King Diamond. Paramount Theatre. 10.24.14

King Diamond is an icon. The man behind the mask is legendary on so many levels. His songwriting, storytelling, stage presence and survival skills place him in the upper echelon of heavy metal frontmen. He never garnered mainstream fame the way Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio or Rob Halford did, but you would be hard pressed to find an individual in the… Read more →

Riot Fest Denver 2014…a postmortem.

My Festival Experience Summary: 2 Days / 3 Nights 20 Hrs. 45 Mins. 28 Bands Albums Witnessed in Entirety: NOFX – Punk in Drublic Slayer – Reign in Blood Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) Descendents – Milo Goes to College Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes Cost Breakdown: 3-Day Presale Pass: $98.98 Drinks: $116.00 Bartender Tips: $18.00 Food: $33.00 TOTAL: $265.98 Why Sports Authority Field… Read more →

Drake vs. Lil Wayne. Red Rocks. 09.10.14

When the “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour was announced, I figured it was just another clever marketing ploy. These Young Money artists share a label and a fan base, but I doubt anyone saw that announcement and didn’t immediately pick a favorite. Lil Wayne has been in the game a lot longer than Drake, so he’s got time on his… Read more →

Future Islands. Gothic Theatre. 08.27.14

When Sam Herring spoke of breaking the artifice last night, before closing the set out with “Little Dreamer”, I couldn’t help but wonder what he meant. Everything about Future Islands is honest. Their songs and stage presence are pure life. There is something primal about what they do – something essential. Everything about the band, and the face that represents… Read more →

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Dave Chappelle. Red Rocks. 08.24.14

“I have a confession to make. The show might not be funny tonight.” Not exactly what one wants to hear out of a comedian’s mouth at the start of their set. Especially when the comedian is as unpredictable as Dave Chappelle. This is a guy who will perform an absolutely genius comedic set one evening, only to walk off the… Read more →

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Jack White. Blue Rocks. 08.20.14

“It’s Blue Rocks tonight, people!” Jack White has an affection for colors. With White Stripes it was the color red, but ever since he parted ways with Meg, it has been blue. The artwork (and tour) for Blunderbuss found White dressed all in black with blue tinted skin, set against a blue background. Lazaretto continued the same theme, with White… Read more →

Beck. Red Rocks. 08.15.14

Showing up to Red Rocks almost 3 hours early usually guarantees a parking spot in the Upper North Lot and a great seat in the front 24 rows of the GA section. There have been no such guarantees this season. Parking attendants try to direct even the earliest of birds to the lower lots, hours before Upper North is full,… Read more →

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Ray LaMontagne. Red Rocks. 08.07.14

Sometimes I get a little overzealous when it comes to buying concert tickets, especially during Red Rocks season. It’s not like they release the schedule all at once and allow me to pick and choose what shows I want to go to. The line-up leaks out over a couple months and I buy ticket as they are released, not ever knowing what… Read more →

Lykke Li. Red Rocks. 08.06.14

Lykke Li has gone through a transformation of sorts in the studio, but when it comes to her stage presence, she is still a force to be reckoned with. When the lights went down on the stage at Red Rocks on Wednesday night, the smoke poured in, the wind started to blow, and the girl in black took the stage like the… Read more →