Events

Fixate

Fixate

August 18, 2017, 9:00pm - August 19, 2017, 1:00am

The Black Box
314 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO  80203 Map

TICKETS: shrsl.com/j8n4

Official FB event: Recon DNB presents Fixate!

"Friday August 18, 2017
Recon DNB & DNBRadio present the Denver debut of…

F I X A T E
UK - Exit Records, 20/20, Diffrent Music
www.facebook.com/fixateuk/
soundcloud.com/fixate_uk

Fixate's debut release, ‘Pum Pum’ / ‘System Malfunction’ on Diffrent Music, came out in August 2014 and immediately caught the ears of the electronic music world with it’s discombobulating rhythmical patterns and clever fusion of multiple genres. Support from DJ’s as diverse as Toddla T, Sam Binga, Alix Perez & dBridge amongst others, and it was the latter who then released two of his collaborations with Manchester’s Chimpo, ‘Bun It’ & ‘Dumb’, on Chimpo’s ‘Out An Bad’ EP.
Following the success of these initial tracks, he was tasked with writing his first solo EP for dBridge’s hugely respected, taste-making label Exit Records. The ‘Throwback Therapy’ EP was released in May 2015 to much acclaim, with the 4 tracks demonstrating the wide ranging influences and artistic flair of their creator.
Now having found a home on the label amongst one of the most creatively diverse artist rosters in electronic music, he released his second EP, 'March On' in July 2016 as well as being revealed as 1/7th of the mysterious D&B super group, 'Richie Brains'. Since then he's released on Ivy Lab's 20/20 with even more on the horizon!

Support:

D E S P I S E
www.facebook.com/djdespise/
soundcloud.com/despise-byte

D A M N J A M E S
soundcloud.com/damnjamesbeats
www.facebook.com/DJDamnJames/

Hosted by: X - T S . E M C E E - Happy Birthday!
soundcloud.com/dnbking
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18+ event

Location:
The Black Box Lounge
314 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
www.blackboxdenver.co/

Follow Recon DNB
Website :: recondnb.net/
Facebook :: www.facebook.com/recondnb
Twitter :: twitter.com/ReconDNB
Soundcloud :: soundcloud.com/recondnb"
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Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord

August 20, 2017, 7:30pm - August 20, 2017, 10:59pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

DIE ANTWOORD

Event Info
All Ages
Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:30PM
TICKETS: shrsl.com/?hv81

**END TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
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Govinda with Toy Box

Govinda with Toy Box

August 25, 2017, 9:00pm - August 26, 2017, 1:00am

The Fox Theatre
1135 13th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

Rooster Magazine Presents
Govinda Music with Toy Box, Asalott at Fox Theatre

Doors - 8:30 PM
Show - 9:00 PM
All Ages
www.foxtheatre.com/event/1516094-govinda-boulder/

Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.

Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Sea of Dreams, SXSW and more. Govinda’s music has been on TV including stations like WB, MTV and Bravo as well as many independent films.

The Govinda show is truly a multi-sensory experience that immerses the audience with a textured exotic atmosphere which features mesmerizing vocals, professional dancer and fire performer, Jordan Proper, live projections, live gypsy violin for a truly energetic and magical live presence.

govindamusic.com/

TiCKETS: shrsl.com/isqu
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Emancipator Ensemble at Red Rocks

Emancipator Ensemble at Red Rocks

August 27, 2017, 5:00pm - August 27, 2017, 10:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

TICKETS: shrsl.com/j3z1

Emancipator Ensemble
The OPIUO Band
RJD2 (w/ Live Band)
Machinedrum

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 27th 2017
Doors: 5:00 PM; All Ages

Fan Club tickets On-Sale Now!
artists.songkick.com/emancipator/

Tickets ON SALE NOW!
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GRiZ (ft. LIVE BAND)

GRiZ (ft. LIVE BAND)

September 1, 2017, 7:00pm - September 1, 2017, 11:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

