[Show Review] Pretty Lights – Red Rocks, Colorado 8/16, 8/17

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There are some combinations that just make sense in this world. Peanut butter has jelly, macaroni has cheese, chalk has a chalkboard and socks have shoes. Now, what if you scale those combinations up a notch, and you add bananas to your sandwich and bacon to your mac and a sidewalk to your chalk, what happens then? Everything just gets that much better.

Red Rocks was recently named the best outdoor venue in the US by Rolling Stone Magazine. So let’s start there. After nearly three years, Derek Vincent Smith, the man we love as Pretty Lights, released an incredible new album “A Colored Map of the Sun” earlier this summer shooting Smith into another category of music genius. Smith took a year to go back the roots of music and work with real musicians and singers to create his funky, hip-hop sound he is renowned for and the risk paid off. Alright, so now we have Red Rocks and Pretty Lights.

Let’s add a live band, something Smith has never done before, and an insane laser and light show.There, there it is, the combination that just makes perfect sense.

This past weekend, Colorado’s EDM man himself came back for back-to-back shows on Friday and Saturday, to start the beginning of something truly special. Smith talked about wanting his fans to have a new kind of experience, a unique experience that will continue to grow into something magical for every person at every PL show. And in true PL fashion, he brought along some other talented musicians to shower the crowd with musical love. On Friday Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death worked their magic while Saturday was full of PL label love, Michal Menert and Supervision showed why they are part of the PL family with their funk melodies and body dancing electronic beats.

Each night consisted of Smith playing with a live band that included a drummer, pianists, a trumpet player and a trombone player. Together, they played many of Smith’s new songs from his album, showing just how much more a live set can bring to a show. During the middle the band would take a break and Smith would play many of his beloved tracks such as “Sunday School” and “Hot Like Sauce”. Then the band would take over the stage again and carry the crowd until the end, never stopping to let any song linger, the feeling in the crowd was pure musical pleasure. This is something new for Smith, and there were people who were disappointed or unsure of his new concert approach but the truth is, Smith is being true to what he believes is great music and will continue on his journey to keep producing inspiring songs and shows for his loyal and new PL fans.

And that, well, there’s no better combination than taking one’s passion and combining it with a new journey.

Pretty Lights
A Color Map of the Sun: Deluxe Version
Love Me (SuperVision Rmx)
Michal Menert
Real Hiphop
Talib Kweli
5am In Brooklyn
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[R&B] The Weeknd – Live For (Feat. Drake)

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Live For (feat. Drake)

Do you “Live For” new music from The Weeknd? No? Well then, you have some time to sort out your priorities as you listen to his latest single, featuring Toronto cohort, Drake. Over some cascading percussion and gossamery strings, the pair describe exactly what it is that keeps them breathing (hint: if you’ve listened to any Drake song in the past, you should pretty much know the standard answers already). This may not be our favorite single off of Kiss Land, but we’re still looking forward to the album’s release on September 10th.

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[Hip-Hop] Chiddy Bang – Breathe (Prod. Yuri Beat$)

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Chiddy Bang
Breathe (Prod. by Yuri Beat$)

Where was this one when we put together our recent Mega Summer Hip-Hop Playlist? After taking some time to “Breathe,” Chiddy Bang returns to the scene with this airy new feel-good single, just in time for the end of summer. Despite its laidback vibes, “Breathe” is meant to appeal to the working man, who among all the stresses that can consume him at anytime just needs to step back at some point, take a deep breath and reflect. This is just the first of what we presume to be many other excellent offerings from Chiddy Bang’s upcoming mixtape, Baggage Claim, out later this year.

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[MEGA SUMMER PLAYLIST] Volume 2 – Hip-Hop

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With summer starting to wind down, we felt we would try to squeeze out the most we could from what days we have left remaining. As a tribute to our absolute favorite season of the year, we have assembled four Mega Summer Playlists for your listening enjoyment. Last week we introduced you to our series with an amazing Indie Rock/Fock playlist. The second playlist in our series, premiering today, features both Hip-Hop and R&B. In the next two weeks, we’ll be bring you two more exciting playlists as well. One contains a broad spectrum of Alternative tracks, while the final edition will be a massive EDM playlist meant to close out your summer with a bang.

We hope this makes the last moments of your summer that much more enjoyable. So press play, fire up your grill, throw on those Wayfarers, turn your speakers on to full blast and get ready to release your “Inner Ninja” as you enjoy some amazing tunes.

