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Stephen Colbert dancing on “The Colbert Report” because he’s awesome. Goodnight, sweet prince. Alas, after nine years and 1,442 episodes “The Colbert Report” will end its incredible run of smart and hilarious political satire. On Dec. 18, Stephen Colbert will run out in front of a screaming crowd, sit at his “C” shaped desk and take the role of a conservative...

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Here at Reverb we spend our nights (and sometimes days, and sometimes mornings) at concerts. You’ll find us in mosh pits at the Hi-Dive, near the soundboard at the Ogden Theatre, by the bar at Larimer Lounge and wondering the crowds at the state’s biggest music festivals. Every day we share our thoughts, observations, photography and videos with you in Reverb’s live reviews. When...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions: Lou Reed, Green Day and more |Check It >>

Green Day at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in August 2010. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com. BY DAVID BAUDER AP ENTERTAINMENT WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. (more…)

Best albums of 2014: St. Vincent, Run the Jewels and more |Check It >>

The best albums of 2014. A list can keep you up at night. You suddenly sit up straight and think, “How could I leave out THAT album?” Even for you, the reader, you’re looking at a list from your favorite publication and are offended that your favorite band is ignored. Lists are dangerous; they’re divisive. Yet every year, we take on the stress of making lists. Why? Because...

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Best concerts of 2014: Ty Segall, Beck, Future Islands and more

Best shows of 2014

Fans at day two of Riot Fest Denver. Photo by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Here at Reverb we spend our nights (and sometimes days, and sometimes mornings) at concerts. You’ll find us in mosh pits at the Hi-Dive, near the soundboard at the Ogden Theatre, by the bar at Larimer Lounge and wondering the crowds at the state’s biggest music festivals.

Every day we share our thoughts, observations, photography and videos with you in Reverb’s live reviews. When the year comes to an end, we like to sift through our reviews and memories of lights, distortion and packed houses to decide what we think were the best concerts of 2014.

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Best albums of 2014: St. Vincent, Run the Jewels and more

The best albums of 2014.

The best albums of 2014.

A list can keep you up at night. You suddenly sit up straight and think, “How could I leave out THAT album?” Even for you, the reader, you’re looking at a list from your favorite publication and are offended that your favorite band is ignored.

Lists are dangerous; they’re divisive. Yet every year, we take on the stress of making lists. Why? Because it puts the year of music into perspective. What music defined 2014? Sure they start fights and ruin friendships, but the conversation is important. These fights over what’s No. 1, what’s No. 10, even what’s No. 50 make us think deeply about what we listen to, why we listen to it and why we connect to it.

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Iggy Azalea announces 2015 spring tour with a Pepsi Center show in Denver

Iggy Azalea performs during KS 107.5's Summer Jam at Fiddlers Green Amphitheater on June 6, 2014 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Iggy Azalea performs during KS 107.5’s Summer Jam at Fiddlers Green Amphitheater on June 6, 2014 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

She’s 24 years old, she has one album to her name and on April 27 Iggy Azalea will be headlining the Pepsi Center in Denver. But, with four nominations at the 2015 Grammys and taking Lil’ Kim’s place as the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, the stop at the massive arena makes sense.

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Dillon Francis on Denver collaborations, his crossover with the adult film industry

Ahead of his show at the 1stBank Center, Dillon Francis talks about returning to his roots, projectiles at performances and his unlikely crossover with the adult entertainment industry.

Ahead of his show at the 1stBank Center, Dillon Francis talks about returning to his roots, projectiles at performances and his unlikely crossover with the adult entertainment industry.

Dillon Francis‘ career in 2014 was defined by exploring outside the comforts of the sound that made him popular from 2010-2012. But, when Reverb caught up with Francis this week ahead of his 1stBank Center show on Friday, he was focused on returning to his roots. We spoke with Francis about how he deals with projectiles during stage performances, his unlikely crossover with the adult entertainment industry and more.

