Riding in cars with girls: tales from the DIY road to Treefort Music Festival and back

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Do not stop at this gas station -- the owner will kill you.

"Heh, heh. Nice John Wayne pin," says Don from behind the counter at the Holiday gas station on State Street in Salt Lake City. He's responding to the sight of my tourmate Alex Edgeworth -- who is the drummer and one half of Lust-Cats of the Gutters -- and her giant pin with Ronald Reagan's face on it, one that's barely hanging onto her oversized and tattered Kurt Cobain-reminiscent sweater. Reagan, Wayne, same difference.

This was the second time on our recent miniature tour from Denver to Boise and back that The Gipper would make an appearance. The first was on a bumpersticker plastered across the back of a pickup in front of our car somewhere in Idaho that had a picture of Ronnie on it and read, "Bring Back Capitalism" -- as if capitalism had ever left.

Alex lifted her head, peered out from underneath her thick black bangs and gave Don a gruff and bewildered "Thanks" before swiping her coffee from the convenience-store counter and bolting. It was too early in the morning for weirdos, but then again, shit almost always gets weird in gas stations on the road.

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Ultimate survival guide to Furthur at Red Rocks

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Eric Gruneisen
Bob Weir of Furthur, seen here during the band's Red Rocks run last September.

Tonight at Red Rocks, Furthur kicks off its highly anticipated four-night run. The band just announced a touring hiatus after its Mexico run in January, so you definitely won't want to miss these shows. Like the Dead, Furthur attracts followers that are unfailingly devout, all of whom you can meet and greet on Shakedown Street. If you fall into that category, no primer is needed, obviously. If not, here's everything you need to know to make the most of your experience.

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Keep from getting soaked at late-summer shows

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Aaron Thackeray

Kind of soggy over here today. No surprise. Colorado is notorious for dumping buckets of rain on concert-goers this time of year. Rain doesn't stop the show, though, and it shouldn't stop you. If you're a seasoned concert vet who already has head-to-toe rain gear at the ready, consider this a refresher. If you're one of those folks, however, that we've seen running around in one of those last-minute, makeshift trash-bag get-ups, here are some helpful hints to keep you from getting soggy while still looking chic -- well, rugged Rocky Mountain chic, anyway.

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The SnowBall Music Festival 2013 survival guide

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Britt Chester
For more photos, visit our Snowball 2012 slide show.

The third edition of the annual SnowBall Music Festival kicks off tomorrow night in Winter Park. Seasoned veterans that we are, we've put together an exhaustive survival guide for you to ensure that you have the best possible experience and don't become a human popsicle. We know what to bring, how much to bring and what not to bring, as we've weathered the storm since the beginning and know all to well the perils of wet socks, under dressing and breathing into hands to attempt to thaw them out. We've also got the full line up and set times for the fest and the drop on the after parties. Continue on to get the drop.

See also:
- SnowBall Music Festival's organizers on how it came together and what inspired it
- SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 1 travelogue
- SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 2 travelogue


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Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks survival guide

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Eric Gruneisen
The scene tomorrow night at Red Rocks will probably look a lot like this -- only minus the shorts and with more coats.

Do you remember last year when Atmosphere and Common brought the heat to Red Rocks in the dead of winter for Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks? We do. We also remember the dusting of snow, the visible breath of awe struck onlookers and the rambunctious nature of the entire night. This year, we want to make sure you are prepared with all the right gear and know exactly what to expect, so we've compiled a survival guide with everything you need to know to keep from freezing your toes off between sets. Read through to find out what you can and can't bring, as well as preview the acts you'll see rocking between the rocks.

See also:
- Friday: Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks 2013, 2/1/13
- Win tickets to Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks 2013
- Winter on the Rocks after-party is going to be Mad Decent with Diplo at the Gothic


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Global Dance Festival 2012 survival guide

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Gabe Rovick

See Also:
- Global Dance Festival 2012 tip sheet: The twenty must-see acts
- Colorado's dance scene was Global before EDM became mainstream
- Show us your best rage face and win a pair of tickets to GDF
- 50 Most Memorable People at Global Dance Festival
- People of Global Dance Festival 2011

Got your dancin' shoes ready? Good. You're going to need them. This year's edition of the annual Global Dance Festival is about to take over Red Rocks for the weekend with a stacked line-up of the hottest EDM acts. Yesterday, we set you up with a full tip sheet of the Twenty Must-See Acts at GDF. Today, we've pulled together a handy survival guide with a complete rundown on everything you need to know before you go, from what you can bring to what you can't bring to what you should bring, as well parking info, maps and the full lineup. Page down to get the goods.


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Global Dance Festival 2012 tip sheet: The twenty must-see acts on the bill at this year's GDF

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Britt Chester

See Also:
- Global Dance Festival 2012 Survival Guide
- Colorado's dance scene was Global before EDM became mainstream
- Show us your best rage face and win a pair of tickets to GDF
- 50 Most Memorable People at Global Dance Festival
- People of Global Dance Festival 2011

This year's Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks will deliver over fifty acts -- all of which are at the top of their game right now -- spread out over three days. Since sorting through them all is a rather daunting task, we've done the heavy lifting for you. Below you'll find the twenty must-see acts, listed by time and organized by day. Pick your picks, and have fun. And if you don't already have your tickets, be sure to send us your best rage face for a chance to win a pair for all three days.


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Colorado's ten best camping festivals

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Britt Chester
Shadows Ranch, home to Sonic Bloom and CampFest
Colorado will see more camping music festivals this year than ever before, and we've compiled a comprehensive and organized list so you know which ones to attend, if you can't make them all. We've even rated them based on several very important factors from location, to price, to music. Take a gander at our list, and let us know which ones you plan on attending. Maybe we'll be able to hook you up!

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Global Dub Festival survival guide

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Aaron Thackeray

See Also:
- The people of Global Dub Fest (slide show)
- Dubstep for Dummies, a primer for newly minted dubstep fans (infographic)
- Video: Welcome to the Dubstep Parking Lot
- Review: Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 5/18/12
- Global Dub Festival survival guide

The summer of dance is about to officially get under way with Global Dub Festival, not only the first major dance event of the concert season, but the first festival of its kind at Red Rocks, one geared entirely toward the low-end frequencies. To ensure that you have the best possible experience tonight, we've put together a survival guide, including directions, parking info, a rundown of what you should bring, what you can and can't bring, as well as the full lineup and set times, to help you prepare for an epic night of earth-shaking bass.


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Dubstep for Dummies, a primer for newly-minted dubstep fans (infographic)

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So thanks to our pal Skrillex and his utterly inescapable ubiquitousness since the Grammys, dubstep has steadily made its way into the mainstream to the chagrin of true aficionados and the delight of unsuspecting casual music fans. But for as many newbies that have embraced the low-end sound, there's been twice as many who've been confounded by the whole phenomenon. As a public service to the dubstep virgins making the trek to Red Rocks tomorrow night for Global Dub Festival with Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, we tasked our resident dubstep expert Britt Chester with putting together a helpful primer for the uninitiated. Introducing: Dubstep for Dummies.

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