It's the freakin' weekend. Let's have some fun.
Well, it's Thursday, but let's be honest, you're partying. Local venues are ready to facilitate the fun. They're all booked up with rappers and hip-hop-infused acts. It's a rare sight in Boulder and Denver, and one of the shows will be a last-chance-to-see deal.
Get after it.
9 p.m. Thursday
Dragging yourself out of bed on a cold, snowy Thursday is something like rousing a bear from hibernation. K Theory is worth struggle, though. Malcolm Anthony, Dylan Lewman and Dustin Musser mix hip hop with intelligent drum and bass — not a particularly common combination.
ProblemThis Fox Theatre show has been postponed, refunds available at point of purchase.
You'll have another chance to catch some hip hop at the Fox Theatre on Friday, when Problem (Jason Martin) takes over. The dude is prolific. He's released seven mixtapes and worked with an enormous roster of rappers and producers, including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, John Legend, Pharrell Williams and Wiz Khalifa. His bio says, "when you try to classify my style of rapping, don't," so we'll shut up and let you make your own assessments.
BLKHRTS (video release party)
9 p.m. Saturday
Do not miss this one. It's the final show for BLKHRTS before they move to Los Angeles. One person in the audience will be picked at random to fly out there in April to see the powerful hip-hop group at the famous Los Globos. Plus, the winner gets to write and record a song with the group. It's a bummer to see one of the Denver greats go. The trio will likely come back to visit some day, but this is your last chance to see them for a while.
Rubedo feat. Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta
9 p.m. Saturday
It's not all hip hop this weekend. Denver-based experimental rock band Rubedo is topping the bill at the Bluebird on Saturday night. There's a little bit of everything in the trio's music — psych rock, soul, roots and even some hip hop. (OK, so maybe it is mostly about hip hop this weekend.) Get there right at the start to catch some other local favorites. I Sank Molly Brown, Tjutjuna and The Other Black are opening.
8:30 p.m. Saturday
The San Diego-based reggae group Tribal Seeds has been one of the bigger names in modern reggae for years. The band's 2011 EP, Soundwaves, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. In their own words, they want to "inspire youth to raise their voices and seek a higher consciousness." It's straight-forward, feel-good reggae. Go have a feel-good time. Right on.