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Prince fans, many dressed in purple, line up to catch the first of four shows at Denver’s 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre Sunday evening May 12, 2013. Photos by Evan Semón, heyreverb.com. AEG Live is bringing the power of its Denver-based management team to bear in the Pacific Northwest, hoping to dominate live-music promotion in Seattle and Portland, Ore., as it has in Colorado. The strategy shows...

PHOTOS: Eric Church at the Pepsi Center in Denver |Check It >>

With a baby and the Grammys on the way, country singer Eric Church stopped at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Tuesday. Church, in blue jeans, a t-shirt and aviator sunglasses, took the stage to enormous cheers. He kept the production simple (well, besides his drummer dropping from the rafters) with an open stage. Throughout the show, Church connected with the crowd, shaking hands and keeping the audience...

Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge pens letter to fans: “our relationship got poisoned” |Check It >>

Blink-182 performs at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2011. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com. Things are not well in Blink-182 world. After a public feud broke out on Monday that had Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus saying Tom DeLonge was out of the band and DeLonge saying he never quit the band, then Barker and Hoppus venting to Rolling Stone, DeLonge has shared his side of the story...

Major Lazer to debut new, “more progressive” music at Red Rocks, says Diplo |Check It >>

Diplo performs at the Westword Music Showcase on June 21, 2014. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com. For traditional musicians, cold weather is an unforgiving environment to perform in: Instruments get out of tune quickly, amps take time to acclimate to the temperature and the musicians’ fingers will freeze, leaving them unable to play complicated chords or handle drum sticks. So, that must mean electronic...

The Dodos, “Individ” review: A twisting, but melancholy album |Check It >>

The Dodos, “Individ” It’s almost hard to believe that the Dodos have been around for 10 years, given the way “Individ” sounds. The band’s sixth LP doesn’t sound drastically different from anything they’ve made before, but it does sound like it was made by a younger band working its fingers off. (more…)

Lil Wayne leaving Cash Money with Drake, Nicki Minaj, reports say |Check It >>

The “Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour” stopped on Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com. Proving the jabs at Birdman on “Sorry 4 the Wait 2” weren’t merely fodder for the media, Lil Wayne is reportedly leaving Cash Money Records and taking his major cash cow artists (Drake and Nicki Minaj) with him. There have been early reports of Weezy...

Father John Misty launches fake service to stream “I Love You, Honeybear” |Check It >>

Father John Misty performs at the Fox Theatre for FMQB on Aug. 7, 2014. Photos by Kirsten Cohen, heyreverb.com. If you’ve ever seen Father John Misty live, you’d know that the guy is hardly ever serious. His latest prank is a stunt for his upcoming new album “I Love You, Honeybear.” Father John Misty sent out a press release Tuesday morning announcing that he had introduced...

Sam Smith at the 1stBank Center in Colorado (photos, review) |Check It >>

Blue-eyed soul wunderkind Sam Smith delivered a polished performance to a squealing room of ladies and their men Monday night at the 1stBank Center during the British crooner’s first Colorado appearance. (more…)

SnowBall music festival will not return in 2015 |Check It >>

The crowd at day two of SnowBall 2014 on April 5. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com. SnowBall music festival, which struggled to land a permanent location during its four year run, will not return in 2015, organizers announced Monday. After facing opposition in mountain communities, SnowBall moved to the city to Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2014. Organizers say that the...
Blink-182 performs at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2011. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

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PHOTOS: Eric Church at the Pepsi Center in Denver

Eric Church @ Pepsi Center 1/27/15

Eric Church performs at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Jan. 27, 2015. Photos by Karson Brown, heyreverb.com.

With a baby and the Grammys on the way, country singer Eric Church stopped at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Tuesday. Church, in blue jeans, a t-shirt and aviator sunglasses, took the stage to enormous cheers. He kept the production simple (well, besides his drummer dropping from the rafters) with an open stage. Throughout the show, Church connected with the crowd, shaking hands and keeping the audience singing along. For a guy shouldering the anticipation of raising a child and possibly winning four Grammys in a month, Church seemed to have no pressure at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

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AEG Live Rocky Mountains expands to northwest region, worrying local promoters

Prince fans, many dressed in purple, line up to catch the first of  four shows at Denver’s 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre Sunday evening May 12, 2013. Photos by Evan Semón, heyreverb.com.

