Tag Archive for hip-hop

Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16

Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16 The following is the story of a 39-year-old man who went to a Rihanna concert by himself… We were just coming up on The Merge when Ashim yanked the wheel left to stay on the 805, causing an iPhone to come flying out of the painted fingers holding it. The three women in the backseat had just… Read more →

Winter on the Rocks. Red Rocks. 01.29.16

Winter on the Rocks. Red Rocks. 01.29.16 People in Colorado are no strangers to outdoor concerts in the middle of winter. Local and national acts have been performing in Winter Park, Aspen, Vail, and countless other mountain locales for a very long time, but it wasn’t until four years ago that anyone witnessed a performance at Red Rocks before Easter… Read more →

Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15

Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15 A$AP Rocky was perched at the top of a three-story church pleading with the “Holy Ghost” as his millennial choir echoed his prayers back at him. The 26-year-old rapper from Harlem, New York might claim to have his own relationship with God, but it’s no secret that he also maintains his own cult.… Read more →

Kamasi Washington. Boulder Theater. 09.24.15

Kamasi Washington. Boulder Theater. 09.24.15 There’s a scene in the film Playing by Heart where Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe are sitting in a jazz club discussing life over a gin martini. Phillippe is portraying a sober club kid with a wounded soul, while Jolie is cast as the confident, self-assured vixen who is really a softie at heart. While… Read more →

Riot Fest Denver 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Riot Fest Denver 2015 My Festival Experience: 3 Days / 2 Nights 16 Hours 26 Bands Top 10 Moments: Iggy Pop – agelessly following “The Passenger” with “Lust for Life”. Ice Cube – performing N.W.A material with MC Ren and DJ Yella. System of a Down – dropping “Aerials” and “B.Y.O.B.” on a massive crowd. The Dead Milkmen – performing “Punk Rock… Read more →

Death Grips. Ogden Theatre. 06.24.15

Death Grips. Ogden Theatre. 06.24.15 “I’ve got the powers that B, running through me!” A shirtless MC Ride was marking his territory on the large, spacious stage in front of a violently enthusiastic audience. Zach Hill, also shirtless, was doing his best Animal impression behind the drum kit. Andy Morin (aka Flatlander) was stoically standing behind his station, while his… Read more →

Run The Jewels. Gothic Theatre. 11.18.14

Rap music is about two things, lyrics and beats. Take either away and you’ve got poetry slam or bass music, neither of which I’m very fond of. So it’s a testament to El-P’s production that last night’s show worked despite the sound problems. Killer Mike and El-P are both hip-hop powerhouses in their own right, but when they team up… Read more →