Shows

Margo Price. Bluebird Theater. 10.24.16

Margo Price. Bluebird Theater. 10.24.16 We were in Nashville, Tennessee exactly one year ago today. A group of us decided to book a mini-vacation around Jason Isbell’s residency at the famous Ryman Auditorium. My wife and I were among the first to arrive in the city and our Airbnb in East Nashville wasn’t quite ready for check-in, so we decided… Read more →

Kanye West. Oracle Arena. 10.22.16

Kanye West. Oracle Arena. 10.22.16 The sounds of hydraulic machinery filled Oracle Arena, as the stench of dirt weed mingled with the faux fog that had been pumping into the air over the past two hours. The opening samples of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” were slowed down and turned elastic, thus leaving alien chemtrails of sound in the… Read more →

Miguel. Boulder Theater. 10.11.16

Miguel. Boulder Theater. 10.11.16 As the lights slowly dimmed around the venue, the Boulder Theater became Miguel’s bedroom. A panel of screens reflected all the stars in the cosmos, while a voice called for sacrifice to the void, because in the end, “we’re all gonna die young.” Laughing in the face of mortality, as only the young can do, the mostly… Read more →

Laid Back Festival. Red Rocks. 09.25.16

Laid Back Festival. Red Rocks. 09.25.16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosted Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival on Sunday afternoon. Allman, fresh out of the hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia, was set to make his return to the stage after receiving a clean bill of health. The festival had been expanded from Jones Beach to include stops in Nashville,… Read more →

Cobalt. Hi-Dive. 09.24.16

Cobalt. Hi-Dive. 09.24.16 Back in 2012 I wrote an extensive profile on Profound Lore Records. It had been three years since Cobalt’s groundbreaking Gin had been released and Chris Bruni was confident the follow-up was on its way. “Phil has done his service in Iraq, which is great, so Cobalt will become a focus. They are currently writing the next full-length… Read more →

Chance The Rapper. Fillmore. 09.20.16

Chance The Rapper. Fillmore. 09.20.16 It was just before midnight on Tuesday when I came busting into my house like a kid who had just visited Disneyland for the first time; a kid who had just happened to have consumed quite a bit of alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. My wife was less than amused, but her annoyance turned to… Read more →

Clams Casino. Cervantes. 09.17.16

Clams Casino. Cervantes. 09.17.16 DJ sets have always been an enigma to me. They make sense in the context of encouraging people to dance in a club, or creating the proper atmosphere at a party, but when DJs setup on stage at a venue that primarily caters to ‘live’ acts, it always seems false to me. There are exceptions though.… Read more →

Jason Isbell / Lucero. Red Rocks. 09.14.16

Jason Isbell / Lucero. Red Rocks. 09.14.16 “You come to shows here often?” It was an honest question, but it sparked a pissing contest of sorts. We were on the ramp leading into the venue from the Upper North Lot and a married couple behind us was trying to determine the odds of getting decent seats. It was my 27th show of the season… Read more →