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Pretty Lights New Video | New Years in Chicago

Pretty Lights is showing no signs of slowing down as the year winds to an end- this morning, PopMatters premiered his new video for “Future Blind,” which can be found on Spilling Over Every Side, his second (of three!) EP’s of 2010. Pretty Lights will also be performing two shows at Chicago’s Congress Theater during his New Year’s Eve run, 12/30 & 12/31. Supporting the shows will be Major Lazer and Michael Menert on the 30th, and Holy Fuck and Tobacco on the 31st.

Besides releasing his trilogy of EP’s this year, Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied by live drummer Adam Deitch) has been busy touring the U.S. and Europe, including many festival appearances and sold-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The super-producer has come to be known for his genre-bending beats, which seamlessly blend electronic elements with funk, jazz, hip-hop and classic soul.

Combine that with his elaborate, visually-stunning live shows, and you can see why he has captured the attention of music fans worldwide. He also recently surpassed one million album downloads through his website, where he distributes all of his music for free (although his material is available on iTunes as well).

Pretty Lights to Join Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Pretty Lights, aka visionary producer Derek Vincent Smith, is currently in the midst of the West Coast leg of his national tour, which has him in Los Angeles this Friday night at The Wiltern. Now, we have some exciting news- Pretty Lights will be joining the cast of the wildly popular children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live earlier that day for a matinee show at the Nokia Theatre, performing as one of the shows’ Super Music Friends!

Besides releasing his trilogy of EP’s this year, Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied by live drummer Adam Deitch) has been busy touring the U.S. and Europe, including many festival appearances and sold-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The super-producer has come to be known for his genre-bending beats, which seamlessly blend electronic elements with funk, jazz, hip-hop and classic soul. Combine that with his elaborate, visually-stunning live shows, and you can see why he has captured the attention of music fans worldwide.

He also recently surpassed one million album downloads through his website, where he distributes all of his music for free (although his material is available on iTunes as well). As a thank you to his devoted fans, he surprised his one millionth downloader with a VIP trip to catch him live in Las Vegas!

Pretty Lights also recently announced a New Year's Even run of shows, taking place at The Congress Theater in Chicago on December 30th and 31st! Supporting the shows will be Major Lazer on the 30th, and Holy Fuck on the 31st.

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
November 30 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
December 1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer)
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

Pretty Lights Delivers Third EP of 2010

Pretty Lights has never been one to disappoint- and he’s not about to start now. The enigmatic super-producer has stayed true to his promise of releasing three EP’s in 2010…and deliver, he has! Glowing In The Darkest Night, the third installment of his trilogy of 2010’s EPs, was made available this past Friday, October 22nd via his website.

2010 has been quite an exciting year for Pretty Lights. Besides releasing his trilogy of EP’s, Derek Vincent Smith (accompanied by live drummer Adam Deitch) has been busy touring the U.S. and Europe, including many festival appearances on both sides of the Atlantic. He recently surpassed one million album downloads through his website- not bad for an artist who has only been releasing music since 2008. He even surprised his one millionth downloader with a VIP trip to catch him later this month in Las Vegas!

Pretty Lights is touring extensively to support Glowing In The Darkest Night, with the North American tour kicking off Wednesday in Tulsa, and continuing through early December. There’s a New Year’s Eve run of shows taking place at The Congress Theater in Chicago on December 30th and 31st! Supporting the shows will be Major Lazer on the 30th, and Holy Fuck on the 31st.

Download the EP FREE from PrettyLightsMusic

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates:

October 27 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
October 28 – Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
October 29 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 30 – Patriot’s Point – Charleston, SC
October 31 – MoogFest 2010 – Asheville, NC
November 2 – Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
November 3 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 4 – The National – Richmond, VA
November 5 – House of Blues – Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
November 6 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
November 7 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 8 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 10 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
November 11 – Boma – Columbus, OH
November 12 – Fillmore – Detroit, MI
November 13 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
November 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
November 15 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
November 17 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
November 19 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
November 20 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
November 21 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA
November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
November 30 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
December 1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO – SOLD OUT
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer)
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

Pretty Lights Eclipses ONE MILLION Downloads, Announces New EP!

f that’s not news enough, get this- Pretty Lights also recently surpassed ONE MILLION ALBUM DOWNLOADS from his website.   As a thank you to his dedicated fans, Derek surprised the one millionth downloader with a VIP trip experience to see Pretty Lights in Las Vegas on November 27th!

