Class of 2013: The Performers

December 29, 2013
Class of 2013: The Performers

2013 started out a little slow in the live music department, but it ended with an insane run of shows. Never before have I witnessed so many great performers in the last few months of the year. My final count came to 183 performances at 80 shows (and a handful of festivals). Literally 70%...
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ILSUDH2 Turns 4

December 29, 2013
ILSUDH2 Turns 4

Four years, a few hundred show reviews, around 500 album recommendations, a handful of interviews and countless mp3s… Thanks for coming along. I hope you stay.
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‘and your landscape is drawn’

December 18, 2013
‘and your landscape is drawn’

Around this same time 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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Patterson Hood. Larimer Lounge. 12.13.13 / 12.14.13

December 15, 2013
Patterson Hood. Larimer Lounge. 12.13.13 / 12.14.13

There was a point during Patterson Hood’s solo performance at Larimer Lounge last night when the lead Drive-By Trucker pretty much gave up trying to hide how high he was. It was during the encore, after a 15-minute song/diatribe about white-knuckle traveling in West Virginia, and halfway into “Dead, Drunk, and Naked”, when he...
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Third Eye Blind / TEAM*. Gothic Theatre. 12.06.13

December 8, 2013
Third Eye Blind / TEAM*. Gothic Theatre. 12.06.13

Living in Colorado is no joke. Sure, there are states with harsher climates and less days of sunshine, but you would be hard pressed to find a city where the weather is as unpredictable as Denver. When I decided to move here from California, I did so with eyes wide open. There were no...
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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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