Artist Interview: Mountain Standard Time

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While attending the inaugural Groove Music and Arts Festival in Georgetown, CO this month I had the chance to catch up with Mountain Standard Time’s guitarist Stanton “Stan” Sutton to talk about this great up and coming group from Colorado.

If you haven’t heard of MST yet you can find out more at http://mstband.com/

 

DubEra: Could you tell me a little bit about how Mountain Standard Time got their start?

Stan: Well we are currently around the 2-year mark with this lineup. We went through our growing pains and unfortunately had to switch out a few members, but ultimately the band started up in Nederland, CO. The music scene up near Nederland used to be insane! We all happened to cross paths up in Ned, there used to be live music nearly 7 days a week and with so many bands coming through the front range we ended up meeting at different shows.

NEW MUSIC: The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix) [Free Download]

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The up and coming Kygo put his touch on the Weeknd song “Often.” I personally like it much better than the original. Kygo has been releasing nothing but hits lately and this follows the same trend. Snag the free download for yourself.

CONCERT REVIEW: Mad Decent Block Party – South Florida Edition

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Revolution Live hosted the Mad Decent Block Party stop for Florida. Riff Raff, Flume, Zeds Dead, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and more gathered in Ft. Lauderdale last Saturday to throw a seriously slammed out block party. When I say slammed out, I mean slammed out. Walking through the crowd was like trying to backstroke through a pool of syrup. Being crammed didn’t seem to slow anyone down however.

EVENT PREVIEW: Verboten X Dirtybird BBQ on August 17th [Brooklyn, NY]

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Claude Vonstroke’s quirky group of avant-bass producers is bringing their highly-acclaimed Dirtybird BBQ series to Brooklyn.

Claude Vonstroke tops the lineup himself, but will bring along an impressive group of DJs in Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin and Justin Jay. A special guest will join the gang (last time that meant Just Blaze in Miami!).

One thing I love about this crew is the amount fun they have. They don’t take party music too seriously, and I think that’s a mandatory ingredient in cultivating a strong following. I mean, how could you not wanna party with this guy:

Tickets for the event are available here. Below you’ll find an assortment of mixes to prime you for the occasion.

NEW MUSIC: Kianu – Dogs (Prod. Nice World) [Hip-Hop, Free Download]

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Kianu teams up with the enigmatic producer Nice World for a chill cut that is for fans of Madlib, J Dilla, Joey Badass, etc. Peep it below and download for free.

SHOW REVIEW: No Regular Play & PillowTalk @ Verboten [Brooklyn, NY]

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Brooklyn’s hotspot Verboten played host to a couple of Crew Love’s stars Friday night as No Regular Play and PillowTalk transformed a Williamsburg club in to a concert venue feel.

I arrived as No Regular Play was asserting their presence. As Resident Advisor says, they do this by fitting “equally at home in the rehearsal rooms of Julliard as in the main room of Fabric.” So when you walk in to the club and hear a reverb-heavy trumpet solo slowly build in to a jackin’ 120bpm beat, it’s none other than NRP. No one else does it better, or at all actually.

Concert Review: Nightmares On Wax in Miami

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Nightmares On Wax performed the only Florida show on their current tour last week at Grand Central in Miami. They’ve been touring the country celebrating 25 years of making music. They told a couple stories of their history including how they got started by personally selling 2000 copies in 2 weeks by driving around to record stores because nobody would sign them. It’s cool to hear stories about struggle and overcoming obstacles from successful acts such as Nightmares. I think many people may have entered the venue unknowing of exactly what the “live” show entailed for Nightmares On Wax. I think many fans expected somewhat of a DJ set with just the songs being played out live with a drummer. Instead there was singing, rapping, live drumming, live pads triggering samples, and even whistling. The reaction I got from most of the crowd was that the show was much different than they had expected. There was a much stronger hip hop vibe and much less of a downtempo DJ vibe. It was a unique experience for all. Fans seemed very happy all around. One of my personal favorite moments was the amazingly precise live whistling when they played “Flip Ya Lid”.

Kung Fu returns to Colorado for 2 nights!

10409162_10152494868293560_4119169736459025198_nKung Fu is returning to Colorado for two shows this July - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Friday, July 25 and Mishawaka Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 26 - both with special guests Juno What? and several other funk artists. Their unique brand of lethal ‘70s-style funk mixed with EDM ideology recently caught the attention of Sirius/XM Radio’s JamOn and they’re in the midst of another huge festival season this Summer. It’s been an incredible year for the band with sold out shows throughout the northeast US and in Colorado that have been described as “lethal funk,” “explosive,” “jaw dropping,” and “musically mesmerizing.”

Here’s some of their work!

Listen to “Tsar Bomba”: https://soundcloud.com/kungfutunes/sets/kung-fu-freshness

Watch “Do the Right Thing “: http://bit.ly/LiuRQc

Friday, July 25th

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

2635 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

303.297.1772 | www.cervantesmasterpiece.com

8 PM | 16+ | $15 adv/$20 dos

Artist Interview: Keller Williams. We talk Groove, Bassnectar, and Grateful Grass!

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This past weekend, Keller and the Keels played a breathtaking set during sundown on Saturday at the inaugural Groove Music and Arts festival. Today we had the pleasure of getting to talk to the man himself, Keller Williams. This is what he had to say.

DubEra.com: Could you start by telling us a little about how you got your start, and some of your major musical influences?

Keller Williams: Well I guess long story short, my first gig was when I was 16 sitting on a stool playing covers in the corner of restaurants, and I did that a couple times. After that, I pretty much kept on pickin’ away at all the bars for 10 or 15 years. Then I started to play in larger venues and theatres. My major influences would have to be Michael Hedges, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Victor Wooten.

Beats Antique’s Creature Carnival Tour w/ Emancipator & Shpongle

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You can always count on Beats Antique to come up with a creative concept for their tours. It really keeps fans wanting to come see them over and over again even if they don’t have a ton of new music out. They are quite the performers too. Having live instruments, a mesmerizing belly dancer, and lots of crazy theatrics and costumes on stage is something that most people will be interested in watching. They just announced the dates and support for their “Creature Carnival” Tour. Emancipator and Shpongle will be embarking on what I assume will be quite the trippy tour with the Beats crew. Zoe from Beats had this to say about the tour:

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