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As the Amazing Criswell told us in Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space: We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

And since we'll all be spending at least some of that future this coming summer, how about some local festival news?

We've already told you about Blues Under the Bridge (Holmes Brothers, Otis Taylor), Meadowgrass (Frazey Ford, John Doe, Hot Buttered Rum, Damien Jurado), and the World Music Series (Mexican Institute of Sound, Khaïra Arby, Luisa Maita). So now it's time to reveal the lineup for Llamapalooza, which will take place May 14 at Colorado College.

This year's must-see performer, and you can quote me on this, is Flying Lotus. The Los Angeles-based Warp Records artist has an interesting résumé: He's a distant relation of John Coltrane, he composed the bumper music for Adult Swim, and he was recruited as a remixer by Radiohead. Using an arsenal of drum machines, turntables and sequencing software, he creates a swell mix of trip-hop, dubstep and bass-heavy bliss. For further convincing, track down "RobertaFlack" (the "Dolly vocal" version) and pay attention to the jaw-droppingly awesome instrumental outro.

As if that weren't enough, Llamapalooza 2011 will also feature the well-educated hip-hop of Seattle's Blues Scholars, plus a bevy of Front Range talent, including the down-home Weapons of Grass Destruction, endearing indie-pop minimalists Tennis, and Denver's premier Afrobeatniks, the Motet.

But you don't have to wait for Llamapalooza to hear great hip-hop, a fact brought home to me Saturday during Blueprint's performance at the Black Sheep. As he did at SXSW, the Rhymesayers recording artist drew upon his ridiculously eclectic new album, Adventures in Counter-Culture, backed by a deejay and bass guitarist. Seattle hip-hop act Macklemore also rocked the house, accompanied by a deejay, trumpeter and violinist. (Dude's Irish, what do you expect?)

While its bread and butter may still be the touring rock acts that bring out the all-ages crowd, the Black Sheep deserves serious credit for its commitment to hip-hop. In the coming weeks, the club will host Andre Nickatina, aka Dre Dog, on April 9, a hip-hop benefit for Red Cross Japan Relief Efforts on April 13, Twiztid (technically, more horror-core than hip-hop) on April 15, the Springs' mighty Black Pegasus on May 6, god-like Doomsayer Collective emcees Dessa and Sims on May 14, and New Orleans' Curren$y on May 22.

As for this week, I totally recommend the Cheap Tricked-out power pop of the Biters, a new Atlanta band playing the Triple Nickel Tavern on Thursday, April 7, with fellow Georgians the Booze and local faves Conjugal Visits opening.

On Friday, Sunshine Studios gives us Porcelain Dolls, a Fort Collins industrial band whose make-up, you'll be glad to know, is done by Filth Mirror, Ben Nye and Reel F/X. (Thanks, MySpace.)

If you prefer less angst and more Django, you can hold out for Absynth Quintet Saturday at Venue 515. Or, for those who find themselves awake and alive on a Saturday afternoon, former Reverb writer Adam Leech, who slipped the shackles of this column in order to expand his thrift-chic empire, hosts a Leechpit Re-Birth Blowout at 802 N. Nevada Ave., from noon to 6, featuring Nathen Maxwell & the Original Bunny Gang, the ReMINDers, Conjugal Visits, the Broken Spoke, the Flumps and We Are Not a Glum Lot.

And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future!

Send news, pics and love offerings to reverb@csindy.com.

  • This year's must-see performer, and you can quote me on this, is Flying Lotus.

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