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2018 is the year of local hip-hop heroes, and vinyl fetishists


Sergio J. González Pagán, aka Surge, will be celebrating his first release on Colorado Springs’ Lela June Records label at the Zodiac February 2.
  • Sergio J. González Pagán, aka Surge, will be celebrating his first release on Colorado Springs’ Lela June Records label at the Zodiac February 2.
The year might still be young, but it’s already shaping up to be a good one for local hip-hop. Not only is local emcee Teqnik G releasing a new album at the beginning of February — more details on that to come — but Saturday, Jan. 27, marks the release of emcee Che Bong’s long-awaited sophomore album, Telescope to the Heavens. While locals will doubtlessly recognize Che Bong from his work in BullHead*ded, the emcee has also won acclaim for his solo work, releasing the album Sleeping While You’re Awake in 2011 and winning “Best Solo Hip-Hop Artist” honors in the 2014 Indy Music Awards.

The Black Sheep release show features a stacked lineup, with the likes of Maulskull, Travellers Music, Just Ova Broke and Stoney Bertz, and the night will also feature the filming of a music video for the BullHead*ded track “Sorry for the Bad Dancing,” so any and all attendees are encouraged to participate and bring their best (worst) moves to the proceedings.
If you weren’t already worked up enough at the thought of having your bad dancing immortalized, that’s not even the only music video-related news on the docket. Friday, Feb. 2, brings the New Orleans-based artist Surge to the Zodiac, where his “Singularity” video will be officially released.

Originally hailing from Puerto Rico, Surge, the project of singer-songwriter Sergio J. González Pagán, is signed with Colorado Springs-based indie label Lela June Records and plays an “ethereal collage of moody indie-rock, folk, grunge, post-punk, and jazz.” Joining Surge for the show is Denver’s Flyin’ Hot Saucers and Oklahoma City’s Spooky Fruit.
The local convergences continue with regard to Monocle Band and their Jan. 26 stop at the Black Forest Community Center, presented by the Black Rose Acoustic Society. The Boulder-based Americana group, fronted by singer Monica Marie — a Colorado Springs native — released their sophomore album, The Clearing, in October 2017. The record has since received a good deal of positive notice, including the de facto roots music bible No Depression calling their folk-pop/bluegrass sound “fresh” and “invigorating.” While Monocle Band will be making a few stops around the state to support the new record in the coming months, this will be the closest, so be sure to take advantage.

Finally, while some of the events of the week may have you believing that video has killed the art of sitting around and listening to old records on really good stereo systems, you’d be quite wrong. Presenter Chris O’Shea’s “Classic Album Sundays” series is a monthly “communal vinyl listening experience” which aims to present audiophile favorites on the best equipment possible for that “pristine analog glory.” The first such Colorado Springs CAS event took place in September 2017, and the group is hoping to gain some new converts who can experience the bliss of uninterrupted record-listening.

The next installment will feature Steely Dan’s classic Aja, supplemented by a few related recordings featuring works that both influenced and were influenced by the “headliner” album. The festivities, which include homemade cookies and craft beer, kick off at noon on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Local Relic.

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