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  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Photos: Free Blunts, the Happiest Snoop Dogg and All the Weed at the Gypsy Jane Carnival

    The Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brought two remarkably solid days of music to the Denver Mart over the weekend. Saturday was particularly good for fans of classic hip-hop, with sets from E-40, Too Short, Warren G and your headliner, Snoop Dogg. Snoop has spent plenty of time in Colorado since mari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Denver this Week

    Kind of a quiet week, as week's in Denver's live music scene go. There are a few good shows before the weekend, though, including Drake and Lil Wayne's co-headlining tour and Midge Ure at Soiled Dove. Rest up: The weekend's a doozy, with big shows from Rubedo, Miss America and more. See also: Ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    FIVE IRON FRENZY @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 8/17/13 Five Iron Frenzy began life in 1995, as the side project of a long-forgotten thrash-metal-and-industrial band called Exhumator. Ahead of the ska revival of the mid-'90s, Exhumator's members wanted to play music that was inherently fun, positive and upl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in August

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    The ten greatest West Coast rappers of all time

    West Coast rap is sometimes disparaged by hip-hop purists for it's perceived lack of lyricism and substance, but what it lacks in lyrical acrobatics and "message," it more than makes up for in personality. Whether the aesthetic is raw and violent or chill and relaxed, the sentiment comes through equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    New shows: Alabama Shakes/Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Paramore, Jim James

    There are a ton of new shows to tell you about this week, including a co-headlining date at Red Rocks featuring Alabama Shakes and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, plus new shows from Paramore, a solo date from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the Gaslight Anthem, Marina & the Diamonds and Charli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    New Denver shows: Zac Brown adds third show at Red Rocks, plus Sting, the XX and more

    Okay, hands up if you knew the Zac Brown Band was so popular. He's wildly popular, in case you're wondering. Dude just added another show at Red Rocks, thanks to the fact that the first two have already sold out. Oh, and speaking of the Rocks, Sting has announced a June date up there, and we've got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    New shows: Animal Collective at the Ogden, the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, the Revival Tour

    After the comforting lull of the holidays, things are starting to ramping back up nicely on the concert front. Some big announcements this week, including Animal Collective, who is slated to return to Denver for a show at the Ogden Theatre with Dan Deacon, and the Avett Brothers who are set for a tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    New shows: Justin Bieber adds another date at the Pepsi Center, Imagine Dragons and more

    Did you totally blow it? Did you dawdle and miss your chance to pick up tickets to Justin Bieber's now sold-out concert at the Pepsi Center next month? Is your darling niece bummed with you beyond all recognition? Good news for you: You get a do-over -- well, sort of. The Biebs just announced anothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    New shows: Sigur Ros, Carrie Underwood, Bloc Party, Big Head Todd, Divine Fits and more

    It's not Christmas yet, but you'd certainly be excused for thinking otherwise, what with the radio already playing round-the-clock holiday tunes and the new shows we've been gifted with. Looks like somebody's been on their best behavior (god knows, it wasn't us). Whatever the case, we're now being r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Videos: Katt Williams loses his sh*t on Denver heckler, gets booed offstage

    Katt Williams is one of the current scene's most popular standup comics. But when he was heckled at Denver's Wells Fargo Theatre last night, his response backfired in a big way. His Denver-dissing verbal onslaught prompted a cascade of booing that led to him stopping the show early and storming offs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Amon Tobin and Twista due on New Year's Eve at City Hall and Vinyl. Early bird tix available

    We just received word on the lineup for New Year's Eve at City Hall and Club Vinyl. With everything else going on for the post-Mayan end of year celebration, the folks at SoCo have put together an enticing lineup this year that will one-up their New Year's Eve parties in past years, which included a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review and video: 420 Wellness on Alameda

    I tried with 420 Wellness. I really did. I had heard good things about some of the shop's strains -- and one of them took second place at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup last weekend. But in the end, my experience with the shop went up in flames along with the un-purged butane hash I bought ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    4/20 in Denver events list: Take a hit from these

    It's Friday, April 20, and though you may or may not have a job, we're going to get you high today. Okay, maybe not. But we are going to tell you where people in Denver will be celebrating getting high, medicated and everything in between. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the biggest events a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Cypress Hill, the Fray, Kaskade and Mojo Nixon were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Bird, Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    New Year's Eve 2011 Denver: ten best electronic-music events

    ​What better time to dance the night away than New Year's Eve? We've curated the ten best electronic-music events for your dance-floor pleasure; keep reading to check out our picks.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Slick Rick and Too $hort to rock City Hall Amphitheater on New Year's Eve

    ​New Year's Eve is just around the corner. Time to start making plans if you haven't already. (I know, right?) We just got word of dope New Year's Eve show for hip-hop heads: Slick Rick and Too $hort will be rocking the City Hall Amphitheater with a show of greatest hits. Both are legends in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2011

    DJ Quik cancels Casselman's show, confusion erupts, Rex Lounge takes one for the team

    Where was DJ Quik? Not at Casselman's last night.​After DJ Quik cancelled on Casselman's at the last minute due to "gang activity" and "threats on his life" all hell broke loose as to where (and exactly who) would be performing and where. It turned out though, that Bizzy Bone with a fresh off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Tonight: Too $hort at Casselman's

    Often imitated but never duplicated, Too $hort (performing tonight with DJX, Shade Loc G, Hypnautic, King Tef, Johny Rocketz, 20:12, Nominee, Mya Rose, Spoke n Wordz, Playalitical and Felisa Latin Soul at Casselman's) has been making records for almost thirty years, helping to establish Oakland, Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Misogyny: Do women get a bad rap in hip-hop?