Prince fans, many dressed in purple, line up to catch the first of four shows at Denver’s 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre Sunday evening May 12, 2013. Photos by Evan Semón, heyreverb.com.

AEG Live is bringing the power of its Denver-based management team to bear in the Pacific Northwest, hoping to dominate live-music promotion in Seattle and Portland, Ore., as it has in Colorado.

The strategy shows faith in the leadership of Chuck Morris and Don Strasburg, but concert industry professionals in the Pacific Northwest say the change is bad news for existing promoters and music fans.

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Major Lazer to debut new, “more progressive” music at Red Rocks, says Diplo

Diplo performs at the Westword Music Showcase on June 21, 2014. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

Diplo performs at the Westword Music Showcase on June 21, 2014. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

For traditional musicians, cold weather is an unforgiving environment to perform in: Instruments get out of tune quickly, amps take time to acclimate to the temperature and the musicians’ fingers will freeze, leaving them unable to play complicated chords or handle drum sticks.

So, that must mean electronic musicians have it easy — no wood, no strings, no problem. Right?

That’s not entirely true, says Diplo, who will be playing the annual cold weather concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Winter on the Rocks, on Jan. 30.

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King Tuff: From jacuzzis to mermaids to touring with Ex Hex

Ahead of his show at the Larimer Lounge on Jan. 27, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas talks to Reverb about unexplainable recording phenomena during his latest LP “Black Moon Spell” and hanging out at Moe’s BBQ. Photo courtesy of Sub Pop.

Ahead of his show at the Larimer Lounge on Jan. 27, King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas talks to Reverb about unexplainable recording phenomena during his latest LP “Black Moon Spell” and hanging out at Moe’s BBQ. Photo courtesy of Sub Pop.

It’s almost believable when Kyle Thomas says he writes his music while jacuzzing with mermaids. His band, King Tuff, is making B-movie mystical garage rock — the kind that has a glammed up sense of humor. Thomas began writing music at age seven and has toured with acts like Matt and Kim and most recently, Ex Hex.

We talked to Thomas as the musician was driving to Memphis the weekend before his Denver show at Larimer Lounge on Jan. 27. He talked about unexplainable recording phenomena during his latest LP “Black Moon Spell” and hanging out at Moe’s BBQ in Denver.

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Father John Misty launches fake service to stream “I Love You, Honeybear”

Father John Misty performs at the Fox Theatre for FMQB on Aug. 7, 2014. Photos by Kirsten Cohen, heyreverb.com.

Father John Misty performs at the Fox Theatre for FMQB on Aug. 7, 2014. Photos by Kirsten Cohen, heyreverb.com.

If you’ve ever seen Father John Misty live, you’d know that the guy is hardly ever serious. His latest prank is a stunt for his upcoming new album “I Love You, Honeybear.”

Father John Misty sent out a press release Tuesday morning announcing that he had introduced a “breakthrough digital music service” called Streamline Audio Protocol (SAP) where he’ll debut the new album.

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Jessica Pratt, “On Your Own Love Again” review: Folk medium finds her stride

Jessica Pratt's "On Your Own Love Again" is folk revivalism done right and a must-hear for fans of Nick Drake.

Jessica Pratt’s “On Your Own Love Again” is folk revivalism done right and a must-hear for fans of Nick Drake.

Musicians tend to be identified by their latest release. In the case of L.A.-based folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt, that would be a group of songs she penned in 2007, at 19 years old. In an interview with Pitchfork, Pratt said people taking the dated material as current is “like being haunted by your teen journal.”

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Belle and Sebastian, “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance” review: Bold, misguided aspirations

On “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance,” Belle and Sebastian dip into dance music to inject their sunny disposition into times of far-reaching strife.

On “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance,” Belle and Sebastian dip into dance music to inject their sunny disposition into times of far-reaching strife.

Over the last nineteen years, singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch’s Belle and Sebastian has made bright indie pop their business, even from their overcast vantage of Glasgow. There’s seemingly no bummer Murdoch can’t—or won’t—transform into a playful reprise. There are people following you on a dark walk home? Pretend you’re Dylan in the Movies and don’t look back. Even the depressive cycle outlined in “Sleep The Clock Around” is told with near ecstatic delivery, as if to suggest that no matter how glum it gets, we can always look forward to sleep.

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