The Hold Steady. Denver Day of Rock. 05.24.14

Performing songs from an album called Boys and Girls in America at a benefit sponsored by a non-profit called Concerts For Kids might seem like a no-brainer…unless of course, you know the album. When Craig Finn informed the crowd “it started recreational, it ended kinda medical”, he wasn’t talking about youth sports. “Massive Nights” wasn’t your traditional ‘coming of age’… Read more →

Eels / Chelsea Wolfe. Gothic Theatre. 05.21.14

Say what you will about Mark Oliver Everett, the guy is consistent. No matter how bright the sun might shine, Everett will escape to the darkest shadow of doubt – never believing that everything might actually turn out alright in the long run. It’s only been a year since he released Wonderful, Glorious to the world and the light at… Read more →

Lana Del Rey. Red Rocks. 05.19.14

Eight years ago Lizzy Grant was on her way to volunteer at an Indian reservation when she found herself gazing upon the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter, who had just released a demo of acoustic tracks under the pseudonym May Jailer, made herself a promise – one day she would perform on that stage. Quite a lofty goal… Read more →

Morrissey. Ellie Caulkins Opera House. 05.17.14

Discovering and obtaining music in the 80’s was a process that most kids would not understand today. They live in an age where songs are nothing more than disposable streams of 1’s and 0’s and there are no obstacles between the artist and the listener. That was not the case when Morrissey and Marr were recording music in England three… Read more →

Arcade Fire. Pepsi Center. 04.23.14

If someone would have walked up to me in 2005 and asked me which ‘indie’ band I thought would be playing huge arena shows in less than 10 years, I doubt my answer would have included the words Arcade Fire. Seriously, Funeral is among my favorite albums of all time, but it didn’t exactly scream ‘commercially viable product’. In fact,… Read more →

The Knife. Fillmore Auditorium. 04.21.14

The photo above best represents the image in my head of what The Knife would look like on stage. My skewed perspective came from the media that surrounded the album that first introduced me to the masked Dreijer siblings. The visual companions to Silent Shout were extremely dark and they portrayed Karin and Olof as anonymous figures in a variety of… Read more →

Phantogram. Ogden Theatre. 04.15.14

Thoughts are fleeting. The rich narrative that builds in my head during any given show is usually gone within 24 hours. Like spring snow melting down to nothing more than wet spots reflecting the sun, the details of any given performance dissolve down to nothing more than flashing lights and snippets of feelings that have long since past. That is why it… Read more →

Thou. Mutiny Information Cafe. 04.13.14

It was a Sunday night and I was standing on a chair in a bookstore. A quick scan through the shelves below me provided my bearings as somewhere between the ‘humor’ and ‘teen’ section – about mid-store. I browsed through Dr. Denis Leary’s “Why We Suck” before discarding it in favor of The Onion’s “Our Dumb World”. When I periodically… Read more →

Lydia Loveless. Hi-Dive. 04.10.14

April 10th, 2014 turned out to be a great night in Denver. Those who were in town for the Craft Brewers Conference mingled with the locals at various establishments all over town. Falling Rock, Fresh Craft, Star Bar and TRVE were all standing-room only as bartenders were busy pulling taps and filling glasses with decade’s old stouts, spicy saisons and hopped-up… Read more →