Way before Drake shouted out Griselda Records in his now infamous Rap Radar interview, the Buffalo NY collective of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Benny the Butcher has been putting in work and garnering the respect of fans, critics, and artists alike. With a carefully curated aesthetic of super grimey beats, high fashion, raw content, and razor sharp bars, the crew has quickly gone from a boutique underground rap phenomenon to one of the most talked about movements in hip hop, hailed by many as the antithesis of the mumble rap sound that’s dominated the airwaves for the last several years. Now backed by Shady Records, and Roc Nation, Griselda is on their first major headlining national tour, and we were lucky enough to catch their performance at Summit Denver this week, where they performed slew of records from their various solo projects and crew compilations. We teamed up with the homies at TheyShootn to capture the unruly night. Check out the recap and look out for more from the mighty Griselda Records coming soon!
We’ve been following EarthGang since we first heard their early single “Meditiate” Ft. J.I.D. back in 2017, shortly after they signed a deal with J.Cole’s Dreamville Records. They have been quietly paying dues for a few years now, but 2019 marked the beginning of their rapid ascension to being one of hip hop’s hottest and most respected acts. With rare chemistry, captivating charisma, and plenty to say, they continue to shine brighter with each release. Their late 2019 debut album, Mirrorland, showcases the duo’s natural songwriting abilities, with memorable melodies and impressive raps backed by golden era inspired, yet entirely modern production that defines their soulful sound. They are currently on a headlining tour in support of the album, and Denver made the cut, with a February 3rd stop at the city favorite Cervantes Ballroom.
Beginning Friday, November 15th renowned dubstep icon Caspa will begin a five-week residency at The Black Box in Denver. Each Friday the London-born producer will curate an impressive array of international talent, playing sets that bridge his decades-spanning catalogue. Dubbed “Back to the Underground” the events will showcase and celebrate a range of artists who have continued to forward the culture. Genre mainstays including Coki, Hatcha, Matty G, Sleeper, Six Chakra, Ternion Sound, and Pushloop will all make appearances between November and December. Caspa has been tremendously influential in the classic UK sound. His decision to make Colorado a temporary home-base should be an exciting opportunity for all lovers of bass music. Get Em High contributor Colin Wrenn sat down with the man to discuss the residency as well as his musical trajectory, his love for the underground and what keeps bringing him back to Denver. Check out the interview below, and get tickets to one or all of these guaranteed to sell out shows at blackboxdenver.co or caspaofficial.com now!
From the creators of Sonic Bloom, one of Colorado’s longest running summer music festivals, comes Sonic Blossom, it’s intimate, indoor, fall counterpart. Taking over Cervantes’ unrivaled dual venue set up in central Denver, the festival will encompass the same spirit of electronic and jam music one might expect from the Sonic Bloom family. Headlined by veteran ambient electronic producer Bluetech, with an all around awesome line-up that includes heavy hitter Spoonbill as well as CO favorites Dynohunter, and many other awesome acts. There should be an awesome mix of dancefloor bangers as well as chilled out vibes and everything in between. We got the chance to ask the headliner himself, Bluetech, about his current project and what we can expect to hear at Sonic Blossom tomorrow night. Check out the interview below and grab tickets to Sonic Blossom at cervantesmasterpiece.com now!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
California based record label Courteous Family is home to some of the most talented and promising young DJ/producers making experimental bass music. Several of the label mates have teamed up for a North American tour headlined by multidisciplinary artist and self proclaimed electric sorceress Huxley Anne, who’s been gaining popularity over the last year since the release of her debut album Ilium in 2017.
Future Funk collective Lettuce has been building a dedicated fanbase for the past few years doing headline shows and festivals around the country. On the heels of their 2017 release Witches Stew (a tribute to Miles Davis,) they are headed to Colorado for another round of Dead Rocks.
When jazz legend Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow took the journey from Chicago to Harlem, he brought with him a lifestyle that would surpass his living legend. A staple at jam sessions of the Harlem Renaissance, Mezzrow became known for having the most potent cannabis the artist community had ever experienced. In fact, his name, “Mezz”, would become synonymous with the high-grade experience, carrying on to the new evolution of cannabis culture, with Mezz Brands. Now the brand is taking over BETA Nightclub for two days of massive 4/20 programming and the launch of the latest formulations crafted by Evolab, with soundtracking by NERO live.
April 20th has long been the day that weed smokers around the country (and world) come out of hiding to celebrate our favorite plant, puff tough, and let the government know that there are millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens who use cannabis. Ever since legalizing recreational use in 2012, Denver has become the epicenter of the celebration as host to several full on festivals, as well as a barrage of concerts around the city the entire weekend. While it would be impossible to hit every show that’s going down, we’re sure as hell going to try. Check out our weekend preview of the events we’re looking forward to the most, listed chronologically.
Last week, UK based production/DJ duo Stööki Sound took over The Black Box, one of Denver’s premier venues to catch up and coming electronic music. With their immaculate blend of genres ranging from Trap to Hip Hop, to UK bass, the London duo threw down an energetic set that had the crowd turned all the way up, even moshing at times. Our homie Willis Small aka @Shutterspit captured the eventful performance. Check it out!
G-Eazy has risen from relative obscurity to super stardom in a short time and he shows no signs of stopping. The Bay Area rapper’s hit song “Him & I,” featuring Halsey has been on Billboard’s hot 100 for 12 weeks now, and it’s in heavy rotation at radio stations around the country. We caught the Denver stop of his The Beautiful & Damned Tour w/ Phora & Trippie Redd at 1st Bank Center, where the 28 year old MC performed to a packed house. Enjoying A1 stage production and G-Eazy’s signature crystal clear vocals, the crowd sang along to all the hits, and the young artist reminded everyone why he’s one of the most popular rappers out right now. Our boy Blake Jackson captured some of the magic, check it out!