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Joanna Newsom. Boulder Theater. 04.03.16

Joanna Newsom. Boulder Theater. 04.03.16 Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains was a pleasurable experience, but the lack of culture drove me away at the first opportunity. Like many others before me, I wanted to experience life outside of Auburn, California. San Diego became my launching pad. From there I traveled the… Read more →

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Operators. Lost Lake. 04.01.16

Operators. Lost Lake. 04.01.16 It is hard to believe Apologies to the Queen Mary was released over a decade ago. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday, but it also feels like I grew up on the dueling voices of Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug. Wolf Parade cemented itself as one of the most important bands in my life, despite first discovery to… Read more →

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Santigold. Ogden Theatre. 03.24.16

Santigold. Ogden Theatre. 03.24.16 In real life, Santi White is a 39-year-old mother who lives in a Brooklyn townhome with her snowboarder/musician husband and 2-year-old son. She prefers comfort to fashion, but loves shopping the latest styles for her toddler. To the rest of the world, she is Santigold – a star of the underground who is oblivious to the… Read more →

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John Moreland. Swallow Hill. 03.06.16

John Moreland. Swallow Hill. 03.06.16 Yesterday I wrote about my experience taking a couple teenagers to see Carly Rae Jepsen in concert. A few hours later, I found myself in a completely different situation altogether. Witnessing John Moreland perform for a silent, seated room of 300 people at Swallow Hill was nothing like seeing Carly Rae Jepsen lead a multi-generational… Read more →

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Black Sabbath. 02.15.16. Pepsi Center

Black Sabbath. 02.15.16. Pepsi Center “Let’s have a fucking wild time tonight!” The Prince of Darkness leaned forward and gripped the mic stand with his painted black fingers while six brilliant flames shot several feet into the air behind him. “You ain’t fucking loud enough! I can’t hear you!” It wouldn’t be surprising if Ozzy Osbourne actually is deaf at… Read more →

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AC/DC. Pepsi Center. 02.08.16

AC/DC. Pepsi Center. 02.08.16 Attending a concert in a giant corporate arena is a necessary evil when it comes to seeing high-profile bands with a large stage presence, but when done right, those arena-ready bands can make you forget the hell you’re living in. AC/DC flipped that script right on its head last night when they brought their Rock or… Read more →