Pretty Lights Gets Busy with Limited Edition Gear for Colorado Fan

Electronic music is not the only thing EDM producer, Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith) is redefining. This month, Pretty Lights is reimagining Colorado gear and paying homage to his most loyal fans with a unique limited run streetwear collection. The Pretty Lights x Colorado #AnalogAesthetic collection is a seven piece capsule designed especially for hardcore Colorado fans.  

Here's the deal – this gear is so limited that an app was built to have fans wait in line for it ‘til it drops. It’s called Virgin Mega, and it’s the only place where you can buy this collection. You can download the iOS version on the Apple App store here or the Android version on the Google Play store here to get in line for the first drop. The first pieces of the gear went on sale Thursday, January 22 at 2pm EST/12pm MST on Virgin Mega. Next sale went on sale Monday, January 26 at 2pm EST/12pm MST (with an additional drop on Wednesday, 1/28). To find out additional details, follow @virginmegausa on Twitter or Instagram.
 

Existing in a seemingly overcrowded electronic music landscape, Pretty Lights has continued to distinguish himself from your prototypical “EDM DJ.” Pretty Lights is now taking his genre defying aesthetic and remixing the visuals for the state that helped raise him: Colorado. The Pretty Lights x Colorado #AnalogAesthetic set is a seven piece capsule collection of gear that pays homage to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, all with Pretty Lights’ signature "retro-future" mash-up flavor. Only available through Virgin Mega, the Pretty Lights x Colorado #AnalogAesthetic collection will make sure you’re always the freshest around the block.
 
Additional details below. Stay tuned for more exclusive news and releases. Hope to see you in line!

Pretty Lights X Colorado #AnalogAesthetic Collection:
First Drop: Thursday, 1/22 at 2pm EST/12pm MST
Hockey Jersey, $80

Mesh Jersey, $45

Second Drop: Monday, 1/26 at 2pm EST/12pm MST
Hooded Sweatshirt $55

Joggers $80

Third Drop: Wednesday, 1/28 at 2pm EST/12pm MST TODAY!!!!
Long Sleeve Tee, $35

Snapback Hat, $35

Varsity Jacket, $125

X-Games | Aspen | January 22-25

We recently added Lifestyle as a new section to the blog, where we will be covering things like SIA, beer festivals, Colorado Restaurant Week and whatever else sounds enticing and falls under that umbrella. So we decided that X-Games was as great of place as any to test the waters. There were famous people, frost bite, Gucci stores and absolutely no cabs. With that kind of combination, how was there any way we could not have ourselves a good time?

The highlights of the weekend consisted of: stumbling upon a pregame in Scotty Lago's apartment, watching Bobby Brown shatter his helmet, get back up and go at it again,  going to Snoop Dogg's after, after party at 5am (Sadly, Snoop was nowhere to be found but I did see his pimp mobile from a distance) and watching a 14-year old kick everybody's ass at basically anything snow related.

This year's Games had the largest turnout to date with over 45,000 people attending on Saturday night alone. This just so happened to be the night Skrillex was playing...coincidence? Methinks not. The buses were brimming with over eager tweens chugging 40s before we reached Buttermilk Mountain; it was like going to a teen dance on steroids. Skrillex was on point that night, with his entire set being televised for the masses. He was jumping around, pushing his buttons and faders and engaging the crowd. It was difficult to walk away from the show without chanting "my name is Skrillex" for the next 5 hours. Along with Skrillex we were able to watch Snoop Dogg, Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa all perform over the weekend as well, dressed in their Aspen attire and ready to appease the X-Games faithful.

Sidenote: Anyone in attendance to this year's X-Games must have seen the man with a foot-long spiked Mohawk dashing across Main Street. Either he lived right by Main, or he was just a very busy human that had to run headfirst into traffic, but we must have seen him least 6 times darting hap-haphazardly through the night.

