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    November 14, 2014

    The Michael Menart Big Band Could Be the Future of EDM

    Michal Menert is called the Godfather of Pretty Lights Music by his fans. When he is on stage, he sports a Henley Fedora hat and a suit jacket. On special occasions, a three-piece full suit will come out complete with a vest. "If I'm going to make music that I want to be seen in a classier light tha ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Fort Collins Music Fans Won't Throw Their Trash on the Ground Even if You Ask Nicely

    There was in interesting policy on trash over the weekend at Fort Collins' biggest music festival. More on that later. Bohemian Nights is a three-day Fort Collins music festival featuring around a hundred local performances and several national headliners, all free to the public, funded by the Bohe ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Pretty Lights with the Symphony, Kings of Leon and more on sale this weekend

    Pretty Lights returns to Red Rocks for a two-night stand on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 but the this time around local producer Derek Vincent Smith will have a full band on board as well as thirteen members of the Colorado Symphony. Tickets ($44.50 advance, $50 day of show) go on sale on ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    FRI | WINTER WARMER FESTIVAL at FILLMORE | 2/14/14 Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won f ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    The best EDM shows in Denver in February

    FRI | MICHAL MENERT, WINTER WARMER at FILLMORE | 2/14 Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has wo ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    New local dance music/mixes from SuperVision, James Egbert, Unlimited Gravity and DJ Digga

    Welcome back to another edition of In the Mix, a feature in which we spotlight new dance tracks and mixes from some of the hottest Colorado producers and DJs. We've got a variety of styles this week, from your classic club-style bangers to some glitched-out dance numbers, and even some big-room hous ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    The best EDM shows in Denver in December

    DECADENCE NYE at COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER | 12/30-12/31 Just to tease a few of the artists: Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Keys and Krates, Tiesto, Dada Life, Pretty Lights, Odesza, Above & Beyond, Paul Basic, and 12th Planet. Need we say more? Decadence landed in Denver as a result of Triad Dragons' ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won fans ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Pretty Lights at the Ogden on Thursday, December 5; tickets on sale this Friday

    In advance of his performance at Decadence this New Year's Eve, Derek Vincent Smith will be making a very rare appearance with Mikey Thunder at the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, December 5. Tickets are $45 and go on sale this Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. The show should sell out almost instantly and ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The best EDM shows in Denver in November

    SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when first hit the scene. Menert has one fans ov ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    FIVE IRON FRENZY @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 8/17/13 Five Iron Frenzy began life in 1995, as the side project of a long-forgotten thrash-metal-and-industrial band called Exhumator. Ahead of the ska revival of the mid-'90s, Exhumator's members wanted to play music that was inherently fun, positive and upl ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    PRETTY LIGHTS @ RED ROCKS | FRI & SAT, 8/16-8/17 Returning to the Mile High City for his now-annual two-night run at Red Rocks, Pretty Lights maestro Derek Vincent Smith is bringing an album's worth of new music and a talented cast of characters to entertain the hometown crowd. On Friday, Pretty Lig ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | THURS, 8/15/13 A six-year hiatus hasn't made Queens of the Stone Age forget its roots. The earnest full-length album ...Like Clockwork, released earlier this year, is a long-awaited return to the spotlight, and it proves that the band hasn't lost its flair for ' ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The ten best EDM shows in Denver in August

    HARD RED ROCKS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/1 In its first year at Red Rocks, HARD Fest brings a boombastic explosion of the biggest names in bass and trap music. Festival founder and curator, Gary Richards, performing under his veteran moniker Destructo, kicks off a stellar bill that includes the s ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Pretty Lights

    A Color Map of the Sun
    Pretty Lights Music

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    June 28, 2013

    Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun: Derek Vincent Smith talks about the new album

    A Color Map of the Sun, the new Pretty Lights album due out this Tuesday, took Derek Vincent Smith on an adventure through musical eras. We recently spoke with the homegrown Pretty Lights mastermind about the trust he has placed in his fan base, his own self doubts about taking the road less travele ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013
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    April 24, 2013

    Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, two back-to-back shows on August 16-17; tickets on sale Saturday

    Just announced: Pretty Lights at Red Rocks. The act, which revealed the details of its forthcoming album, A Color Map of the Sun, last week, is slated for a pair of back-to-back shows on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17. Tickets for the shows ($45-$87.50) go on sale to fan club members tom ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun: Derek Vincent Smith reveals details of new album

