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Update: The Ghostface Killah show at the Summit was canceled. Top ten has been updated with the addition of Black Thought at Club 64 with Immortal Technique.

The Dear Hunter was a side project launched in 2005 while Casey Crescenzo was touring with his now-former band, the Receiving End of Sirens. He had been writing songs on his laptop and recording them in his spare time. Crescenzo eventually devoted full-time attention to his solo efforts. Stunningly prolific, Crescenzo has cultivated quite a catalog, with three concept albums providing a fictional account of the Dear Hunter's evolution (Act I, Act II and Act III), followed by nine conceptual EPs -- filled with songs penned to match specific hues, the best of which appear on an album titled The Color Spectrum -- and the latest, Migrant, which was just released and is, surprisingly, not a concept record.

See also:
- Slightly Stoopid's Miles Doughty on playing at Red Rocks on 4/20 and couch-lock ganja
- Dino Cazares on living in the technocratic world Fear Factory's been singing about
- Eric Greif, Death's longtime manager, on the significance and influence of Death on metal

BLACK THOUGHT @ CLUB 64 | SAT, 4/20/13
Better known for his work with the Roots, Black Thought is the complete package as an MC by himself. In a genre that sometimes seems like a competition to see who can rhyme "hater" and "paper" best -- a competition that Black Thought might take anyway -- he consistently manages to unearth rhymes that had yet to be discovered. With the soul of a poet, the heart of revolutionary and the tongue of a dragon, plus the backup of maybe the greatest DJ in hip-hop, Black Thought is sure to put on a great show at Legalized It Sunset 420 Bash with Immortal Technique and more. And if you're lucky, he might even kick some freestyle off the dome, a lost art which he has mastered more completely than many made MCs have rhyming simply.

Fear Factory was a pioneer of the so-called nü-metal genre before that designation became a bit of an insult. An early proponent of the fusion of industrial and death metal, Fear Factory first realized that sonic alchemy with its influential 1995 album, Demanufacture. Since then, the band has explored a wider range of sounds and more rhythmic strategies than most of its peers. The group's sound, a blend of melodic vocals, gruff and sweeping atmospherics, crunchy, brutal guitar work and relentless percussion, has often been imitated, but it's the small details in the mix that have always set Fear Factory apart.

Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner, Death helped to codify the aesthetic of death metal. The sonic brutality of the first two Death albums was remarkable for the period when only grindcore matched it for the sheer violence of the sound. In 2001, Schuldiner lost his two year battle with cancer, ending a brilliant musical career. Schuldiner's imaginative use of sound and the surprising diversity of his songwriting in the context of extreme music has proven to be an enduring influence that has continued to grow. In 2012, the first Death to All tour, celebrating the life and legacy of Schuldiner, came together, and the response from fans was so overwhelming, another two tours were organized for this year with the first, DTA1, focusing on the first four Death albums, and the follow-up, DTA2, focused on the final three.

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