THE RESULTS:
- Men's & Women's Ski SuperPipe Final: Simon d'Artois & Maddie Bowman
- Men's & Women's Snowboarder X Qtrs/Semis/Finals: Kevin Hill & Lindsey Jacobellis
- Snowboard Big Air: Mark McMorris
- Snowmobile Long Jump: Heath Frisby
- Men's & Women's Ski Slopestyle: Nick Goepper & Emma Dahlstrom
- Go Pro Ski Big Air: Vincent Gagnier
- Men's & women's Snowboard Slopestyle: Danny Davis, Silje Norendal

It is important to note that this was the first year that Shaun White did not place in any event. Could this X-Games mark the end of the Shaun White era? Or maybe he has been too busy focusing on his band, Bad Things, the last couple of years. Maybe after a long summer's rest he will come back rejuvenated and ready to kick ass again... Regardless, it was definitely exciting to see new people earn medals and begin to make a name for themselves in the snowsport world. Until next time X-Games, until next time.

Your Guide To SIA Parties 2015

The SIA Convention is fast approaching at the end of the week and with big names in town come free parties. (It helps if you are industry or press or somebody important). This year marks our third year covering the event and will be looking to rubbing elbows at a few of these. Companies such as Leafly, So-Gnar, Spyder, Snowboard Colorado, Grenade and Snowdown SIA. You can find information below for all the festivities. Follow us all week on Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute party updates and more!

Wiredogs | Marquis Theatre | January 24, 2015

Last week we gave you guys a sneak preview of Wiredogs new, upcoming EP Kill The Artist Hype The Trash, and over the weekend the band premiered their new songs to the rest of the universe with their show at The Marquis Theatre on Saturday night. Fans new, old, and of a variety of ages all came out to support the Denver punk-rockers, and get a taste of the bands new, solidified musical direction. With a little help from friends in Slow Caves and Allout Helter, it was a solid night for all parties. 

photo by Matt Smith

Opening the night were fellow local acts Slow Caves and Allout Helter. Fort Collins-based Slow Caves took the stage promptly at 8:00pm, playing what our photographer Matt Smith described as "fast-paced-snare-and-high-hat-punk". The group's music was certainly the lightest of the evening, but don't mistake this fact as a knock on the band, as I really love their music. Driving rhythms, and upbeat pop-punk rhythms kept fans moving for the duration of their 30-minute set. If you showed up late, or missed the show, fear not. Us Denverites will be graced with their presence once again on February 18th as they play with White Arrows and Shady Elders at the Larimer Lounge. Next up was Allout Helter, bringing with them a quick and forceful change of pace. Easily the heaviest band on the bill, the group's high energy was contagious, and got fans rocking and moving. 

By the time Wiredogs took to the stage, the audience was definitely all warmed up and ready to go. Playing a mix of both new and old songs, it was apparent that lead singer Dan Aid, and the rest of the band were giving it their all. Fan favorite tracks like songs “Chelsea Hotel” and “Stone On My Chest” summoned sing-alongs from audience members, and the boys from Slow Caves took little time to start a mosh-pit in the crowd. The band took a minute to explain to fans that they’d recorded their new album live, playing songs track-by-track, rather than instrument-by-instrument to help ensure that all the passion and energy that one feels at their live show came though on the record, and if you remember from my review from last week, I can most certainly feel that difference. Closing the show with songs like “I Am The Resistance”, and new tracks “The Fear Is A Lie”, fans got a great taste of this new sound from Wiredogs. If you missed the show, check out photos from our photographer Matt Smith below and try to pretend you were right there, rocking along. The band is currently out on a quick west coast tour, but should be back to Denver playing shows through the rest of the spring. For now you can quench your thirst for fast-paced punk rock by streaming the new EP, Kill The Artist Hype The Trash on Spotify.

Jukebox The Ghost | Larimer Lounge | January 23, 2015

Pop is a curious thing these days. With the genre going in so many diverse directions - attempting to pay homage to any style that defined it in eras prior - I feel that the style of music that many considered traditional “pop” from the 90’s and early 2000’s is becoming a bit harder to find. Although it seems to be in hiding from the public eye, one of the most poignant examples of modern day pop reared it’s head in Denver for fans this past weekend. Uplifting piano, well matched harmonies, uptempo songs, and a voice that carries a vibrato vaguely reminiscent of Queen, Jukebox The Ghost showcases quintessential pop characteristics in every way. This D.C. based trio seems small in stature, but they've done a great job of building a diehard fan base in their 10+years, and proved that with a sold-out show at the Larimer Lounge on Friday night. 

