BASSNECTAR @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | FRI & SAT 5/31-6/1 "When I first got going," recalls Lorin Ashton, "I was into fuckin' brutal, satanic death metal." Even with all of his hair, it's hard to imagine that Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, was once enthralled with extreme metal. After all, dubst ... More >>
Aside from touring as a solo act under the VibeSquaD moniker, Aaron Holstein has found the perfect balance between being a highly sought after EDM producer and his duties as a father. Following a successful stint on Bassnectar's VaVaVoom tour, Holstein has settled in for 2013 by touring with electro ... More >>
DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
Let's face it: 2012 can go down in history as the year that dubstep came out. Granted, the scene and genre have been around since the late '90s and early 2000s, but it was in 2012 that they finally took over the airwaves. With Denver being a mecca of dubstep in America and all, Backbeat reflected on ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>
The chief criticism of electronic dance music and its massive rise to prominence is that there just isn't much going on behind the tables. Detractors contend that the DJs and producers that command capacity crowds these days bring little more to the party than a bunch of bells and whistles -- or LED ... More >>
See Also: - Lollapalooza Sunday: The Hottest Day of All - Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about you By IAN TRAAS With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was especially apparent at ... More >>
See Also: the Walkmen at Red Rocks with Florence the Machine, 7/25/12 The Walkmen's first album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, came out ten years and two months before its latest -- and perhaps loveliest -- Heaven. For the greatest symbol of the band's change in perspective over th ... More >>
Last night, Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, brought his massive production to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for night one of the bass infused mayhem. We brought back photos from the night showing everything that went down from start to finish. (Disclosure: Britt Chester was hired by Bassnectar to cover the ... More >>
There's some ridiculous talent in town, including Bassnectar at Red Rocks, Julius Papp at Bar Standard, and there's also some dope parties, including the inaugural Full Moon Gathering of 2012, an underground camping blowout, and more. Page down for the weekend's best dancing and nightlife bets.
Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, Red Rocks, 303-830-8497.
Tons of new shows this week: Dispatchis playing a two-night stand at 1STBANK in September, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News are headlining this year's KOOL Concert, Thievery Corporation and Beats Antique are due at Red Rocks and Esperanza Spalding is slated for shows at the Boulder Theater and ... More >>
Dance music has always been a major draw in Denver -- the birthplace of Beatport and the home to Beta and the Church, each considered among the best clubs in the world at one time or another -- but right now, it's just exploding in the mainstream across the country. Need proof? See this year's Gramm ... More >>
Update 3/20/12: Great news if you missed out on getting tickets to Bassnectar's sold out show at Red Rocks on Saturday, June 2. Another date has been added on Friday, June 1! Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Bassnectar at Red Rocks: Confirmed! At SnowBall this past weekend, Lori ... More >>
After being on the scene for more than a decade as a member of Future Jazz Project, Zilla and Sporque and on his own as VibeSquaD, Aaron Holstein's profile has been steadily rising over the years. After a hometown show this Saturday, March 10, at Summit Music Hall with Eskmo and Phutureprimitive, Vi ... More >>
BASSNECTAR @ SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL | 3.4.12 For the last night of SnowBall Music Festival, organizers brought back one of last year's headliners to close things out, which ultimately proved to be a wise decision. Looking out from the stage, it was readily apparent that Bassnectar has made his mar ... More >>
There is a ridiculous amount of talent in the state this weekend, and we do mean ridiculous. Between the Crystal Method, Bassnectar and the renowned Tigerskin (aka Dub Taylor), you'd have plenty to choose from. Snowball Music Festival kicks off this weekend in Vail with Rusko, MiMOSA, Major Lazer, M ... More >>
Snowball Music Festival is about to hit Avon again. We were there for the icy, snowy, steamy, crammed and all around awesomeness of the inaugural edition last year, and just in case you weren't, or you need a refresher of what to expect, we compiled this Survival Guide just for you, so you can get t ... More >>
How does one go about defining the best electronic music shows of the year? A lot goes into it, trust me. There is the production aspect, which looks upon the lighting choreography and the overall visual spectacle. Then, there is the actual music, which volleys between producers and DJs, both of whi ... More >>
Update (12/2/11): The Head and the Heart and BoomBox named as additional headliners this morning. If you haven't been keeping track, the lineup for this year's Snowball Music Festival is pretty impressive so far. Moments ago, organizers made the Big announcement we alluded to earlier this week when ... More >>
Photo by Britt ChesterBASSNECTAR at RED ROCKS | 06.18.11"The visuals for the night set a new standard: Revolutionary in regards to illusional perspective and thought-provoking in regard to the propaganda images of war and op-art icons seared into the retinas of everyone staring at the stage."
