It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
CU-Boulder's decision to close campus on April 20 for the second straight year in an effort to permanently squash the long-running 4/20 event there has already generated complaints and threats of legal action. Current representatives of Colorado University Student Government (CUSG) aren't fans of a ... More >>
Yesterday, CU-Boulder announced that for the second consecutive year, the campus would be closed on April 20 in an effort to squelch the annual 4/20 event there; see our original coverage below. Why take this controversial tack again? CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard is straight-forward, deemi ... More >>
If we didn't know any better, we'd swear that Macklemore, who we literally just wrote about hours ago, is trying to establish residency in Colorado. To wit: He played our Showcase in June, followed by a show at the Ogden in December, a show at Red Rocks in February, he's playing in Vail tonight, fol ... More >>
After a long delay, CU-Boulder has finally released the figures about how much it spent to shrink the annual 4/20 event on campus. The administration doled out $124,561.34, while student government spent $154,236.18. CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard thinks those numbers should be considered separately, ... More >>
This evening, President Barack Obama is slated to speak at CU-Boulder's Coors Events Center -- a venue that won't need airing out, since Wyclef Jean's 4/20 concert was a poorly attended disaster. How is Twitter Nation feeling about his visit? Divided, pretty much like America as a whole. Below, fin ... More >>
While CU-Boulder prepares for President Barack Obama's visit this evening, memories of the reduced but still passionate 4/20 event there continue to linger like a certain kind of smoke. Below, check out three videos shot by Westword's Britt Chester -- clips of Wyclef Jean's brother, Samuel (seen her ... More >>
Tiny Dacono is poised to become the next municipality to ban medical marijuana centers after council members met to discuss the issue in a work group Monday evening. According to the Longmont Times-Call, a majority of the council members, including Mayor Charles Sigman, favored banning the three c ... More >>
CU-Boulder's decision to ban campus visitors and close Norlin Quad in an effort to shrink the annual 4/20 event prompted an unsuccessful court challenge and plenty of controversy. But despite security breaches and a free Wyclef Jean concert that failed to siphon off more than a handful of students, ... More >>
The details are in about President Barack Obama's visit to the CU-Boulder campus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The venue? The Coors Events Center, where he'll be speaking only days after today's Wyclef Jean concert, which will probably need a good airing-out due to what could be a truly astounding amount o ... More >>
See Also: (Photos) Free Wyclef Jean 420 show at CU in Boulder draws unbelievably paltry crowd There's a silence that falls over the crowd somewhere between 4:19 p.m. and 4:21 p.m. It's not in memorial of anyone. And it's not because of anything anyone on stage said -- most people in attendance cou ... More >>
Update: YouTube video of Wyclef Jean's freestyle added below. "For the record," he says, "I would never sell out," presumably in response to the anti-MJ clause of the contract. See Also: 4/20 at CU Boulder: Wyclef Jean concert, police crackdown to shrink event? See Also: Wyclef Jean at Coors Even ... More >>
See Also: • (Photos) Free Wyclef Jean 4/20 show at CU in Boulder draws unbelievably paltry crowd • 4/20 at CU Boulder: Wyclef Jean concert, police crackdown to shrink event? • Wyclef Jean at Coors Event Center on 4/20 So the figure first reported yesterday by Whitney Bryen of the Colorado Da ... More >>
The CU-Boulder scheme to squelch the annual 4/20 event by closing Norlin Quad and banning visitors puts lotsa pressure on the university's police department. But spokesman Ryan Huff stresses that a plan is in place to dissuade potential attendees from coming to Boulder in the first place and treat t ... More >>
Last night, the Boulder City Council passed a resolution supporting CU-Boulder's plan to shrink the campus 4/20 event by closing Norlin Quad and banning visitors on Friday; read it below. This morning, we spoke to two members of the council -- one who supports it wholeheartedly, and another who vote ... More >>
How to gauge the student take on CU Boulder's plan to shrink the campus' annual 4/20 event via a Wyclef Jean concert and a more active police response? We turned to the University of Colorado memes Facebook page, where the responses have been swift -- and funny. Check out samples below, supplemented ... More >>
Earlier this week, we shared CU Boulder's plans for shrinking the annual pro-pot 4/20 event on campus -- a Wyclef Jean concert that gets underway just before the magic minute combined with what we termed a "police crackdown" on those who choose to mark the occasion in the usual way. Since then, wild ... More >>