GRiZ RED ROCKS 2017

September 1 – GRiZ Live Band Debut
Septmeber 2 – GRiZ

Limited Pre-Sale + VIP Packages on-sale Tues March 28 at 10AM MT - bit.ly/GRiZRedRocks2017

6PM Doors
All Ages

TICKETS: goo.gl/Sb0qRi
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GRiZ at Red Rocks (Second Night)

GRiZ at Red Rocks (Second Night)

September 2, 2017, 7:00pm - September 2, 2017, 11:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

GRiZ RED ROCKS 2017

September 1 – GRiZ Live Band Debut
Septmeber 2 – GRiZ

Limited Pre-Sale + VIP Packages on-sale Tues March 28 at 10AM MT - bit.ly/GRiZRedRocks2017

6PM Doors
All Ages

TICKETS: goo.gl/Lo0kT4
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STS9 at Red Rocks!

STS9 at Red Rocks!

September 8, 2017, 6:00pm - September 10, 2017, 10:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

Celebrating 20 Years of STS9!

STS9 performing their highly regarded album Artifact live in its entirety for the first time ever since its 2005 release.

★ SEPTEMBER 8TH ★
STS9 (Performing Artifact in its entirety)
Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set)
El Ten Eleven
Moon Boots (In the round)

Friday, September 8 - Showtime is 6:00 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM.

To reach a 20th anniversary is a major accomplishment for any band--and in 2017, STS9 will officially hit that milestone. To mark the occasion, the acclaimed and adventurous electronic rock band has announced their celebrations will kick off with a three-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO September 8-10 with a slew of support acts including some of the band’s longtime friends.

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 21 @ 10:00 AM
3 Day Pass: shrsl.com/?hlug
Sept. 8: shrsl.com/?hlui
Sept. 9: shrsl.com/?hluj
Sept. 10: shrsl.com/?hluk
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Above and Beyond w/ Seven Lions

Above and Beyond w/ Seven Lions

September 14, 2017, 6:00pm - September 14, 2017, 10:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

TICKETS: shrsl.com/jcbv

Above & Beyond with Seven Lions

All Ages
Doors / Show: 6PM
Prices: $39.95 - $60.00
TICKETS: shrsl.com/?hbck

More info: axs.com/events/334104/above-beyond-tickets

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Lotus

Lotus

September 15, 2017, 8:00pm - September 16, 2017, 12:00am

Boulder Theater
2032 14th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

9/15 Boulder Theater + 9/16 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Two Show Packages - On Sale Thu 10am MST: bit.ly/LotusRRandBT
[this is the only way to get tickets to the 9/15 Boulder Theater show]

Two Day Passes: $50

Latest Release 'Eat The Light' out now! - Vinyl, CD & Digital Orders + Stream available here: lotusvibes.bandcamp.com/album/eat-the-light

Eat the Light Remixes also available now - lotusvibes.bandcamp.com/album/eat-the-light-remixes

Pick Up Lotus Merch:
lotusmerch.squarespace.com/

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?h6dr
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Lotus at Red Rocks

Lotus at Red Rocks

September 16, 2017, 6:00pm - September 16, 2017, 11:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

9/15 Boulder Theater + 9/16 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Two Show Packages: bit.ly/LotusRRandBT
[this is the only way to get tickets to the 9/15 Boulder Theater show]

9/16 Red Rocks only - Early Bird Tickets while supplies last at only $25 - axs.com/events/333991/lotus-tickets?skin=redrocks

9/16 with special guests Com Truise, Nosaj Thing
All Ages Welcome

Two Day Passes: $50
Red Rocks Early Bird Tickets: $25
Red Rocks Advance: $39.75
Red Rocks DOS: $45
Red Rocks VIP: $80 - includes limited edition poster

Latest Release 'Eat The Light' out now! - Vinyl, CD & Digital Orders + Stream available here: lotusvibes.bandcamp.com/album/eat-the-light

Eat the Light Remixes also available now - lotusvibes.bandcamp.com/album/eat-the-light-remixes