    ​Misogyny, as a concept and as a behavior, is a major issue in hip-hop. Women are frequently marginalized and suffer the extreme sexist treatment at the hands of men in the business. As I began to examine the pronounced gender bias in the hip-hop community for this week's feature, I interviewe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Twiztid at the Fillmore lacked a certain demented spirt of mayhem

    Aaron ThackerayKung Fu Vampire Twiztid • Potluck • Kung Fu Vampire 03.26.10 | Fillmore Theater Walking to The Fillmore and being accosted with, "Yo, Juggalo, can I use your phone for a minute?" should have been the first sign that the normal world was somewhere else. Opening act, Kung Fu Vamp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Are you indie or independent?

    As I've mentioned once or twice in this blog, I occasionally DJ around town, under a pseudonym. I use a pseudonym because I want to make it clear that Eryc Eyl, the DJ, operates in a musical universe that is completely different from the one inhabited by Eryc Eyl, the music critic. We are, in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Denver greats pay tribute to hip-hop's greats at Get Down Wednesdays

    Gotta love Denver, man. At the risk of sounding like a homer, the creativity here is invigorating. It seems cats are constantly striving to come up with compelling ways to put on shows, Stand By Your Band at the hi-dive, Denver Does Denver and now Hip-Hop Bites Back, an idea whose time has truly com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Pirate Signal at the Marquis Theater

    Photo by Chad FahnestockDJ Beretta, D. Allie, Dante, Air Dubai, Mane Rok and the Pirate SignalMarch 13, 2009Marquis TheaterBetter Than: Puking up green beer outside Scruffy Murphy'sEntering the Marquis Theater on Larimer Street on Saturday night was like stepping into a warm, dry bungalow after bein ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Pirate Signal continuing to make moves

    From the sounds of it, the Pirate Signal has been working overtime. Fresh on the heels of wowing crowds at this year's Sundance film festival, preceded by a string of dates supporting 3OH!3 last fall, the act is headlining a stellar bill at the Marquis Theater this Saturday, March 14, that also feat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: My head is spinning

    Photo: Lucia De Giovanni Last night, I had the honor and privilege of guest deejaying at Matt Fecher's New Music Mondays at the Larimer Lounge, playing music from my collection next to the incandescent DJ Ginger and firestarter DJ Hot to Death. Ginger played a couple of body-rocking sets, including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Suge Knight, Outkast, YouTube Live

    Suge Knight files lawsuit against Kanye West Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has filed a $135,000 lawsuit against Kanye West for a gunshot wound and a robbery of his diamond-stud earring that occurred at West’s pre-MTV Music Awards party back in August 2005. According to TMZ, Knight bel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Getting Exposed

    Say, miss, is that Daft Punk you're grinding your junk to? Normally, I don’t have to try too hard to get exposed to new music. Thanks to hard-working publicists, record labels and musicians, my mailbox and email are usually filled with the latest and greatest. And I make a concerted effort to li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2008


    A hit in the Ballpark neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Out Tha Box TV, Green Lantern, Common, 50 Cent

    LOCALS ONLY The online Colorado hip-hop show Out Tha Box TV will celebrate two years on air next month and they’re beginning their third year with a bang. The online show will be heading to television sets on May 14 on the ION Network at 3 p.m. “We were looking for a station that was on the move ... More >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2008


    The best in legitimate, artist-approved downloads.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Pimp Stoppers

    “You’re dead wrong if ya think that pimpin' gon' die.” At least that’s what Snoop Dogg maintained in his 2003 “P.I.M.P.” duet with 50 Cent. But that won’t stop some from trying. This fall, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault will unveil its ad campaign targeting pimp culture an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    Devil on the Dance Floor

    Denver Police Department Offense Report No: 07-5003857 Date: 3-02-07 Type of Offense: Theft Location of Offense: Armida's, 840 Lincoln Street Loss: $300 25-year-old victim reports: "I was at Armida's for Karaoke night. My purse was on the table with my wallet and cash inside it. Some guy tried flir ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Too $hort

    Thursday, March 1, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1-866-455-2263.

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Rap Sheet

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    The Coup

    Wednesday, December 6, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Music

    February 5, 2004


    The Black Album (Def Jam)

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Club Scout

    Baby Bash

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2002

    Junkyard Dog

    Found-object sculptor Donald Lipski trains his eye on Colorado.

  • Music

    February 5, 1998

    Queer Power

    Joe Queer makes punk that's built to last.

  • Music

    November 21, 1996

    Our Gangstas

    Is gangsta rap getting more profound?

  • Music

    November 21, 1996
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