We’re not through yet- to celebrate a successful year, Pretty Lights will be ringing in 2011 in style, performing with special guests for two nights at The Congress Theater in Chicago, December 30th & December 31st. Major Lazer will be opening on the 30th, and Holy Fuck is opening on the 31st! Pretty Lights, with new touring drummer Adam Deitch, are on the road from the end of October through December.

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

September 24 – Powellapalooza – Page, AZ
September 25 – West Beach Festival – Santa Barbara, CA
October 27 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
October 28 – Lyric Theatre – Oxford, MS
October 29 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 30 – Patriot’s Point – Charleston, SC
October 31 – MoogFest 2010 – Asheville, NC
November 2 – Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
November 3 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 4 – The National – Richmond, VA
November 5 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 6 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
November 7 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 8 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – SOLD OUT
November 10 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
November 11 – Boma – Columbus, OH
November 12 – Fillmore – Detroit, MI
November 13 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
November 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
November 15 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
November 17 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
November 19 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
November 20 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
November 21 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA
November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
December 5 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO - SOLD OUT
December 30 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Major Lazer) 
December 31 – The Congress Theater – Chicago, IL (w/ Holy Fuck)

Girl Talk Releases NYE Chicago Documentary

In the first few days of 2010, we shared news of Girl Talk’s mind-blowing, over-the-top New Year’s Eve extravaganza, where he threw one of the largest house parties the world has seen to celebrate the end of the decade. With so much time and effort put into making this such an extraordinary night, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his crew decided not just those in attendance, but all Girl Talk fans, should have a chance to see the insanity. The planning and show was documented on multiple HD cameras, and has now been made into a short film that’s almost ready to be shared. You can get a sneak peek of “Girl Talk NYE Chicago” by checking out the trailer here.

To give you an idea, here’s what went down: As a surprise to the 4,500-capacity Congress Theatre audience in Chicago, Girl Talk had a two-story, five room house built on stage. This house took months to plan, and 4+ full days and 21+ crewmembers to build. Girl Talk and the set designers seriously took things to the next level when it came to the detail that went into each aspect of the house. They drywalled the rooms, made a real staircase, and fake wooden floors, built a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note stuck on the door, and a table with a fruit bowl, blender and more, a living room that included a hutch filled with china, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more, the kid's room had a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, amongst other items, and the bathroom featured a real toilet, sink, shower and curtain. Plus, outside the house, there were even fake trees lining the yard, and a rock was placed in front of the house covering the table Girl Talk works on. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, were equally elaborate. When the house was first presented to the audience, only a few lamps inside each room were turned on, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. The kitchen floor eventually lit up turning into a disco-dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and intense lights came from the fireplace. There were also special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night. Check out stills from the film below.

Girl Talk has been on the road nonstop since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008. After playing over 240 shows and rarely taking more than five days off at a time, Gregg has finally taken a break for most of the summer to work on his next album, which will be unleashed upon the world in early 2011. Stay tuned for more details!

Girl Talk Upcoming Shows:

Fri. Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC @ MoogFest

Sat. Nov. 20 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival w/ Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement

Ellie Goulding To Release "An Introduction To Ellie Goulding"

