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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Mayhem Festival. Red Rocks. 07.05.15

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Red Rocks. 07.05.15 The Mayhem Festival began its inaugural march through the United States around the same time I made the decision to move to Colorado. I wasn’t listening to a lot of metal back in 2008, and even if I was, I wouldn’t have made the trek to see Slipknot and Disturbed. It’s just… Read more →

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4th of July. Red Rocks. 07.04.15

4th of July. Red Rocks. 07.04.15 The decision to spend Independence Day at Red Rocks has never been about the music, at least not for our family. It has always been more about spending the day at one of the most beautiful places in the country. The Rocks are only a ten minute drive from our house, so the park… Read more →

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Death Grips. Ogden Theatre. 06.24.15

Death Grips. Ogden Theatre. 06.24.15 “I’ve got the powers that B, running through me!” A shirtless MC Ride was marking his territory on the large, spacious stage in front of a violently enthusiastic audience. Zach Hill, also shirtless, was doing his best Animal impression behind the drum kit. Andy Morin (aka Flatlander) was stoically standing behind his station, while his… Read more →

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Belle and Sebastian with The Colorado Symphony. Charles Bradley. Red Rocks. 06.17.15

Belle and Sebastian & Charles Bradley. Red Rocks. 06.17.15 Indie bands always need a little help drawing a crowd to Red Rocks. Denver provides a lot of support for its excellent local music scene, but independent acts visiting from other cities (and countries) usually have to stick to venues within the city limits. They regularly sell out shows at the… Read more →

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Cheap Trick. Red Rocks. 06.16.15

Cheap Trick. Red Rocks. 06.16.15 Cheap Trick released their most influential material while I was still wearing diapers and learning to crawl. I’m pretty sure Peter Frampton peaked before I was even conceived. So I wasn’t anxiously waiting for tickets to go on sale for the double billing at Red Rocks. With the number of shows at my favorite venue… Read more →

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D’Angelo and The Vanguard. Ogden Theatre. 06.10.15

D’Angelo and The Vanguard. Ogden Theatre. 06.10.15 Late night conversations about music were not uncommon when I lived in San Francisco. Sometimes these conversations would turn into arguments. Take a love of music, add a bottle of Jameson whiskey, a double shot of ego and ice. Shake well. Scrape all pragmatism off the top and overserve. Words were wasted as… Read more →

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Ryan Adams. Red Rocks. 06.04.15

Ryan Adams. Red Rocks. 06.04.15 I was unable to make it to Red Rocks to see the always amazing Ryan Adams, but Kat was able to attend in my absence. She was also kind enough to share her experience. According to the Mayo clinic, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo —… Read more →

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Maryland Deathfest XIII. Baltimore. May 2015

Maryland Deathfest XIII. Baltimore. May 2015 It’s been awhile since I’ve had a guest post. It’s also been awhile since I’ve covered a lot of extreme music. So I asked Genji to share his thoughts on MDF XIII. Reading his trip report really makes me wish I could’ve made it out. Oh well, it sounds like it just keeps getting better,… Read more →