In what had been "secretly" rumored for almost a week, Portugal. The Man's Secret Show at Larimer Lounge finally got announced at around 5 p.m. earlier today. With a few hiccups with their online ticketing service, those patient enough to keep hitting the refresh button finally were able to purchase tickets. Let's just say those who were able to purchase tickets will get to witness a very intimate performance. If you didn't get tickets you will still be able to see them in an ok venue the next day by the name of Red Rocks.
We are celebrating Mad Decent Week here at Ultra5280 in anticipation of the Mad Decent Block Party taking place this Friday August 22 at Fiddler's Green. Tickets for the show are still available here. The Denver leg of the tour will include performances from Outkast, Diplo, DJEMBA DJEMBA, Flosstradamus, GRiZ, LIZ, Mr. Carmack, Riff Raff, Run the Jewels and Tink.
01. Intro / Red Milk & TastyTreat - It's You
02. Baxta - Skyline
03. M.I.A feat Rye Rye - Bang (Acapella)
04. DJ Sliink - Putcha Back In It
05. Nadus - Nxwxrk (RL Grime Edit)
06. Diplo - Express Yourself (Tomsize & Simeon Remix)
07. Grandtheft & Thugli - Heavy Hitterz
08. Jillionaire & Salvatore Ganacci feat Sanjin - Fresh
09. Grandtheft & Smalltown DJs - Flying
10. GTA - Booty Bounce
11. GTA - Booty Bounce (Happy Colors Remix)
12. 2 Chainz - Birthday Song (Ruen & Mister Gray Remix)
13. Panama - Always (Wave Racer Remix)
14. What So Not - Jaguar
15. Zeds Dead - Hadouken
16. Bro Safari & UFO! - Burn The Block (Gent & Jawns Remix)
17. Flosstradamus - Mosh Pit (Acapella)
18. Ricky Remedy - Welcome To The Trap
19. Paper Diamond & Loudpvck - Wylin
20. Keys N Krates & Grandtheft - Keep It 100
21. Swizzymack - Bump
22. Elliphant - Revolusion (UZ Remix)
23. Skrillex & Diplo - Dirty Vibe (Nick Bike Edit)
24. Maddjazz - Spanish Juke
25. Esther Dean - Drop It Low (Ape Drums Tool)
26. Skrillex & Kill The Noise - Recess (Ape Drums Remix)
27. Yellow Claw - Turn it Up (Nick Bike Edit)
28. DJ Snake, Yellow Claw & Spanker - Slow Down
29. Major Lazer feat Sean Paul - Come On To Me (Tomsize Remix)
30. Big Chocolate - Blue Milk (Dj Sliink Remix)
31. Jay Z ft. Rick Ross - Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit (Thugli Remix)
32. Yellow Claw & LNY TNZ - Last Night Ever (Thugli Remix)
33. Diplo & GTA - Boy Oh Boy (Thugli Remix)
Built for two fan bases that have melted into one over the past decade, Fall Out Boy and Paramore’s aptly named “Monumentour” hit Colorado last night with excitement and insane amounts of confetti to match. The lineup of New Politics, Paramore and Fall Out Boy seemed to be a dream combination for fans both new and old, since both headliners have seen a reboot in their bands and fan bases over the past few years. Oddly enough, it felt to me that only one of these bands is still winning the battle to achieve full-fandom happiness. Fall Out Boy may have a song called “The Phoenix”, but the only person I saw truly rise from the ashes on Tuesday night at Red Rocks was Miss Hayley Williams.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a Fall Out Boy diehard, which is why I think this realization presented itself to me quickly last night. I’ve seen the band countless times, from an acoustic set at Northfield Stapleton when “Sugar, We’re Going Down” first began it’s radio takeover, to going out of my way to attend one of their “surprise” sets at SXSW in 2013 just after they announced their return. Out of the dozen FOB shows i’ve attended in the past decade, last night was the first time I felt out of place in the crowd. The band played a 20-song set, but it was heavily dominated by songs from the bands new album “Save Rock & Roll”. The set was broken up by a drum “battle” between Andy and Patrick, and a quite awesome cover of Queens’ “We Are The Champions”, but that left room for maybe seven songs to be split between their four older albums, not accounting for the required play of their radio singles. In my opinion, concerts are for the fans and should be taken as chances to play the deep cuts, the “fan favorites” off of each record. FOB’s Monumentour set list left little room for that.
