Over fast, head-nod-ready beats, this rap team spits quick rhymes that have garnered ample praise—hip-hop magazine the Source placed them both on its list of greatest lyricists of all time. Both accomplished solo artists, the duo is set to release its third collaborative album, Blackout 3, later this year.
Hip-hop DJ and producer AraabMuzik started drumming at age three and then added the keyboard. Now, blending the two skills, he harnesses the frenetic dexterity of an ace percussionist as he furiously pounds the buttons of his MPC (an electronic music production device).
Have a diverse musical palette? The annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment covers the full sonic spectrum. This year’s lineup touts nearly 250 local acts—covering genres such as electronica, hip-hop, pop-rock, jazz, bluegrass, and beyond—sure to sate your musical cravings.
Not content to settle for just one 50th birthday celebration, the Denver Folklore Center is carrying the festivities over to another year. Swallow Hill Music helps the local landmark ring in its 51st year with Colorado folk acts Mollie O'Brien, Rich Moore, and Liz Masterson, as well as Portland-based musician Mary Flower.
When Fall Out Boy announced an indefinite hiatus in 2009, its steady stream of platinum hits came to an abrupt halt. After a variety of solo and side endeavors, the pop-punk quartet reunited this year for a new album, Save Rock and Roll. This is your chance to catch them in more intimate digs before they hit arenas nationwide later this year. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Nowadays she's a nationally recognized artist with more than six million YouTube views to her name, but folk singer-songwriter Danielle Anderson got her start in Fort Collins. Since then, she's notched appearances on E! and College Humor, relocated to Minneapolis, and even performed with Mumford & Sons in Boulder.
Fresh off the release of her new album Chronicles of Marnia, New Yorker Marnie Stern brings her gritty sound to the Mile High City. Guitar-heavy tracks like “Year of the Glad” are accompanied by Stern’s feminine singing voice, creating a musical juxtaposition reminiscent of indie-pop bands Beach House and Vampire Weekend. Sun 9 p.m.
Michael Jackson’s staggering collection of hits is as iconic as they come. Bust out a sequined glove for a time-traveling trip through Jackson’s infamous songbook—from “Smooth Criminal” to “Billie Jean” to “Thriller.” Spot-on Jackson impersonator Fabio Mordà leads a crew that includes choreographers, dancers, and recording engineers that worked with the King of Pop himself. Fri 8 p.m.
With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and a spot on the charts in every decade since the ’50s, Tony Bennett is jazz-pop royalty. Thanks to a recent series of albums that feature duets with modern, and often unexpected stars (think “The Lady is a Tramp” with Lady Gaga), Bennett’s smooth croon is now reaching a new generation of listeners.
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