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Universal Music Group

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    How Bob Marley was sold to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The ten best EDM albums of 2013

    It was another big year for EDM, with some memorable people, places and moments. And there were a slew of chart-topping releases from producers, massive releases whether you dig the harder styles of four-on-the-floor big-room bangers or the soft trance melodies. There were a lot of hot releases in 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in June

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 6/22/13 When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    FLOBOTS @ AGGIE THEATRE | FRI, 5/3/13 Half a decade after releasing the platinum single "Handlebars," which made rounds on radios across the country, the Flobots have grown significantly, both as a musical group and as a philanthropic force within the Denver community. Since parting ways with Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The new Flobots album, The Circle in the Square, celebrates worlds big and small

    See also: - Remembering Sandy Widener - Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Flobots on the Occupy Movement - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Survival Story Sometimes Denver can feel like a very hip Mayberry. While waiting to meet the founding members of Flobots at the Denver Bike Cafe, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Flobots, The Circle In the Square: Jonny 5's track-by-track breakdown of the new album

    Westword caught up with Flobots frontman Jonny 5 (aka Jamie Laurie) for a track-by-track breakdown of The Circle In the Square, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what the songs are about, wonder no more. You've come to the right place Page down to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook on the band's new album and working with Chris Difford

    While Squeeze (due at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on Wednesday, July 4) has had a few hiatuses in its almost forty year history, singer and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook says the band sounds more energized these days. So energized, in fact, that the group has even started work on a new album, a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment

    It's official: Flobots are no longer without a label. After parting ways with Universal Records in December 2010 -- the label that issued the band's last full-length, Survival Story -- the band has officially been picked up by Shanachie Entertainment, a prominent independent label founded in the mid ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011
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    September 20, 2011

    Live Nation and Universal Music form super-company

    ​Live Nation Entertainment, which now houses Ticketmaster, House of Blues and Ticketweb has announced a partnership with the Universal Music Group to create a joint-venture management company for managing and strengthening the label's acts. This is the first time a major label has teamed up di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    A first look at Adam Baumeister of Bad Weather California's warped Aerosmith video trilogy

    ​Remember in the '90s when Aerosmith was really old, but somehow still popular? Adam Baumeister of Bad Weather California is helping us all relive those days with a trilogy of re-worked videos from the Get A Grip-era. Only he's made these gratuitously awkward scenes actually tolerable by setti ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
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    December 10, 2010

    Flobots no longer on Universal Records

    ​Yesterday, Ricardo Baca from the Denver Post reported that Flobots' relationship with Universal Records has ended. Stephen Brackett, aka Brer Rabbit, confirmed the split and went on to say that the separation was amicable.

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
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    March 12, 2010

    An exclusive in-depth Q&A with Jonny 5 of Flobots

    ​ Jonny 5 is scaring folks in middle America. Literally. But while the Flobots frontman -- better known to folks around here by his government name Jamie Laurie - has devoted the better part of his adult life to becoming a radical force for change, it's not his politics that making folks in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Hearsay bits: Strange Condition gets new frontman, Hearts Like Lions change name and more

    Noe DeLeonRyan Malloy's (far right) Condition is no longer all that Strange.​Strange happenings: We've received word that frontman Ryan Malloy has parted ways with Strange Condition, which signed a development deal with Universal Records this past summer. The outfit is keeping the reason for Mallo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Download DJ Low Key's new mixtape for free

    DJ Low Key will be in Austin at SXSW deejaying for national hip-hop group Tanya Morgan next week. Before he heads out, though, he hooked us up with his new mixtape, Ketchup, with L.A. rapper TiRon. For those unaware, TiRon made some noise a couple of years ago with his first project, Handshakes & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Top Ten Latin Music Albums of 2008

    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.Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to le ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    May 23, 2008

    Rearview: The Week In Review (5/16/08 - 5/23/08)

    Here's a run down of what you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while all eyes were on R. Kelley, who was undoubtedly ruing the day that he gave in to his body, which was evidently telling him "yes," while his mind was telling him "no"...

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Fighting with Tools

    By the end of the 20th century, our capitalist economy had grown to revolve around three key roles. Most importantly, there was the Customer. This entity defined the needs of the marketplace and received goods and services, usually in exchange for cash. Next in importance was the Supplier. This behe ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2008

    Crunk Dialing

    3OH!3 extends its coverage area thanks to a new deal with Photo Finish Records.

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    December 28, 2007
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    December 19, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>

  • 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 AllMusic.com, “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 >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Top of the Morning

    This local label boosts Denver's national image.

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    September 15, 2005
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    January 6, 2005

    Spirited

    Ghost writer Garland Jeffreys returns to his old haunt: the stage.

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Northern Exposure

    Canada's Sam Roberts is determined to rock the Lower 48.

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    September 9, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Dispatch plays by the numbers.

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    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    The Beatdown

    The music industry is in a shambles, but Suburban Home is celebrating independence day.

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    The Beatdown

    A stab at the majors can be painful.

  • Music

    September 13, 2001

    You Can Feel It All Over

    India.Arie taps into a soulful past to create her own kind of wonderful.

  • Culture

    September 13, 2001

    Feel His Pain

    Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Backwash

    Lawyers rock and roll.

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Backwash

    Slim Cessna has seen the light.

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Backwash

    The downfall of Napster is wussifying the Web.

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Luna

    The Days of Our Nights

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    Hit Pick

    This week's local music pick: Acoustic Junction

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Cleared for Takeover

    Backwash gets caught up in merger mania!

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Backwash

    Dire predictions for music in the Y2K.

  • Music

    May 27, 1999

    The Mellowing of Mr. C

    Elvis Costello isn't angry anymore.

  • Music

    February 18, 1999
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