Halfway through the set, Pete Wentz asked the crowd to cheer if this was their first Fall Out Boy concert and the audience roared. Suddenly their set list made sense. Their new fan base has become their primary fan base. It appears that the twelve shows i've seen doesn't garner the same weight it used to, but their choice to focus on their new music and new fans has left us “oldies” a bit out in the cold. Checking my Twitter feed after the show last night I saw that I wasn’t alone in feeling like this, with most of my friends sharing similar sentiments. Rumor has it there were even kids in the audience trying to use the Shazam* app to identify “Saturday”, the last song of their set, truly their only “deep cut” of the night. I’m excited that Fall Out Boy has returned with a second wind, but their choice to ignore their own history on such a “monumental” tour left me sad. Bands need to continue to move and grow, but it’d be nice to see them tip their hat to the past every once in awhile.
To pull a complete 360º, last night was my first time seeing Paramore live. I’m not sure how, but over the past decade I’ve managed to miss seeing the one female I consistently refer to as “the girl who gave women a chance in rock-n-roll”. I was quite anxious about what their show held in store. Had I missed my chance to hear my old favorite songs? Would the new band be half as good as it was with the Farro brothers? Would Hayley be dismissive of their past? Or as energetic as i’d heard? The minute the band took stage, I knew I had nothing to worry about.
Hayley’s energy exuded from her before the music even started. Kicking things off with “Still Into You”, the band then promptly broke out four tracks from their other three albums. High kicks, backflips, huge LED lighting displays and confetti galore, Paramore truly owned the stage. It was clear off the bat that this Paramore is new, this Paramore is different, but this Paramore has taken time to understand their past, and they’re better because of it. Hayley took time out of the set to mention to fans that this summer marks the bands tenth anniversary. Emotionally speaking about the challenges they’ve faced in this decade, she acknowledged that despite their ups and downs, she believes there is still work to be done. She pointed out how many familiar faces she saw in the crowd, and how amazing it was to see people still here despite the changes of the last few years. Before charging into “Last Hope” (which she dedicated to Robin Williams), she told the audience “we’re all a part of something bigger, you are a part of something bigger. Remember that.”
Last night was the first time all summer I found myself understanding Hayley’s strange stage outfit for this tour. Dressed in oversized boxing shorts and knee pads, her outfit is a metaphor: she’s dressed like the fighter she is. Paramore has certainly changed, but they’ve grown with their fan base without entirely uprooting themselves. Ms. Williams has stayed committed to the people who’ve helped them rise to the top, and has both literally and metaphorically kept swinging. Cheers to another ten years, Hayley. You’ve got it in you, and you’ve got us all at your back cheering you on. - Maddie
*Public Service Announcement that the App Shazam doesn’t work on live music. Soundhound sometimes does. But STILL. Don't do that at shows. Facepalm.
Starting the night off with a torrential down pour was ideal, as it gave most of the audience members a much needed and long awaited bath. There was abnormally large amount of riffraff at Red Rocks and you could tell that smoking was not only a hobby, but a way of life, man. With such a “sober” and dedicated crowd, you knew the night was going to call for some amazing people watching. Listening to two of our favorite bands in the meantime, well that, that was just a luxury that comes along with the job title.
We were a little surprised to learn that Pepper was opening for The Dirty Heads. Because if you’re like us, you grew up in a time where Furbies would turn on randomly in the middle of the night, Pokemon cards were a viable form of money and Pepper was akin to royalty. Don’t get us wrong. We love both of the bands equally, but growing up it was always Pepper that closed.
The only thing missing when Pepper went on, was sand on the stage to go along with their aloha attitudes. Hailing from Hawaii and California, they had that sexy beach bum look going for them and the audience was eating it up. The Highlight of the night was when Bret gave his bass an OTPHJ, it was glorious yet slightly objectophilia-esq. They ended their set with ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and wandered into the crowds to mingle with the audience. Making it a point to go to the disabled section and hang with their fans in wheelchairs.
The Dirty Heads went on with a type of urgency and grace. They were excited to play and it was evident in their performance. Starting off with some of their newer songs but still sprinkling in a few classics like, “Stand Tall” called for a great evening. When they started playing “My Sweet Summer” a few of the adolescent girls standing next to us simultaneously went into heat.
We love you Red Rocks. Until next time.
