Hip-Hop’s Rise In Denver

What goes together better than hip hop and weed smoke? Nothing. Now add that life answer to Denver on 4/20 and you are in for a long, hazy day of incredible experiences. That’s exactly what it was like in Denver on the notoriously infamous April 20th.

There were many festivities taking place throughout Denver over the course of the weekend including the High Times Cannabis Cup and Snoop Dogg’s Wellness Retreat with A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz. But the pinnacle celebration was a festival hosted by Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, dubbed 4/20 In The Streets.

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The highlight of the festival though took place a little after midnight with none other than the teenage phenom, Joey Badda$$The Reminders, a local hip-hop/soul group from Denver started off the show with their melodic hip hop that got everyone feeling refreshed. Personally, I found them to be the perfect “home-grown” opener for Joey Bada$$.

After such a long day, fatigue was on everybody’s faces, but once Joey came on stage all of that fatigue quickly morphed into excitement. His set was an energy-packed performance from start to finish. So much energy, that there were even a few mosh pits during his more upbeat, heavier songs. Overall, 4/20 in Denver was a huge success. The festivities were proof that Denver is a rising hub for hip hop and culture.

Written by Kevin Cosette

The Holiness of The Devil Makes Three

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When you hear the mention of the Devil, good music normally wouldn’t come to mind, but The Devil Makes Three is quickly changing that standard. The Santa Cruz based trio, consisting of Lucia Turino, Pete Bernhard, and Cooper McBean, have the unique ability to create soundscapes adorned with melodies that allow listeners to relive nostalgic memories. Which is partly why the Folk/Blues/Country group has attracted such a loyal following. They have blessed the stage at places such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and are poised to gain more notoriety once they play at the massive festival Outside Lands this August in San Fransisco. Watch one of my favorites by them – “Stranger” – below!

Written by Kelly Walion

ILoveMakkonen to Play The Fox on May 12th

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ILoveMakkonen will literally have the club going up on a Tuesday. The club being The Fox Theatre, on May 12th. Makkonen transitioned last year from an underground, obscure Hip-Hop artist to a global name. He owes his success and Grammy Nomination to the catchy jam “Tuesday”, which caught fire when Drake hopped on as a feature. Some are writing him off as a one hit wonder while others are anticipating continued success, but either way his “Loudest of the Loud” tour is sure to be great with Key! and Sonny Digital by his side. Grab your tickets HERE.
Written by Matt MacFarlane

Years & Years Met On the Internet, Then Toured With Sam Smith

With the recent release of the Y & Y EP, the up and coming London based, Synth-Pop group Years and Years are steadily gaining a following. After meeting over the internet, Michael Goldsworthy and  Emre Turkman eventually created Years and Years. Following their meeting, Turkman and Goldsworthy then recruited actor Olly Alexander for lead vocals. In 2013 the group released “Traps” on Kitsunè Music and have been gaining radio plays ever since.

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Years and Years are consistently releasing some of the catchiest Synth-Pop singles known to date. Belting about heartbreak and the sagas of dating, Y&Y are a must hear from the genre. Today, they have released two EPs and numerous impressive singles. Coming off of a tour with Sam Smith,Years and Years are clearly gaining traction. Mixing influences of Phantogram, Aluna George and Taylor Swift this eclectic crew is definitely worth your attention!

Written by Ari Kononov 

London Duo Stööki Sound To Hit Boulder’s Very Own Club 156

London’s trap and bass DJ duo, Stööki Sound is invading Boulder’s Club 156 on April 9th for a show you don’t want to miss. Stööki Sound has captivated concert venues and clubs across the world with their high-energy performances. Known for their energetic, heavy bass style, Stööki Sound truly creates an experience for everyone and have toured with legends such as Dillon Francis.

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Starting off the night will be Hyperion, one of Boulder’s heavy hitting locals that has supported names such as DVBBS, Loudpvck, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Brillz and others in venues from here to Wisconsin. Hyperion fuses genres of future bass, deep house, and trap music to create an enlightening experience.

Following Hyperion will be Toy Box. Toy Box is a promising young Denver artist who is rapidly capturing the hearts of his fans with his ambient, other-worldly soundscapes. Toy Box has supported names such as K Theory, Sunsquabi and many, many others.

This is sure to be the biggest Club 156 show of the semester so don’t miss it! Doors will open at 7:30pm and music will start promptly at 8:00pm. Grab your tickets HERE.

Written by Bryan Bakke

Action Bronson’s “Mr. Wonderful” album Review

Action Bronson’s third and latest album is the sort of lyrical gold you would expect from the 31 year old Queens spitter, with some modifications to his overall feel. Mr.Wonderful, Bronson’s major label debut seems to attempt to keep to his roots of playful, over the top storytelling. The album is interrupted in the middle by an interlude—“THUG LOVE STORY 2017 THE MUSICAL”–consisting of another man telling Bronson a story of a lost love and in the following tracks Bronson continues the story, epitomizing his love for the art of storytelling through rap.

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The part-time chef, full-time rapper is accompanied by several artists on the album, including Chance the Rapper and his longtime partner Party Supplies. “Baby Blue”, the track blessed by a quick verse from Chance is my personal favorite, and serves as the end to the love story saga. Overall it seems as though Action Bronson remains true to his style, while heading in a more serious and experimental direction, perhaps influenced by his new big name supporting labels, Atlantic and Vice Records. Take a listen for yourself below, and make sure to check him out when he comes through Summit Music Hall this May.

Written by Nyall Cook

Payola Presley Surprises Us With A Song Submission

Believe it or not we really do listen to each and every music submission sent our way, and I’m sure glad we do. Because if not we never would’ve have heard Payola Presley. After reading the Electronic Indie-Rock duo from Las Vegas’s submission, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw/heard when I hit play. Song We Sing begins with a spacious instrumental and reverb-drenched vocals. That is up until the 1:30 mark, then the whole song gets flipped upside down and their heavier rock influences shine through.

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The visuals perfectly aline with the songs peaks and valleys. As the song enters it’s first climax at the 1:30 mark, the video’s star, Lanei Suicide, sultrily falls into a bed of sheets only to be crowd-surfed away with raging guitar riffs and angsty vocals serving as the soundtrack to her life. Check out the MTV endorsed duo Payola Presley and watch Song We Sing below!