Bun B is playing the Marquis Theater for $5 later this month

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Bun B prepares for a "Concert Against Hate" joint performance with the Houston Symphony, which is exactly as indescribably cool as it sounds.
Let's not bury the lede here: Southern hip-hop deity and generally awesome dude Bun B is playing a show at the Marquis Theater on April 27, with FL from the Foodchain and the Reminders, and you can get in the door for $5.

So yes, that probably requires some backing up. This is the third installment of Denver's Red Bull Sound Select Series. The last one featured the Joy Formidable at 3 Kings. The way this series works (and it exists in a number of other cities, as well), is that one of four curators selected by Red Bull puts together a show each month. The tickets are a little different each time -- for the Bun B show, an RSVP at the Sound Select site gets you in for $5. Or you can try your luck at the door, in which case you'll pay $15.

The curator for this particular show is Denver's DJ Low Key. We talked to him via Gchat about the series, Bun B and what's going on in our local hip-hop scene right now:


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New Colorado hip-hop compilation comes with a free joint

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Hip-hop label Upset Records is celebrating the state's new unofficial pastime with the release of Colorado Smoke. The compilation is due out April 15th with an in store at Angelo's downtown. Recorded in 72 hours in the Upset Records studio with various of the label's stable of artists, these eleven tracks are designed for kicking back.

Enjoyable enough on its own, the editions of this compilation available in Colorado, should you be lucky enough to get one from one of the members of the Upset Records crew, comes with a complimentary Purple Kush joint.

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Denver Botanic Gardens 2014 summer lineup: St. Vincent, Sheryl Crow and more

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St. Vincent plays the York Street Botanic Gardens in September

The Denver Botanic Gardens has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it is hefty. Starting June 24 with March Cohn and Mavis Staples and concluding on September 6 with St. Vincent, the Garden's two locations (on York Street and in Chatfield) will also host Joan Baez, Barenaked Ladies, B.B. King and more. The full lineup is below; all concerts start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Followers of the summer series won't be surprised at this assortment of artists. It bears some resemblance in ambition to last year's, which featured Tony Bennett, Steve Martin and, in fact, St. Vincent, who was touring with David Byrne at the time. Swallow Hill Music took over booking duties from Nobody In Particular Presents in 2010. Tickets for all this year's concerts go on sale April 22 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $49 to $86.50. Members can get pre-sale tickets starting April 14.


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The Global Dance Festival 2014 lineup: Grading the first twelve artists

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Danielle Lirette
Fans at last year's Global Dance Fest
Global Dance Festival, the recipient of "Best Dance Party of the Summer" in our Best Of Denver issue, has just announced the first acts that will be playing the event. Phase one of any lineup announcement is always the appetizer, and what better way to tease than by announcing some of the biggest acts in multiple EDM sub-genres? We ranked the first phase of artists on a scale of "kandi" and "horns." Kandi represents the trance/house factor, and horns represent the rage factor.

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Why Denver is a better place for an EDM star to live than L.A. (it's not just the weed)

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Gary Caspa, or simply Caspa as he's known in the music world, has just transplanted himself, along with his wife, in Denver, Colorado. Could it be because Denver is the mecca of dance music and progressive thinking -- two things that seem to go hand in hand these days? Or could it be because it's the near-center of the country and makes touring easier? On the week he released Dubstep Sessions 2014, we asked him these questions, plus some more, and he filled us in on why he, a leader in the worldwide dubstep community, would up and leave his home across the pond to land in what some refer to as a lonely cow-town.

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Gregory Alan Isakov and DeVotchKa will play Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony

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Gregory Alan Isakov in his last appearance with the CSO
The best Denver band is playing Red Rocks on July 17, and it will feature songs by and collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov and DeVotchKa. Tickets are $27.50 to $65 and on sale now. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced the show last month, but the addition of Isakov to it is a new development.

This is familiar territory for all three parties: This is the third installment of an annual series featuring DeVotchKa with the CSO. Isakov has never played this particular venue with the ensemble, but their joint efforts at Boettcher Concert Hall last November were met with sold-out adulation.

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MeadowGrass Music Festival's 2014 lineup features the Mother Hips, the Duhks and more

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The Duhks
The MeadowGrass Music Festival's lineup for 2014 is here. The annual event, which will be held over Memorial Day weekend in Black Forest, will feature over 20 artists in three days at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center.

Topping the line up is Canadian band and Sugar Hill recording artists The Duhks, Colorado-based folk group Elephant Revival and San Francisco's The Mother Hips. Elsewhere on the lineup is Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch, Steve Poltz of The Rugburns, Grass It Up, Birds of Chicago, Caitlin Rose, Carey Hudson and more. In addition, this year's festival will see the return campfire jams and a few late night concerts.

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From selling hats on the boardwalk to Dabroots fest, Grassroots California embodies its name

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Grassroots California is easily the coolest hat company in the world. With over one-thousand designs, the company that Ryan "Ruga" Connelly started in Venice Beach, selling his hats on the boardwalk, has grown to become the most in-demand lid dealer in the world over the course of the past five years. Festival-goers all over the world rock delicately embroidered hats from Grassroots.

See also: The best gifts for any EDM fan, cheap to pricey

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Sonic Bloom festival makes a move to South Park this June, tickets on sale Tuesday, March 4

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Britt Chester

Sonic Bloom, the mountain music and arts festival that has made its home at Shadows Ranch in Georgetown, Colorado, for the past few years, has announced a new location: American Safari Ranch in South Park, Colorado. No word on what prompted the move, but it could have something to do with the events at last year's edition of the festival. Whatever the case, Sonic Bloom has continued to step up its game every year, so we trust that this year's event, slated for Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 22, will be equally well received. Keep reading to see the lineup that's been announced thus far.

See also: Scott Morrill and Jamie Janover on Sonic Bloom and the growing electronic-music scene

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Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa celebrate 4/20 at Red Rocks, tickets on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

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Britt Chester

It's no secret that April 20 is a big day around here, and this year at Red Rocks, it's going to be celebrated by some of ganja's biggest advocates, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Both cats are obviously no stranger to the herb, so it only makes sense that they'll be on hand to help commemorate the biggest smoking day of the year. Tickets for the Snoop's 420 Wellness Retreat Denver, which is also set to feature YG, Smoke DZA and more, range from $59.50 through $100 for VIP, and go on sale this Friday, February 28, at 10 a.m.

See also: Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hill at Red Rocks on 4/20 slideshow

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