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January 24, 2013
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MTHDS brings punk, hip-hop, rock & more to the Snake

The Denver-based group, MTHDS (pronounced "Methods"), returns to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone tonight and Saturday with its hip-hop, reggae and punk-influenced rock. The name stands for "Music That Heightens Different Senses." Group members include Johnny Schleper (guitar and vocals), Donald Dillionaire (vocals), L (vocals) Neil Yukimura (acoustic and congas), Durstin Zentz (drums) and Chris Chipouras (bass). According to Schleper, MTHDS' sound combines "the fury of punk, the streetwise soul of hip-hop and funk with an over-the-top bombastic roots party groove." It's "like the Partridge family if the mom was Lauryn Hill and the kids were Jimi Hendrix, Common, Peter Tosh, Sid Vicious and Q-tip," he said. MTHDS returns to the Snake River Saloon tonight after almost two years. "(We're) excited to be back in there and have two intimate nights of music. We will be sure to keep the party going," said Schleper. The group plans to play songs from their four albums and also pay tribute to the Beastie Boys with a full set. Concertgoers can expect "a lot of originals, some Beastie Boys, a little bit of reggae and some of our takes on a few of our favorite classics," said Schleper. Schleper and his band mates have been together for approximately five years and just released their fourth album, titled "Pretty Deep." According to Schleper, their newest work has more hip-hop tunes than the previous ones. "I think we evolved to a tighter and simpler sound. Also, to a content more local for our songs."The new album has special guests including hip-hop artists Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 and One Be Lo from the rap duo Binary Star. It is available for free download at

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