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  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Red Rocks on Colorado's first legal 4/20

    The most superfluous smoke machine in the world was employed during Wiz Khalifa's 4/20 set at Red Rocks. Partway through the Pittsburgh rapper's performance, someone backstage turned on the thing, and its output was immediately subsumed into the cloud of pot smoke cascading down from the stands. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Music festival fashion in 2014: Just the butts (with photos!)

    Editor: Kalyn Heffernan is a familiar voice to many regular readers of Backbeat. We've written about her band several times over the years. And this week, she's been sending us commentary on her third trip to Austin for SXSW. Read about why she still thinks it's worth it to go, and see every outfit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Things that need to happen at my funeral

    In his weekly column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Earlier this week, I went to the funeral of a person that I cared about. While I am of course happy that he will get to spend the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in November

    FRI | DELTRON 3030 at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/15/13 Deltron 3030 isn't so much a group or an album as it is a mode of thought, and there are few hip-hop albums (or albums of any genre, for that matter) with the cinematic quality of this group's self-titled debut. Dan the Automator created deeply textur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    The ten biggest tropes in rap music

    Rap is not the homogeneous radio-whoring genre that people make it out to be -- most of the time. But the rest of the time, you have to admit rap can be just as formulaic and predictable as its detractors claim. If you're looking to find a new appreciation of one of America's greatest musical creati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Menswear Mondays: Starving artist Jesse Briata on his androgynous style

    As Denver Pridefest came to a close Sunday, many people pulled out their most colorful rainbow gear or their most over-the-top fashion. A few individuals did it uniquely, in their own interpretation of being proud. One of those people is local starving artist, Jesse Briata, who wore a mix of floral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Coachella 2013 YouTube schedule and lineup

    If you're one of the fortunate ones who's going to Coachella this weekend, feel free to go ahead and skip to the end of this post, where you'll find the full lineup and schedule. If, however, you're a flat broke music lover who'll be attending Couchella, as some clever dude somewhere has coined it, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    LEFTOVER SALMON @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI & SAT, 3/29-3/30 Leftover Salmon has graced the the bluegrass scene with their talents for 23 years and counting. With the passing of Mark Vann in 2001, the band hasn't produced an album in eight years. The new addition of Andy Thorn, carried over from Emmitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows this month

    The hip-hop, as you know, doesn't stop. It's a new month, which means there's another fresh batch of dope shows for you. And trust: March has plenty of freshness on tap, from revered elder statesmen like De La Soul, Naughty By Nature and GZA to newer cats like Tech N9ne, French Montana and Kendrick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 lineup finally revealed

    After months and months of outrageous speculation, fake posters and seemingly endless chatter, this year's Coachella lineup has finally been revealed. If you haven't seen it yet, we can summarize it for you in one word: underwhelming -- well, unless you're like certain friends of ours who think that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Gateway acts: How Beck opened up a whole new world to an evangelical boy from the Midwest

    Gateway acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), December 7-9

    Money troubles? Forget your cares while enjoying some of the bargain entertainment in Denver this weekend. Friday thrugh Sunday are full of interesting events -- everything from watching classic Saturday morning cartoons and local comedy to gazing at dinosaur bones -- and we've found seven great eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Matthew Gianopoulos ID'd as victim in Green Valley Ranch homicide (35)

    Update: Last week, we told you about a homicide in Green Valley Ranch on Wednesday evening; look below for our previous coverage. Now, the Denver coroner's office has identified the victim as Matthew Gianopoulos, age 21. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Here's a little more about a y ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    Meek Mill

    Thursday, August 2, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Time keeps on ticking with an Adam Yauch tribute and new album in the works

    Among a handful of the local music-scene tributes to recently deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Time offered his respects for the fallen MC and activist on a new tune, "Too Sweet to Be Sour," a cross-Atlantic collaboration with British MC Akira the Don. The track opens with a crisp horn line looping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Photos: These Capitol Hill characters go bump in the night

