I Listen So You Don't Have To

Thoughts, photos and setlists from various musical events in and around Colorado, with the occasional album review and obligatory list or two.

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Viet Cong. Larimer Lounge. 03.24.15

The Viet Cong was a militant, communist political party that fought in Vietnam during the war from 1955 – 1975. Unimaginable atrocities were committed on both sides of that conflict, leading to hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of casualties — many of which can be attributed to the Viet Cong. As the War on Terror continues through its thirteenth year, the… Read more →

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Stevie Wonder. Pepsi Center. 03.17.15

Stevie Wonder. Pepsi Center. 03.17.15 Anticipation is a killer. I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend quite a few shows every year, so it’s a rare occasion that I find myself with that awkward feeling. I live by the theory that going to a show is a perfect way to pass the time while you’re waiting to go to… Read more →

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Ariel Pink. Bluebird Theater. 02.14.15

Ariel Pink. Bluebird Theater. 02.14.15 According to the Interweb, Ariel Pink is indie rock’s most hated man. He is a misogynistic troll who defends the rights of sexual predators and has the nerve to criticize Madonna. He is a living, breathing meme. He claims to be the male version of Grimes, but the female version of Grimes thinks he’s an… Read more →

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Sleater-Kinney. Ogden Theatre. 02.12.15

Sleater-Kinney / Lizzo. Ogden Theatre. 02.12.15 Seeing the name Sleater Kinney on the marquee at the Ogden Theatre last night was quite a sight, but it didn’t stir nostalgic emotions for everyone on Colfax. As the line stretched out in front of the theater, past Angelo’s Records to the other side of Ogden St., many of Colfax’s finest took the… Read more →

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Winter on the Rocks. Red Rocks. 01.30.15

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I talked a group of people into going to Red Rocks in January. The first winter concert to be held at the amphitheater showcased Atmosphere and Common. I wasn’t all that excited about seeing either act, but I was extremely excited at the thought of bundling up and stealing an offseason show at… Read more →

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Lucero. Gothic Theatre. 12.29.14

Lucero / Drag The River. The Gothic Theatre. Englewood, Colorado. 12.29.14 Making small talk about the weather is something people do in uncomfortable situations where no other common ground can be found, but when you’re standing outside in subzero temperatures it’s the elephant that refuses to be ignored. As Gary Lee (of Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub) was educating… Read more →

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ILSUDH2 Turns 5

This blog turns 5 years old today. It hasn’t become a viral sensation, but that was never the point. It was started as an outlet — an outlet for me to reflect on the albums and live shows I had experienced throughout any given year. Exposing people to music they might not have otherwise heard was a distant second. The… Read more →