Concert Reviews

A New Year Underground at Theory + Practice

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Arriving at around 11:30 p.m., I missed most of Hence's set but caught up with some deliciously clean, dreamy dubstep, melding meandering notes with glitchy, crisp beats being dropped by Eli D. The dance floor was moving, and plenty of people were digging this unusual blend of dubstep, which was refreshingly unique -- he didn't overload the bassline distortions, and this set was a good exhibition of where dubstep could go as a genre if it continues to gain popularity and branch out in different ways.

There was a countdown to midnight before BeeKay took the decks, opening 2011 with deep beats, juicy basslines and females chanting "give it to me" along low whistles and high barks. It was a perfect example of some lovely, minimalist tech-house stylings, and BeeKay continued along those lines, throwing in chirping beeps and skittering beats with bobble bass and sweet, weeping piano keylines.

Travis Press then took his turn, bringing us beautiful, soulful house grooves and exhibiting his talents at fading samples in and out to create the soundscape, changing speeds from upbeat, happy tracks to deep, eerie, slightly syncopated beats and sweeping up-and-down melodies with sassy trombones, ghostly guitar lines, claps and soulful female crooning. The slight discord he played with during this set lent his sound an extra edge, and the dance floor remained full as he continued his journey through the sprawling world of house; he wrapped up the set with low, grumbling vocal samples like monsters or a nightmare laid over his gorgeous beats.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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