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FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13
The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year together. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has figured out how to evolve its music and have a lot of fun doing it.

See also: Jesse Miller of Lotus: "At the cost of evolution, we are always going to try new thing."

Travis started life as Glass Onion in Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1990, and went through some significant lineup changes before gelling into its current foursome in the mid-'90s, when the band was also signed to Sony on the strength of one of its early demos, "All I Want to Do Is Rock." Travis's gentle yet expansive melodies, coupled with its heartfelt lyrics, had an immediate impact on audiences. The band's debut album, 1997's Good Feeling, yielded a string of other singles, and with the release of 1999's The Man Who, Travis was met with even more mainstream success. Seeing this classic Brit-pop group, currently touring in support of its latest album, Where You Stand, perform at a place the size of the Gothic should be considered a rare opportunity.

Yes, disco follows a formula. But Belgian-Italian producer Aeroplane (aka Vito De Luca) isn't thinking small when it comes to the genre. He's not even concerned with floor fillers. In fact, he's aiming for nothing short of cosmic disco rapture, taking his cues from '70s prog-rock giants like Pink Floyd as much as he is Italo-disco masters like Giorgio Moroder. The epic musicality of De Luca's productions has been apparent since his 2010 debut, We Can't Fly, which garnered rave reviews from both the mainstream music press and underground EDM critics, meaning he's found that rare balance between pop accessibility and underground cred. But fluff aside, Aeroplane's product is still disco. That said, he's here to make you boogie.

Doom-de-doom-doom, doom-de-doom-doom-doom. Simplistically gloomy in its lyrics as it is in its music, Katatonia floats in a sea of melancholia. The band's music holds the haunting atmosphere of a young Stephen King with pages of depression that stop and smells the roses. Strictly doom and gloom this outfit is not, however. A careful ear can hear the progressive metal that lies underneath the blanket of misery.

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