Opening the show was a much younger band, but one with an equally serious a fan base. The group is Twin Forks, an Americana-folk-pop septet fronted by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever fame. Founded in 2011, Denver got their first taste of the group last May when they opened for Augustana at the Bluebird Theatre. The group has already seen some touring success, hitting the road with Phillip Phillips, Counting Crows, Ivan & Alyosha and multiple festival dates across the US. Although the group is still young, their first record, fittingly titled LP, showcases Carrabba’s signature writing style paired with catchy, upbeat, banjo-driven tracks. The band has grown quite a bit since I first saw them in 2012 at SXSW, but I’m anxious to watch the group’s live show continue to progress. Playing a cover of “Blister In The Sun” as well as an array of tracks off their LP like “Back to You”, “Scraping Up The Pieces”, “Kiss Me Darling”, and “Can’t Be Broken”, the music doesn’t translate quite as one would hope from recording to their stage show. The two times I’ve seen them, their live show has solidified a bit more each time, but I feel like there’s still room for more growth from this project.

I must admit that when I walked into the Larimer Lounge on Friday and found the venue that crowded, I was sure that a large part of it was Chris Carrabba. His other musical efforts have built such die-hard fan bases over the years, it seemed a certain answer to the lack of space in the room. But even after Twin Forks left stage and Carrabba disappeared from the merch stand, the crowd stayed, unwavering in their excitement. I owe Jukebox The Ghost a sincere apology for doubting the size of their fan base here in Denver, but how was I to know? The last time this band hit Denver was in 2012 when they were on tour opening for Motion City Soundtrack. I’d found their performance at that show quite fun, but I haven’t heard much from this band since then…I wasn’t sure what to expect from them in a headlining setting. Sure enough, as the band hit the stage, a majority of the room was singing along within seconds, and it stayed that way for the rest of the night. The musical abilities of this group are just as impressive as the sound they produce. Sticking strictly to a piano, a synth, a guitar, and drums, the group’s sound fills out quite nicely for their size. One of the most distinct features of this group is their lead singers - yes, plural. Pianist Ben Thornewill and Guitarist Tom Siegel trade duties of lead vocals from song to song, adding a unique dimension to both their performance and their music. Thornewill’s voice is a beautiful mashup of proper and trained meets pop, mimicking the control of Paolo Nutini while sounding more similar to Tom Chaplin of Keane. Siegel, on the other hand, has a soft, well-annunciated voice with a warm and open tone, incredibly welcoming to the listener. These two together produce seamless harmonies that create a fabulously unique sound, highlighted on tracks like “Sound of A Broken Heart”, and “Long Way Home”. 

Although the group played an array of tracks from their older albums, their focus was primarily on their new material, their self-titled album which was released last October. Fan favorites obviously come from records like their 2012 release Safe Travels and their 2010 release Everything Under The Sun, but it felt very apparent to me that the band has found their groove musically with the new album. A perfect mix of tracks featuring vocals from both Ben and Tom, a mix of upbeat tracks and more introspective, down-tempo songs, and diverse lyrical content, the album feels whole; slightly more complete than their work in the past. I really hope to see this band back in Denver quicker than another 2 year wait, and it’s apparent that their fans share my sentiments based on the raucous applause and call for encore at the end of the night. Pop and I may have a curious relationship with one another, but the music made by Jukebox is a brand of pop I can get behind. Their new album, Jukebox The Ghost is available to stream on Spotify, or purchase on iTunes. If you’ve been looking for a new kinda pop that’s a little less “doo-wop”, and a little more “ooh-oh”, this band is just the right thing for you.