    The Daft Punk dudes may be generating all the headlines right now for its forthcoming album, Random Access Memories, on which they flip the script by incorporating analogue instruments and production techniques into producing their new album, but they're not the only ones turning back the clock. Pre ... More >>

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    March 9, 2013

    SnowBall Music Festival 2013 tipsheet: The eight must-see acts you should catch today

    For those of you lucky enough to be up in the mountains this afternoon for day two of the SnowBall Music Festival gets ready to get underway, you're probably going over the lineup and hatching a plan for what you're going to see today. If so, we've got you covered. We put together a short tipsheet o ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Eliot Lipp on using a vintage synth live to rough up the edges of finely tuned digital crispness

    Producing music since high school, Eliot Lipp found his own voice in hip-hop beats and instrumentals. One of the most recent additions to the Pretty Lights Music roster, Lipp has been notably prolific in cranking out new tracks and mixes. In advance of his three-night Colorado run, which kicks off t ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    The twenty prettiest Pretty Lights hats

    See also: - Review photos: Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/17/12 - Q&A with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights Over the weekend, Colorado's favorite flat-billed electronica maestro played a two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We came across scores of Pretty Lights fans at the Rocks over the ... More >>

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    August 19, 2012

    Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/17/12

    Pretty Lights @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 8/17/12 Similar to the unprecedented Skrillex show at Red Rocks last week, the Pretty Lights show started with a five-minute countdown and Trentemoller's "Take Me Into Your Skin" playing over the speakers. A Colorado flag with the Pretty Lights brand waved on ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Five best concerts in Colorado this weekend

    See also: - Brennen Bryarly goes Into the Night as option4 - Parting words: A Sauna Q&A before its farewell show - Sharon Van Etten Q&A: "I get nervous sometimes that my songs are too personal" - Q&A with Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance - Q&A with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights Welcome to the ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, two nights, August 17-18. Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.

    Just announced: Pretty Lights at Red Rocks for two back-to-back shows on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. Hold onto your flat-bills, dance music aficionados. Colorado will catch the final stops on an international tour that will be taking Pretty Lights, born Derek Vincent Smith, from venu ... More >>

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    March 4, 2012

    SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 2 travelogue

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ VAIL VALLEY | 3/3/12 (DAY 2) Having survived the frigid first night, the sunshine and above-freezing temps of the second day are a treat. Feeling a little wear and tear from the night before, I was hoping to make it back to the festival grounds in time to catch Sauna play ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Re:Generation strives to break down barriers

    This past Sunday during his acceptance speech on behalf of his band the Foo Fighters for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy awards, Dave Grohl made some comments that stirred the ire of some folks. Lauding the fact that Wasting Light, the album in question, had been recorded in his gara ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" goes platinum, revives Etta James sample

    Update 1/20/12: Some sad news just coming in from California just now. Etta James has reportedly passed away at the age of 73 due to complications associated with leukemia. RIP, Etta. Originally posted 1/11/12: Etta James is having a hell of a year. Aside from battling leukemia and dementia, being ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Over the Weekend: LoDo New Year's, Pretty Lights, closings and openings

    What a weekend -- and if you missed any of it, the Westword family of blogs (Cafe Society, Backbeat Online, Show and Tell and our slide show page) has you covered. Look below to get hipped to New Year's in Lodo, Pretty Lights shots, a trio of big restaurant closings and theater offerings that promi ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    A dozen cost-effective (read: cheap) music-related costume ideas for Halloween

    ​Sometimes, you just don't have the cash lying around to splurge on that expensive Halloween costume. Fear not, young heathens! We have compiled a list of costumes for you that cost nearly nothing. In fact, you probably have the materials lying around the house. Click through for some ideas. A ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Reader: Pretty Lights' New Year's show seems pretty expensive

    Since Derek Vincent Smith has made such a stead climb over the years, making his way up from theaters to arenas, such as 1STBANK Center, where he's playing a pair of dates on New Year's, it's easy to take for granted that everybody knows who he is and holds him in high regard. As evidenced by this c ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Meet Paul Basic, the latest addition to Derek Vincent Smith's Pretty Lights Music imprint

    Last night, we tagged along with Paul Brandt, aka Paul Basic, as he and Michal Menert were doing a photo shoot with Pat Milbery and the So-Gnar snowboarding monster. Brandt is one of the most recent additions to Derek Vincent Smith's Pretty Lights Music imprint. Between snapshots, we spoke with Bran ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Gramatik on joining Pretty Lights Music and what he has in store for his show at Red Rocks