Photo: Britt ChesterProJect Aspect and friends made the trek to Lincoln, Nebraska last night for the Waka DJ Classic. The difference between Aspect and everyone else who entered is that he left with two artists passes to Wakarusa -- and the opportunity to play an hour-and-fifteen-minute set a ... More >>
Bassnectar (aka Lorin Ashton) and the creative minds at the Bassnectar Labs, have put their bass heads together and concocted a scheme to get all bass lovers involved in an outlandish scavenger hunt for tickets and other goodies.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Photo Britt Chester Snowball Music Festival Big Gigantic, Local Natives, Paper Diamond, Lotus, Savoy and Bassnectar Avon, Colorado in the Vail Valley | 3/5/11 The second night of Snowball saw something very similar in terms of weather, as well as hosting the likes of Paper Diamond, Lotus, Sa ... More >>
This weekend's Snowball Festival in the Vail Valley has already surpassed expectations. Barely in its first year, and the festival has put together an impressive lineup that includes acts like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, the Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives and D ... More >>
In case you've noticed that the Mile High Music Festival hasn't announced its lineup yet for this year and you've wondered why -- first of all, congratulations on being astute, but secondly, the lineup hasn't been revealed because, well, there is no lineup this year. There is no festival. Aft ... More >>
Les Paul has been a long-time inspiration for Jeff Beck, and last summer, Beck paid tribute to the legendary guitarist on what would have been Paul's 95th birthday. Beck's two performances at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, where Paul performed for fourteen years until his death of August 200 ... More >>
We've carefully cropped this photo from the Victorian Fetish Ball to make it safe for work -- but the full shot, which definitely isn't, can be eyeballed at the link above. Also see galleries of Bassnectar at 1STBANK Center, the 16th Street Mall Zombie Walk and more at Westword's slideshow p ... More >>
Kate LevyLoirn Ashton, aka Bassnectar BASSNECTAR Dan Deacon • Ott, That 1 Guy • Brother Ali 10.23.10 | 1STBANK Center Full slideshow from Bassnectar at 1STBANK Center Lorin Ashton, the DJ and producer also known as Bassnectar, speaks loudly and carries a big bassline. Loosely defined a ... More >>
Like most weekends in the Mile High City, there's no shortage of great shows to see in Denver in the next few days, from Overcasters Gathering of the Clouds festival to Apples in Stereo at the Bluebird to Bassnectar's 1STBASS Center (with Emancipator and Dan Deacon) to Of Montreal at the Og ... More >>
Amy WhitehouseFresh off his appearance at this past weekend's Mile High Music Festival, Lorin Ashton, the man behind the electronic project Bassnectar, has announced plans to produce his first-ever arena show at the 1ST BANK Center at the end of October. Dubbed 1ST Bass Center, the festival w ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsMy Morning JacketMy Morning Jacket opened up their set with "Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You" and the favorite "Gideon," then "Anytime and "Magheeta." Jim James wove gorgeous guitar lines while jamming in and out of songs, meandering from place to place. They played " ... More >>
Got your tickets to Mile High Music Festival yet? No? It's a month away -- what are you waiting for? Ah, you have to work on Sunday, and you can't afford a two-day pass? Good thing you waited. Starting today at 10 a.m., you can purchase single day advance tickets for $99.50 (or pick up sing ... More >>
As if we didn't already have enough reason to find our way to Tennesee to catch the Flaming Lips playing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, we now have even more incentive -- namely, Chromeo with Daryl Hall and Stevie Wonder!
Fucking A. Ask and ye shall receive, eh? (Well, it's not Denver, but close enough.) Just glimpsed the lineup for this year's Coachella. As far as headliners go, you've got your Jay-Z and your LCD Soundsystem and, uh, let's see here, Thom Yorke and ... yada, yada, yada. Whatever, dude. Five words: Fa ... More >>
The All-American RejectsThe All-American Rejects, Bassnectar, Goldfinger, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the Spill Canvas, Single File and Meese will all be part of this year's Channel 93.3's Big Gig Saturday, July 11 at Fiddler's Green. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. The first 1,000 tick ... More >>
Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, June 18, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
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