• Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Dance producer Beni Haze: "I'm going to be myself. I'm a white nerdy kid who's legally blind"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SPEAKEASY TIGER @ MARQUIS THEATER | SAT, 4/27/13 Half a decade ago, Speakeasy Tiger seemed to be in the right place at the right time, with a kind of electro-rock that was equal parts Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Gossip, only gone in a more pop direction. The group got its start as an expansion of origin ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    JOE BONAMASSA @ BELLCO THEATRE | TUES, 4/23/13 Joe Bonamassa is a nouveau bluesman who favors a hybrid blues-rock sound that employs simple song structures and puts the emphasis on powerful fretwork, an approach that nods to a distinctive era of the 1960s, when British players such as John Mayall, J ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    The ten greatest southern rappers of all time

    It took a long time for the south to be recognized as a major player in the hip-hop scene, and it still has a ways to go to be held in the same regard as the East and West Coasts, but with the emergence of a new breed of countrified rappers such as Big K.R.I.T., Future, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz (and ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    On "We Found Love," Calvin Harris found his voice, but now he wants to quit singing

    Before he and Rihanna found love in a hopeless place, few people in the States knew who Calvin Harris was -- even though the Scottish producer had released two albums of game-changing electro-pop across the pond. The Timbaland of electro, Harris has a distinctively auteuristic quality to his product ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Boy-band resurgence: One Direction and the Wanted try to fill the void Justin Timberlake left

    Pop music is cyclical. With the absence of one niche pop artist arises another: Look at what Lady Gaga did when Madonna was absent from the scene for so long. What has pop music been missing recently? Boy bands. 'N Sync, the world's most revered boy band -- bar the Beatles, pop's first boy band, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Jay-Z's come a long way from the Marcy Projects

    What do you know about Jay-Z? Born Shawn Corey Carter in December 1969, the Brooklyn corner boy from the Marcy Housing Projects, who used to flip kilos of coke as fast as he flipped rhymes, turned his life of trial and tragedy into one of triumph and success, making a ton of money and marrying the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Video: Madonna's"Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A as cheerleaders

    Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'" video, which premiered only hours ago on her YouTube channel, is proof perfect that she is still the Queen of Pop. The song itself isn't particularly innovative. It's instantaneous dance-pop infused with elements of a previous era, the 1980s, while still attemptin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Placing odds on Danger Mouse's next collaboration

    ​Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp on rockin' the mike and making people think twice

    Adrian Diubaldo / Photo Roadies​ The most immediately noticeable thing about Kalyn Heffernan is that she's in a wheelchair. What takes a little more time to absorb and appreciate is that the petite Irish woman in the Timbaland boots and paint-covered electric chair (she's also a sometime graf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Q&A with Snoop Dogg

    Photo by Jeff FarsaiSnooperman with Slightly Stoopid. It only took about six weeks to get Snoop Dogg to answer a batch of e-mail questions for a profile advancing the July 15 Blazed and Confused Tour stop at Red Rocks co-starring Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley and Mickey Avalon -- but it was wort ... 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

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2009
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    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008
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    November 14, 2007

    Q&A With David Guetta

    Mighty few American performers are able to communicate with foreign journalists who use a language different from their own – so credit French DJ David Guetta, the subject of a November 15 Westword profile, for speaking English (and doing so intelligently) while discussing his burgeoning career to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Q&A With Northern State's Julie Potash

    The mini-profile of Northern State that appears in the November 1 issue of Westword springs from the following maxi-Q&A with Julie Potash, one of three MCs in the sprightly hip-hop act. It’s her second interview with the paper, but the first one to actually appear in print; a previous article inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    The Rockies Make a Grand Entrance

    As promised in this week's Beatdown, the following is a breakdown of entrance music for many of your favorite Rockies players. The songs are reportedly chosen by the players themselves, and while some of the selections make total sense (Todd Helton and Josh Fogg's picks are no-brainers), others are ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    A Tale of Two Rappers

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

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Prinzhorn Dance School and More

    Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007
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    May 16, 2007

    Cool Björk

    It's early in the current Red Rocks season, but the marvelous venue's most unusual 2007 show may have already taken place. The May 15 date featuring Icelandic sprite Björk and harpist Joanna Newsom offered the sort of challenging music that wouldn't be expected to draw a throng. Yet the rows along ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2007


    Tuesday, May 15, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Danity Kane

    Diddy handpicked these sirens, but are they show stoppers?

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    The Grandma Awards

    Just over four decades ago, actor Peter Sellers presented the Beatles with a Grammy they'd won for the song "A Hard Day's Night." In a film of this event that was shown during the 1965 Grammy telecast, Sellers referred to the prize as a "Grandma award" -- and his joke rings true to this day. The fol ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Singles Going Steady

    The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year.

  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    Making Adjustments

    What do Justin Timberlake and Thom Yorke have in common?

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Busta Rhymes

    The Big Bang (Aftermath/Interscope Records)

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    February 9, 2006

    Jamie Foxx

    Unpredictable (J-Records)

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Missy Elliott

    The Cookbook (Atlantic)

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Call of the Wild

    Tweaked and irreverent, Caribou's digital psychedelia refuses to be tamed.

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Lloyd Banks

    Monday, September 27, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    True Colors

    Truth sets the record straight about her hefty lawsuit, her split with Dr. Dre, and what's next.

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z hosts a listening party for his latest opus, The Black Album.

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    November 13, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Obie Trice

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    N.E.R.D. Alert

    In Chad Hugo's world, art and commerce co-exist.

  • Culture

    June 12, 2003

    Greek Out

    Distributors still don't honeymoon with small romantic comedies.

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Rhythm of Ages

    Craig David may be young, but he's got a grown-up soul.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Handsome Boy Modeling School/Quannum Projects

    So...How's Your Girl?
    (Tommy Boy)

    Quannum Spectrum
    (Quannum Projects)

  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

  • Music

    December 25, 1997

    And the Winners Are ...

    Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    Rap Gets Puffy

    Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.