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A bizarre crowd situation gave an otherwise solid show from Yacht an eerie feeling Sunday night at the Bluebird Theater. There was a shock walking in as openers White Fang were in full royal rumpus-mode but the floor was a ghost town. The unfortunately undersold show was the first on Yacht’s current U.S. tour in which they’re featuring new material. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Yacht, White Fang Bluebird Theater show (review)

YACHT @ Bluebird Theater 9/14/14

Yacht performs at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 14, 2014. Photos by Jason Bach, heyreverb.com.

A bizarre crowd situation gave an otherwise solid show from Yacht an eerie feeling Sunday night at the Bluebird Theater. There was a shock walking in as openers White Fang were in full royal rumpus-mode but the floor was a ghost town. The unfortunately undersold show was the first on Yacht’s current U.S. tour in which they’re featuring new material.

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Goldrush Music Festival wants to challenge your music tastes

Chris Rehm of the band Caddywhompus performs at Goldrush 2013 at the Sidewinder Tavern. Photo by Zach Roif, courtesy of Goldrush.

Chris Rehm of the band Caddywhompus performs at Goldrush 2013 at the Sidewinder Tavern. Photo by Zach Roif, courtesy of Goldrush.

To understand today’s sudden glut of music festivals, you only need follow simple economics: Step one: Book one or two high-profile bands (and fill in the gaps with upstarts willing to play for cheap); step two, rent a field; and step three, charge top dollar for entry, food and drink.

But Denver’s Goldrush Music Festival has never seemed concerned with capitalizing on the apparent jackpot that the swell of newborn festivals are after. In fact, despite a solid inaugural showing at the Hi-Dive in 2011, the festival was forced to downscale in their second year because of its concept-forward spirit.

“We moved into the Deer Pile, which is a way smaller venue,” said Goldrush Music Festival co-founder Crawford Philleo. “You can fit like 100 people in that room.”

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Conor Oberst finally cheers up, hits the road for new solo album

Conor Oberst performs at the Boulder Theater with Desaparecidos on Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Glenn Ross, heyreverb.com.

Conor Oberst performs at the Boulder Theater with Desaparecidos on Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Glenn Ross, heyreverb.com.

Slow down. Don’t take everything so seriously. At 34, that’s the advice prolific singer-songwriter Conor Oberst would give to his younger self — a musician who in the early 2000s became synonymous with teen angst through his project Bright Eyes.

“I feel like I was very frantic for many years trying to like go, go, go, go. Maybe I could have stood to stop and smell the roses a few more times,” Oberst said. “But that’s life in general you have to learn from experiences and keep rolling.”

After the release of the Bright Eyes album “The Peoples Key” in 2011, Oberst opened a bar in his hometown of Omaha, spent time with his new wife and took three years to write music — a leisurely pace for a musician who nearly released an album a year since 1998.

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