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SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ WINTER PARK | FRI-SUN, 3/8-3/10 If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the apt ... More >>
Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>
A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>
Thursday, October 18, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Flying Lotus is one of the most innovative electronic producers out right now. Born Steven Ellison but better known these days by his stage handle, the L.A.-based artist began making beats at the age of fourteen, and with his omnivorous taste in music, he's gone on to create lush, detailed music wit ... More >>
Hola, muchachos! Welcome to the weekend! While the Great American Beer Fest and Sonic Blossom are probably the biggest draws this weekend in the Mile High City and the pickings are slightly slimmer than usual, there's still a great deal of music to choose from. As always, we have all of it listed in ... More >>
Saturday, September 22, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.
Last summer, DJ and hip-hop producer Peanut Butter Wolf was at City Hall celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Stones Throw Records, the label he founded. On Saturday, June 30, Peanut Butter Wolf returns to the area to help celebrate Beauty Bar's two-year anniversary. He'll be throwing down the v ... More >>
Photo by Britt Chester Souls of Mischief @ City Hall | 1/19/12 Following the Ninja Stylez Bboy competition in the main room, Souls of Mischief exploded from behind the stage, tearing into the opening lines of "You Never Knew" with A-Plus casually swayin' behind his all-black shades amidst flawles ... More >>
While earlier rumors of DJ Z-Trip being in town at the end of January proved to be just that, it turns out that he will be in town this month after all -- just not at Red Rocks. Instead, he'll be performing at City Hall for the final night of partying for Terminal Kings, an art project sponsored by ... More >>
Catch Lungs is doing his thing with the video release for "Hooliganry, directed by Vital Films and featuring One Be Lo. The track is a single from Catch's EP, Awake in a Dream, and finds both MCs getting lyrically descriptive with the ways they keep it "hooligan." One Be Lo opens this joint a ... More >>
If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>
Friday, August 26, City Hall, 303-832-8628.
DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN at #WMS11 | 06.18.11"Del, Deltron 3300, Del the Funky Homosapien, Deltron Zero, Deltron Z, Dr. Bombay -- every one of the mastermind's personas -- was in full effect as he rapped and freestyled through tracks dating back as far as 1993."
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL | 06.13.11 "When the smoke machines ran out, someone -- and by 'someone,' I mean a complete fucking idiot -- blasted the room with a fire extinguisher, sending a sweet poison into the eyes and mouths of everyone."
Ajsml Photography CATCH LUNGS With One Be Lo • Guilty Simpson • Elzhi Food Chain • Fresh Breath Committee 03.04.11 | Marquis Theater Detroit hip-hop was definitely in the fucking building for Catch Lungs's CD release party. In addition to the fellow locals in Food Chain and Fresh Brea ... More >>
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 >>
Dean Fernando Josh Davis, better known as DJ Shadow, is one of those artists that invents genres. Since the release of his 1996 critically-acclaimed debut, Endtroducing....., he has been regarded as one of the founding fathers of instrumental hip-hop. Endtroducing..... made the Guinness Book ... More >>
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 >>
As I crossed the festival grounds toward the Bison tent, where BoomBox was scheduled, I caught strains of Matt Morris and his amazing voice, and Ozomatli getting their reggae-style funk on. I reached my destination just as BoomBox took the stage and immediately knew I was in for a good time. They op ... More >>
DJ KAAOS stands apart from the crowd with his arms full of tattoos, toting stacks of record crates (which apparently require a dolly). As a DJ, he's fully committed to respecting the past, while also forging his way into the future with MF KAAOS (and no, that isn't an MF DOOM reference, in ... More >>
By now you've heard about the loss of Keith "Keithy E" Elam, aka Guru, who passed away yesterday. If you're reading this right now, you're probably grappling with the tremendous loss of Guru and reflecting on the monumental impact he had on rap music -- despite the fact that he never really ... More >>
Friday, May 29, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Thursday, March 19, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
A Safe Place
Thursday, February 19, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Saturday, July 21, the Oriental Theater, 303-455-2124.
I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Sunday, October 29, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Sunday, October 1, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621; Monday, October 2, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
The Audience¹s Listening (Warner Bros.)
Saturday, March 4, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.
After five years, Gang Starr reclaims its place in the hip-hop pack.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
After a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop.
The Jurassic 5 make a heroic ascent from the hip-hop underground.
So...How's Your Girl?
These student DJs are hip-hop professors.
Scene & Heard
When it comes to hip-hop, Dr. Octagon veteran Kool Keith is out of this world.