Twenty-five best costumed ravers at Skylab 2012

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All photos by Aaron Thackeray.
Colorado's largest indoor dance festival, Skylab, came to the Denver Coliseum once more on Saturday. Hosted by Triad Dragons and Beta nightclub, the night featured more than twenty acts and thousands of costumes. Continue reading for our favorite looks from the fest.

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- Slide show: People of Skylab 2012
- Slide show: People of Skylab 2011

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Goldrush Festival co-founder Crawford Philleo on how this year's festival will be different

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Marcus Renninger
Goldrush Festival co-founder and occasional Backbeat contributor Crawford Philleo.
By Leya Lynnette

Goldrush Music Festival is the brainchild of Jake Martin, occasional Backbeat contributor Crawford Philleo and Ryan Pjesky. The three friends all knew each other from going to local shows and writing about experimental music on the internet. At some point, they began exchanging e-mails and hashing out the details of a festival that would tie in to their blogs. "There was a lot of music we were writing about that we'd never seen live, so it just seemed perfect," says Philleo. "Let's invite our friends to get really excited about seeing the bands that we're really excited to be writing about."

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- Goldrush Festival 2 at Deer Pile | Fri-Sat, 9/21-22
- Review: Goldrush Festival, Night One, 9/16/11
- Review: Goldrush Festival, Night Two, 9/17/11
- The Organizers of Goldrush Festival on the festival and blogging

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Sara Century on Ladybug 2012, this November's Titwrench-style festival in Fort Collins

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In response to the overwhelming success of Denver's Titwrench Festival -- the award-winning female-centric, three-day rock and noise fest -- local riot-grrrl icon Sara Century has been tapped to bring a version of the event to Fort Collins. Dubbed Ladybug 2012, the freshly minted festival is slated to take place on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, at GNU Gallery in Fort Collins.

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- Titwrench director Sarah Slater: "Women are creating their own paths in music
- Sarah Slater discusses Titwrench, her female-centric music fest
- "You know, I can play bass way, way better than you can."
- Girls Rock Denver: The ladies of our scene teach a new generation of girls how to rock

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Enjoy these five dance-move GIFs from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco

The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last weekend -- and some ridiculously silly enthusiasm from certain crowd members. (It helped that Big Boi stuck to playing his bass-heavy hits.) Here, compiled and edited by Ian S. Port and Andrew Nilsen, are the six funniest moves we saw at Outside Lands -- in GIF form, naturally.

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- Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands: San Francisco gets life lessons from the School of Wonder
- Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands Festival
- Metallica to Norah Jones at Outside Lands Festival


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Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands: San Francisco gets life lessons from the School of Wonder

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Christopher Victorio
Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands.

STEVIE WONDER @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/12/12
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

Stevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles or Rolling Stones; he's our Dickens or Dalí: a figure of impassable recognition, discussion, talent, love and national pride. In theory.

In practice, however, Stevie Wonder is an experience.

Less than three minutes after Stevie Wonder takes the main stage on the final night of San Francisco's Outside Lands festival, keytar in hand and that beaming, always-loving smile of his worn proudly, he decides that it's time for the first singalong of the night. It was one of many. Where other musicians would wait for the middle of their set to lead the crowd in singing, when the School of Wonder is in session (as he calls it), you're not allowed to simply watch.

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- More Outside Lands news in
SF Weekly
- Slide show: Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands Festival
- Metallica at Outside Lands: The five best parts of the band's hometown show in San Francisco


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Metallica at Outside Lands: The five best parts of the band's hometown show in San Francisco

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Christopher Victorio
Metallica at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival.

METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12

The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying and powerful as Metallica can be in 2012. With a greatest-hits setlist, a small war's worth of explosives and pyrotechnics, and a huge meadow of fans shouting along, the biggest heavy metal band in the world showed that not only can it win over casual listeners and non-fans, but that it's at its best when trying to do so. Compared to Metallica's four intimate and indulgent 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore last year, the more than two hours of outright rampage last night felt like a well-edited tour de force.

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- More Outside Lands Festival news from
SF Weekly - David Ellefson of Megadeth: "We had punk attitude with metal chops"
- Charlie Benante is looking ahead rather than reflecting on Anthrax's thirtieth anniversary
- Trace Bundy on the impact of YouTube, rocking a mullet and getting his start playing metal


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Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival, 8/10/12

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Christopher Victorio
Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Outside Lands festival.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/10/12

The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but venerable; geologic. On the chilly, windy opening night of San Francisco's Outside Lands festival, Young the legend and his old group of noisemakers treated the sold-out crowd to a demonstration of rock as dinosaur music: gray hair and ancient, howling amplifiers, unapologetic nostalgia, 15-minute jams, the singer's O.G. nasal twang spooning out at times a bit too much lyrical honesty to keep the buzz going. (Even if they then built it back up.) It was the exact opposite of today's byte-sized, hyper-compressed, we'll-do-anything-to-hold-your-attention music culture. And it was great -- occasionally.

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- More Outside Lands Festival news from
SF Weekly
- The 20 sweetest Neil Young T-shirts we saw Sunday at Red Rocks
- Slide show: Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Red Rocks


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25 ass-shaking GIFs from Lollapalooza 2012

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- Enjoy these dance-move GIFs from Global Dance Festival
- Ten Coachella dance-move GIFs to make you feel good about yourself


This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even the lobster corn dogs all exceeded what the human body can take on a regular basis. But it was still a glorious three days for music and social behavior. Eric Hess, a photographer from our sister paper, City Pages, captured these 20 GIFs featuring the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Fun, and so much more. -- Reed Fischer
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Enjoy these dance-move GIF's from Global Dance Festival

Sexy, silly, hyperactive -- everyone has a look to their dancing and every sensibility under the sun was on display this weekend at Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In appreciation for those who shake it without inhibition, we present these animated GIF files we spotted at Global. Footage shot by Britt Chester for Westword.

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- Photos: The People of Global Dance Festival 2012
- Ten Coachella dance-move GIFs to make you feel good about yourself
- Ten awkward Electric Daisy Carnival dance moves from this past weekend in Las Vegas
- Enjoy these dancing GIFs of Westword Music Showcase revelers

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