    When the sun goes down, nocturnal Denverites emerge and turn up their style swagger. Take a look at this week's trendsetters and rule-breakers -- caught in their natural environs of East 13th Avenue.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Notorious B.I.G.: Fifteen years ago today, we lost a legend, one of the greatest rappers of all time

    Today marks fifteen years since the Notorious B.I.G. was tragically gunned down in a murder that remains shrouded in opinion, mystery and haunting culture appeal. You probably remember exactly where you were on this day in 1997 when you heard the news that one of the game's greatest rappers had died ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Fresh local hip-hop from Mr. Midas, Yonnas Abraham and Spoke In Wordz, and Rockie

    Mr. Midas and Ruckus pay tribute to their Grandma on "Tender Kisses"​The rap that's out this week is all over the place, in the clubs, perched on precariously high ledges and, as always, in the motherfucking streets, son. Mr. Midas puts moving pictures to his song "Tender Kisses" for a video t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    DJ Quik

    Saturday, July 9, Casselman's Bar and Venue, 720-242-8923.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Bad Religion, Shad and Eels fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    American Tomahawk, Chromeo, Black Milk fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    DJ Cavem Moetivation on greening the 'hood as hip-hop's organic gardener

    Jay Esposito​ DJ Cavem Moetavation (aka Ietef Vita) is out to green the 'hood, one hip-hop element at a time. Activist, b-boy, DJ, MC, graffiti artist, beat-boxer, film maker and journalist, Cavem plays many roles, all geared toward empowering the 'hood with tools that facilitate evolution of ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009
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    October 23, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with Kid Hum

    ​Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Music as a weapon: Make it stop for chrissakes! This is torture, man.

    SoKabs (via Flickr)​Did you see this yet? We just caught a link to this on Twitter (thanks, MyBodySings), a list of artists whose music was used "during the detention and interrogation of" to torture "prisoners at Guantanamo and other US facilities"? The list, published by the National Security Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    The blog shortcut, April 30 edition

    May flowers on the way. Today in Backbeat Online: • Danielle Ate the Sandwich (and became an internet phenomenon). • My Bloody Valentine at the Fillmore. • Dialed in: This week's local music radio playlists. • Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist -- 04.29.09. • Sound Bites: Quiet Company, Death Cab ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008
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    December 7, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Pimp C Dies, Spice 1 Shot, Lauryn Hill Still a Pain in the Ass

    For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Brother Ali

    Tuesday, April 17, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2007

    What About Bob?

    Stephen Marley If Jim Morrison has some kids walking around out there, I can't imagine that they'd get together for a concert and cover some of their father's tunes. Nor could I imagine a couple of Junior Jimmy Hendrixes, Janis Joplins, Elvis Presleys or Tupac Shakurs paying tribute to their pare ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    A Cut Above

    Taking a whack at circumcision.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    The Coup

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

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006
  • News

    September 7, 2006

    What's My Line?

    I once waited for Dave Matthews. I'm not making that mistake again for a snowboard.

  • Music

    December 8, 2005
  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    DJ Quik

    Saturday, August 27, Ogden Theatre, 303-831-2525.

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2005

    Tupac Lives!

    Get some Juice at the Hip-Hop Flix Film Series.

  • Music

    August 11, 2005
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    December 2, 2004

    Ja Rule

    R.U.L.E. (Def Jam/The Inc. Records)

  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Mercy Mercy Me

    MURS is already a legend. Now if he can just get folks to stop thinking of him as the new guy.

  • Music

    February 13, 2003


    God's Son (Columbia)

  • Culture

    November 14, 2002

    Happy Birthday, Havu

    The William Havu Gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary in the Golden Triangle.

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Faith Evans

    Faithfully (Bad Boy)

  • Music

    May 24, 2001


    The Sneak Attack (Koch)

  • Music

    December 23, 1999


    The Seventh Deadly Sin
    (Coroner Records/Atomic Pop)

  • Music

    March 26, 1998

    Vanilla on Ice

    The hip-hop trivia question wants to prove that he's still cool.

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head.

  • Music

    March 20, 1997
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