Already a success in her native England, 23 year-old UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding is scheduled to make her stateside debut with her US debut EP, An Introduction To Ellie Goulding out September 21 on Cherrytree / Interscope. Produced by Starsmith, Goulding’s full length release Lights shot to #1 on the UK chart in March 2010. The focus track, "Starry Eyed" has already received over 10 million views on YouTube.
Ellie has received numerous accolades from her motherland in the form of The Critics Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards & topped the BBC sound of 2010 poll.  Goulding’s debut CD has garnered much critical praise. NME calls Lights, “never less than stunning…it marks the emergence of a smart, sincere and talented new pop star,” and Q declares, “There is undeniable greatness afoot here.” After early support slots with Little Boots and Passion Pit, Ellie has just sold out her third UK headline tour. UK festival performances-- Glastonbury, Festival, V Festival, Lovebox and T in the Park--earned her rave reviews.
Described as “electro-folk-acoustic-pop,” Ellie’s songs mix heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics, spinning electronica into dreamy warmth. If you see her live, you can expect to see her play guitar and drums. Goulding, who will make her maiden voyage to the US in support of An Introduction To Ellie Goulding, is scheduled to perform in Los Angeles at The Roxy on September 28th and in New York on September 30th at Hiro Ballroom. In 2011 Ellie will return stateside to support a special version of her US full length release of Lights.

Pretty Lights Announces Massive Fall 2010 Tour!

Fresh off the heels of dropping his wildly successful second EP of 2010, Pretty Lights has some great news for his fans- he’ll be taking his visually stunning stage show on the road this fall, performing over 30 shows in the United States between
October and December.

Pretty Lights, the incredibly versatile producer (aka Derek Vincent Smith) self-released Spilling Over Every Side, his second (of three!) EP’s of 2010, on July 29th. In the past two weeks, the EP has been downloaded 50,000 times, proving the self-release model can work- and well, at that!

Pretty Lights performed to a sold-out crowd last weekend at his hometown venue of Red Rocks, and continues to hit the festival circuit for the duration of the summer, before heading out on the road with his new drummer Adam Deitch.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

August 25 – The Valarium – Knoxville, TN
August 26 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
August 28 – CAC Warehouse – New Orleans, LA
September 3 – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL
September 4 – Electric Zoo Festival – New York, NY
September 5 – Nocturnal Festival – Austin, TX
September 24 – Powellapalooza – Page, AZ
September 25 – West Beach Festival – Santa Barbara, CA
October 29 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 30 – Patriot’s Point – Charleston, SC
October 31 – MoogFest 2010 – Asheville, NC
November 2 – Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
November 3 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 4 – The National – Richmond, VA
November 5 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 6 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
November 7 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
November 8 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
November 10 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
November 11 – Boma – Columbus, OH
November 12 – Fillmore – Detroit, MI
November 13 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
November 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
November 15 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
November 19 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
November 20 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
November 21 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA
November 23 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
November 26 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 27 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 28 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
December 2 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
December 3 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
December 4 – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO

Pretty Lights Drops Second (Of Three!) EP's of 2010

Pretty Lights, the ultra-versatile Colorado-based producer dropped his second EP of 2010, Spilling Over Every Side, late yesterday via www.PrettyLightsMusic.com. Spilling Over Every Side is the second in a trilogy of EP’s due this year. The first installment, Making Up A Changing Mind, was released March 2nd in the same fashion, with the third and final due out later this fall. Fans have gone crazy for this self-release model;
the albums have been downloaded nearly a million times.

Pretty Lights is headlining the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 7th! The 9,500 capacity venue SOLD OUT more than two weeks in advance. Opening the show will be Mimosa, Emancipator, and Zion I; all in addition to Pretty Lights’ two sets (including a special downtempo set).

Pretty Lights is also excited to announce the addition of a new drummer, Adam Deitch, beginning with Wanderlust Festival on July 30th in California this weekend.  He has done session/live work for everyone from Wyclef and Eve to Justin Timberlake in addition to his own projects Break Science and Lettuce. Expect Pretty Lights shows to be taken to a whole new level!

Pretty Lights will be announcing fall tour dates soon, so keep your eye out!

Upcoming Pretty Lights Tour Dates

07/3 SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA Wanderlust Festival
08/07 MORRISON, COLORADO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Outside Lands
08/14 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent (night show)
08/25 KNOXVILLE, TN The Valarium
08/26 MEMPHIS, TN Minglewood Hall
08/28 NEW ORLEANS, LA CAC Warehouse
09/03 CHICAGO, IL North Coast Music Festival
09/04 NEW YORK, NY Electric Zoo Festival
09/05 AUSTIN, TX Nocturnal Festival
09/25 SANTA BARBARA, CA West Beach Festival

New Pretty Lights EP Out July 29th, Headlining Red Rocks August 7th!

