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    March 3, 2014

    The 12 best concerts in Denver this week: March 3 to March 7

    Editor's note: Hall & Oates are now going as Daryl Hall & John Oates, because apparently that's the way you add gravitas to a catalogue that will turn your pants pastel and put shoulder pads in whatever shirt you're wearing if you listen long enough. Here's the thing: They needn't bother -- the song ... More >>

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    December 12, 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

    November 7, 2013

    Steve Aoki, resident party starter: "I want to maximize fun. I want to break the fun meter'"

    Steve Aoki is singularly focused on making sure your ass is partying. As founder of the now-famous DimMak record label, has built his dance party into an empire. Live, his over-the-top antics range from paddling through the crowd on a raft to tossing cake into the screaming audience. When he's not s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics: The complete list

    We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    The fifty worst rap lyrics (50-41)

    Listen, before I breakdown rap's worst lyrics, you should know, I don't hate Lil' Wayne. No, really. I like him just fine. But even good rappers get caught slipping, as evidenced by the fact that Lil' Wayne makes several appearances on this list. And while picking low-hanging fruit is the nature of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Why do musicians endorse candidates?

    There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Nicki Minaj at Wells Fargo Theatre, 8/2/12

    NICKI MINAJ @ WELLS FARGO THEATRE | 8.2.12 See Also: - Nicki Minaj at Wells Fargo: Most memorable fans and her ten most provacative quotes - Nicki Minaj's "Stupid Hoe" takes aim at Gaga and other fellow pop stars - Nicki Minaj merges all of her wacky personalities into one smart album cover - Nicki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    American Idol recap: Jermaine Jones booted when producers discover his criminal past

    Even before the contestants performed last night, one had been eliminated. Jermaine Jones, the "gentle giant" of this season's American Idol, was forced to leave the show after Idol staff's discovery of his criminal activity -- oh, and him lying to Idol producers about the whole thing didn't help th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Michael Jackson songs stolen by hackers

    Remember last year when the hacker group Lulz Security nabbed credit card data and other personal information from Sony PlayStation Network? Around the same time, two British hackers lifted unreleased songs by Michael Jackson from the Sony Music Entertainment computer system. The two hackers are so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    The problems with SOPA and its sweeping side effects

    Remember that mixtape you made for your high-school sweetheart? Or that time you taped a movie off cable? Turns out you were breaking the law, pirating copyrighted materials without permission. While the statute of limitations has probably long passed on your crimes of teenage passion, entertainme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten pop music moments that defined 2011

    With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Rihanna finds love in Calvin Harris, plus a breakdown of this week's charts

    ​In a weird twist of unexpected collaborations, Rihanna just released her newest single, "We Found Love," which features Calvin Harris on production, last week. Somehow it manages to sound both like a Rihanna song and a Calvin Harris song, and both in their own merit. Could Harris be the new D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    John Legend on the resurgence of soul, touring with Sade and the foibles and fortunes of fame

    Catch John Legend tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sade​John Legend considers everything, especially when he's being interviewed. He pauses long enough for you to imagine him considering several inferior answers and tossing them before choosing one that sounds just right. Back in the fall of 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Local movie theaters back out of showing Electric Daisy Carnival Experience film

    ​After a riot ensued at Grauman's Chinese Theatre last week for the premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience documentary, nearly all of fifteen local theaters that were originally slated to show the film have backed out of showing it. So now if you want to see the film, which is only s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV halftime show prop bets

    ​There will never be more people watching a musical performance at one time than during the Super Bowl, so it's a good thing they always pick legends. In order, starting the year after Nipplegate: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, the Who and the Black E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas' 360 degree immersion iPhone video: cool idea, lame execution

    ​The increasingly taste-free has put his brand behind a new company: will.i.apps. They, um, create apps. The first one, called BEP360, is basically a really high-budget ad for the band's shitty new album, The Beginning. The centerpiece of the app is a music video for "The Time (Dirty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    5 genres we're forcibly killing right now

    Take that, Chillwave.​As we continue to look back on 2010, we are struck by how new labels for increasingly slippery kinds of music all sound like they were written by high freshman lit majors. Many of these attempts are merely useless, but some are worse than that: they wind up justifying shi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Are The Black Eyed Peas still world beaters?

    ​The last time we heard from and friends, they were breaking every singles record known to man. In case you've purged your brain of the memory: In 2009, they had the number one song in the country from April 18 through October 17. "Boom Boom Pow" took roughly the first half of that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    A letter to Weezy F. Baby: Welcome back!

