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Pretty Lights’ first shows of 2018, a pair of 10th anniversary celebrations at Red Rocks, will be broadcast live from Red Rocks.
The first and perhaps only Pretty Lights shows of 2018 will take place at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado this summer.
Pretty Lights has confirmed free New Year’s run webcasts in an effort to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Watch the video for Pretty Lights’ first new track in over a year and see where Derek will play this New Year’s Run.
Watch Pretty Lights Live Band direct from Red Rocks via free streams on Friday and Saturday nights.
Check out photos and videos from Pretty Lights’ two-day, multi-act affair at The Gorge.
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Latest Pretty Lights Setlist
Pretty Lights at The Gorge Amphitheatre
- Try to Remember
- Short Line
- Until Tomorrow
- Waiting for Her
- Almost Familiar
- Switch Up
- Wrong Platform
- Angel on My Shoulders
- Summer Love
- Finally Moving
- I Can See It In Your Face
- Gazing at the Glare
- I Know The Truth
- I Got Five on It
- It Must Be Love
- The Time Has Come
- Always All Ways
- Reel 5 Break 3
- Understand Me Now
- Everything in Its Right Place
- Karma Police
- Yellow Bird
- You Sexy Thing (I Believe in Miracles)
- Paper Rump
About Pretty Lights
On July 2, 2013, not one but two new Pretty Lights albums were released: A Color Map of the Sun and its essential companion, Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun. The first PL efforts to be sold commercially after a series of acclaimed free-download albums and EPs, the Color Map project represents a turning point in Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith’s artistic growth. A self-professed “sample collage” artist, Smith decided it was time to create his own. “Before, I’d combine 25 samples into one song,” he explains. “This time, I was going to create my own original sources, retaining the timbre that spans the great musical era of the last century – from modern classical and jazz, to ’60s soul and beyond.”
This idea sent Smith into an intensely laborious, obsessive, ambitious creative process. Where so much of today’s music is created entirely “in the box” using digital plug-ins, Smith went totally analog – recording musicians direct to tape (including himself on bass, keys, and modular synths), using authentic vintage instruments, pressing the results onto vinyl. He then fashioned those sounds into two visionary works. A Color Map… finds Smith taking Pretty Lights’ trademark combo of gritty, crate-digging hip-hop, speaker-shredding digital thump, and instrumentally-based psychedelia to new heights over 13 songs – from the dancefloor-ready yet kaleidoscopically abstract “Prophet” to the syncopated funk of the Talib Kweli-driven single “Around The Block.” Live Studio Sessions…, meanwhile, boils down the raw material used to create the tracks on A Color Map…, reducing 30 minute jams into 4 minute breaks. It’s all part of the multifaceted creativity that the albums’ titles suggest – a reference to a 1670s-era essay by Isaac Newton describing the experiments that led to his discovery of visible light’s color spectrum. “What Newton evoked I found especially poetic and beautiful,” Smith explains. “It fit what the name ‘Pretty Lights’ is supposed to embody – the idea of an artistic eye always looking at the world, searching for beauty and new inspiration.”
Neil Young, Norah Jones and Father John Misty will be among the performers at the Harvest Moon A Gathering benefit concert this September.
A new multi-cam video features Dave Matthews Band’s mash-up of AC/DC’s “Back In Black” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” from Friday at SPAC as well as the “Fly Like An Eagle” that followed.
Longtime collaborators Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino announced a two-week duo tour slated for September.
Preview the Grateful Dead’s forthcoming ‘Dave’s Picks Volume 31’ with a portion of the set, which features the band’s December 3, 1979 concert in Chicago.
Pink Floyd/Phish/Talking Heads tribute act Pink Talking Fish will embark on a cross-country tour this fall.