Pick Up Lotus Merch:
lotusmerch.squarespace.com/

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?h6bq
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Ghostland Observatory with Evanoff

Ghostland Observatory with Evanoff

September 22, 2017, 10:00pm - September 23, 2017, 1:00am

Belly Up, Aspen
450 S Galena St
Aspen, CO  81611 Map

Genre: Electronic, Alternative Dance

Doors: 9:00 pm
Start: 10:00 pm
Age: All ages
Price: $45 GA / $60 Reserved

Set times are on a show by show basis and are subject to change. If you have questions about set times call our box office at (970) 544-9800. Box office opens at 2pm daily.
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Ghostland Observatory w/ Skydyed

Ghostland Observatory w/ Skydyed

September 23, 2017, 8:00pm - September 24, 2017, 1:00am

Mishawaka Amphitheatre
13714 Poudre Canyon Rd
Bellvue, CO  80512 Map

with Skydyed
Ghostland Observatory’s entire approach to music – sonically, aesthetically, conceptually – is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens’ interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.
The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens’ striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turner’s percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.”
Deciding to produce a style of music that as yet existed only in their collective consciousnesses; Behrens and Turner formed Ghostland Observatory in Austin in 2003 and haen’t looked back since. They now sell out prominent venues across the country, have played at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Coachella and the Austin City Limits music festival, which they headlined, and continue to play at various music festivals and venues around the globe to an ever increasing fan base, thanks to their now-famous live shows.
The duo has released four albums to date, all on Turner’s label, Trashy Moped Recordings: Delete.Delete.I.Eat.Meat..., Paparrazi Lightning, Robotique Majestique and their latest offering, Codename: Rondo, which was recorded in Turner’s Austin studio.
The ten-track Codename: Rondo is equal parts psyechedelia, minimal electronic, rock, funk and soul. It was recorded with what Turner calls a more “linear approach” in mind. Rather than layering sound upon sound to fill out a track, the band sought to use fewer sounds while striving to make each of them count.
Highlights on the new album include the first track, “Glitter,” with its loping, fuzzed-out bassline, tremolo-tweaked vocals and Spaghetti Western guitar break. “That’s Right” is a Cars-meet-ZZ Top ripper with the former’s signature synth breaks skipping across the latter’s overdriven, chugging guitar riffs. Another standout, “Miracles,” finds Behrens haltingly phrasing his lyrics in perfect syncopation with Turner’s raw keyboard melody before exploding into an irresistible, hand-clapping chorus that is soon chased by running swells of disco strings. “Codename: Rondo,” the album’s title track, is a perfect example of the band’s efforts toward minimal maximization: a surreal narrative recalling a series of nebulous incidents in Newark, New Jersey spoken over nothing more than a steady kick and some faint electronic warbling while, during the breakdown, deep space satellite transmissions blip intermittently over a loop of what seems to be a robot with hiccups and poor phone reception attempting to leave a voicemail.
With Codename: Rondo, Ghostland Observatory has taken a step in a new direction, both creatively and technically, while still maintaining the essential elements of their unmistakable sound: “sweaty, raw-boned, and direct from the future; committed to electronics, stuck on big beats, yet unmistakably powered by rock ‘n’ roll.”
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Random Rab and Dimond Saints

Random Rab and Dimond Saints

September 23, 2017, 8:30pm - September 24, 2017, 12:30am

The Fox Theatre
1135 13th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

Rooster Magazine & Party Guru Productions Present
Random Rab + Dimond Saints at Fox Theatre

Doors - 8:30 PM
Show - 9:00 PM
All Ages
TICKETS: shrsl.com/?iblg

RANDOM RAB
Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as “The Master of Emotion” his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip‐hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multiinstrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in his sound.

