Denver's DJ Cavem Moetevation spends plenty of time focusing on the "green" stuff. But his green stuff is not money or weed. Instead, his focus is on kale and being eco-friendly. Cavem -- a former Westword MasterMind award winner -- is a husband and father, a teacher, a rapper, a DJ, a midwife, and ... More >>
Estately.com, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>
Denver's DJ Cavem does, in fact, spend plenty of time focusing on the "green" stuff. But his green stuff is not a reference to money or weed. Instead, his focus is on kale and being eco-friendly living. Cavem is a husband and father, a teacher, a rapper, a DJ a midwife and an innovator. While other ... More >>
In his new column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Song: Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna History: Eminem did a freestyle battle. He went up against Papa Doc and choked. It wa ... More >>
SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... More >>
As is the case in the murder of Denver's Vincente Penaloza, in which a warrant has been issued for Tyree Bowen, eighteen, investigators are still searching for a suspect in the killing last week of John Goggin in Edgewater; see surveillance photos below. However, one arrest has been made in Goggin' ... More >>
Tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, Mike Alvarado will battle Ruslan Provodnikov in a junior welterweight title bout that will broadcast live on HBO (7:45 p.m.). The hometown hero, a two-time Skyview High School wrestling champion straight out of Thornton, is an intimidating warrior. If you've seen hi ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
Kev Kash is a rising talent from the local scene who has songs with the likes of Innerstate Ike, Myrical and Mr. Midas. Kash says 2Pac is his biggest influence, but he says his style is comparable to Lupe or Kendrick Lamar. We recently caught up with the rapper, who has a new record coming out title ... More >>
There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>
Dyalekt, an MC from the Denver hip-hop collective known as the Diamond Boiz, has decided after a long period of contemplation to officially change his name to his longtime nickname Jay Class. The decision comes more than a year after his appropriately titled album, Death By Ego, and precedes his upc ... More >>
Sometimes there are figures in music whose mysterious and inscrutable magnetism transcends the music they make. More than musicians, they become cultural figures whose every move is analyzed every which way in an effort to figure out what's going on in that great gray matter, as Frank Ocean puts it. ... More >>
The Grammys are supposed to be "music's biggest night." Unfortunately, the only person who truly believes this is the copywriter who came up with that tagline. There are easily five festivals every year with stakes to the same claim. One of the highlights of this year's Grammys was a Bruno Mars/Stin ... More >>
Leftover Salmon (due this Sunday in the middle of 7th and 8th street on Santa Fe between 1 and 6 p.m) has graced the the bluegrass scene with their talents for 22 years and counting. With the passing of Mark Vann, the band hasn't produced an album in eight years. The new addition of Andy Thron, carr ... More >>
The first weekend of Coachella was cold, damp and wet. The second weekend of Coachella was hot, sultry, and steamy. This weekend meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, Jeff Mangum came to the aid of fan in distress and our West ... More >>
Salt-N-Pepa brought the noise last night at The Gothic Theatre for Jammin' 101.5's Twas the Jam Before Christmas. The house was packed and both Salt and Pepa looked amazing in bedazzled outfits and gold rope chains. The two took us down hip-hop memory lane with big smiles, old school dances a ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Word," tells the extraordinary tale behind The Anthology of Rap, released last year to high praise and a bit of heated debate. The Westword story focuses on Anthology co-editor and CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley, a hip-hop academic whose own narrative is as compel ... More >>
Ah, Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G. There hasn't been -- and as long as hip-hop is a genre, won't be -- a quiet passing of March 9. Similar to when Buddy Holly took the fateful flight that inspired a nation to observe the day the music died, the day Biggie Smalls was slain is fo ... More >>
Tom MurphyTour Banner at back of stage. Should've been a t-shirt. BEST COAST With Waaves and No Joy 02.14.11 | Fox Theatre Opening the show with "Ghost Blonde," No Joy provided the perfect blend of noisy garage rock and dream pop. The title track to the group's debut full-length is one of i ... More >>
Tom MurphyLady Parts LADY PARTS With Doo Crowder, Samantha Doom Blows Up the Band, Maudlin Magpie 01.28.11 | Mercury Cafe Lady Parts hosted its CD-release party over the weekend amongst a group of musical friends, including Doo Crowder, who opened the evening's proceedings with a further evolution ... More >>
Google introduced a new way of filtering search results last week: By reading level. You type something in and it tells you how many results fall into one of levels. Fair enough: if you're writing a research paper on sexual health or something, and thoughtful information would normal ... More >>
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 >>
Jewell Tyme affiliate Haven the Great is an absolute beast on the mike. You probably known him either from backing up other members of the crew or guesting on albums like Dispensary Music by his cousin King FOE and Whygee. But on King Kong, his debut release, Haven is proving his worth as a s ... More >>
It's well known an this point that Jay-Z (appearing tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sound Tribe Sector 9, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy) has 99 problems, and a bitch, most certainly, ain't one. Curiously, though, until now, no one's really taken a hard look at just what Hova's 99 problems are ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Locals Only Lenny Lenn is known for the work he put in as a radio personality for various radio stations across Colorado. His biggest claim to fame is being part of the launch team of the now-defunct Denver hip-hop radio station, U102. Lenny then spent some time working behind the scenes on the Lew ... More >>
Wednesday, January 31, Quixote's True Blue, 303-297-1772.
Be there or be square!
Kid rocks, the Colorado Convention Center doesn't.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
The Denver Hip-Hop Summit may have flatlined, but there was still plenty to celebrate about hip-hop in Mootown last week.
From the week of March 11, 2004
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
New Backbeat editor throws his first punch.
Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying.
Harvey Sid Fisher has been singin’ about Taurus — and the other eleven signs of the Zodiac — for almost fifteen years.
By refusing to follow the flock, Ugly Duckling has emerged as a wholly individual hip-hop creature.
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.
One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.
We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
HOW DO YOU GO FROM BEING A JUNKIE TO A RAP STAR? COOLIO KNOWS.
How artists in a dishonest business are trying to keep your trust.