Listen: New Kendrick Lamar song, “i” |Check It >>

Cover art for the new Kendrick Lamar song, “I”. After promising a new single this week, Kendrick Lamar has delivered. Today, the new Kendrick Lamar song, “i,” has officially dropped, marking the Compton rapper’s first new material since “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” two years ago. K Dot crushes the track with rapid fire flow and the tactical whit of an expert wordsmith....

Riot Fest sees few incidents, is welcome back to Sports Authority Field |Check It >>

After a weekend that had few arrests, complaints or parking and traffic issues, Sports Authority Field at Mile High general manager Andy Gorchov said he would gladly welcome Riot Fest back to the venue. Drawing about 20,000 attendees per day over three days, Riot Fest saw approximately half of the incidents of a normal Broncos game, according to Gorchov, who oversaw security at the event. From Sept....

Best sets at Riot Fest Denver 2014 |Check It >>

Now that we’ve had a moment to reflect on Riot Fest 2014, it’s time to pick which sets we liked the best. This year, it looks like the headliners shone the brightest (as they should), with Weezer and the Cure nabbing the most spots on our Top 5 lists. South African hip-hop act Die Antwoord was a surprising star, bringing a wonderfully weird set to those who skipped out of work early on...

Lorde announces new single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” |Check It >>

1 of 19 Lorde performs at the Fillmore Auditorium on March 22, 2014. Photo by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com. 2 of 19 Lorde...

Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day three with Wu-Tang Clan, the National and more (video) |Check It >>

As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition. There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver. And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until...

The National blames weather for poor sound, frustration at Riot Fest Denver |Check It >>

The National performs at Outside Lands 2013. Photo by Jon Bauer, heyreverb.com. What exactly was going on with the National on Sunday night in Colorado, where the group headlined the final day of Riot Fest Denver? Not only did the band’s set sound awful but their on-stage frustration eventually lead up to singer Matt Berninger throwing down his microphone and storming off the stage at the end...

Kinfolk Celebration 2014: Review, photos from Planet Bluegrass Ranch |Check It >>

A revitalized and rejuvenated Yonder Mountain String Band turned in two triumphant performances at the 2014 Kinfolk Celebration at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, Colorado. Buoyed perhaps by the appearances by friends such as Widespread Panic’s John Bell on Friday, and members of Leftover Salmon and The Travelin’ McCourys on Saturday, Yonder’s four sets were filled with frenetic jamming,...

PHOTOS: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Red Rocks show (review) |Check It >>

Grace Potter first played Red Rocks in 2005, performing in the rain adjacent to the beer tent up top as part of the Dave Matthews Band’s infamous Weekend on the Rocks. Nine years later, the howling Vermont singer songwriter headlined the monolithic amphitheater, filling nearly every seat. The bouncing, buoyant 31-year-old relished every moment on stage, pushing late into the night with more than...

Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos of the crowds and culture on day three |Check It >>

While it’s the studded belts, the various colors of hair and the arsenal of boots that draw the eye, Riot Fest brings out plenty of normal people, too. Parents, kids, grandparents — you could find them all in the parking lot of Sports Authority Field this weekend. On its third day, Riot Fest brought sets from Wu-Tang Clan, the National, TV On the Radio, Social Distortion and many more. See...
Cover art for the new Kendrick Lamar song, "I".

The new Kendrick Lamar song, "i," -- his first material since "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- is out now. Listen here.

View Now >>
Riot Fest - Day 1 People Dylan

Lykke Li, Riot Fest and more make our list of best Colorado shows this week.

View Now >>
Local Natives Mile Marker

Download exclusive versions "Ceilings," "You and I" and "Columbia" by Local Natives recorded in Denver for Reverb's Mile Marker.

View Now >>

Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day three with Wu-Tang Clan, the National and more (video)

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day Three

Wu-Tang Clan, Rise Against, TV on the Radio, Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Touche Amore, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould and the Menzingers perform on the final day of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition.

There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver.

And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until after headliners the National and Wu-Tang Clan played their final songs at 11 p.m.

Read more…

Best sets at Riot Fest Denver 2014

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day Two

Social Distortion, Plague Vendor, The Used, Descendents, Face to Face, Glassjaw, We Came as Romans, Strung out, The Bots, Larry and his Flask and Wiredogs performed on Day two of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Now that we’ve had a moment to reflect on Riot Fest 2014, it’s time to pick which sets we liked the best. This year, it looks like the headliners shone the brightest (as they should), with Weezer and the Cure nabbing the most spots on our Top 5 lists. South African hip-hop act Die Antwoord was a surprising star, bringing a wonderfully weird set to those who skipped out of work early on Friday.

Read more…

Are front-to-back album concerts sucking the fun out of live music?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?

Rob Crow has a cure for bands who have grown tired of playing their greatest hits in concert dozens upon dozens of times, year after grueling year.

“We’re trying to do a different version of ‘Fortress’ every night,” said Crow, the singer and guitarist for San Diego-based indie rock band Pinback. “Sometimes we’ll do one where I don’t play any instruments and I just run around and break-dance on stage. Other times I’ll just play bass, or the guitar part, or a completely different guitar part. We leave it open to change every night.”

Doing that for an entire album, however, seems impractical for Pinback’s current tour, which brings it to the Gothic Theatre on Sept. 23. The band is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its 2004 Touch and Go release “Summer in Abaddon” by playing the album from front to back.

“Fortress,” an audience favorite and one of Pinback’s most popular songs with more than a million views on YouTube, is just one in a set of many.

Read more…