AURA Music & Arts Festival has added several artists to the lineup including the funky stylings of New Orleans bands The Revivalists and Earphunk, jamtronica pioneer Particle and Atlanta’s low-endie rock outfit Stokeswood, who will also perform a Tribute to Hall & Oates.
A light blanket of snow settled on the still-green trees around the amphitheater, thin layers of ice coated wooden planks and steps, and expertly positioned heaters scattered the stage. It was October 4th at Red Rocks, and it was cold. But timing wasn’t much of a choice for Lotus and their supporting bands BoomBox and Break Science.
If Sound Tribe Sector 9 got a case of the spits, if “Coffee” and “Smithereens”-era El-P was swallowed by Deep Medi Musik, if RJD2 dosed yellow instead of smoking his jazzy tea—there you’ve got something close to Lotus’ new effort, Monks.It’s unsurprising that the veteran act’s production is top-notch as they bite their own studio pipeline for samples and breaks to create a thoro
One of the defining and most popular acts in live electronic music, Lotus has never fit neatly in a simple categorization. The 5-piece continues to push boundaries with the September 10th release of Monks, a hip-hop album featuring Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Mr. Lif, Doodlebug (Digable Planets) and more. Using the band’s own studio work as a sample source, the music will have a familiar feel to Lotus fans but recontextualized as classic hip-hop.
Lotus is ready for an intense festival season. Before they get back on the road with a special two-night run at Pittsburgh's Mr. Small's Theatre, the group releases a live video for "Age of Inexperience" from the 2012 headline appearance at Red Rocks, courtesy of NoCoast. Lotus returns to this historic site on September 13th with special guests BoomBox, Break Science, and Minnesota.
Lotus is composed of Mike Greenfield (Drums), Jesse Miller (Bass, Sampler), Luke Miller (Guitar, Keys), Mike Rempel (Guitar) and Chuck Morris (Percussion). Special guests BoomBox, Break Science and Minnesota will open the show.Riding high off of the most recent album release, Build, Lotus brings the party back to Red Rocks this fall.
Luke the Knife, the DJ side project of Lotus’ Luke Miller, premieres a new mix with Vibe.com today.