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Algiers. Larimer Lounge. 10.03.15

Algiers. Larimer Lounge. 10.03.15 Many words have been written about Algiers since their self-titled debut dropped a few months ago, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time discussing their politics, background, or influences. Anyone reading this is probably fully aware that the band layers gospel, blues and soul over industrial post-punk to create a (slightly volatile) platform… Read more →

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Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15

Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15 A$AP Rocky was perched at the top of a three-story church pleading with the “Holy Ghost” as his millennial choir echoed his prayers back at him. The 26-year-old rapper from Harlem, New York might claim to have his own relationship with God, but it’s no secret that he also maintains his own cult.… Read more →

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Kamasi Washington. Boulder Theater. 09.24.15

Kamasi Washington. Boulder Theater. 09.24.15 There’s a scene in the film Playing by Heart where Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe are sitting in a jazz club discussing life over a gin martini. Phillippe is portraying a sober club kid with a wounded soul, while Jolie is cast as the confident, self-assured vixen who is really a softie at heart. While… Read more →

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Duran Duran. CHIC. Red Rocks. 09.20.15

Duran Duran. CHIC. Red Rocks. 09.20.15 The early season storms were a distant memory as fans young and old made their way into the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on a mid-September evening, but when the lights went down on the stage, the audience was met with the recognizable sound of thunder. Strobe lights mimicked crackling lightning, as real-life wind carried miniature… Read more →

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Beth Hart. Gothic Theatre. 09.16.15

Beth Hart. Gothic Theatre. 09.16.15 “You got places to go, you got people to know, you got plans to get your shit together.” As Beth Hart offered her soul to the audience on Thursday night, I couldn’t help but wonder if she used those lyrics as a mantra during her recovery. The 43-year-old singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California has written… Read more →

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Buck-O-Nine. Marquis Theater. 09.12.15

Buck-O-Nine. Marquis Theater. 09.12.15 Everything was new when Buck-O-Nine opened for The Specials in 1994. I had just moved to San Diego from a small town in Northern California, Buck-O-Nine had just released their debut album, and Soma had just relocated to an old warehouse at 5303 Metro Street. It was the beginning of something special for everyone involved. Soma… Read more →

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Faith No More. Red Rocks. 09.08.15

Faith No More. Red Rocks. 09.08.15 “Sorry it took us so long to get back here, we had to go get old.” The Faith No More reunion was nothing new by the time the band from San Francisco graced Colorado with its presence at Red Rocks. The Second Coming Tour kicked off in London over six years ago. Mike Patton… Read more →

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Riot Fest Denver 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Riot Fest Denver 2015 My Festival Experience: 3 Days / 2 Nights 16 Hours 26 Bands Top 10 Moments: Iggy Pop – agelessly following “The Passenger” with “Lust for Life”. Ice Cube – performing N.W.A material with MC Ren and DJ Yella. System of a Down – dropping “Aerials” and “B.Y.O.B.” on a massive crowd. The Dead Milkmen – performing “Punk Rock… Read more →

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Incubus. Deftones. Red Rocks. 08.24.15

Incubus. Deftones. Red Rocks. 08.24.15 Life is full of choices and opportunities. Sometimes the path forward is clear, while other times you just have to trust your gut. There was a time when I was on the road to a career in journalism. My dream was to write for Rolling Stone Magazine. If I couldn’t achieve that lofty goal, I… Read more →