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PHOTOS: Conor Oberst Boulder Theater show

Conor Oberst @ Boulder Theater 9/16/14

Conor Oberst performs at the Boulder Theater on Sept. 16, 2014. Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.

Conor Oberst isn’t quite the dark and angsty teenager who once churned out music as if it was the only thing that kept him going. At 34, Oberst has slowed down, cheered up and found some emotional clarity. Taking three years — an eternity in his schedule — to write his latest solo album, “Upside Down Mountain,” Oberst took time to open a bar, hang out with his wife, and really enjoy life.

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Wu-Tang Clan battles group turmoil ahead of new album, Riot Fest

Wu-Tang Clan performs at Riot Fest Chicago. Photo courtesy of Riot Fest.

Wu-Tang Clan performs at Riot Fest Chicago. Photo courtesy of Riot Fest.

More than 20 years ago, as Wu-Tang Clan worked in a Staten Island basement to record the iconic “Enter the Wu-Tang Clan — 36 Chambers,” the group’s problems were external: violence, poverty, city life, finding a place in the ’90s hip-hop scene.

While the legendary hip-hop act readies its upcoming reunion album — the first with the full surviving lineup since 2007’s “8 Diagrams” — these problems are internal.

“When I said ‘cream’ (referring to the 1993 song “C.R.E.A.M.,” an acroynym for ‘cash rules everything around me’) it was after 20 years of struggling,” said Inspectah Deck, who comes to Denver on Sunday with Wu-Tang Clan to play Riot Fest. “Everyone is older now, everyone has their own thoughts on how things should be and the way they should go.”

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Lykke Li gives advice on love and how to survive heartbreak

Lykke Li plays Denver's Ogden Theatre on Sept. 25. Photo provided by Press Here Publicity.

Lykke Li plays Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Sept. 25. Photo provided by Press Here Publicity.

Lykke Li’s in a car, it’s sunny in LA, and she isn’t sure she’ll ever love like she’s loved before. “I Never Learn,” her broody and spaciously poetic third album is what we called to talk about, and curled in her Swedish accent is a feisty emotional honesty, which not only enables her to backtrack through relationships and music with strength and clarity, but gives off a rawness that enables her heartbreak to sound pure.

“I was forced to reveal myself and love myself. All those things, accepting yourself, and listening to yourself, and also admitting to not knowing,” she said. “That’s really okay too.”

The lyrics of her latest album, although dark and eccentric, which has always been her style, pop with a sense of hopefulness describing the difficult break-up. It’s as though there’s something trying to crawl from the soil of her ballads and into her listener’s ears.

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