Lionel Richie. Red Rocks. 06.11.14

June 12, 2014
Lionel Richie. Red Rocks. 06.11.14

When it was announced that Lionel Richie would be performing at Red Rocks, almost 6 months ago, I felt an excitement that couldn’t be explained. Sure, I am somewhat of a Red Rocks junkie, and it was the first big show of the season to be announced, but that didn’t explain my level of...
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The Hold Steady. Denver Day of Rock. 05.24.14

May 27, 2014
The Hold Steady. Denver Day of Rock. 05.24.14

Performing songs from an album called Boys and Girls in America at a benefit sponsored by a non-profit called Concerts For Kids might seem like a no-brainer…unless of course, you know the album. When Craig Finn informed the crowd “it started recreational, it ended kinda medical”, he wasn’t talking about youth sports. “Massive Nights”...
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Eels / Chelsea Wolfe. Gothic Theatre. 05.21.14

May 24, 2014
Eels / Chelsea Wolfe. Gothic Theatre. 05.21.14

Say what you will about Mark Oliver Everett, the guy is consistent. No matter how bright the sun might shine, Everett will escape to the darkest shadow of doubt – never believing that everything might actually turn out alright in the long run. It’s only been a year since he released Wonderful, Glorious to...
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Lana Del Rey. Red Rocks. 05.19.14

May 20, 2014
Lana Del Rey. Red Rocks. 05.19.14

Eight years ago Lizzy Grant was on her way to volunteer at an Indian reservation when she found herself gazing upon the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter, who had just released a demo of acoustic tracks under the pseudonym May Jailer, made herself a promise – one day she would perform on...
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Morrissey. Ellie Caulkins Opera House. 05.17.14

May 18, 2014
Morrissey. Ellie Caulkins Opera House. 05.17.14

Discovering and obtaining music in the 80’s was a process that most kids would not understand today. They live in an age where songs are nothing more than disposable streams of 1’s and 0’s and there are no obstacles between the artist and the listener. That was not the case when Morrissey and Marr...
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The Dillinger Escape Plan. Marquis Theater. 04.29.14

May 1, 2014
The Dillinger Escape Plan. Marquis Theater. 04.29.14

The Dillinger Escape Plan are an insane live band! There is really no other way to put it. Anyone who has ever attended a Dillinger show is already aware of that fact. So it was no surprise that the anticipation was so thick before they took the stage that one could hardly breathe. As...
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Arcade Fire. Pepsi Center. 04.23.14

April 25, 2014
Arcade Fire. Pepsi Center. 04.23.14

If someone would have walked up to me in 2005 and asked me which ‘indie’ band I thought would be playing huge arena shows in less than 10 years, I doubt my answer would have included the words Arcade Fire. Seriously, Funeral is among my favorite albums of all time, but it didn’t exactly...
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The Knife. Fillmore Auditorium. 04.21.14

April 23, 2014
The Knife. Fillmore Auditorium. 04.21.14

The photo above best represents the image in my head of what The Knife would look like on stage. My skewed perspective came from the media that surrounded the album that first introduced me to the masked Dreijer siblings. The visual companions to Silent Shout were extremely dark and they portrayed Karin and Olof...
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Drive-By Truckers. Fillmore Auditorium. 04.19.14

April 22, 2014
Drive-By Truckers. Fillmore Auditorium. 04.19.14

Keeping a band together for two decades is no small achievement, but continuing to support a band through that kind of run isn’t easy either. How many bands can you say you’ve loved through your 20’s and 30’s…and even into your 50’s and 60’s? And I’m not talking about that one CD you played in...
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Phantogram. Ogden Theatre. 04.15.14

April 22, 2014
Phantogram. Ogden Theatre. 04.15.14

Thoughts are fleeting. The rich narrative that builds in my head during any given show is usually gone within 24 hours. Like spring snow melting down to nothing more than wet spots reflecting the sun, the details of any given performance dissolve down to nothing more than flashing lights and snippets of feelings that have long...
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Thou. Mutiny Information Cafe. 04.13.14

April 15, 2014
Thou. Mutiny Information Cafe. 04.13.14

It was a Sunday night and I was standing on a chair in a bookstore. A quick scan through the shelves below me provided my bearings as somewhere between the ‘humor’ and ‘teen’ section – about mid-store. I browsed through Dr. Denis Leary’s “Why We Suck” before discarding it in favor of The Onion’s...
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