Carter Matthews, known better these days as Toy Box, is bringing a new voice to the Colorado EDM scene. With a live show complimented by live instrumentation, namely a 1911 Gibson mandolin, Matthews is putting a new slant on dance music. We spoke with the young producer about the multitude of influe ... More >>
TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>
Flume is the musical project of Harley Streten from Sydney, Australia. At 21, Streten has come a long way from where he started, making electronic music using a bit of production software he got from a box of cereal at age thirteen. His spare but evocative soundscapes defy easy categorization. With ... More >>
Using a greater palette of digital and physical controllers, modern electronic musicians are making music that is quite different from the current wave of EDM. Watt? Amplified and Supercharged Music Expression is a collaborative performance between Darren Kramer, Victoria Lundy and Mark Mosher that ... More >>
Mike Servito is a New York-based DJ and resident of the monthly Brooklyn techno club night, the Bunker. He came of age in Detroit during the 1990s, and you can hear it in his sound, which pays a substantial debt to many of the legendary mixmasters of that era. Equally inspired by techno heroes Derri ... More >>
While the biggest EDM event this weekend is Burning Man, if you're staying behind in Colorado, you don't have to feel left out. You can head up to Happy Ass Ranch at Lake George for Freeman Festival, a free festival with over twelve hours of music daily and nearly 100 DJs, or you can hit up Pitch a ... More >>
See also: Global Dance Festival Survival Guide Split Decision: Is vinyl obsolete? Split Decision: The Legend of Zelda Symphony With upwards of 20,000 kids descending on Red Rocks this weekend for Global Dance Fest 2012 -- a music festival made up mostly of DJ's -- it seemed like a good time to p ... More >>
Girl Talk (due this Saturday, June 23 on the Westword Music Showcase Main Stage) started when Gregg Gillis was earning his degree in biomedical engineering. Eventually Girl Talk took up enough of Gillis's time to become a full time endeavor. Although influenced in part by early mash-ups, Gillis was ... More >>
Tigran Mimosa of MiM0SATigran Mimosa (aka MiM0SA, due at the Fillmore Auditorium this Saturday, October 29) hails from the West Coast, but after returning from a summer spent in a New York studio, he can attest to the positive influence and energy emitting from that side of the country. On th ... More >>
Tuesday, August 30, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
Gramatik (due at the Fillmore tonight and tomorrow at Red Rocks with Pretty Lights) used to be an MC who rapped with his buddies over his beats. He grew up in Slovenia listening to DJ Premier, Guru, Rza, Dre, and an arsenal of hip-hop and break beats fills his catalog of sample options. Now, ... More >>
Although often lumped into the category of post-rock, This Will Destroy You (due tonight at Larimer Lounge) from San Marcos, Texas, is more rooted in outright instrumental rock music with more than its fair share of an experimental edge. When the band first emerged, the post-rock designation ... More >>
Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio, Paper Diamond and the head of Elm & Oak Records, recently dropped a little tune for the Pirates of the Caribbean score that made it onto the official soundtrack for the movie. Now Alex B. will forever be printed next to Hans Zimmer and Rodriogo y Gabriela with his remixed ... More >>
LUCKYIAM (due this Friday, May 13 at City Hall) seems pretty carefree these days. The MC (otherwise known as PSC, Lucky or Lucky One) starts his days off running on the beach in Los Angeles, then works on some music and wind down in the evenings by hitting the gym. The colorful MC has been a ... More >>
Shpongle takes the choicest peaks of each genre of music and mashes it together to produce something so unique and creative that its completely unrivaled. And although Shpongle is not actually playing a full set in Boulder anytime soon, the Shpongletron Experience will be coming through. This enormo ... More >>
Friday, April 15, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
If you've been itching to learn how to record your music yourself or you just want to hone your skills a bit, here's your chance. Next month, as part of FoCoMX, music producer John Alagia (Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Ben Folds) will be hosting a free workshop for budding engineers. To attend ... More >>
Analog Space regular and former resident Lipgloss DJ c.db.sn, aka Chase Dobson, is heading to Los Angeles this week, after landing a gig with pop and R&B star Mike Posner. Dobson will be keyboard and Ableton Live technician on Posner's upcoming tour, working behind the scenes during shows to ... More >>
On the just-released Battle Talk Volume 1, four Denver DJs have joined forces to create one big mix that blends dubstep's whomp, atmosphere and production style with hip-hop, turntablism and funk. The mix is a showcase for the talent of Ale Fillman, Odeed, Chewie and Zeno, not to mention an o ... More >>
The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and P. Diddy all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the Peas' Will ... More >>
Andreas Laszlo KonrathBrooklyn's Telepathe began when Melissa Levaudis and Busy Gangnes decided that they were tired of playing in a math rock band: The conventional means of creating and performing music in a rock band seemed stifling to the duo, and so they abandoned that method of creating alm ... More >>
Yesterday, Eryc Eyl discussed Michael Trundle's debut remix. Today, he delves into Trundle's musical background a bit and unveils the remix itself."The entire song is there," says Trundle, with a hint of pride. "In some places, it's separated by some beats, but it's all there." The DJ is now working ... More >>
The Glitch Mob started out as a Los Angeles-based DJ collective that pooled its collective talent to make a more collaborative music with expanded sonic possibilities. As individual artists, Ooah, edIT and Boreta have released solo albums of cutting edge electronic music but it is as a team t ... More >>
The fine folks at Basslab are offering a free workshop on the popular DJ/production/performance software suite Ableton Live at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 14 in the Beta VIP lounge. Three twenty-minute sessions dedicated to using Live for the specific tasks of DJing, producing tracks and mixing ... More >>
A sign of the times.All we need is "U." Today in Cafe Society: • The mystery of the missing letters on Bastien's marquee. • Golfin' for good (with good eats). • Civic Center Eats: Forte Farms. • 231 Milwaukee back on the market... again. • Tonight: The Denver Five dish it out at D ... More >>
Long Gone Lads, this trios long-awaited album, is a painstaking work of art.
The year in review.
Perry Farrell wants to turn your frown upside down.