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Adele. Pepsi Center. 07.16.16

Adele. Pepsi Center. 07.16.16 Adele has an insane connection with her fans. Her latest album, 25, sold something like 50 trillion copies the week it came out. She didn’t stream it at first, because why would she? The album literally sold more than all the other albums released in 2015 combined…or something like that. Adele songs are all written in… Read more →

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case/lang/veirs. Denver Botanic Gardens. 07.10.16

case/lang/veirs. Denver Botanic Gardens. 07.10.16 July 10th, 2016 was a hot day in Denver, Colorado. Brutally hot. The blazing sun scorched the asphalt on York Street, while the informed ‘friends’ of the Botanic Gardens lounged in regulation folding chairs. Sipping cold drinks under the relative comfort of large umbrellas, the faithful formed the majority of a line that stretched from the… Read more →

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Modest Mouse / Brand New. Red Rocks. 06.29.16

Modest Mouse / Brand New. Red Rocks. 06.29.16 I have to admit I went into last night’s dual-headlining show with a healthy amount of skepticism. There was a time when Modest Mouse was my absolute favorite rock band, but that time had long since passed. The group from the Pacific Northwest was one of the first truly ‘indie’ bands to… Read more →

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James McMurtry. Bluebird Theater. 06.24.16

James McMurtry. Bluebird Theater. 06.24.16 Before moving to Colorado I didn’t have any friends who were into jam bands. I also didn’t have any friends who were into EDM. Sure, most of us had hung out in the parking lot at a Dead show, seen Phish once or twice, and attended our fair share of warehouse and desert raves, but… Read more →

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Sia. Red Rocks. 06.22.16

Sia. Red Rocks. 06.22.16 The term ‘wardrobe malfunction’ is never one a popstar wants associated with their name, and although it wasn’t used to describe what happened to Sia last night, it very well could have been. Heavy gusts of wind wreaked havoc on Red Rocks the entire evening, before one such gust attacked the giant bow attached to the… Read more →

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Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16

Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16 The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado has stood as one of the most beautiful places to see live music for over seventy-five years now. The venue is iconic in every way imaginable, but it is also surprisingly intimate for a space that accommodates over nine thousand people. There is frequently a sense of rapport… Read more →

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The Flaming Lips. Red Rocks. 05.26.16

The Flaming Lips. Red Rocks. 05.26.16 The Flaming Lips are never one to skimp on production. In 2002, “The Unlimited Sunshine Tour” contained foam guns, giant bubble screens, and Yoshimi battling those pesky pink robots. In 2009, it was hard for the natural beauty of Red Rocks to compete with the barrage of technological eye candy thrown at an unsuspecting… Read more →

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Wolf Parade. Bowery Ballroom. 05.21.16

Wolf Parade. Bowery Ballroom. 05.21.16 Spencer Krug was enjoying a cigarette as he leaned against a U-Haul trailer in front of Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado. It was a cool October evening in 2011. The man responsible for some of the greatest indie rock of the 21st century was traveling the country in a Dodge Caravan; promoting his first full… Read more →

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Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16

Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16 When people asked me how the Rihanna concert was, my immediate reply was “incredible!” When the same thing happened after the Beyoncé show, my reaction was very different. “It was quite the production,” I would say, before adding “she really puts on an incredible show.” That got me to thinking. Why simply ‘incredible’ for Rihanna, but all… Read more →