    ​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 >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Pretty Lights at Maple and Broadway, 3.31.11

    Photo Britt ChesterIt was a nice garage PRETTY LIGHTS Broadway and Maple | 3.31.11 In a crazy turn of events, Pretty Lights music producer Derek Vincent Smith played an impromptu 2 a.m. set in a small garage near the corner of Maple and Broadway last night. No fliers, no advertising, not even a pr ... More >>

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    March 5, 2011

    Diplo, Pretty Lights thaw night one of Snowball Music Festival, 3/4/11

    Photo Britt Chester​ SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL Zeds Dead, 12th Planet, LazerDisk Sex Party, Diplo and Pretty Lights Avon, Colorado in the Vail Valley | 3.4.11 If there was one thing the organizers of the Snowball Music Festival took into consideration, it was the time management with transitions ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Photos: Pretty Lights at Belly Up in Aspen, 12/5/10

    ​Derek Vincent Smith, a/k/a Pretty Lights played Belly Up in Aspen last night, and photographer Soren McCarty brings back these photos from the show.

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    August 5, 2010

    Pretty Lights

    Saturday, August 7, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.

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    July 29, 2010

    Pretty Lights drops new EP, will debut new drummer at Wanderlust before sold out Red Rocks date

    ​Spilling Over Every Side: That's the name of Pretty Lights' latest release, and what a perfectly fitting title it is. Derek Vincent Smith simply just doesn't stop. Smith, of course, is Pretty Lights' mastermind. When we last checked in with Smith in March, he had just released his new EP, Ma ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Pretty Lights slated to be featured on All Things Considered later this afternoon

    Aaron Thackeray​ The Pretty Lights onslaught continues. After a string of sold out dates here at home and a gig at SXSW this past weekend, Derek Vincent Smith, who performs under the Pretty Lights moniker with Cory Eberhard, has attracted the attention of NPR. The broadcaster included the act ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Over the weekend: Pretty Lights at the Ogden Theatre

    Aaron Thackeray​ Pretty Lights • Lyrics Born • Bobby Collins03.13.10 | Ogden Theatre There is so much sweaty cleavage dangling over the railing of the Ogden's upper deck. One girl, in her haste to abandon her inhibitions, has rolled her shirt up so high that fully half her bra is in vie ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Freeloader: Download a new track from Pretty Light's forthcoming EP in advance of shows this week in Boulder and Denver

    ​ Derek Vincent Smith, who performs under the Pretty Lights moniker (due tonight at the Boulder Theater), has announced plans to release three new EPs, the first of which, Making Up a Changing Mind, was just posted to his site last week. With three albums already under his belt that have rec ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ LARGECHILD

    Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half co ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 15, 2009

    Moving Pictures: Life on the road is indeed, um, pretty for Pretty Lights

    Suspicions confirmed: From the looks of this tour video shot by the Pretty Lights crew on a FLIP graciously furnished by Spin Earth, Derek Vincent Smith and Cory Eberhard are enjoying the, um, pretty side of life on the road. From performing in front of stupidly packed auditoriums full of ardent Pre ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Pretty Lights just keep getting brighter and brighter

    ​To see the following that Pretty Lights has established at this point is a bit staggering, isn't it? Last month, Derek Vincent Smith -- who makes music under the name Pretty Lights -- sold out three back-to-back dates in Denver, Boulder and in his hometown of Fort Collins at the Ogden, Fox and Ag ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Freeloader: Pretty Lights at the Ogden Theater on Saturday

    All right, who's getting hyped for the Pretty Lights show tomorrow night at the Ogden, which has now evidently sold out? Yeah, us, too. Should be completely stupid. Three back-to-back sell outs in Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver? Not to shabby. If the name Pretty Lights still has you drawing a bl ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Pretty Lights at City Hall this Sunday

    Tobin Voggesser​Just heard that Pretty Lights, the burgeoning superstar otherwise known as Derek Vincent Smith, is slated to perform this Sunday, August 23, at the newly minted City Hall. Without question, this will be this weekend's hottest ticket. Oh and speaking of tickets, they're on sale righ ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    July 23, 2009

    Q&A with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights

    In this week's paper, we featured a short Q&A with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights, an act whose last two albums have surpassed 110,000 digital downloads. As with most of our Rough Mixes interviews, the piece only told half of the story. The Pretty Lights mastermind sat down recently with u ... More >>

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