Earsiq, Observe23, Maulskull

Mon Feb 25 2019

7:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

Don’t be afraid of the rhythm. Lose yourself to the power of Perfecto. Just feel the groove, close your eyes, and shake your hips. It’s a dance revolution. Perfecto: attacking the mic like the funky spawn of Snap, C&C Music Factory, and Technotronic. Not even Ya Kid K could ever get this low.

The path to self-discovery lies on the dance floor. Setting it off are your party-starters, Kenny Dennis (The KDz) and Ders. Chromatic funk comes courtesy of producer, DJ Rafal (AKA Larold Stevens). This is the hip-house crew that took the mid-western mall circuit by storm. You learned about their rise on the KD LP III record; now you can hear them shining like a Mercedes.

If none of this makes any sense, let’s take a step back. Perfecto is the latest and final odyssey in the life of Kenny Dennis, the absurd and oddly poignant fictional alter ego, blue collar hero of modernity, rib tips connoisseur, mustached rapper and softball titan.

It all fits into the bleak funhouse saga of Serengeti. Sometimes, the critically revered Chicagoan collaborated with Yoni Wolf (WHY?) or Sufjan Stevens. Sometimes, he works with Open Mike Eagle or Odd Nosdam. Over the final chapters of the Kenny Dennis chronicles, his co-pilot is Anders Holm (“Ders”) of Workaholics.

For most of Kenny Dennis’ career, the KDz gravitated to raw boom-bap reminiscent of his early days in the Grimm Teachaz—the 90s rap group once signed to Jive, who beefed with Shaq and never got their fair share of fame. In his latest scheme to blow up, Kenny embraces early 90s neon, glossy beats, house vocals, and bass to the face. Ders goes along because Perfecto is a formidable team.

Perfecto also tells its own origin story. The 17-minute long, “The Labrador” is essentially the novel-as-song—explaining how Rafal got into production after spending nearly nine years writing a 9,000-page plus book at his day job. There was a lawsuit. There were illegal confiscations. But everything eventually worked out after Rafal discovered a computer program that taught him how to make beats.

Mall music history jumps off from there. As soon as Rafal put the beats on Craig’s List, Kenny heard them and had his mind blown. He called up Ders, they started rapping and they never stopped. “Close Your Eyes,” “DJCU,” “Giorgio,” and “Side x Side” could be the best tracks on any of the MTV Party to Go compilations. Eric Nies would love it.

These are synth dance anthems, house vamps, wavy rhythms, raps that would make Chill Rob G have to chill. But there’s also a powerful message. Perfecto is about equality for human kind, because when we dance we’re color blind. This is about having faith for the dance floor. Tonight could be the night. They’re here to sing the body electric and make you sweat. Have a ball like a masquerade.
It's been one crazy year for me. Starting off with a hand-full of shows djing and hosting and putting together some of 2010's best mixed genre showcases like Audio Elevation and the new Audio Blowout Mixed Genre series. I now am currently in between a couple different projects with various artists. There is a lot happening I just ask everyone be as patient as possible. My recording habits currently have me constantly bringing out new material which some will be featured on those upcoming projects or not 🙂
My second Ep Water bridges The Gap is now available for download at or get a physical copy at a show coming soon to a venue near you!
Producer and lyricist Maulskull, best known for founding Denver based hip hop outfit Black Mask, has been making noise in the indie rap scene for more than 6 years. Both solo and with full band backing, he has toured nationally promoting his pirate hip hop. Maulskull has played hundreds of shows, sharing stage space with respected acts like Grieves, Pharoahe Monch, Gza, Mac Lethal, Asher Roth, Slightly Stoopid, Mix Master Mike, RJD2 and even 80's rockstars Warrant just to name a few, as well as full scale national tours in 2012 and 2013 with DJ Abilities (Rhymesayers), Sadistik (Fake Four), The Chicharones (Camobear), Louis Logic (Fake Four), Sleep (Strange Famous) and many more. Fueled by the success of the most recent solo album (2012's "Us & Them") and Maulskull's Death By Thr33s EP series, which offered up a new 3 song EP every week for 19 consecutive weeks, he took his live solo set out for the entire summer on Warped Tour 2012, performing on the "Bring It Back" stage and distributing free music (over 7,000 copies of "Us and Them) hand-to-hand. In 2013, Maulskull has been hard at work producing tracks for his friends Sadistik, The Chicharones, Mane Rok, Prime Element, Verble and his Black Mask partners Aklock and AGFlux. Maulskull is also producing two new records for long time friend and touring buddy, Sleep of Oldominion (SFR) and the first is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. You can check out Maulskull's amazing body of work for free at and enjoy a roller coaster ride of collaboration with artists like Tha Alkaholiks, Moka Only (Swollen Members) Josh Martinez, Celph Titled, Louis Logic, Verbal Kent (Molemen), Sleep, Verbal, Sole, Sapient and Eternia to name a few. Maulskull is currently in the studio recording his sophomore album "Un-amazing Grace" and working hard to bring his music to your doorstep in the coming year.
Venue Information:
Black Sheep
2106 E. Platte Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80909