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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Saturday To-Do: Pretty Lights

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

PRETTY LIGHTS
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $30-$33.

If you're any kind of snob when it comes to band names, Colorado-native Derek Vincent Smith's performance name — Pretty Lights — might, at first glance, sound phoned-in. If you know anything about the DJ/producer's elaborate stage show — a live drummer, digital light displays, video projection — you might wonder if a vision of that spectacle inspired the name. Not so. According to Smith, the name Pretty Lights refers to the way light serves as a necessary component of painting or photography, and how light "embodies the essence of inspiration." Yes, that's right; this is deeper dance music than you're used to.

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