Survival Sunday: Avicii Slays Boulder [Gallery] and Tracks from Nervo, Steve Angello, Gramatik and More
What a weekend it has been! I for one can say I’m honestly so stoked to have Survived this weekend in top form, having the pleasure of seeing Dave Audé (AU-DE, ALL DAY, AU-DE, ALL DAY!) on Thursday night then jetting up to Boulder Theater on Friday night, armed with one of our new high-def cameras and lenses, to document Avicii murdering the sold out show. I will be completely honest when I say that the number of times I have seen Avicii is many, the number of times I have been impressed is far fewer. Friday would certainly qualify as one of those few exceptions where the energy was just right in that theater and his song selection and mixing was on point (notice the abundance of CDJ’s and lack of a visible laptop in the photos…). Jontron, a local Triad Dragons resident DJ and one of our favorites here on the blog, warmed up the crowd adequately with his opening set to Avicii’s two-plus hour tour de force. To anyone who had to pay $200 or whatever they were scalping for at the door to go, I hope you would agree with me that it was worth it. We’ve whittled down our best pics from the show and you can find them on our Facebook page HERE. Be sure to tag yourself in the photos and look out for us next week at Big Gigantic!
In other news this week, Cochella released tickets this week and apparently even a festival spread over two weekends cannot meet the demand for such a high-profile event. The first weekend sold out in 40 minutes and the second in two hours. So much for my plans to go to Cochella. Guess what else sold out this week? Ultra. What festivals are we gonna go to now people?? However, this week also saw the announcement of Axwell’s position as headliner for the Cosmic Opera 6-hour rave/spectacle set to go down at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC in late Feburary. If you’re gonna be anywhere near it, I would make it a priority to check it out. Still shrouded in mystery but you can find more details here.
Here’s some of the tracks from this week as you know we do oh-so-well. First, the sexy and seductive Australian twin DJ’s and producers of the duo Nervo released their newest track this week, which was originally rumored to be a collaboration with Avicii himself. Despite my diligent research, I never could get a straight answer whether it is or not but the thing is…who cares? If they keep pumping out tunes like this, with their already amazing catalog, they’re destined for the stars.
Steve Angello’s at it again, bringing innovation to the sounds of Swedish house like he’s done time and time again with songs like “Show Me Love” and “Knas”. This time, his sound is a Daft Punk-esque heavy guitar riff that lends itself well to a new house anthem. This one’s not yet released so grab it while I’ve got it.
Well, with “Antidote” quickly becoming one of the most iconic songs of the present, it is only fitting that people are gonna start taking their stab at it in the form of bootlegs and remixes. We heard this one previewed a couple weeks back but it was just released. Tommy Trash’s epic rework of the song brings a welcome electro energy to the already incredibly hyphy track.
And, last but certainly not least, new Gramatik! This Pretty Lights Music artist earned our respect for his eloquent LP Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 released last year and he continues to deliver. We had a chance to sit down with Gramatik not too long ago and you can peep that interview here.
For anyone who might of missed it, Joman, another Denver rising star, released one of the most original and downright awesome things I’ve seen/heard in a while. Even if you’re not an Always Sunny fan (is that even possible), I’m pretty sure you can appreciate this. You can pick up a DL of the song in the video description but make sure to watch it cuz the video absolutely makes it…