There is no doubt that Rab understands a multitude of musical styles. He has been the front man of a heavy metal band, toured as a classical trumpet player, played bass in a country music band, was a scratch DJ for a jazz fusion project, was the singer for a rock band in Mexico and has collaborated with countless musicians of all styles. From acoustic performances in the Himalayas to rocking packed clubs in New York, Random Rab has found a way to connect with people of all kinds.

With a dedicated fanbase born from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has become a Burning Man legend known for his sunrise sets that have now become one of his most sought after performances. His current popularity can often be traced to his breakout album, The Elucidation of Sorrow.. This album firmly established him as a recognizable force in the electronic music scene. His latest and 4th album aRose, catapulted him into the state of momentum that is now taking hold internationally.

Sometimes performing solo and at other times featuring collaborative musicians, the live experience is focused on a high quality translation of sound that is simultaneously sexy and psychedelic.

randomrab.com/

DIMOND SAINTS is the new project of, An-Ten-Nae and his fellow, Dimond musician, Releece. Their grand romance with making music, pushing its boundaries, and innovative use of vocals, is garnering attention from A&R Reps and media outlets alike.

Even under the sunny warmth of the spotlight, Dimond Saints choose the moonlit path, shunning the confines of a record label. Releasing Chapter 1: The Rising as a free download, which is apart of their three chapter debut album Shingetsu, the Japanese term for new moon.

Dimond Saints have been releasing bonafide hit after hit since the first single released off of Shingetsu titled "We Diamonds," was devoured by fans and rose meteorically up the Hypem stairway all the way to #4. Dimond Saints' most recent remix of LAYLA effortlessly levitated itself to #1 on Hypem, making a total of 5 songs in just 4 months that have made the top 10 on theFamed Hypem, and garnered them over a Million plays on Sound Cloud. It is no wonder the media is gushing over the saints as they have already received over 2000 write-ups in global press, blogs and online publications. With a creative mine full of musical gems and a release schedule gaining more speed than a gushing, diamond avalanche, it seems as if even the moon is attainable for these Saints.

www.dimondsaints.com/
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Ghostland Observatory at Boulder Theater

Ghostland Observatory at Boulder Theater

September 24, 2017, 8:30pm - September 24, 2017, 10:30pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY
BOULDER THEATER
September 24, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:30 pm
TICKETS: shrsl.com/?hiuz
$27.00 ADV | $29.00 DOS plus applicable service charges

Ghostland Observatory’s entire approach to music – sonically, aesthetically, conceptually – is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens’ interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.

The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens’ striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turner’s percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.”

Deciding to produce a style of music that as yet existed only in their collective consciousnesses; Behrens and Turner formed Ghostland Observatory in Austin in 2003 and haen’t looked back since. They now sell out prominent venues across the country, have played at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Coachella and the Austin City Limits music festival, which they headlined, and continue to play at various music festivals and venues around the globe to an ever increasing fan base, thanks to their now-famous live shows.

The duo has released four albums to date, all on Turner’s label, Trashy Moped Recordings: Delete.Delete.I.Eat.Meat..., Paparrazi Lightning, Robotique Majestique and their latest offering, Codename: Rondo, which was recorded in Turner’s Austin studio.

The ten-track Codename: Rondo is equal parts psyechedelia, minimal electronic, rock, funk and soul. It was recorded with what Turner calls a more “linear approach” in mind. Rather than layering sound upon sound to fill out a track, the band sought to use fewer sounds while striving to make each of them count.

Highlights on the new album include the first track, “Glitter,” with its loping, fuzzed-out bassline, tremolo-tweaked vocals and Spaghetti Western guitar break. “That’s Right” is a Cars-meet-ZZ Top ripper with the former’s signature synth breaks skipping across the latter’s overdriven, chugging guitar riffs. Another standout, “Miracles,” finds Behrens haltingly phrasing his lyrics in perfect syncopation with Turner’s raw keyboard melody before exploding into an irresistible, hand-clapping chorus that is soon chased by running swells of disco strings. “Codename: Rondo,” the album’s title track, is a perfect example of the band’s efforts toward minimal maximization: a surreal narrative recalling a series of nebulous incidents in Newark, New Jersey spoken over nothing more than a steady kick and some faint electronic warbling while, during the breakdown, deep space satellite transmissions blip intermittently over a loop of what seems to be a robot with hiccups and poor phone reception attempting to leave a voicemail.

