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Disclosure at the Boulder Theater, 10-22-13 (photos, review)

Disclosure, AKA Howard and Guy Lawrence, put a unique spin on the DJ set in Boulder on Tuesday night: they performed most of it live. Throughout their nearly two-hour set at the Boulder Theater, the Lawrence brothers plunked on synthesizers, banged electronic drum sets and even sung a little to fully realize the house and electronic songs from their critically acclaimed debut album, “Settle.”

After a laid back DJ set by opener T. Williams, Disclosure took to the stage with all the fanfare you’d expect from a long-time sold-out Boulder Theater audience. (One fan said tickets were going for as much as $150 on the second-hand market.) “F For You” kicked the evening off and introduced the crowd to the brothers’ drumming set ups: two identical electronic sets adorned with good old-fashion brass cymbals. Usually the microphones in this sort of show are reserved for crowd-hyping purposes or to tell you about the group’s t-shirts, but Disclosure actually used them to sing the vocal bits here and did a respectable job to boot.

Instead of holding out, Disclosure slipped into a shortened version of the highly anticipated “When A Fire Starts To Burn” right after “F For You,” as projected flames washed over the screen behind them. Abbreviated or not, the crowd was grateful, responding to Guy Lawrence’s live bass line by flailing like grass on a blustery night. After a remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running,” they dropped off-album single “Tenderly,” a masterful house track that matches any of their debut’s highlights. Both tracks had them hunkered down over their MPCs, fiercely poking out rhythms and triggering ornamental effects.

Then it was back to “Settle” for the rest of the night, crossing nearly every track off along the way. Near the end of the evening, “White Noise” made for an effusive high water mark, championed by a crowd giddy to help yell out its AlunaGeorge-featured chorus. By encore time, there weren’t many songs left to choose from; even less after “Confess To Me,” with one notable hit still missing. “You know what’s coming,” Howard Lawrence smiled before launching into “Latch” to round out the evening. The sweat-soaked crowd roared, happy to dance as late as the Boulder Theater would let them. It was early goings in the week, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the booze-in-hand smiling masses and torn drug bags strewn across the floor like cigarette butts. Midterms be damned: this was Disclosure, one of the best dance acts this side of LCD Soundsystem. They found a worthy crowd on Tuesday night.

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Dylan Owens is Reverb’s all-purpose news blogger and album reviewer. You can read more from him in Relix magazine and the comment sections of WORLDSTARHIPHOP.

Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb