Vibe Squad at 12th & Porter 

Eight Miles High

Eight Miles High
We never pegged Colorado as a hotbed for forward-thinking electronic music, but this week's appearances by Fort Collins' Pretty Lights and the one-man funk machine known as VibeSquad has us reconsidering our stance. Pulling from a wide berth of influences from reggae to funky breaks to jazz and house, VibeSquad mastermind Aaron Holstein creates up-to-date electronic music that's both familiar and refreshingly new. A former student of jazz-master Yusef Lateef, Holstein works the wobble-bass like a master, constructing engaging textural shifts through stuttering electronics on tracks like “BassTravel” and deep-space dub excursions like “HammerMarley.” He's also a CamelCase enthusiast, which is driving our spell-check nuts but we find it TotallyEndearing.
Thu., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2009

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