With Codename: Rondo, Ghostland Observatory has taken a step in a new direction, both creatively and technically, while still maintaining the essential elements of their unmistakable sound: “sweaty, raw-boned, and direct from the future; committed to electronics, stuck on big beats, yet unmistakably powered by rock ‘n’ roll.”


For more information about this show, please contact
Darlene D’Agostino Beck at Darlene@z2ent.com.
Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office, by phone at (303)-786-7030 or online at www.bouldertheater.com

The Lounge at The Boulder Theater is now open Tuesday – Saturday and on event nights from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The Lounge at the Boulder Theater specializes in locally sourced small plates, fine wines, craft cocktails and microbrews. Give us a call at 303. 998.9350 or send us an email lounge@z2ent.com.
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Gorillaz!

Gorillaz!

September 26, 2017, 6:30pm - September 26, 2017, 10:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

Gorillaz

Event Info:
All Ages
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM
On sale Friday April 21 10am MT

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?hlul

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Big Gigantic: Rowdytown VI, Night 1

Big Gigantic: Rowdytown VI, Night 1

September 29, 2017, 5:00pm - September 30, 2017, 12:00am

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

⚡️ Rowdytown VI ⚡️
Big Gigantic
September 29 & 30, 2017

*Full Lineup to be announced soon!*

ALL AGES
Doors: 5PM

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?g94o
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Big Gigantic: Rowdytown VI, Night 2

Big Gigantic: Rowdytown VI, Night 2

September 30, 2017, 5:00pm - September 30, 2017, 11:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

⚡️ Rowdytown VI ⚡️
Big Gigantic
September 29 & 30, 2017

*Full Lineup to be announced soon!*

ALL AGES
Doors: 5PM

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?g94p
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Moon Hooch

Moon Hooch

October 5, 2017, 8:00pm - October 5, 2017, 10:00pm

Hodi's Half Note
167 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO  80524 Map

Moon Hooch
w/ Lavender Fields and Jackson Whalan Music
at Hodi's Half Note on Thursday, October 5th

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?iblk

Moon Hooch:
moonhooch.com
Watch: bit.ly/2rkgyGh

Lavender Fields:
www.lavenderfieldsmusic.com
Watch: bit.ly/2sgD71k

Jackson Whalan:
www.soundcloud.com/jackson-whalan
Watch: bit.ly/2s5c5u6
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Snails, Nghtmre, & Joyryde

Snails, Nghtmre, & Joyryde

October 6, 2017, 5:00pm - October 7, 2017, 12:00am

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

Tickets: shrsl.com/?fu4e

CALLING, ALL MY VOMITSQUAD!! ON OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 - THE VOMITSTEP TAKEOVER WILL DESCEND UPON THE MOST LEGENDARY OF VENUES - RED ROCKS!!!! PREPARE TO EXPERIENCE ANOTHER LEVEL OF BASS AND FILTH...ARE YOU READY FOR #SLUGGTOPIA?!?

FEATURING
NGHTMRE
JOYRYDE
AMONG OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS TBA

Tickets and info: shrsl.com/?fu4e

Date: Friday - 10/06/17

Age: All Ages Event

Listen to the SNAILEDIT! Mix Vol. 4 while you wait!
soundcloud.com/officialsnails/snailedit-mix-vol-4-vomitsquad
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Moon Hooch at Fox Theatre

Moon Hooch at Fox Theatre

October 7, 2017, 8:30pm - October 7, 2017, 10:30pm

The Fox Theatre
1135 13th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

105.5 The Colorado Sound & Boulder Weekly Present
Moon Hooch at Fox Theatre
with Jackson Whalan Music, Lavender Fields

Doors - 8:30 PM
Show - 9:00 PM
All Ages
TICKETS: shrsl.com/?ibll

I’m realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to,” says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. “You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day.”