- TMN Staff

Macklemore
Ten Thousand Hours
Sammy Adams
LA Story (feat. Mike Posner)
Mike Stud
Kids
Big Boi
Shoes For Running (Feat. B.o.B. & Wavves)
Clinton Sparks
Gold Rush (ft. Macklemore, 2 Chainz & D.A.)
Mikky Ekko
Kids
Big Sean
Fire
HS87
All Ive Ever Dreamed Of (feat. Hit Boy, Audio Push, K. Roosevelt & Robin Thicke)
Childish Gambino
centipede
Smokey Robotic
Unlike Anyone
Classified
Inner Ninja w/ David Myles
Chance The Rapper
NaNa (ft. Action Bronson)
Vic Mensa
Orange Soda
ScienZe
Charlie Brown feat. Blu
SLik d
Jah is Good & Great
Chanda Mbao
Summer in Brazil (ft. Celeste)
Denitia & Sene
casanova. (knxwledge remix.)
Rally
Maybe Thats Why (ft. ADOMS)
DJ Sidereal
All I Need Is Sunshine (Feat. Finding Novyon & D.Glove)
Akono Miles
Get Inspired
Tim James x Rayne Myers
Summertime Vibes
IAMSU!
Hipster Girls
F.Stokes
Carpe Diem
Vic Mensa
Hollywood LA
Martin $ky
critiCALI
Sterling Hayes
Retrospect ft. D2G x Kembe X
Dally Auston x Joey Purp
Do Ya Thang
Bishop Nehru
Light Leak$
Joey Bada$$
Death Of YOLO (Feat. Smoke DZA)
Produktive
Show Me Love
Na$im Williams
61 Lilies (feat. Scheme, Doc, & Sulaiman)
Devin Miles
Sundress
Jon Waltz
Bang (Left My Home)
Domo Genesis
Drugs Got Me Spiritual (Ft. Remy Banks)
Flatbush ZOMBiES
Palm Trees
Dom Kennedy
Never
Curren$y
Killer$ (Feat. Trinidad Jame$)
Clams Casino
Bookfiend ft. DOOM
Thr33zy
Jetskiz ft. Uness
Coleman Hell
Beer Cans
MOOSE
Time To Set Sail
The Neighbourhood
West Coast
Radical Something
Cheap Drink
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
Nuthin but a G Thang (Metics Summertime Bootleg)
Kendrick Lamar
Bitch, Dont Kill My Vibe (Remix) ft. Jay Z
50 Cent
We Up Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Kidd Kidd
Frank Ocean
Pink Matter (Remix) feat. André 3000 & Big Boi
The Internet
Give It Time
Hiatus Kaiyote
Nakamarra feat. Q Tip
Brice Fox
Sweet Serenity (feat. Matty Rico)
J. Cole
Cole Summer
Wale
Gullible feat. Cee Lo Green
Theophilus London
Rio ft. The Menahan Street Band
J. Cole
Forbidden Fruit (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
JAY Z
Somewhere in America
MeLo X
GOD MAGIC
Kid Cudi
Brothers (Ft. King Chip & A$AP Rocky)

Action Bronson
Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Queens Day Remix) f LL Cool J x Lloyd Banks

Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels
Tyler, the Creator
Jamba (Feat. Hodgy Beats)
Earl Sweatshirt
Whoa (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
Earl Sweatshirt
Hive (feat. Vince Staples and Casey Veggies)
Captain Murphy
Gone Fishing Ft. Jeremiah Jae
Mac Miller
Matches ft (Ab Soul)
ScHoolboy Q
Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar

Mayer Hawthorne
Crime (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Miguel
How Many Drinks Remix (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Bas
Lit feat. J. Cole and KQuick
MeLo X
Natural Vibez
Micah Freeman
The Now
Jarred A.G.
VerbalCursive
TiRon & Ayomari
No Filter
OverDoz
F$WSAD FT. PROBLEM
Chance The Rapper
Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)
Hoodie Allen
Long Night (feat. Chance The Rapper)
Brothers From Another
Groov Feat. Asher Roth
Chuck Inglish
For The Love (Feat. Asher Roth)
Jez Dior
West Coast
Tyga
Fuck For The Road ft. Chris Brown
Ciara
Body Party (Remix) ft. Future and B.o.B
Kelly Rowland
Kisses Down Low
Mariah Carey
#Beautiful (Remix) ft Miguel & A$AP Rocky
Ariana Grande
The Way feat. Mac Miller
Ariana Grande
Right There (Feat. Big Sean)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines Feat. T.I. & Pharrell
Mayer Hawthorne
Her Favorite Song (Feat. Jessie Ware)
Tuxedo
Do It
Bruno Mars
Treasure
Drop City Yacht Club
Crickets ft. Jeremih & T.I.
Justin Timberlake
Take Back The Night
Chris Brown
Fine China
Miguel
Adorn Feat Jessie Ware
Nylo
Take It Back
Maya Symone
Summertime Chi feat. Kembe X
2AM Club
Miley Cyrus
ProbCause
LSD ft. Chance The Rapper
Sahtyre
Gettin High
Square Off
24k feat. A$AP Rocky
Marc Goone
Yung Walter White
Javelin x The Hood Internet
G Unit Spinner Chain feat. Alex Wiley
K.Flay
Hail Mary (ft. Danny Brown)
THURZ
ThirdEye
A.J. Crew
6:10pm
Black Hippy
U.O.E.N.O. Remix
Drake
Started From The Bottom
Kid Ink
Bad Ass (LA Remix) Feat. YG & Problem
Lil Wayne
Rich As Fuck (Feat. 2 Chainz)
Chuck Inglish
Swervin (Feat. Sir Michael Rocks)
Trinidad Jame$
All Gold Everything (Remix) feat. T.I., Young Jeezy & 2 Chainz
Young Jeezy
RIP Remix feat YG, Kendrick Lamar & Chris Brown
Fantasia
Without Me ft. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott
Rihanna
Pour It Up (Remix) feat. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I.
A$AP Ferg
Work (Remix) ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, ScHoolBoy Q & Trinidad Jame$
TaEast
Bonnie
DJ Khaled
No New Friends (SFTB Remix) Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
A$AP ROCKY
PMW (All I Really Need) Feat. ScHoolboy Q
Ace Hood
Bugatti (Remix) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled & Birdman)
Audio Push
Space Jam ft. Lil Wayne
ScHoolboy Q
Hell Of A Night
A$AP Rocky
Fuckin Problems Feat. 2 Chainz, Drake, & Kendrick Lamar
Pusha T
Numbers On The Boards
Big Sean
Control (HOF) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)
Eminem
Survival
Kanye West
Black Skinhead
DJ Katch  
Up All Night feat Shane Eli
Rudimental
Feel The Love (Woz Remix) feat. Childish Gambino

Blackbear x Touch Sensitive
Just Friends? ft NYLO

Jez Dior
Candles
Kings Dead
Shooting Star Ft. Alexus Lee
Sean Dee
Bow and Arrows feat. Anna Yvette
Travi$ Scott
Dance On The Moon ft. Theophilus London & Paul Wall
YONAS
Leaving You

Hoodie Allen
Make It Home (feat. Kina Grannis)

Drake
Hold On, Were Going Home feat. Majid Jordan
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[Hip-Hop] Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (Feat. Frank Ocean)

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Sunday (Feat. Frank Ocean)

The Earl Sweatshirt leaks continue to pour in as we ready ourselves for the release of his debut album, Doris, early next week. I had to blink twice as I wrote that last sentence, because it seems like Earl’s been a staple in our rotation for awhile now. That tells you just about everything you need to know about how talented he really is. Joining him on his latest effort is Odd Future running mate, Frank Ocean. While we all know and love Frank for his pristine vocal chords, he seizes this opportunity to get a few thoughts off his chest. Perfect for a “Sunday,” right?

What I appreciate about Frank is that while he does have bars, he doesn’t take every opportunity to try and shove his rap skills down our throats (unlike certain other artists who he may or may not be taking shots at during his verse); his entire process feels organic, and perhaps even a little cathartic. At the end of the day though, he knows when to stick to his strengths, which is why he’s such a brilliant artist. All that aside, “Sunday” is yet another stellar number to add to Earl’s collection. The anticipation is nearly suffocating us at this point, but with Doris right around the corner (August 20th), it looks like our patience will finally pay off. 

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[NEW] Eminem – Survival (Feat. Liz Rodrigues)

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Survival

It has been a minute since we were last graced with some new words from the Detroit spitter, Eminem. Although there has been a feature here and there, Em has not dropped any new solo material-until today. After teasing a new track via a commercial for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts video game earlier today, a full version of his latest cut, “Survival,” was released shortly after. The DJ Khalil produced single finds the legend dropping some aggressive rhymes over a heavy guitar-ripped beat. Complete with Liz Rodrigues on vocals and the hook, this rock anthem about fighting back compliments the gritty vibe of the highly-anticipated game. The track is not an official single from Em’s upcoming full length, dropping later this year.

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