New Music Tuesday | Locals Only Edition: Wiredogs "Kill The Artist Hype The Trash"

Happy New Music Tuesday, friends and foes! This month is packed full of new music from some of our favorite local bands, so brace yourselves as last week, this week, and next week are all heavy hitting hometown releases. Last Tuesday we brought you coverage of the new Filthy T album set to debut this weekend, but they’re not the only band who will be bringing new tunes to your earbuds in the next seven days. Local rockers Wiredogs will be premiering their brand new EP this Saturday night at The Marquis Theatre, but we got our hands on a sneak preview this week to tell you all what to expect. 

This three-piece from Denver are certainly not new to the local scene, nor to rock and roll. Originally named The Hate (a name so punk that they were forced to change it), the groups first EP titled Resistance garnered interest in Denver and led to shows at UMS in 2013 and 2014, performances with Agent Orange, Residual Kid, The Ataris, fellow rock locals In The Whale and more. This past fall they were one of three local bands asked to play at Riot Fest Denver, but they’ve kept a bit quiet since that show, working hard on this new, EP Kill The Artist Hype The Trash. When we first were introduced to the awesomeness that is Wiredogs, it was inherently apparent that there was massive talent and potential spiraling around, but the band seemed unsure of which direction they were headed musically. Straddling the lines of punk, classic rock and even sometimes ska, the groups live show was so high energy and the tracks so catchy that you couldn’t not love it, but every track still felt different from the next…different enough that it left you to wonder what was precisely at play. 

    The groups new EP seems to have taken that next step forward, finally locking their sound to a more specific genre, creating a more coherent experience for the listener. Kicking off with the high energy track “Violence”, frontman Dan Aid’s grungy voice elicits a forced awareness from the listener; one can not passively listen to this album. The driving guitar riffs and consistent melodies roll from track to track, complimented by drummer Stefan Runstrom’s choice to hold nothing back. One of my favorite drummers currently playing in the Denver scene, I really appreciate how much this recording allows the listener to hear him playing as hard as he does at every live show - something hard for an audio engineer to successfully reproduce. This magical drum sound happens to be a known talent of The Blasting Room, the infamous Fort Collins-based studio the band recorded at. Aid has always delivered catchy hooks and memorable chorus’, but there’s something new about the writing on Kill The Artist Hype The Trash that I can’t quite place. The ability for the listener to focus on this more might honestly be thanks to the consistency of the music behind the lyrics, although I can’t be certain. My favorite song of the record is the last track, “Fear Is A Lie”, a memorable, anthemic, beat-driven single thats a surefire hit with both new fans as well as those familiar with the group’s past work. To say i’m anxious to hear these new songs live would be an understatement. I’ve always enjoyed the band’s live show, but I finally feel like the group’s music is consistent enough to make their performances what they’ve always hinted at: a coherent build up of emotion and release, driving impassioned fan reaction beginning to end of the set. 

If you want to check out this newly revised version of Wiredogs, you don’t have to wait long. The band is releasing this brand new EP this coming Saturday, January 24th at The Marquis Theatre. Tickets are going quick, but I implore you to pick one up quick and not miss out on what will be a strong local release of 2015. For now, check out the group's last single, "Chelsea Hotel" here on SoundCloud: 


Catch DeVotchKa Frontman Nick Urata's Music in new Film "Paddington" Out Today

Have you seen the adorable new movie trailers for the film Paddington? It's about a young Peruvian Bear who travels to London in search for a new home, and through some outrageous adventures with his new family, he might just be there for good. This adorable kids movie might sound a little off from our regularly discussed films here, but it's all with good reason. Nick Urata, frontman of Denver group DeVotchKa, actually wrote the score to this film! We all fell in love with DeVotchKa for their work on Little Miss Sunshine, but Urata has also scored films like Crazy, Stupid, Love and Ruby Sparks. If you're looking for a fun film to see with family this weekend, or just looking to celebrate some awesome local success stories, then Paddington just might be the film for you. It hits theaters today, and you can check out the trailer just below: 

If this adorable, fur-filled flick won't quite cut it as your DeVotchKa fix for the month, worry not! The band will be back with their annual Valentine's Day celebration with February 14th at The Fillmore Auditorium. Tickets are available now, but grab them quick before they disappear!