2015 has already been a rich year for the Colorado Springs hip-hop community, with inspired performances like The ReMINDers' show-stealing set at the Indy Music Awards, the day-long, emotional Celebration of ItsreaLight Love, frequent multi-genre showcases at venues such as the Flux Capacitor, and visits from hip-hop notables Chuck D, Blueprint and Waka Flocka Flame.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned ReMINDers have just released a sunny, color-saturated new music video, "So High," in conjunction with Denver-based collective The 3hree Project. The video exudes the optimism and good vibes for which the group has become well-known, and you can view it at bit.ly/1LtkVzP.
Local hip-hop hero Black Pegasus also continues to reap success beyond his hometown, having secured an opening slot for Tech N9ne at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on Oct. 24.
That same night, right on the heels of two underwhelming predicted apocalypses, you can enjoy your continued existence by catching another acclaimed emcee who's bringing his act to Colorado Springs. Del the Funky Homosapien got his start in the '90s with his cousin, legendary N.W.A. emcee Ice Cube, but his lyricism and musical approach turned out to be a sharp left turn from the era's prominent gangsta rap stylings. Instead, he shifted the focus to more eclectic subjects, such as science fiction and Afro-futurism, with a generous helping of humor and experimentalism. You can catch Del at the Black Sheep.
Before you split yourself in two to catch both Del and Black Pegasus next weekend, here's a look at the events coming up this week.
Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Flux Capacitor, you can prepare yourself for the shorter, darker autumn days with Atlanta's deathcore quartet A Legacy Unwritten, Albuquerque's Perpelexity, and Colorado acts Deprivationist, Remain and Sustain, and Crown Magnetar.
Friday, Oct. 16, brings Nashville-based emcee Jelly Roll to the Black Sheep, along with locals Seenloc and The Delinkwintz. Also that night, "pop-rap-electrofunk" outfit Andy D hits the Triple Nickel, on a bill with electronic glam act WhiteCatPink and Denver emcee Curta, among others.
On Oct. 17, as a matinee show in the afternoon, Baton Rouge-based sludge/doom metal band Thou plays the Flux Capacitor, joined by fellow heavy Louisianans Heatdust and locals Alone and Stressed.
Later that night, in what might be the first klezmer concert in Colorado Springs, the Denver-based Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe play at Temple Shalom. The quintet combines the traditional modal melodies of klezmer with a contemporary rhythmic sensibility influenced by rock, funk, and blues.
Also on Oct. 17, electronically minded indie artist Crywolf comes to Rawkus, and Bullet Head and the Ripwort P. Shagnasty Trio play the Triple Nickel. You can't not be intrigued with monikers such as those.
Capping off a very busy Saturday night, the Black Sheep is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a venue, with a party and show featuring New Jersey's Brick + Mortar, Denver's "transgressive synth-rock" outfit Rubedo, and local favorites Modern Suspects. In addition, the Black Sheep will be offering discounted package ticket deals at its box office for upcoming shows, including Suicide Silence, Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse. Check blacksheeprocks.com for full details.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, local jazz bassist Colin Trusedell, who placed in this year's Indy Music Awards and is a musical director for the U.S. Air Force Academy Band when not playing with his own Quartet of Jazz Death, is celebrating the release of his new album, It's All About the Hustle, at the Gold Room.
Finally, continuing the spooky Halloween preparations, horror-punk duo The Independents hit the Triple Nickel on Tuesday, Oct. 20, joined by locals The Sleights, Minus Well, and Friendly White Neighbors.
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