To say the second annual Northern Nights was a colorful festival would be a sore understatement. To even remark that it was brilliant would also be slightly unfair. I've attended festivals since I was a wee lad, so I've long been immersed in festival culture—its colors and characters and sounds. And growing up in southern Ohio, the first festivals I attended were tucked away in the hills, void of corporate injection, and had a far more prevalent sense of freedom than the (still fun) bigger and more renown festivals. Northern Nights reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with fest culture to begin with.
Northern Nights takes place at Cook's Valley Campground—a private property off Highway 101 in northern California, nestled along the Humboldt/Mendocino County line, bordering the Eel River, and in the midst of what's known as the "Redwood Curtain." Camping is available along the river—or, the preferred option—in a redwood grove not far from the main stage, the Silent Frisco tent, or the river stage. The proximity between the camping area and the stages make visiting your campsite throughout the day and night painless. We ventured back multiple times each day and night to change, refuel, rehydrate, and regroup.
Featuring local brews and wines and affordable food, the festival has no hint of corporate fingerprints. Pizza went for $2.50 a slice and local wine just $6 a cup. The festival grounds were also heavily adorned with colorful touches. Dreamcatchers hung from ancient tree branches, sofas were scattered throughout the redwood grove, covered in throw pillows and surrounded an area used for daily yoga, explorative workshops, and late night events like calming Spanish guitar and wild burlesque.
Sustainability is a huge focus of Northern Nights, with a committed focus to remaining traceless. Bins are conveniently located in every direction, including bins for recycling and composting. It's vital to return the landscape to her former glory, and these cats make sure it gets done.
A beautiful landscape, affordability, sustainability, and an art-centric set-up—what more could you want? Badass music, of course. Northern Nights' lineup this year included a perfect mix of well-known EDM and hip hop artists as well as an amazing roster of up-and-coming artists. Zion I closed out the first night of the festival, leaving a crowd wildly dancing and heading directly to the Silent Frisco to continue a till-sunrise silent disco set. Saturday and Sunday included amazing shows by Fort Knox Five, Dimond Saints, Beats Antique, Little People, The Floozies, Giraffage, Odesza, and Mr. Carmack (among many others).
Between sets, artists roamed the grounds. David Satori, of Beats Antique, joined the river patrons for a float while electronic acts rocked the river stage. Meanwhile, Zoe Jakes, the face of Beats Antique, grabbed vegetarian fare alongside festival-goers while Fort Knox Five raged in the background. Dimond Saints performed their mix of Dirtwire's Taïga and the party continued till sunrise Monday morning, following the last Silent Frisco. The festival closing after Odesza, where its founders, his parents, and all its employees joined the stage for a giant thank you to the crowd, was one of the most beautiful festival moments I've experienced. And by the sounds of it, the festival is on par to continue being an incredible scape for music lovers for many years. Northern Nights 2015 is already in the planning phase. And, I've already decided I'll be there again.
By Ashley M. Halligan
We made our annual pilgrimage to see Pretty Lights this past weekend at Red Rocks. What has become a tradition for the Colorado resident, he managed to play two back to back sold out shows once again at the famed venue. Every year we have had a chance to cover Pretty Lights and every year his creativity has taken it to a whole new level. This year was no exception, in what has become a regular theme nowadays for many artist, The Colorado Symphony was called into duty to provide an extra dose of musical bliss.Read More
Red Rocks always brings eclectic groups of people to their shows, but the Thursday night concert had quite an extensive variety. These folky upbeat performers brought in grandparents, hipsters, and music lovers and he still soothed the souls of everyone all the same. The opening act perfectly set the stage for the evening. The brother and sister duo Ethan and Barbara Gruska, also known as The Belle Brigade, managed to turn the massive venue into an intimate concert hall. I found myself in a daze watching the two harmonize and play off of each other's energy. The passion behind the songs Rusted Wheel and Losers was so intense I almost cried, the verge of tears could have been attributed to the fact that I was quite inebriated, but the intensity of the performance was amazing regardless.
The rain and The Belle Brigade got the entire crowd pretty sopping wet and everyone stayed wet for Ray LaMontagne. Although Ray skews more towards being a serious performer he fed off of the crowd and belted out "Love me or hate me, I ain't going anywhere." Damn right he isn't, the crowd loved the classics and sang along to every word of Jolene, but the vibes rhythmically continued through the performance of the Supernova album. The Belle Brigade accompanied by Ray LaMontagne through the majority of his set, and the performers blended well together. The night ended with two encores and one harmonious and satisfied crowd. This show was sublime and we hope to see these performers back again!