23 years, 9 studio albums, 10 EPs, and countless shows. That’s how long the duo of MC Sean Daley and DJ Anthony Davis (we know them better as Slug and Ant) have been making music as Atmosphere. The hallmark of a true MC is one who knows how to clutch the crowd in their hand like so many clutch their mic, and even after 23 years – the Rhymesayers label boss remains the consummate professional in that regard, deftly straddling the line between sage lyricism and sycophantic braggadocio. Together with Ant’s brooding yet buoyant production style, the sold out crowd at Mission Ballroom last Friday was treated to a sonic jaunt through the group’s history, dropping gems from their many classics including God Loves Ugly and Sevens Travels all the way through their latest release Mi Vida Local. This epic performance (preceded by the same from opener Brother Ali) was not one likely to soon be forgotten. Check out the photo recap courtesy of Adrian Garcia below! – Kevin Lucas
Fire is coming, fire is coming,” a David Lynch narration opens our ears as young heads circle around an outdated room listening to iconic horror tales of Tommy — a moment, captivating in its nod of old on-air chronicles and the story of the world’s burnings. The shapeshifting Steven Ellison, better known by his moniker Flying Lotus, made his first incendiary contribution to Denver’s newest venue, The Mission Ballroom, this past Friday night and goosebumps ensued.
Continuing it’s meteoric rise as a globally respected movement championing Asian culture and artistry, 88Rising is proud to reveal the full, diversified lineup for the second annual Head in the Clouds Festival taking place on August 17th, which now includes a brand new electronic music stage! Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.
On the heels of his acclaimed new album Flamagra, producer Flying Lotus is back on tour, and he’s making a stop at Denver’s newest venue, Mission Ballroom. We’re psyched to see what he brings to the table this time, and he certainly has plenty of new material to choose from on his new 27 track album. If you haven’t seen FlyLo before you’re in for a treat. His sets always include a creative and unique, often psychedelic visual display, that perfectly accomanies his one of a kind brand of bass heavy beats. Being that it is the “3D Tour” we can only imagine what he’s got in store. Get familiar with Flamagra now, including the jam “More” featuring man of the year Anderson .Paak, and don’t miss what’s sure to be one of the hottest concerts of the summer. Be sure to get your tickets, available here, before it’s too late, and look out for our photo recap after the show!
Singer and songwriter Jamila Woods has been paying dues in the music industry for quite a while now, and she’s finally getting some much deserved spotlight with her sophomore album LEGACY! LEGACY!, a soul kissed modern masterpiece which dropped last month. In addition to the chart spots and critical acclaim the album is recieving, Woods has been on the road for weeks serenading adoring fans at packed and sold out nights across the country. We caught one of the closing nights of the tour at the historic Star Theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon. With tour openers Nitty Scott and one-woman-show Duendita (who was incredible) to set things off, everyone was more than ready when Jamily finally floated onto the stage with her excellent band. Playing most of the material from LEGACY! LEGACY!, Jamila displayed some serious star power with a pitch perfect and energetic performance. Glowing with a huge smile between each song, it was evident that Jamila she hasn’t quite gotten used to seeing sold out crowds singing every word along with her. Check out the photo recap courtesy of Robb Perry and be sure to check out Jamila Woods’ LEGACY! LEGACY! out now!
Grammy Award Winner Anderson .Paak is one of the hardest workers in the game right now. Only months after the release of his award winning third studio album Oxnard and subsequent Andy’s Beach Club World Tour, the prolific artist has dropped yet another full length LP, Ventura, a return to his Soul, Funk,and R&B roots. Now he’s back on the road (yet again) for his Best Teef In The Game tour. Lucky for the fine people of Denver, the tour will be making a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for Paak’s debut headline performance at the legendary Venue. With opening acts Earl Sweatshirt and the eternally funky Thundercat, this will probably be the show of the summer for hip hop and r&b heads! Check out some choice cuts from Ventura below if you haven’t gotten familiar yet. The show sold out in a matter of minutes, so if you don’t have tickets you’re out of luck, but look out for our photo recap to see highlights from what’s sure to be an unforgettable night.
Legendary Los Angeles duo Blu & Exile are back at it, touring North America in support of their brand new EP True & Livin’, released earlier this month. The tour will also feature the rest of Exile’s Dirty Science crew including Pistol McFly, Dag Savage, SirPlus as well as LA native Choosey, who just released his excellent sophomore album Black Beans last month. We’re proud to be teaming up with our friends DJ Low Key & DJ Lazy Eyez to present the Denver stop of the tour for The Solution Showcase #20, hosted at The Black Box in capitol hill on June 2nd. With opening performances from Denver’s own Fast4ward and Sedrick Avenue, this is sure to be a great night of hip hop and beats on a truly spectacular sound system. Seeing Exile flex on the MPC live is definitely a sight to see, and catching him performing alongside Blu himself is rare opportunity you don’t want to miss. Get tickets at www.blackboxdenver.co now, and be sure to get familiar with Blu & Exile’s latest drop “True and Livin'” out now on spotify and all other major platforms.