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.

“I think ‘Red Sky’ is more focused than any of our past albums,” reflects McGowen. “We practice meditation and yoga, and I think that we’re more evolved as people than we’ve ever been right now. That evolution expresses itself as focus, and through focus comes our energy.”

It was two years ago that the band released ‘This Is Cave Music,’ an exhilarating thrill ride that earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. NPR hailed it as “unhinged” and “irresistible,” praising each musician’s “remarkable abilities” and naming their Tiny Desk Concert one of the best in the prestigious series’ history. The album followed their 2013 debut, which had Relix swooning for their “deep bass lines, catchy melodies and pounding rhythms,” while the Wall Street Journal celebrated their “electronic house music mixed with brawny saxophone riffs.” Though the band—whose members initially met as students at the New School—turned heads in the music industry as relative unknowns with a charismatic, unconventional sound (they play with unique tonguing techniques and utilize found objects like traffic cones attached to the bells of their horns to manipulate tone, for instance), they were already a familiar and beloved sight to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn’t handle the crowds. NY Mag once referred to their sound as “Jay Gatsby on ecstasy,” while the NY Post fell for their “catchy melodic hooks and funky rhythms,” saying they had “the power to make you secretly wish that the short [subway] wait becomes an indefinite delay.”

While the band’s busking days are behind them now, the lessons they learned from all those platform parties helped guide their approach to recording ‘Red Sky.’

“What we discovered playing in the subway,” McGowen explains, “is that the more focus and the more energy you put into the music, and the more you listen to everything around you and integrate everything around you into your expression, the more the music becomes this captivating force for people.”

Recorded at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, ‘Red Sky’ is nothing if not captivating. The album opens with the tribal urgency of the title track and proceeds, over the next 45 minutes, to utterly demolish any and every possible barrier that could stand between your ass and the dance floor. On ‘Shot,’ Wilbur sings a stream of consciousness vocal line over an airtight groove, while “Psychotubes” channels the apocalyptic fire and brimstone of death metal, and the staccato intro of “That’s What They Say” gives way to a gritty, late-night come-on of a saxophone line that’s far more suggestive than any whispered words ever could be.

Though the band is heavily inspired by electronic music, they made a conscious effort to use as little in the way of “studio tricks” as possible on ‘Red Sky,’ aiming instead to capture the sound of their live show, which has evolved significantly from their days underground.

“When we were playing in the subways, we were playing entirely acoustic,” explains Wilbur. “It was just two saxes and a drum set. Then Wenzl acquired a baritone sax and we all started getting into music production and incorporating electronic music into our live shows.”

At their performances, the band now plays through what they call a Reverse DJ setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through Ableton software on their laptops to process recorded effects onto the output. In addition, to flesh out their sound on the road, the band began utilizing Moog synthesizers, an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch), and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals to his repertoire on some tracks (something the subway never allowed him to do), and Muschler, meanwhile, traveled halfway around the world to expand his percussion skills.

“I went to India, and the first morning I woke up, it was like 5am, and I followed this music along the banks of the Ganges,” he remembers. “I eventually ended up finding this amazing tabla player, and after his performance, I asked him for lessons. He agreed, and I went for daily lessons with him and another guy for the next two weeks. After that, I took a train to Calcutta, where I met with the guru that I’d studied with in New York, and I did morning lessons with him and practiced throughout the day. It was an incredible musical immersion experience.”

The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music (McGowen believes his introduction to it, spurred on in part by Wilbur and Muschler, saved his life), but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they champion. Moon Hooch tries to live up to their green ideals while traveling as much as possible, playing benefit shows, supporting local farmers and co-ops, participating in river cleanups, filming informative videos for their fans, and more. The band even runs a food blog, Cooking In The Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour.

