Pretty Lights @ The Sugar Mill – 9/17/11

Pretty Lights @ The Sugar Mill - 9/17/11

Our new contributor Grant Thomas was down at for the highly-anticipated return of to the Big Easy on Saturday night. Very much looking forward to seeing more of his work here on LMB NOLA. Check out LMB main page’s coverage of PL’s Friday evening set at by going here.

Pretty Lights (aka Derek Smith) took New Orleans by electronic storm early Sunday morning, and I’d reckon that like myself, most of my fellow concertgoers are still feeling the after-effects of attending the show nearly 48 hours later: ringing ears, slow reflexes, uncontrollable head-bobbing, inexplicable roof raising, and various other complications associated with late night electronic ravefests.

Before I recap Pretty Light’s epic show, I’d like to give some serious props to The Sugar Mill and Ampersand’s idea to start hosting its larger events there. Until recently it had been entirely underutilized as a music venue, and in 2011 throughout the Jazz Fest season and especially this fall, it’s proved to be a fantastic NOLA locale with loads of potential. A huge courtyard and massive open doors make you feel like you never actually step inside, and the Mill will be a worthy host for upcoming Skrillex, Ghostland Observatory, and Bassnectar shows (especially given the enjoyable climate of a NOLA fall night). But I digress…

Hot Like Sauce

Having seen PL at the CAC last year and at The Hangout and Bonnaroo this summer, I was curious to see how, if at all, Pretty Lights would change up his show as he’s entering his longest tour to date. I can’t say I was disappointed. Although this show lacked the drummer (and a pretty enjoyable live element) that I’d seen him with last year, PL has certainly stepped up his visual game in a monster way. Appearing with the same LED backdrop he unleashed this summer at Bonnaroo, Pretty lights tore into an aggressive, dub-step heavy show that thumped and womped louder than any PL show I’ve caught before and kept the crowd entranced for a two hour plus set.

Pretty Lights – I Know The Truth (Live from Bonnaroo 2011)

I haven’t delved too much into Smith’s latest album I Know the Truth, but he seemed to draw heavily from it and as a result I didn’t recognize too many of the songs (my girlfriend was convinced the entire show was actually one, drawn out song). The most noticeable absence from the set was Smith’s staple remixes, which he avoided for the most part. Instead PL favored harder, more forceful tracks and never let the vibe get too chill or the vocal samples become too prominent. Nonetheless, I was impressed yet again by Smith and will certainly catch him (glowstix in hand) when he next returns to the Big Easy.

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Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

 
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