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Rapper, alt rock on aprs X bill

Stewart OksenhornAspen Times staff writer
Rapper Common will perform in an aprs X concert in Aspen on Saturday, Jan. 27 during Winter X Games 11. (Courtesy ESPN X Games)

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN The Winter X Games at Buttermilk will have an appropriate musical backdrop.Portland alternative rock band Everclear opens three nights of free concerts with a performance on Thursday, Jan. 25. Two nights of headliners follow at Wagner Park in downtown Aspen Satellite Party, the new project of pioneering alternative rocker Perry Farrell, and soul rapper Common.Everclear performs on opening day of Winter X Games 11 with a 5:30 p.m. show on the Little Nell run on the base of Aspen Mountain. Satellite Party will perform Friday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 p.m. at the park, with Common set for Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. San Francisco-based DJ/multimedia artist Mike Relm will open both nights at Wagner Park.Founding frontman Art Alexakis and Everclear sprang from the Northwests teeming music scene in the early 90s, releasing their major-label dubut, Sparkle and Fade, in 1995. The release spawned a hit single in Santa Monica.Seven albums and several hits Everything to Everyone, Father of Mine and Wonderful later, Everclear has returned to an indie label for its new CD, last years Welcome to the Drama Club, the bands first studio effort since 2003s Slow Motion Daydream.What was once a trio is now a five-man outfit featuring Alexakis on guitar and vocals, guitarist Dave French, bass player Sam Hudson, keyboardist Josh Crawley and drummer Brett Snyder.Fridays aprs X show is being billed as the live debut of Satellite Party, although a prototype of the group made appearances in mid-2005 in Los Angeles, and played a high-profile appearance at the 2005 Lollapalooza, the groundbreaking festival founded in 1991 by Farrell.Satellite Party, which follows other Farrell projects such as Porno for Pyros and Janes Addiction, and his stint as DJ Peretz, is scheduled to release its debut CD, Ultra Payloaded, in May. The concept album, based on Farrells belief that people can change the world for the better, features Flea and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, a 30-piece orchestra, and an unreleased vocal track by the late Jim Morrison titled Woman in the Window. Farrell has described the music as this great hybrid of sound, using electronics and hip-hop beats and the power and strength of rock n roll, and even symphony.Common broke through with the 1994 CD Resurrection. That album featured the song I Used to Love H.E.R., a criticism of hip-hops creative decline. The rapper laid out his own concept for the music in 2000s Like Water for Chocolate, a soul- and funk-inspired album that featured such like-minded hip-hop artists as DAngelo and Mos Def, African singer Femi Kuti, r&b singer Jill Scott, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and the Roots Black Thought, and Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, who produced the album.Commons 2002 album Electric Circus broke into rock n roll. Common earned a Grammy Award for the song Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop), performed with Erykah Badu, in 2003. His most recent CD, 2005s Be, produced by Kanye West, earned four Grammy nominations, including ones for best rap album and best rap song. His next album, Finding Forever, is due for release later this year.Stewart Oksenhorns e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com


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