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Tuesday, September 6,2011

Wu-Tang style

Are Lady Wu-Tang hip-hop’s first true cover group?

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Lady Wu-Tang is a Wu-Tang Clan cover group consisting of women, Denver-based rappers, poets, DJs and performance artists, which give tribute to one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. Ru Johnson, a Denver-based journalist who covers the Colorado hip-hop scene, came up with the idea for the project while on a trip to Chicago last year.
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Thursday, September 1,2011

Grae matter

Jean Grae gives her smartass take on her new album

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
“[Femcee] is a stupid word. It’s not even a real word,” rapper Jean Grae says. “I think it’s a lot easier to say that and just put it in a box. It’s easier to put people in categories because you don’t actually have to think about anything or use your own mind or decide what it is on your own. It’s like, we get it! You can see my boobs, they’re right here, we get it!”
Thursday, July 21,2011

Plutonium parkway

Activists say a highway or bikeway through Rocky Flats site may present hazards

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
While some local governments and agencies are eager to see the parcel of land — a strip up to 300-feet wide from the Indiana Street right-of-way on the eastern border of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge — be used either for a proposed parkway or a bike path, local nuclear activists say building anything there could be dangerous due to the presence of plutonium in the soil.
Thursday, June 30,2011

Weird sex laws in the U.S.

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Back in the 1700s, U.S. law wasn’t too kind to people who were guilty of sodomy. The illegal act carried a maximum sentence of death. But in 1778, Thomas Jefferson rewrote the law to save people’s lives and, instead of death, the maximum sentence was castration. Up until 1962, sodomy was considered a felony and, in some states, oral sex, adultery and masturbation fell under the sodomy laws.
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Thursday, June 16,2011

Changing signals

Despite changing lineup, Yonnas Abraham keeps The Pirate Signal broadcasting

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Yonnas Abraham, backbone and spirit of Denver hip-hop band The Pirate Signal, is starting over yet again. Over the years, his band has lost and gained members, had masters of an entire album stolen by a former collaborator, moved to New York City only to move back to Denver, and has also toured the nation extensively with Boulder pop band 3OH!3, legendary rapper Kool Keith and the Warped Tour. They’ve been named Denver’s and Colorado’s best hip-hop group by local publications so many times it’s easy to lose count. The band has gone through so many ups and downs that it’s deserving of its own episode of VH1’s Behind the Music.
Thursday, May 19,2011

Home on the range

Denver-born comedian T.J. Miller returns for comedy special

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
It was just a few years ago that comedian and actor T.J. Miller was pounding the pavement seven days a week doing standup routines at Chicago comedy clubs and touring with comedy troupes. He was paying his dues, as most entertainers do at some point in their lives, when he got a call for an audition.
Thursday, May 5,2011

True Blood becomes a witching hour in season four

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The season three finale ended with Bill battling queen vampire Sophie-Anne in his house, with hopes of killing her so he doesn't have to give up Sookie. Was Bill victorious? Sookie, meanwhile, was taking a trip with some fairies to the fairyland. Will she be trained in her fairy powers to do battle against the vamps in season four? Who knows?
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Thursday, April 28,2011

Scratching as an art

Colorado DJs compete for a chance to turn the tables on the world

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
During hip-hop's infancy in the mid-1970s, the DJ was the star attraction of the show. And the DJ did more than just 'play records,' like the disc jockeys of broadcast radio. They mixed songs seamlessly into each other using two turntables and a mixer to keep a consistent flow of music and dancing.
Thursday, March 24,2011

Carhuggers love your ride

Green Garage makes auto care less toxic

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
For most of us, owning a car is a necessity. And with the necessity comes the maintenance of oil changes every 3,000 miles, fluid flushes, brake repair and dozens of other issues that come out of daily use.
Thursday, March 24,2011

What's blooming at the market?

Boulder County Farmers’ Markets launch 24th season with improvements

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
With the spring season making its way to Boulder County, it’s that time of year when the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets offer the community local food — and farmers the ability to sell it locally.