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Aspen Times Weekly: Awolnation, Nas lead Winter X Games 16 entertainment

Stewart OksenhornAspen Times WeeklyAspen, CO Colorado

Courtesy Autumn de WildeAwolnation, led by Aaron Bruno, plays a free show in the Aspen Skiing Company's Hi-Fi Series on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the base of Aspen Mountain.

ASPEN -What’s a beautiful midair maneuver – a Double McTwist 1260 by Shaun White, say – without a proper soundtrack?Call it a slightly incomplete experience. The Winter X Games in Aspen are not the Masters at Augusta, and silence is not required – in fact, being quiet would be highly inappropriate.So Aspen has lined up a suitably loud and youth-oriented music component to accompany the 16th annual X Games. The skiers, shredders and sledheads will jump and spin to a backdrop of rap, electronica and hardcore rock that will be presented during X Games.The music kicks off Thursday, Jan. 26, with an early show at Belly Up by rapper Nas, with DJ Green Lantern opening. Nas emerged with the 1994 debut “Illmatic,” hailed as an instant classic, and the New York-born Nas has consistently been ranked as one of hip-hop’s greatest rappers. In 2010 he collaborated with reggae singer Damian Marley for the “Distant Relatives” album, and the duo made two sold-out appearances at Belly Up.Later on Thursday, also at Belly Up, Canadian electronic music producer deadmau5 performs a sold-out show, with Steve Duda opening. Deadmau5, whose set at Lollapalooza 2011 was cited as the best performance of the festival by Spin magazine, is currently nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronica Album, for his latest recording, “4×4=12.”On Friday, Jan. 27, Belly Up has an early show by the All-American Rejects. The Oklahoma rock quartet, whose “Gives You Hell” was the most-played song on Top 40 radio in 2009, is set to release its fourth album, “Kids in the Street,” in March. Their current tour, which began last week, marks their first performances in over a year and a half. Later on Friday, Sebastian Ingrosso, a member of the DJ trio Swedish House Mafia, appears.Awolnation, an electronic rock band fronted by singer Aaron Bruno, is set to play a free show in the Aspen Skiing Company’s Hi-Fi Concert Series on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain. The group’s debut album “Megalithic Symphony,” released last March, included the song “Sail,” which was featured in several ski films.On Sunday, Jan. 29, rappers Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, both members of the New York hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan, perform together at Belly Up, with DJ Spider & 12th Planet.stewart@aspentimes.com

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