Show Preview – Cut Copy / Chromeo / Flume / Duke Dumont at Red Rocks (Part 1)

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Ah, the joys of life in Colorado. We might not get the breadth of artists that some of you who live on the East Coast get to take in, but once in a while, an absolute party of a show comes to town. And then we get to hop in our cars and drive 20 minutes to Morrison and watch that show at one of the premier venues in North America. I’m going to do my best to write up each of these artists over the next week, and I’ll start off with Cut Copy, who will be joined by Chromeo, Flume, and Duke Dumont on August 5th.

The new album is really excellent. It’s not full of dance floor fillers like on In Ghost Colours or hipster chill ballads like on Bright Like Neon Love. It’s more of a continuation of the psychedelia of previous albums, but with shorter, tighter, song structure and more focus on melodies. There’s still plenty of trippy samples but this time they’re focused on the song a little more than the jam.

I wonder if Cut Copy is in their White Album phase. Two-thousand-and-eleven’s Zonoscope felt like a successful pop band taking acid just to see what it does to the music. Free Your Mind gives me more the idea that they’ve been hanging out in India or Peru visiting a guru or taking ayahuasca and becoming deeply introspective. These guys are supremely successful, and are now questioning what they’re supposed to be doing here with these newly minted lives. The lyrics aren’t catchy love songs about girls at the club, they’re talking about much bigger ideas, like the meaning of time and life and what’s going on on this fucking rock hurtling through space that we chill on and see bands on sometimes.

Also, as I’ve been writing this, I’ve been listening to Cut Copy’s new remix of Jaguar Ma’s Uncertainty. When the song hits 3:45, get ready to dance with your arms in the air.

World Tour Dates

04-12 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC
04-14 Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
04-15 Manchester, England – The Ritz
04-16 London, England – The Forum
04-17 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
04-18 Schjundel, Netherlands – Passpop Festival
04-21 Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
04-22 Warsaw, Poland – Art Basen
05-01 Beijing, China –  Strawberry Music Festival
05-03 Shanghai, China – Strawberry Music Festival
05-08 Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
05-09 Melbourne, Australia – 170 Russel
05-10 Brisbane, Australia – Eton’s Hill
05-23 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl *
05-24 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
05-26 Calgary, Alberta – Flames Central *
05-27 Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall *
05-31 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-10 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
06-11 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
06-12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Craddle
06-13 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
06-14-15 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06-17 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
06-18 Miami, FL – Grand Central
06-20 New Orleans, LA – Joy ^
06-21 Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
06-22 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre ^
06-25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06-26 Louisville, KT – Headliners Music Hall
06-27 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue ^
06-28-29 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
08-01-03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-01-03 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival
08-05 Denver, CO – Red Rocks
08-08 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
08-08-10 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival

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