Glitch hop-opotamus and producer extraordinaire, Derek Vincent Smith, partners with drummer Cory Eberhard to make up this electroesque duo. Hard hitting to mellow, Pretty Lights builds a polyphonic bomb out of hip-hop, dubstep, synthesizers, Etta James, glitch, electro, funk and The Notorious B.I.G. They danced on the periphery for most of 2009, slowly gaining fans the old fashion way – playing their music and giving all of their music away on the website. The duo enjoys a near cult status. Watch out for him in 2010. Those that know, know. It’s a new decade and this is one act destined for greatness. In three rapturous hours, Pretty Lights takes you to another universe. Then it’s over.
By the time you walk out of the show, it’s too late. You are changed. Forever.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to this track. It’s fire.
P.S. If you’re in New York on June 4th, he’s headlining a show also featuring RJD2 at Terminal 5.
Electronica saw a lot of expansion in the last half of the naughty ought’s. While greats like Tiesto and Oakenfold reined the heavens of yore while playing out Vegas residencies, the genres that brought you John Coltrane and Daft Punk spawned a generation of live electronica that marries the inspiration of ethereal synths with the draw of a good band. Don’t believe me? Get to know STS9 and EOTO. In the meantime, meet Pretty Lights…
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 13 @ 6:15 PMAzari & III at Highline Ballroom