Best Meds, located on 2606 West Colorado Ave Suite 200 in the heart of Old Colorado Springs, is having a Grand opening party 3/20/2019 9:00 am until 8PM. There will be food, games, giveaways, tours, and discounted deals. Join us next week to stock up on your favorite strains & products.
Montreal based DJ/Producer Lunice is one of the music industries best kept secrets. While his accolades as a record producer, and member of duo TNGHT are more than extensive, he maintains a relative level of relative anonymity in the public eye as a solo act. His talent stretches from production and DJing, to dancing and performance art, and everything in between, and he’s earned the respect of many of the top names in music throughout his career. He’s finally getting more and more attention with his genre bending style that draws heavily from hip hop and trap roots. With intricate textures and some of the snappiest drums you’ve heard, Lunice has honed a razor sharp, and often dark sound that is both entrancing and unpredictable. This rising star is constantly in the studio, but he’s doing a limited run of a few North American dates that includes a headline appearance at Denver’s award-winning venue, The Black Box, on Feb 28th!
Telefon Tel Aviv is the musical project of Joshua Eustis, an producer who in his own words,”is trying very hard to make music as a way to sweat out all the nasty things.” It has devolved from his eye-to-eye collaboration with the late Charles Wesley Cooper, III, into “the musical detritus of all the horror, awe, despair, hope, beauty, and contempt in our world.” Known for his dreamy sonic landscapes, Eustis takes listeners to the depths of his imagination, breaking all rules and expectations of stereotypical electronic music in the process. He’s taking over Denver’s award winning venue The Black Box in Capitol hill on December 22nd, and we can’t think of a better place to dive in to the deep layers of Telefon Tel Aviv’s unique music.
Papadosio, comprised of all original members, have been building their dedicated fan base over the last decade. Best known for their energetic live performances, the band has packed out Red Rocks Amphitheater for headlining shows the past two years running. This band will have you dancing your ass off one minute, then moving you to tears the next; prepare to have your mind blown October 27th when Papadosio slides through the Mile High city again, this time at The Fillmore Auditorium for a more intimate performance. Seeing their mesmerizing instrumentation, improvisational skills, and intricate visual production is an explosive experience we suggest you don’t miss.
Boulder-based, sax playing, dance music producer SoDown has been making big waves over the last year playing festivals like Coachella, Electric Forest, Big Dub, Sonic Bloom, and more. He’s gearing up to release an EP mid October, and then sets off on two major tours supporting OPIUO and The Floozies, but before hitting the road he’s showing some love to the hometown with an intimate headlining performance at the legendary Fox Theatre on October 6th with support from Megan Hamilton and Oklio.
The inaugural Grandoozy has come and gone, and the organizers of Superfly (the minds behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands) can claim another successful event to their name. Growing pains are to be expected with any opening, but over the weekend they were impressively minimal, centering largely on the difficulty of concert-goers’ arrival and exit. What most will remember, whether they purchased a one or three day pass, is the relentless talent that radiated from the four stages in Overland Park. Check out the breakdown of our favorite performances from each day.
Hailing from one of America’s most dangerous and forgotten neighborhoods, New Orleans’ 7th Ward, SuicideboyS have been taking the nation by storm. They only recently got on our radar after word spread of the duo quickly selling out large auditoriums around the country, something you don’t see all that often from independent artists. We had to see what the hype was all about. Their music has hardcore rap vibes with heavy bass and unexpected samples that both rappers really work well with. We’ve seen a lot of sold out shows, but to say the $uicideboy$ concert at The Fillmore was packed, would be a massive understatement. On either side people were practically being pushed off the railings to get a view, and in the center of the venue (for anyone brave enough to enter) there was a full blown mosh pit that could rival any metal show.
The creators of two of the world’s largest festivals, Bonaroo and Outside Lands are blessing the city of Denver with a brand new festival all of their own, Grandoozy, to be held at Overland Park Sept. 14th-16th. Featuring headliners Kendrick Lamar, Florence & The Machine, and the legendary Stevie Wonder, this festival is of unprecidented magnitude for our city. Click here for the complete line up & performance schedule. With more than 40 incredible acts spanning many genres including hip hop, electronic, rock & more, there is something for everyone. Tickets are still available at www.grandoozy.com now!