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Video: Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Dunafon and Wyclef Jean Rap About Cages and Pot

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From "The Trap" video
You know Mike Dunafon: Mayor of Glendale, married to the owner of Shotgun Willie's strip club, libertarian candidate for Colorado governor. He may not have a political resume with quite as much heft as his opponents, current governor John Hickenlooper and congressman Bob Beauprez. But he does promise to make things interesting by doing things like, say, recording libertarian hip-hop lullabies with former Fugee and aspiring candidate for Haitian president Wyclef Jean. You can (and really, really should) watch it below.

See also: All hail Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews, King and Queen of Glendale

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Photo Contest: Win Tickets to See Justin Townes Earle in Boulder

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Justin Townes Earle is playing at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, September 27. What you see here is a portion of the cover for his latest album, Single Mothers. It is another jewel in a growing catalogue of remarkable work. Earle has a unique ability to see the dignity and ugliness alike in modern, everyday life.

Newly sober and married, this record finds him delivering that viewpoint with renewed clarity. You can see for yourself tomorrow; here's how.

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Calling Denver Rappers of All Stripes to the Third Rap-A-Thon

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Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game
Creators Lizzy Brodie and Ru Johnson are ready to see all the MCs rock.
Tonight, the Savoy Events Center will once again be filled wall-to-wall with people from all walks of life who came for one reason: Rocking the mic. MCs from across Colorado will come together for the second Rap-A-Thon, which will feature art, fashion and hours of rhyming.

See also: The "Controversy" 32-Bar Challenge Is Igniting Denver's Hip-Hop Scene

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How Denver's Rave Community is Helping a Teenager Hospitalized For Taking Molly

Categories: This Just In

A screenshot of the GoFundMe page as of 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
Last weekend, Skylab, which featured headliner Tiesto, brought some 10,000 people to the Denver Coliseum. Among those were approximately 150 members of the online rave community Colorado EDM Family. A few of the "EDM Fam," as they call themselves, saw a young girl fall to the ground outside the venue on Saturday night before on-site paramedics rushed her to a hospital.

That girl, Bianca, is still in the hospital. According to a Facebook post by her father, Keith Roehm, the drug molly put her there. Her kidneys are failing, and she's only able to sit up or communicate in brief moments. In the post, he writes, "I could seriously use some help right now."

See also: Eight Guidelines For Responsible Partying

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Mark Turner: "The World Is Magical and There's No Reason to Ever Be Bored"

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Paolo Soriani
Mark Turner is a dynamic and lucid jazz tenor saxophonist who's been part of Billy Hart's Quartet for a decade. He's also been a member of Fly, the collaborative trio with the skilled bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. But Turner, who will be at Dazzle on Saturday, September 27, also considers himself a fairly avid science fiction reader, with Ursula K. Le Guin being one of his favorite authors, and Turner's brand new ECM album, Lathe of Heaven, borrows its name from her 1971 novel.

See also: The Ten Best Jazz Drummers

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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Bring Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection to Denver

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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
While the current connotation of the term DJ involves neon-clad teens, lasers and confetti cannons, artists like DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist rely on the hip-hop tradition of the genre. On past tours, Shadow and Cut toured with only a collection of hand-picked 45s (the Hard Sell Tour, from 2007 to 2009), and this time around, the DJs are touring with Afrika Bambaataa's personal collection of records.

The duo is currently midway through that Renegades of Rhythm tour, and we spoke with each of them about Bambaataa's influence, the task of building a 90-minute set from thousands of hours of music and what advice they got from Bamabaataa himself on how to chronicle his influence.

See also: The Queen of the Ravers

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The Blend Parties Moved From LA to Denver And Only Got Better

Lonely Boy (aka Joshua Heath, one of the founders of the Blend)
When Lonely Boy (also known as Joshua Heath) launched the Blend in Los Angeles about ten years ago, he envisioned the night as a combination -- a blend -- of electronic and live music. "At the time, I had a live band, and we wanted to do a night where we could feature the band in a live setting and also feature DJs, because the group was a mixture of people into both electronic and live music, and so we figured, 'Why not feature both things?'"

It's come a long way from those origins; a Denver tradition since 2011, the Blend returns to Beauty Bar this Saturday, September 27 -- and Lonely Boy is the special guest DJ.

See also: Privé Social Club, Featuring DJs and Dance Music, Opening Soon Near Larimer Square

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Was The Inaugural Cloak & Dagger Music Festival The Start Of Something Big?

Mary Willson
Cashmere Cat playing at City Hall.
Brennan Bryarly, founder of the Hundred, put on his first festival this weekend, Cloak and Dagger, which was held in the Golden Triangle at City Hall and Vinyl and featured almost thirty electronic producers and DJs. The festival was in the works for two years. But when Bryarly first tried to put on a large event, he didn't have enough backing. This year, though, thanks to a strong track record of shows and some help from (among others) the SoCo Nightlife District, he brought in a lineup including Cashmere Cat from Norway and Holy Ghost! from New York.

See also: Our conversation with Bryarly when the Hundred started

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Musicians Are Often Exploited in Denver: Here's What We Can Do About It

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Aaron Thackeray
Denver music is much more than sold-out shows at Red Rocks. Let's make sure we're paying everyone fairly.
Many musicians are accustomed to playing for free, especially those who don't have a large following. The joy of it, as well as the promise of exposure, often suffice as a reward. But this can cause consternation for serious or professional artists who spend hours upon hours honing their craft. In the economy of live music, when is it appropriate to not pay someone for her creative labor?

My own experience suggests there is no clear answer. Overall, musicians enter into business relationships at a disadvantage, and not paying musicians treads a fine line with their outright exploitation. But I've also come to learn that there are many instances when playing for free seems acceptable. So, how do we tease out the difference? It can be hard to codify exploitative behavior. I'd suggest as a starting point that when other people profit from the presence of live music but the musicians themselves don't receive compensation, they are being exploited by definition: their labor generates value that disproportionately goes to other people.

See also: 50 Ways to Support Your DIY Music Community

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