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Flying Lotus, Thundercat at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review)

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Thundercat and Flying Lotus perform at the Fillmore Auditorium on Nov. 22, 2014. Photos by Juli Williams, heyreverb.com.

For most electronic musicians, stage production makes or breaks a tour. Watching a guy sit behind a computer and push buttons can be, well, really freaking boring. And for half of his show at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, Flying Lotus was hidden inside of an enormous translucent screen, 3D-looking projections and his glowing gas mask. While the amazing visuals matched his dizzying production, it felt, for a brief moment, like your typical package at an electronic show. But then, Flying Lotus removed the mask, came out from behind his screen and proved why he’s not “most electronic musicians.” It was as if he was making a statement — “I don’t need this,” it seemed to be saying.

On the last night of his tour with Thundercat, Flying Lotus brought his experimental production to the Fillmore Auditorium. Colorado fans might have seen the producer perform surrounded by semi-transparent screens at Red Rocks in June, but familiarity can hardly make the spectacle less absorbing. This time, too, he had riveting new material “You’re Dead!” to perform.

First though, Thundercat was up to get everyone in the mood with his sexy space cruise music. The set was a little too heavy on improvisation to completely win over the still-growing crowd, but the more melodic moments that give fans something to latch on to went over well. The super fun “Oh Sheit, It’s X” shut down his set and he came back for a reprise with Flying Lotus.

And if Thundercat’s set was the space cruise, Flying Lotus’ performance was our destination on the other side of the world. Over the course of his set, he oscillated between jazzy ambience, trippy ravers and the more nightmarish assaults off “You’re Dead!”. He can move from manic, to playful, to mellow seamlessly, and it’s almost like watching several different performers. He spent the first half of the show fully suited up and wearing a mask with hollow, yellow-lit eyes and tentacles hanging from the front. Eventually the mask came off, and then the jacket, and Flying Lotus came out from behind the screens to rap and, at one point, chat with the crowd about how much growth he’s witnessed in Denver’s music scene. (Yes, there was weed-related banter, too.)

At this point he showed that he’s not only in touch with the national beat scene, but that he’s paying attention, too, and learning even while experiencing the most success of his career. Shedding the guise of your typical EDM performer, FlyLo dodged the tropes of the genre, and avoided letting his show fall into drudgery.

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Denver rapper KL Tha General identified as victim of deadly bar shooting

Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook Page.

Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General. Photo courtesy of the artist’s Facebook Page.

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Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General.

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Flosstradamus talks genre limitations, their “Juggalo movement of fans” and Beatport

Ahead of their show at 1stBank Center on Nov. 21, we talk to Flosstradamus about genre limitations, their second rise and their "Juggalo movement of fans."

Ahead of their show at 1stBank Center on Nov. 21, we talk to Flosstradamus about genre limitations, their second rise and their “Juggalo movement of fans.”

The trajectory of Flosstradamus’ success has run parallel to the recent popularity of trap music — an electronic dance music genre whose signature hi-hat rolls and syncopated beats derive from hip-hop. In recent years, the duo’s name has begun to carry almost as much weight in the community as Diplo or Dillon Francis. Nonetheless, when Reverb caught up with Flosstradamus’ Josh Young and Curt Cameruci to discuss the past, present and future of the EDM act, they made it clear that they’re not afraid to step outside the confines of any genre – and went as far as to remark that their fan base, which they compared to ICP, would support them no matter their creative direction. On Nov. 21, Chicago-based hip-hop/trap duo Flosstradamus plays the 1stBank Center on the fourth stop on their HDYNation tour alongside rappers G-Eazy, Curtis Williams, Iamsu! and hip-hop collective Two-9.

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TV on the Radio “Seeds” review: This will make you miss the band’s heyday

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, its bound to make fans miss the heyday.

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, it’s bound to make fans miss the heyday.

It’s been about three and a half years since we’ve heard a new album from TV on the Radio, but it feels much longer. Maybe we didn’t really expect anything after bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer or maybe “Nine Types of Light” seemed like a nice way to leave things. TV on the Radio has most likely peaked. Even the fun of “Nine Types of Light” didn’t reach the heights of “Return to Cookie Mountain.”

