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In his song "Madness," Del the Funky Homosapien made the Warholian prediction that, by the year 3030, everybody will want to be an emcee. And from the looks of it, Colorado Springs is right on track.

First up we have Block Scholars, whose song "Time Machine" was just named one of the three grand prize winners in the Patrón XO Café Artist Showcase. Weirdly, the grand prizes don't include any actual Patrón, even though it became the tasty hip-hop beverage of choice thanks to mentions in songs by Young Jeezy, Ludacris, T.I., T-Pain, Pharrell, Nas, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and about a billion others I'm forgetting right now.

On the plus side, Block Scholars do win an "In the Spotlight Promotional Kit" with nearly $3,000 worth of customized merch, design services, e-mail list management, and other promo materials.

To celebrate the victory, the local backpack hip-hop group is offering free downloads of two Block Scholars albums, Zero to Hero and Weather the Storm. Track them down via

Elsewhere on the emcee front, we have a new album from Splittt Personality (because two Ts is never enough) called Level 2: Da Rising. You can celebrate with him during an Oct. 6 CD release show at Ghouls Gulch Haunted House, of all places.

You may already have seen Splittt, aka Clarence Joseph, opening local shows for Jason Derulo and DMX. His music definitely leans toward the Jamaican dancehall and reggae side of the hip-hop spectrum, with a touch of dubstep thrown into the mix every once in a while. He's also a professional boxer, so you'll want to be on your best behavior. And if this week's show is too short-notice, you can also catch him at V Bar on Oct. 20 and 27.

Meanwhile, in the New Band Featuring Some of Your Favorite Local Musicians Department, scene stalwart Mike Stephens has just let us in on his latest plan for world domination.

And while they've only just started rehearsing and won't be playing out for a couple months, you won't have much trouble remembering the name. The Men of Deep Throat will feature Mike on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Brett Andrus from the band Headhum (hey, I think I see a pattern here), drummer Kevin Johnson, and keyboardist Kevin Bennett from the recently reformed Loverleigh.

The former Foxhole Prayers frontman, says TMODT is shaping up to be a more "danceable, raw and indie rock" entity than his most recent alma mater. "In my last band, I did what most aging indie rockers do — jumped on the Americana train," he tells me. "I felt like I was forcing my songwriting to fit into a certain style 'cos of my man-crush on Ryan Adams. I just wanted to rock again."

So anyway, how was your weekend? Mine was weirdly eclectic: the folkish Joe Uveges and Stephanie Pauline on Friday, an evening at the symphony on Saturday, a couple hours of watching El Toro de la Muerte playing the same song over and over again at their rehearsal studio on Sunday. (See story, here.)

You can see El Toro for yourself this Friday at Zodiac, with a ton of other bands, celebrating the release of its new EP. Scheduled set times are the Flumps at 8, Archeology at 9, Cat Color at 10, Conjugal Visits at 10:45, and El Toro at 11:30. Or, you know, whenever.

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