Tag Archive for singer-songwriter

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Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16

Shakey Graves. Red Rocks. 05.27.16 The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado has stood as one of the most beautiful places to see live music for over seventy-five years now. The venue is iconic in every way imaginable, but it is also surprisingly intimate for a space that accommodates over nine thousand people. There is frequently a sense of rapport… Read more →

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Lucinda Williams. Bluebird Theater. 04.12.16

Lucinda Williams. Bluebird Theater. 04.12.16 Seeing Lucinda Williams’ name lit up on the marquee at the Bluebird Theater was something special, but being in such close proximity to the living legend while she performed one of my all-time favorite songs was something else altogether. Quoted as saying she’d rather “play a few nights at the Fillmore than play one night… Read more →

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Joanna Newsom. Boulder Theater. 04.03.16

Joanna Newsom. Boulder Theater. 04.03.16 Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains was a pleasurable experience, but the lack of culture drove me away at the first opportunity. Like many others before me, I wanted to experience life outside of Auburn, California. San Diego became my launching pad. From there I traveled the… Read more →

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Bruce Springsteen. Pepsi Center. 03.31.16

Bruce Springsteen. Pepsi Center. 03.31.16 The River opens with “The Ties That Bind”, a song that uses a long dark highway to measure the distance between two hearts. The River ends with “Wreck on the Highway”, a song that uses a fatal car crash as a metaphor for one’s own mortality. The story comes to a close with the protagonist… Read more →

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John Moreland. Swallow Hill. 03.06.16

John Moreland. Swallow Hill. 03.06.16 Yesterday I wrote about my experience taking a couple teenagers to see Carly Rae Jepsen in concert. A few hours later, I found myself in a completely different situation altogether. Witnessing John Moreland perform for a silent, seated room of 300 people at Swallow Hill was nothing like seeing Carly Rae Jepsen lead a multi-generational… Read more →

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Patti Smith. Fillmore. 12.29.15

Patti Smith. Fillmore. 12.29.15 “horses groping for a sign for a breath … charms. sweet angels – you have made me no longer afraid of death.” Patti Smith, the poet, read prose from the back cover of a forty-year-old album, before Patti Smith, the punk rocker, threw her fists in the air and denied complicity in the sins that led… Read more →

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Sturgill Simpson. Ogden Theatre. 11.05.15

Sturgill Simpson. Ogden Theatre. 11.05.15 As the old-timey sounds of The Osborne Brothers’ “Listening to the Rain” bled into the glammy jam of T. Rex’s “The Motivator”, the man who has been called the Savior of Country Music didn’t have much to say about anything at all. It had only been twenty-four hours since Chris Stapleton embarrassed the status quo… Read more →

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Jason Isbell. Ryman Residency. 2015

Jason Isbell. Ryman Residency. October 2015 You made some new friends after the show But you’ll forget their names In 24 frames We were halfway through the first Jason Isbell performance of the weekend when his latest single found its way into the setlist. The song (which uses frames per second as a metaphor for how fast life can change)… 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 →