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American Music Awards 2014: Watch Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and more

Lorde performs at the 2014 American Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images.

Lorde performs at the 2014 American Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images.

The American Music Awards carry about the same weight as the Teen Choice Awards. It’s a night where we consistantly find ourselves asking: “Is he/she still famous?” and “People actually like Pitbull?” (We’re looking at you, Lorde)

Regardless, there are a handful of good performances hidden among some of the mess, and this year Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and others provided some good entertainment. We’ve gathered our favorite performances from the American Music Awards 2014. Watch them below:

Lorde “Yellow Flickr Beat”

Everything came full circle for “The Hunger Games” this weekend. The dystopian young adult book series scored the highest box office ticket sales this year before the big Thanksgiving weekend push. To celebrate, Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games” introduced Lorde’s performance at the AMAs on Sunday. Lorde performed her new track, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which appears on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack that Lorde also curated. She hasn’t been around long, but Lorde has a total command of her stage presence. Building suspense and performing inside of a box during the beginning of the track on Sunday, Lorde head-banged and crooned her way through the new song. With a flash of style, she ended the performance by smearing her lipstick along her face. Neat, Lorde, and kinda gross.

Taylor Swift “Blank Space”

We love that Taylor Swift has embraced her whole crazy thing. During a fun performance of “Blank Space” on Sunday, Swift brought back her trademark psycho eyes and male model boyfriend. Though we can’t tell how much she actually sang, she brought the confidence of an artist who just released the year’s best selling album. Plus, her acceptance speech for the Dick Clark Award for Excellence was brilliant.

Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One”

Sam Smith is making capes cool. And buttoning up your shirt. And being emotional. While his latest single, “I’m Not The Only One,” feels like it’s stuck in third gear, the addition of A$AP Rocky on Sunday brought the performance to the next level.

One Direction “Night Changes”

Hey, Zayn Malik actually made it to this one. Nice job, dude. After being a no-show on their big “Today Show” performance last week, Malik showed up to the AMAs for the band’s performance of “Night Changes.” The band took home the Artist of the Year award, but also wins for getting by far the most ear-splitting screams of the night.

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea “Booty”

So, this song is exactly what you would imagine a track called “Booty” sung by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea would be. And the performance is also exactly what you would expect. The two debuted the track live on the American Music Awards on Sunday, and the most amazing part is that somehow this didn’t get shut down by the censors.

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2014 Winners

Single of the Year
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J – Dark Horse

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year
5 Seconds of Summer

Dick Clark Award for Excellent
Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
One Direction

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
One Direction – Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country
Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album – Country
Brantley Gilbert – Just As I Am

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
John Legend

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist – Latin
Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

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Flying Lotus’ unlikely path to stardom: How his experimental sound caught on with larger audiences

Flying Lotus performs at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

Flying Lotus performs at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

The festival circuit loves him. With every tour, Flying Lotus plays larger venues. His music is all over Adult Swim, and has been for years. He recently recorded a song and curated a radio station for the new “Grand Theft Auto,” one of his favorite video games. His growing list of collaborators includes artists as diverse as Thom Yorke and Mac Miller. Flying Lotus, meet The Good Life. And yet, despite this growing mass appeal, FlyLo’s music is not easily accessible.

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Ariel Pink “pom pom” review: weird, wonderful and divisive

Ariel Pink's wonderfully weird "pom pom" is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year's best and worst of lists.

Ariel Pink’s wonderfully weird “pom pom” is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year’s best and worst of lists.

In the coming months, “pom pom,” Ariel Pink’s latest LP of satire-laced goof-pop, will serve as an unwitting litmus test. It will play at a party, and the room will part like boys and girls at a middle school dance: some ready to dance and sing feverishly with the de facto DJ to its songs about Jello, frog princes and “goth bombs,” while the rest beg them to turn it off. You’ll see the same thing shake out in the comment sections of year-end top ten lists, complete with ad hominem attacks on Pink that, let’s be honest, he’s more than tee’d himself up for in the preceding weeks.

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