God bless local hip-hopster Distrakt for a fantastic idea: a coloring contest. Yes, in Crayola-land, everyone is equal (except for those damn metallic crayons, which smear). Go to distrakt.com/ goodies.html to download one of two coloring pages, each featuring Distrakt looking kind of like a Voltron hobo. Mail the sucker in before Oct. 21 to Yard Rock Records LLC, Attn. Contest Dept., PO Box 5095, Colorado Springs, CO 80911. The winner will receive an autographed Distrakt enhanced CD EP and a T-shirt.
Local hip hop is, indeed, alive -- it's just that without consistent open mics or local showcases, it can be hard to tell. Against the Grain Network and Blast Decibel have stepped up to fill the void with Sound Check, a Wednesday night local showcase, complete with drink specials. This week's show (Oct. 12, doors at 8 p.m., music at 10 p.m.) features Infinite and Dirty Jew. The showcase is at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.) and is hosted by scene veterans DJ Skip Ripkin and DJ Prominent. Cover normally is $5 for 21 and up and $7 for 18-21, but you'll get a discount with the show's flyer.
Around town: Mango fan Django, Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), Oct. 6; Marc Peralta's Birthday Party, featuring Matson Jones, Black Sheep, Oct. 8; Malakai, The Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave.), Oct. 8.
Go north: United States of Electronica, Hi-Dive, Denver, Oct. 19; John Cale, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 30; Rob Thomas, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Nov. 1; Nikka Costa, Bluebird Theater, Nov. 1; Tech N9ne, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 3; Soulfly, Ogden Theatre, Nov. 9; Matisyahu, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 10.
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