For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness and environmentalism and veganism and philosophy and peace aren’t separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It’s all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the subway platform: try, even if it’s just a little bit every day, even if it’s just with the power of your mind, to make the world less like it is and more like you wish it could be.

“I’d say all of our songs express the essence of that kind of energy,” concludes McGowen, “because before you can even think any thoughts, there exists the energy that drives those thoughts, and that energy is intention. I feel like we’re putting the intention of positive change constantly into our music. While we’re playing, I often see the future emerging: skyscrapers getting covered in plants, frowns turning into smiles, fistfights into hugs. I can see the energy of love and collaboration and trust replace the energy of fear, hatred and violence.”

It’s an ambitious vision, to be sure, but considering the band’s track record at turning their thoughts and dreams into action and reality, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.

www.moonhooch.com/
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The xx

The xx

October 9, 2017, 8:00pm - October 9, 2017, 10:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

The xx at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Monday, October 9th

All Ages
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8PM
**END TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Fan Pre-sale starts Tuesday, May 16th at 10 AM MT
General On-sale starts Friday, May 19th at 10 AM MT

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?hywj
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Deadmau5

Deadmau5

October 20, 2017, 6:00pm - October 20, 2017, 11:00pm

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO  80465 Map

deadmau5

All Ages
Doors 7PM
Show 8PM

On sale Thursday July 13 10AM MT

TICKETS: shrsl.com/iw60
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LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem

November 11, 2017, 8:00pm - November 12, 2017, 12:00am

1STBANK Center
11450 Broomfield Ln
Broomfield, CO  80021 Map

LCD Soundsystem

All ages
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8PM

On sale Friday June 23 10am MT

TICKETS: shrsl.com/?ijv6
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The Polish Ambassador 12/29

The Polish Ambassador 12/29

December 29, 2017, 8:00pm - December 30, 2017, 2:00am

Boulder Theater
2032 14th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

12/29 TICKETS: shrsl.com/?ik2c

Wherever you are, you may want to come to Boulder, Colorado, this NYE! Join The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo & The Jumpsuit Records crew for 3 nights at The Boulder Theater THIS New Year's Eve!! That's 3 nights, with 3 completely different TPA sets and a different supporting cast each night!

Dec. 29th
The Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal
Wildlight Live
Grandfather Gold
**All Ages*

Yup, you guessed it. The Diplomatic Scandal is the TPA Live Band!
And get ready for some brand new Wildlight music to be premiered for the first time on our opening night of this special wknd! Jumpsuit Records newcomer, Grandfather Gold opens the night!

________

Dec. 30th
The Polish Ambassador vs. Ample Mammal
Saqi
Scott Nice
**All Ages**

This is throwback night! Do you dig the glitchier side of The Polish Ambassador? Get ready for a dance floor that bounces from start to finish, a mix of old and new with an emphasis on bass and glitch! Jumpsuit Records mainstays, Saqi and Scott Nice join us on this night.

_________

Dec. 31st
The Polish Ambassador & Friends
Ayla Nereo Live Band
Ryan Herr
**21+**

This is the night we set The Boulder Theater ablaze with a mish mash of guests, live music, collaborations and a good old fashion get down to bring in the New Year in the best way possible. You can expect to hear it all on this night. A little dash of everything. Old TPA, New TPA, Live TPA, Brand new Wildlight. And yes, we will play Twirl Me Live, so you can kiss your boo as we say hello to our best year yet! Ayla Nereo Live Band and Ryan Herr open the night!

TIX go on sale on 6/23 at 10AM MST at bit.ly/2siKogr

I'd reccommend setting an alarm on your phone if you want to come on NYE proper. Those tix will go quick!

Thrilled to share this experience with you guys in an intimate, great sounding, and legendary venue! Boulder Theater, here we come!
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The Polish Ambassador 12/30

The Polish Ambassador 12/30

December 30, 2017, 8:00pm - December 31, 2017, 1:00am

Boulder Theater
2032 14th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

12/30 TICKETS: shrsl.com/?ik2d

Wherever you are, you may want to come to Boulder, Colorado, this NYE! Join The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo & The Jumpsuit Records crew for 3 nights at The Boulder Theater THIS New Year's Eve!! That's 3 nights, with 3 completely different TPA sets and a different supporting cast each night!

