Kanye West. Sprint Center.12.03.13

December 4, 2013
Kanye West. Sprint Center.12.03.13

I’m not going to claim to be a genius, or to have a familiar relationship with Jesus, but I think I may have a touch of something — a gift of some kind. How else would you explain my prediction, weeks before the damaged LED screen, that the “Yeezus Tour” would not be making a stop...
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Arcade Fire

November 21, 2013
Arcade Fire

I bought tickets to see Arcade Fire perform at the Pepsi Center today. I did this with a heavy heart, not quite sure if I wanted to see them perform in such a large arena. But then I decided that it would still be a great experience, especially since I am going with someone...
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Nas. Cervantes. 11.15.13

November 16, 2013
Nas. Cervantes. 11.15.13

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is one of the most deceptive venue names in history. The club exists in a dead zone of Five Points, at least eight blocks from the nearest watering hole. The venue serves its purpose well, but it’s not the type of place you want to hang out all night. It was...
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Nine Inch Nails. 1stBank Center. 11.13.13

November 14, 2013
Nine Inch Nails. 1stBank Center. 11.13.13

I recently read a review of a show that happened in Boulder in which the author seemed extremely disappointed that the band didn’t play a couple of their biggest hits. The band being reviewed has been in business for over twenty years and has no less then twenty chart-topping singles — many of which...
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Mazzy Star. Ogden Theatre. 11.10.13

November 11, 2013
Mazzy Star. Ogden Theatre. 11.10.13

Hope Sandoval wants to be heard, not seen. If that wasn’t made apparent by the strict ‘no photography’ rule, it should have been when she made her way onto a candlelit stage cloaked in shadows. Dressed in all black, there was nothing more than that signature seductive voice and a little flash of flesh separating...
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Tom Waits. Bridge School Benefit. 10.27.13

October 28, 2013
BS

My eyes were burning despite the dark sunglasses and overcast sky. I was navigating my nondescript rental car down Highway 29, keeping an eye out for an In-N-Out Burger, when I realized I had missed the turn-off for Interstate 80. The fog was being ushered west (back to the bay) by a sun eager...
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Sleigh Bells. Bluebird Theater. 10.23.13

October 25, 2013
Sleigh Bells. Bluebird Theater. 10.23.13

We were on our way to the mountains for the weekend when I was first exposed to Sleigh Bells. I had downloaded a bunch of blogged-about tracks that week and hadn’t had a chance to listen to them, so I threw them on a playlist for the drive to Summit County. Everything was going...
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Two Cow Garage. Lion’s Lair. 10.18.13

October 20, 2013
Two Cow Garage. Lion’s Lair. 10.18.13

Lion’s Lair is just another dive bar in a parade of dive bars that trudge up and down East Colfax Avenue. Positioned a little too far from the Fillmore and Ogden Theater, and not far enough east to benefit from the Bluebird crowd, the unremarkable stain on a street of stains is truly a locals only...
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Watain / In Solitude. Marquis Theater. 10.18.13

October 20, 2013
Watain / In Solitude. Marquis Theater. 10.18.13

The last time Watain defiled the Marquis Theater was almost three years ago, and like last night, the ritual corresponded with the first signs of a greedy winter. The final season never wants to wait her turn — instead, she blasts through autumn with brute force — ripping leaves from high on trees and...
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‘felt like a solid ghost’

October 7, 2013
RFBFE

Back in December of last year I threatened to shut down this blog, or give it a break at the very least, and although certain aspects of life have gotten in the way of regular updates, I have somehow found time to keep it alive. I might not go to quite as many shows...
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Stephen King. Chautauqua Auditorium. 09.25.13

September 27, 2013
Stephen King. Chautauqua Auditorium. 09.25.13

People are sick of hearing my story about reading Christine when I was in the 3rd grade. It’s one of those stories that I hear coming out of my mouth at least once a year. It was my first real book report. I had to write the title, the number of pages, a short...
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