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Florence + the Machine. Red Rocks. 08.03.15

Florence + the Machine. Red Rocks. 08.03.15 Only a few hours after I wrote about Hozier performing one of the most intimate sets I had ever experienced at Red Rocks, Florence Welsh completely redefined the word ‘intimacy’. The 28-year-old vocalist of Florence + the Machine had been photographed in meltdown mode at the Montreal airport just days prior, so it… Read more →

Hozier

Hozier / Dawes. Red Rocks. 08.02.15

Hozier / Dawes. Red Rocks. 08.02.15 As much as our 12-year-old daughter loves going to concerts with her parents, especially when we drag her to see bands that peaked before she was born, she seems to enjoy herself much more when she can bring a friend along. So when the Red Rocks schedule starts to emerge each year, I’m always… Read more →

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alt-J / TV on the Radio. Red Rocks. 07.27.15

alt-J / TV on the Radio. Red Rocks. 07.27.15 Every Red Rocks show comes with a ‘Rain or Shine’ disclaimer. The 2015 season has seen its share of rain (and wind, and thunder and lightning, and flooding, and downright frigid temperatures), but it has been lacking in the shine department. All of that changed last night. Rain slickers and beanies… Read more →

VH1

Van Halen. Red Rocks. 07.20.15

Van Halen. Red Rocks. 07.20.15 I don’t usually read other reviews before writing my own. It would be impossible for me to plagiarize someone else, because I’m not a music critic, but it’s just easier to get my own thoughts down when I don’t have someone else’s opinions floating around in my head. It’s also very rare for me to… Read more →

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Morrissey. Red Rocks. 07.16.15

Morrissey. Red Rocks. 07.16.15 The first indication that it was not an average evening at Red Rocks came as we approached the Upper North ramp. A man and a woman were being turned away because they had sandwiches in their bag. They didn’t have booze or drugs or weapons, they had something much worse…they had cold cuts. Meat is defined as… Read more →

FI1

Future Islands. Red Rocks. 07.16.15

Future Islands. Red Rocks. 07.16.15 “We’re Future Islands man, this is just what the fuck we do!” Truer words have never been spoken from the stage at Red Rocks. Sam Herring wore a joker’s grin as he addressed the growing crowd. Every drop of sweat that hit the stage threatened to combust as the man with endless dance moves marked… Read more →

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Wilco. Red Rocks. 07.14.15

Wilco. Red Rocks. 07.14.15 The Black Crowes and Blues Traveler co-headlined H.O.R.D.E. when the festival made a stop at Cal State Dominquez Hills in the summer of ’95. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers also made an appearance on the larger stage, but it was earlier in day, as the sun shone bright above the Southern California Velodrome, that a… Read more →

SM1

The End Times Tour. Red Rocks. 07.13.15

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson. Red Rocks. 07.13.15 There is an image in my head of Billy Corgan standing on the stage at San Diego State’s Open Air Theatre in a dress. It’s Lollapolooza ’94 and Corgan looks like an angry vampire as he changes the words to “Disarm”. “I used to be a little girl!” he spits at… Read more →

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Sturgill Simpson. Red Rocks. 07.11.15

Sturgill Simpson. Red Rocks. 07.11.15 “I listen to everything except for country music.” If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard that, I would have a crapload of quarters. Even my mother, who literally grew up in the rodeo, couldn’t stand it when my dad would tune the dial to the country station. “It’s all the same song,”… Read more →