Concerts

Flobots

Until recently, Denver wasn't a locale especially known for its thriving hip-hop culture. But when the multiculti indie group Flobots burst out onto the national scene two years ago from the Mile High City, that began to change. What's unique about the Flobots is that they're a socially conscious band — one that constantly takes jabs at Bush, immigration laws, and Guantanamo — but their music is also enjoyable and fun to dance to. It's important that they speak out against war and injustices, but lead MCs Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit don't browbeat you with their politics. That's evidenced by their 2007 breakout hit, "Handlebars," and its animated video, which has already clocked more than 12 million views on YouTube. They are a good fit for the Buzz Bake Sale this weekend, because their sound drifts from pop to emo to hip-hop to rock 'n' roll, at times within the same song, and it's an intriguing-enough mix to entertain anyone within ear range.

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Jonathan Cunningham