Dec. 29th
The Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal
Wildlight Live
Grandfather Gold
**All Ages*

Yup, you guessed it. The Diplomatic Scandal is the TPA Live Band!
And get ready for some brand new Wildlight music to be premiered for the first time on our opening night of this special wknd! Jumpsuit Records newcomer, Grandfather Gold opens the night!

________

Dec. 30th
The Polish Ambassador vs. Ample Mammal
Saqi
Scott Nice
**All Ages**

This is throwback night! Do you dig the glitchier side of The Polish Ambassador? Get ready for a dance floor that bounces from start to finish, a mix of old and new with an emphasis on bass and glitch! Jumpsuit Records mainstays, Saqi and Scott Nice join us on this night.

_________

Dec. 31st
The Polish Ambassador & Friends
Ayla Nereo Live Band
Ryan Herr
**21+**

This is the night we set The Boulder Theater ablaze with a mish mash of guests, live music, collaborations and a good old fashion get down to bring in the New Year in the best way possible. You can expect to hear it all on this night. A little dash of everything. Old TPA, New TPA, Live TPA, Brand new Wildlight. And yes, we will play Twirl Me Live, so you can kiss your boo as we say hello to our best year yet! Ayla Nereo Live Band and Ryan Herr open the night!

TIX go on sale on 6/23 at 10AM MST at bit.ly/2siKogr

I'd reccommend setting an alarm on your phone if you want to come on NYE proper. Those tix will go quick!

Thrilled to share this experience with you guys in an intimate, great sounding, and legendary venue! Boulder Theater, here we come!
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The Polish Ambassador 12/31

The Polish Ambassador 12/31

December 31, 2017, 8:00pm - January 1, 2018, 1:00am

Boulder Theater
2032 14th St
Boulder, CO  80302 Map

12/31 TICKETS: shrsl.com/?ik2e

Wherever you are, you may want to come to Boulder, Colorado, this NYE! Join The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo & The Jumpsuit Records crew for 3 nights at The Boulder Theater THIS New Year's Eve!! That's 3 nights, with 3 completely different TPA sets and a different supporting cast each night!

Dec. 29th
The Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal
Wildlight Live
Grandfather Gold
**All Ages*

Yup, you guessed it. The Diplomatic Scandal is the TPA Live Band!
And get ready for some brand new Wildlight music to be premiered for the first time on our opening night of this special wknd! Jumpsuit Records newcomer, Grandfather Gold opens the night!

________

Dec. 30th
The Polish Ambassador vs. Ample Mammal
Saqi
Scott Nice
**All Ages**

This is throwback night! Do you dig the glitchier side of The Polish Ambassador? Get ready for a dance floor that bounces from start to finish, a mix of old and new with an emphasis on bass and glitch! Jumpsuit Records mainstays, Saqi and Scott Nice join us on this night.

_________

Dec. 31st
The Polish Ambassador & Friends
Ayla Nereo Live Band
Ryan Herr
**21+**

This is the night we set The Boulder Theater ablaze with a mish mash of guests, live music, collaborations and a good old fashion get down to bring in the New Year in the best way possible. You can expect to hear it all on this night. A little dash of everything. Old TPA, New TPA, Live TPA, Brand new Wildlight. And yes, we will play Twirl Me Live, so you can kiss your boo as we say hello to our best year yet! Ayla Nereo Live Band and Ryan Herr open the night!

TIX go on sale on 6/23 at 10AM MST at bit.ly/2siKogr

I'd reccommend setting an alarm on your phone if you want to come on NYE proper. Those tix will go quick!

Thrilled to share this experience with you guys in an intimate, great sounding, and legendary venue! Boulder Theater, here we come!
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