Commenting knows no boundaries. As evidence, check out today's featured post, which deals with the sentencing of ex-Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan to thirty days in regard to trading meth for sex yet was affixed to our item about the CU Boulder police crackdown/Wyclef Jean concert planned for ... More >>
Wyclef Jean is coming to the Coors Event Center on Friday, April 20, to perform at a free party thrown for students, sponsored by the CU Student Government in partnership with the Program Council. As you've probably deduced, there's a method to the madness: This show is being held on 4/20, and that ... More >>
For months, members of CU Boulder's student government have talked about their desire to move the annual 4/20 celebration off campus. But the logistics of doing so proved challenging, prompting leaders to opt for a low-key campaign to shrink attendance. Now we know the centerpiece of their plan: a W ... More >>
Local musician Alicia Fall on a recent trip to Haiti.Forget Wyclef -- local singer-songwriter and all-around badass Alicia Fall has been raising funds for Haiti (and, ahem, not squandering them) since March 2009, when she founded the social-profit organization Her Many Voices, which is dedica ... More >>
Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke, aka 2 Live Crew front man, aka sister-paper Miami New Times columnist), has placed his hat in the race for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Nope, we're not kidding, but he's hoping to make a real change to the system, and he's taking the whole thing incredibly seri ... More >>
2010 has been an aggressively weird year in music news. It seemed like no matter where we turned musicians were saying and doing the strangest damn things. From decrying the most popular thing in the world to talking people off of buildings, it was a wacky year to report. There was so much we ... More >>
Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s ... More >>
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 >>
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stops at a serious block party.
Locals Only When Ichiban’s name was announced as the winner of Best MC at this year’s Westword Music Showcase, the hip-hop heads in attendance were taken aback but so was the rapper himself. “There were so many dope MC’s in the category this year, I was actually very surprised,” Ichiban ... More >>
Here's a convenient one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were anxiously exercising your fingers in anticipation of Jimi Hendrix's announced contributions to an upcoming installment of the Guitar Hero series...
Here's your daily map to the little corner of the Internets we like to call Westword.com. Demver explained ten reasons Obama may not be the candidate for you. You can also find a report about the $10 million(!) being spent on security and the number of protesters the city expects to show up. Elsew ... More >>
According reports filed by NME and the Washington Post, Kanye West is reportedly in talks with AT&T to perform at a party being thrown on behalf of Bono's One Campaign, a non-partisan organization whose primary mission is to raise public awareness in the areas of global poverty, hunger and disease. ... More >>
Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) As noted in a 2006 Westword profile, Henry Butler once owned a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure and pretty much everything else in it. Somehow, though, a number of live recordings he made over th ... More >>
Tuesday, January 29, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Glorification of violence, misogyny and lots of angry white kids all figure prominently in this Necro review.
LOCALS ONLY Veteran Denver emcee D.O. The Fabulous Drifter is still putting the finishing touches on his new album D.irector of O.perations while working overtime for a collaborative venture. He connected with Canadian songbird JaQe for a project called His and Hers, a combination of hip-hop and so ... More >>
Westword reporter went to Haiti for his recent feature story "The Social Conscience of a Missionary." Be sure to check back in for the next few days as he recounts his personal journey through the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Slide Show After the Christmas party for 10,000 kids, the I ... More >>
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 >>
Just over four decades ago, actor Peter Sellers presented the Beatles with a Grammy they'd won for the song "A Hard Day's Night." In a film of this event that was shown during the 1965 Grammy telecast, Sellers referred to the prize as a "Grandma award" -- and his joke rings true to this day. The fol ... More >>
A terminal kid seeks a stroke of luck in One Last Thing.
Saturday, August 27, Ogden Theatre, 303-831-2525.
A new boxed set argues that disco didn't suck after all.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
Pinning down Wyclef Jean, one of hip-hop's hottest commodities.
The Fugees are determined to make rap, not war.