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Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16

Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16 The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado has stood as one of the most beautiful places to see live music for over seventy-five years now. The venue is iconic in every way imaginable, but it is also surprisingly intimate for a space that accommodates over nine thousand people. There is frequently a sense of rapport… Read more →

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The Flaming Lips. Red Rocks. 05.26.16

The Flaming Lips. Red Rocks. 05.26.16 The Flaming Lips are never one to skimp on production. In 2002, “The Unlimited Sunshine Tour” contained foam guns, giant bubble screens, and Yoshimi battling those pesky pink robots. In 2009, it was hard for the natural beauty of Red Rocks to compete with the barrage of technological eye candy thrown at an unsuspecting… Read more →

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Wolf Parade. Bowery Ballroom. 05.21.16

Wolf Parade. Bowery Ballroom. 05.21.16 Spencer Krug was enjoying a cigarette as he leaned against a U-Haul trailer in front of Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado. It was a cool October evening in 2011. The man responsible for some of the greatest indie rock of the 21st century was traveling the country in a Dodge Caravan; promoting his first full… Read more →

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Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16

Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16 When people asked me how the Rihanna concert was, my immediate reply was “incredible!” When the same thing happened after the Beyoncé show, my reaction was very different. “It was quite the production,” I would say, before adding “she really puts on an incredible show.” That got me to thinking. Why simply ‘incredible’ for Rihanna, but all… Read more →

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Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16

Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16 The following is the story of a 39-year-old man who went to a Rihanna concert by himself… We were just coming up on The Merge when Ashim yanked the wheel left to stay on the 805, causing an iPhone to come flying out of the painted fingers holding it. The three women in the backseat had just… Read more →

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Myrkur. Gothic Theatre. 05.03.16

Myrkur. Gothic Theatre. 05.03.16 There is a certain beauty to black metal. That might sound ridiculous to those who have never gotten past the grotesque imagery that often surrounds the scene, but many black metal albums can be practically soothing in a repetitive, almost meditative way. Granted, there is a spectrum of styles within, but a lot of black metal… Read more →

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Sunn O))). Gothic Theatre. 05.02.16

Sunn O))). Gothic Theatre. 05.02.16 Feeling alone in a room full of people is common among those with certain social conditions, but it’s not something usually associated with live music. Even when attending a concert solo, there is an obvious connection between performer and spectator. People don’t go to shows alone unless that connection exists. Last night was an exception… Read more →

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Iron Maiden. Pepsi Center. 04.13.16

Iron Maiden. Pepsi Center. 04.13.16 Iron Maiden defy imagination. They are timeless is every sense of the word. After over forty years in existence, their reach continues to extend to all corners of the Earth. While most heavy metal bands from the 80’s have long since retired, or morphed into something completely unrecognizable, the guys who were responsible for classics… Read more →

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Lucinda Williams. Bluebird Theater. 04.12.16

Lucinda Williams. Bluebird Theater. 04.12.16 Seeing Lucinda Williams’ name lit up on the marquee at the Bluebird Theater was something special, but being in such close proximity to the living legend while she performed one of my all-time favorite songs was something else altogether. Quoted as saying she’d rather “play a few nights at the Fillmore than play one night… Read more →