blogosphere for seventy seconds of a leaked rap song she made. The results sound like an amateurish impression of a collaboration between Missy Eliot and the Neptunes. The opening lin ... More >>
ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS @ RED ROCKS | 1/27/12 Under a star-speckled sky and with freezing temperatures, Atmosphere delivered a greatest hits compilation at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the inaugural Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks. Nostalgia aside, when he greeted everyone at the venue and op ... More >>
A Tribe Called Quest is a group that will forever go down as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And its album, The Low End Theory, is among the game's best and most influential albums. As we approach the twenty-year anniversary of its release, DJ Mu$a is planning to pay tribute t ... More >>
If you ever get the chance to speak with Del the Funky Homosapien, your first thought will most likely be something like this: "Wow! He is one quiet, enigmatic dude." However, as you'll discover, once he opens up, he is a wealth of information. Embarking on his twentieth year as an artist, ... More >>
Hailing from Montbello, Graffiti Black is a 23-year-old producer, writer and graphic designer known for creating sharp and distinct sounds that are both vibrant and accessible. He flips familiar elements and samples with flair and an experienced ear. Artists such as Innerstate Ike, Mr. Midas, ... More >>
Taking Woodstock is in theaters Friday. Maybe it will be really good, or maybe taking a stand-up comedian and sticking him in a semi-dramatic movie about Woodstock that doesn't feature any -- any! -- musical performances is a terrible idea. Still, rock 'n' roll and Hollywood have been ugly, ... More >>
Common's new album drops in December -- and he's already talking about the next one. LOCALS ONLY Hip-hop group On Point, which now consists of Flawless and Fo-Chief, formed back in 2004, but it really didn’t get noticed locally until when they released their album, D-Town Extravaganza, last yea ... More >>
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 >>
Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco Sunday, April 27 Pepsi Center The mainstream press' habit of branding Kanye West a one-dimensional egotist tends to make his creative achievements seem like side effects of his neuroses, and that's a shame. His public statements overflow with so much se ... More >>
When it comes to his passion project, Pharrell Williams puts music ahead of money.
Pharrell Williams, the subject of an April 24 Westword profile, is as busy a producer as any on the planet; among his most recent projects was Madonna’s Hard Candy, which reaches retailers on April 29. Still, he managed to squeeze in an interview to promote an upcoming appearance by N.E.R.D., a pa ... More >>
Tuesday, February 26, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
It’s time once again for a trip to the past – the recent past, when every boy, man and elderly dude doddering toward the grave was singing about Kelis Rogers’ breasts. In the following Q&A, conducted for a March 4, 2004 profile, Kelis proved to be bright and blunt. She chalked up the success ... More >>
B¹Day (Sony Urban Music/Columbia)
What do Justin Timberlake and Thom Yorke have in common?
Sunday, October 30, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
O (Sony Urban Music/Epic)
DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (Doggy Style/Geffen/Star Trak)
Real Talk (Desert Storm/Atlantic)
Fly or Die (Virgin)
Kelis gives thanks to more than her mammaries.
Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.
Jay-Z hosts a listening party for his latest opus, The Black Album.
In Chad Hugo's world, art and commerce co-exist.
When it comes to poker, Texas Hold 'Em proves who's a real player.
When DJ Vadim traveled to the ends of the earth, he found hip-hop in every corner.
Electric Circus (MCA)
A Gangster and a Gentleman (Ruff Ryder)
Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
Lord Willin' (Star Trak)
When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.
As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.
Faithfully (Bad Boy)
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Rock Steady (Interscope)
X.O. Experience (Loud/Columbia)
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.