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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Endless Summer Tour. Red Rocks. 05.12.15

Lana Del Rey / Courtney Love. Red Rocks. 05.12.15 Santo & Johnny were a musical duo from Brooklyn who had a #1 hit with an instrumental song titled “Sleep Walk”. That was back in 1959. Highlights from the Red Rocks season that year included Ricky Nelson and Harry Belfonte. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant wouldn’t be born for another 26 years. She… Read more →

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John Moreland. Hi-Dive. 05.07.15

John Moreland. Hi-Dive. 05.07.15 John Moreland and I used to be friends. We used to hang out at 3 Kings drinking tallboy PBRs. We discovered Boulder’s Illegal Pete’s together. We even caught up at The Roxy in California after his Stagecoach performance. We watched Daniel Romano and Nikki Lane woo the Hollywood crowd…each in their own way. I posted photos… Read more →

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The Missing Link Tour. Red Rocks. 05.03.15

The Missing Link Tour. Red Rocks. 05.03.15 It’s always amusing when someone claims they don’t like a certain genre of music. I understand not liking a band, or even an extreme subgenre like depressive black metal or horrorcore rap, but to say you don’t like country or metal or jazz just screams ignorance. That’s not to say I’m not guilty… Read more →

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Hollywood Palomino Night. The Roxy. 04.26.15

Hollywood Palomino Night. The Roxy. 04.26.15 What defines country music? Wikipedia defines it as a “genre of American popular music that originated in Southern United States in the 1920s.” It goes on to say country music “often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments.”  I can’t really argue with those… Read more →

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Jamey Johnson. Joe’s Bar. 04.10.15

Jamey Johnson. Joe’s Bar. 04.10.15 “My Home’s in Alabama” was being piped over the PA at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. I was a thousand miles from home and at least half that far from Alabama. The Chicago crowd ranged from the slightly buzzed to the fall-down drunk. They were rowdy as hell as they sang about being “southern born… Read more →

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Fleetwood Mac. Pepsi Center. 04.01.15

Fleetwood Mac. Pepsi Center. 04.01.15 Fleetwood Mac were a little before my time. Having formed in 1967 as a British blues band, Mick Fleetwood had already seen the complete transformation of personal and sound by the time I was born. In fact, up until recently, I thought the Buckingham-Nicks line-up represented the original Fleetwood Mac. As it turns out, Rumours… Read more →

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Viet Cong. Larimer Lounge. 03.24.15

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… 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 →