It’s been a busy year for the genre bending producer-extraordinaire Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith; he’s carrying out the ambitious goal of releasing three EP’s in 2010, all the while criss-crossing the Atlantic, selling out shows all over the U.S. and Europe.

Pretty Lights will be making his way to the UK for a few more shows at the end of the month, including a stop at the one-and-only Glastonbury. After he returns Stateside for some gigs Camp Bisco, Wanderlust, Outside Lands, and the North Coast Music Festival, as well as a very special show headlining the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 7th, to celebrate the release of the second EP! Red Rocks will feature 2 sets from Pretty Lights, including an exclusive downtempo set. The show also has several stellar opening acts; MiMOSA, Zion I, and Emancipator!

The second installment of the 2010 EP trilogy will see release July 29th (more details to be announced soon!) with the third set for the late fall. Smith self-releases for free all his music through his website, www.PrettyLightsMusic.com, and with over half a million downloads & counting, and sold-out shows nationwide, the world has officially caught on!

US Tour Dates

15-Jul Camp Bisco Mariaville, New York

24-Jul Evolve Festival Nova Scotia, Canada

30-Jul Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, California

7-Aug Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, Colorado

14-Aug Outside Lands San Francisco, California

3-Sep North Coast Music Festival Chicago, Illinois

4-Sep Electric Zoo Festival New York, New York

Pretty Lights Spring & Summer Tour Dates

It’s been an incredible year and half for Colorado-based producer and Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith. Starting out in 2008 performing in small clubs in his home state, Pretty Lights is now selling out 1000+ venues across the country, and was named one of NPR’s recommended acts for last month’s WMC (you can check out the piece here.)

Pretty Lights has now announced its biggest headline show to date, returning to his hometown on August 8, 2010, to headline the famed Red Rocks. Tickets on sale April 24th at 10am MST.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out Pretty Lights at Coachella this weekend. Or catch a show at numerous soon to be sold out venues across the country. With soulful organic vinyl samples on top of bass heavy electro beats, Pretty Lights lands somewhere between DJ Shadow and Daft Punk. But what sets him apart is his ambitious live setup that includes the addition of Cory Eberhard on drums and stunning visuals, making his live performances the stuff of legend.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

13-Apr              Wilma Theatre                                   Missoula, Montana
14-Apr              Roseland Theatre                                Portland, Oregon
15-Apr              Mezzanine                                           San Francisco, California
16-Apr              Coachella Festival                                Indio, California
19-Apr              Marquee Theatre                                Tempe, Arizona
20-Apr              Rialto Theatre                                     Tucson, Arizona
21-Apr              El Rey Theatre                                    Albuquerque, New Mexico
23-Apr              Fayetteville Towncenter                      Fayetteville, Arkansas
24-Apr              Blue Note                                           Columbia, Missouri
25-Apr              Liberty Hall                                         Lawrence, Kansas
28-Apr              Granada Theatre                                 Dallas, Texas
29-Apr              The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live        Houston, Texas
30-Apr              Republic                                              New Orleans, Louisiana  
1-May                Illumination @ Limelight                      Nashville, Tennessee
29-May              Summer Camp Music Festival              Chillicothe, Illinois*
30-May              Bella Music Festival                              Geneva, Minnesota
31-May              Movement Festival                              Detroit, Michigan*
2-Jun                 Water Street Music Hall                      Rochester, New York*
3-Jun                 Calvin Theater                                    Northampton, Massachusetts*
4- June              Terminal 5 w/ RJD2                             New York, New York*
5-Jun                 Starscape Festival                                Baltimore, Maryland
15-Jul                Camp Bisco                                        Mariaville, New York*
30-Jul                Wanderlust Festival                            Squaw Valley, California
7-Aug                Red Rocks                                          Denver, Colorado*