    Lil Wayne (aka Lil Tunechi, Weezy, Bird Man Jr., Mr. Carter) -- Thank god you're finally free! It has felt like a decade has passed in the pop world since you've been at Rikers. The Black Eyed Peas/Will.I.Am reign of Billboard terror has continued, most recently enveloping one of your own. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    If Katy Perry's a bit much for Sesame Street, here's five other acts for PBS to avoid booking

    ​After being urged to withhold the airing of Katy Perry's appearance on Sesame Street, someone over at PBS clearly needs a guidebook of which musicians not to hire for the show. What were they expecting exactly? Did they miss the whole bit about her kissing a girl and liking it, or that whole ... 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

    May 5, 2010

    B.o.B. (sort of) wins the week

    As expected, B.o.B.'s Adventures of Bobby Ray is the number one album in the country this week. Of course, it only needed to sell 84,000 copies to do it. As Billboard notes, this is the first three-week run of no albums breaking 100,000 since February of last year. Cue alarm bells, death of The I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Deferred Hat Tip: Belle & Sebastian's Dear Catastrophe Waitress

    There's probably a specific type of hell for people like me: I who can name drop a Belle & Sebastian song off the top of their head, can toss their songs onto mix tapes, have owned the majority of their catalog for several years without ever once even thinking about the possibility of maybe listenin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    We Are the World 25/2010 performers pull off impressive performance

    All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Q&A with DJ Quote

    ​In the world of hip-hop, mixtapes are the currency of the street, the vehicles that many underground artists use to create exposure and build their names outside the confines of major-label marketing campaigns. By creating a street-level buzz, such artists as 50 Cent have forced mainstream tastem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2009

    Black Eyed Peas' credibility killed in spinning class

    ​ The Black Eyed Peas' credibility, a mainstay in the genre since 1998's Behind the Front, died on Sunday, in a spinning class at the 24-Hour Fitness by my house. It was eleven-years-old. The credibility, once as strong as any hip-hop group's, has been in poor health since 2003, when Fergie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Beyond Playlist: Black Eyed Peas and more

    The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (Interscope) For the most part, the critical intelligentsia has looked askance at the Peas' latest due to its backburnering of the hip-hop style on which the act was founded, as well as the presence of more party-hearty exhortations than consciou ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009


    Friday, May 29, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    December 26, 2008

    Rearview: The week in review (12/22/08 - 12/25/2008)

    Let's hope your Christmas was better than this.   Here's you guide to all the great content on Backbeat Online you might have missed this week while you were busy getting trampled by crazed shoppers at Walmart, heavily drinking or wishing you didn't have to hang with the in-laws.

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    December 24, 2008

    Rap-Up: The Pirate Signal compared to...

    The Pirate Signal recently got off a national tour with 3OH!3 and most of the feedback the duo is getting from their live set include everything from "passionate" to "hyper". That's the great thing about Colorado hip-hop going on tour, seeing how other cities react to the music. But in a recent revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Denver Blogs: Wait, do "hope" and "change" mean paying attention to this guy?

    This is the Friday edition of our daily exploration of local blogs. It's just like the other editions, only it knocks off early to drink thirteen Coors Lights, eat hot wings and argue about the BCS all night. Send blog tips to total Washington outsider Tom Daschle make ... 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

    October 3, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Scribble Jam, BET’s Rap City, Kanye West, T-Pain

    Catch Lungs LOCALS ONLY On Wednesday, local hip-hop fans made their way to the Fox Theatre in Boulder to see who would represent Colorado at this year’s Scribble Jam Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. The decent-sized crowd was treated to performances from up and coming local artists Catch Lungs, Pur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Yonder Mountain String Band scores the coolest gig at the DNC

    Yonder Mountain String band has scored, hands down, the coolest gig of the entire DNC and perhaps its career. Tonight the Nederland-based act will be performing at Invesco prior to Barack Obama's acceptance speech, alongside Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow and Don't know how the band managed t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008


    Here I Stand
    LaFace/Sony BMG

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    March 7, 2008
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    February 29, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Michael Jackson and More

    Michael Jackson Thriller 25 (Epic/Legacy) Thriller’s continuing ubiquity -- not to mention MJ’s descent into epic creepiness -- makes the planet’s best-selling album as difficult to objectively analyze as The Wizard of Oz. But the 25th-anniversary edition’s best moments remain stellar, even ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2007

    Songs About Girls

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    November 30, 2006

    The Game

    Doctor¹s Advocate

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    John Legend

    Once Again
    G.O.O.D. Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia

  • Music

    September 28, 2006


    The Dutchess (A&M)

  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    Making Adjustments

    What do Justin Timberlake and Thom Yorke have in common?

  • Music

    March 2, 2006
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    February 16, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Michael Stipe

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Long Beach Dub Allstars / Rx Bandits

    Wonders of the World (Dreamworks), Progress (Drive Thru)

  • Music

    November 19, 1998

    Two for the Future

    To hip-hop's OutKast and Black Eyed Peas, the glass is half full.