The Lumineers. Langehorne Slim. Red Rocks. 09.14.13

September 15, 2013
The Lumineers. Langehorne Slim. Red Rocks. 09.14.13

Colorado might be drowning, but for those who were not trapped by raging brown rivers of debris, it was a perfect night at Red Rocks for Channel 93.3′s Big Gig. Acting as the first of a two-night stand with local (not-so-indie) folksters, The Lumineers, the flash flood warnings turned out to be just that...
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Nas. Red Rocks. 09.06.13

September 7, 2013
Nas. Red Rocks. 09.06.13

“Yo, all I need is one mic, one beat, one stage…“ Nas couldn’t have closed out his career-spanning set with a more appropriate song. The ‘one mic, one nigga front’ philosophy is just one reason Nas is still a legitimate performer at 39 years old — twenty years after Illmatic — but it is...
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Jason Isbell. Bluebird Theater. 09.04.13

September 5, 2013
Isbell

Jason Isbell has been in my life for ten years now. From the first time I heard “Decoration Day” to the last time I listened to “Traveling Alone” —  through his divorce and departure from his previous band — through the solo tours and the late night tweets inundating my Facebook feed — even when...
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‘memory’s like a train’

August 31, 2013
‘memory’s like a train’

I took the long way to Dominic’s service yesterday. As I did, I couldn’t help but think that time has become quite greedy as we get older — it seems to take much more than it’s willing to give. The longer we live, the more we lose. So it’s probably a good idea to appreciate...
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My Bloody Valentine. Ogden Theatre. 08.19.13

August 20, 2013
My Bloody Valentine. Ogden Theatre. 08.19.13

* my reviews are always very personal, but this one is more ‘personal story’ than it is ‘review’. it’s about my day more than about the band. The last time I had access to a My Bloody Valentine show, I opted out. The sublime shoegazers made the trip from Ireland, but I couldn’t make...
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Queens of the Stone Age. Red Rocks. 08.16.13

August 16, 2013
Queens of the Stone Age. Red Rocks. 08.16.13

If I were to say Queens of the Stone Age are the only band making ‘rock’ music today, the comments section of this post would overflow with explicit details as to why I’m an idiot. I would be called ignorant and uninformed, and the list of band names would justify my accusers’ allegations. But...
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my cowboy blood…

July 23, 2013
my cowboy blood…

(PRCA Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 07.21.13) I’m not a cowboy. There isn’t anything remotely ‘country’ about my life, even if there is a little country in my blood. My grandfather was the epitome of country, before country was cool. My mom and her siblings grew up in the rodeo. Ten-gallon hats, shiny belt buckles,...
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David Byrne & St. Vincent. Denver Botanic Gardens. 07.13.13

July 14, 2013
David Byrne & St. Vincent.  Denver Botanic Gardens. 07.13.13

My parents have been in town from San Diego for the past week. They just boarded a plane back to Southern California. It was an exciting trip. Not only were they able to eat at some of our best restaurants and drink at some of our finest breweries, they were also able to experience...
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Deafheaven. Marquis Theater. 07.09.13

July 10, 2013
DH

Deafheaven were supposed to perform an early set last night. According the band’s website, Twitter feed and the venue itself, they were going to come on around 8:30. This false information had me sitting in a puddle of my own sweat while local blackened death metal outfit Kitezh trashed the stage. If it weren’t...
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‘hindered by sober restlessness’

July 2, 2013
chill

Back in December of 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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The Widespread Panic Sunday Test.

July 1, 2013
Panic

This is an account of a hater who spent a Sunday at a Panic show… When people say “I hate country music” or “I can’t stand metal” or “I like everything except for rap”, it makes me laugh. Genres are not black-and-white — there are so many shades of grey within any genre that...
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