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Stephen Colbert last show: The best music moments from “The Colbert Report”

Stephen Colbert dancing on "The Colbert Report" because he's awesome. Farewell, sweet prince.

Stephen Colbert dancing on “The Colbert Report” because he’s awesome. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Alas, after nine years and 1,442 episodes “The Colbert Report” will end its incredible run of smart and hilarious political satire. On Dec. 18, Stephen Colbert will run out in front of a screaming crowd, sit at his “C” shaped desk and take the role of a conservative political pundit for the last time.

This isn’t a total loss for Colbert fans, though, as he’ll succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show” in 2015.

Throughout the show’s nine years it wasn’t just known for biting political commentary and unwavering devotion to the art of satire, it was a place for some of television’s best musical performances and artist interviews. As we wrote when the news was announced that Colbert would take over “The Late Show”:

There’s a lot to like about Colbert: he’s obsessed with Lord of the Rings, he’s run for president, he has his own ice cream, has great hair, but most importantly, he’s a music lover. With a background in musical theater, Colbert sings, dances and performs with his musical guests … Colbert has a track record of bringing an unpredictable and well-curated group of musical guests on his show.

In honor of the show and its final episode, we put together a list of the best musical moments from “The Colbert Report.”

Pussy Riot Interview

A bold guest choice for “The Colbert Report.” Would these badass Russian political activists understand the nuanced humor of Stephen Colbert? Luckily, it worked out. After having been released from prison, Pussy Riot appeared for an interview that was light on the comedy and heavy on the insight.

Kendrick Lamar final musical guest

Kendrick Lamar didn’t waste his opportunity as the last musical guest on “The Colbert Report.” He used his appearance to debut a brand new song on the show. The performance was somewhat poetic, as both immensly talented artists will enter a new stage of their careers in 2015 — Colbert on “The Late Show,” and Lamar with his follow up to “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

Radiohead being Radiohead

Argue with us all you want, but Radiohead is the best act to grace “The Colbert Report” stage. The band performed four tracks and sat down for a surprisingly excellent interview — even if it was impossible to decipher what lead vocalist Thom Yorke was muttering. Colbert, like a good sport, played along.

Pavement returns with “Gold Soundz”

In 2010, as Pavement embarked on its long-awaited reunion tour, the band chose to make a stop at Colbert Headquarters. There, the band played “Gold Soundz,” marking the first time some hungry fans had heard the song performed live in years. Also, some critics consider “Gold Soundz” the best song of the ’90s.

Daft Punk’s almost-appearance


Colbert Dances to Daft Punk's Get Lucky HD by daftworld

Do you remember that one time that Daft Punk was slated to make a rare television appearance on “The Colbert Report” for what he called “StePhest Colbchella ’013″? Well, they didn’t show up. Instead, the story goes that Daft Punk had to cancel to a prior commitment with an awards ceremony at the MTV Video Music Awards. The master of the evening improvised and shook his can with Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Jimmy Fallon to “Get Lucky.”

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb

The 10 worst albums of 2014: Pitbull, U2, Robin Thicke and more

Pitbull and Ke$ha

Pitbull and Ke$ha co-headlined Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre on June 11, 2013. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

By Ashley Dean and Dylan Owens

December is the month of lists — best this, best that, best of the best. But, sometimes negativity is fun (or more fun even), and we wanted to highlight some of 2014’s horrible music.

So get with the hating and take a look at our list of the 10 worst albums of 2014, then go and forget that these ever existed … if you can … Read more…

The 10 biggest Colorado music news stories of 2014: Riot Fest, Schoolboy Q, Caribou Ranch and more

Chromeo, Cut Copy and Flume perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Chromeo, Cut Copy and Flume perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

As Reverb looks back at the the albums, songs and shows that defined 2014, we wanted to take a moment to step away from our headphones to recall the happenings of the music world that shaped our Colorado music scene this year.

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