David Bowie to release a new album soon, says long-time producer |Check It >>

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Best Colorado shows this week: Lykke Li, Riot Fest and more |Check It >>

Lykke Li, Riot Fest and more make our list of best Colorado shows this week. We’ll be seeing you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow the music musings on our Twitter @RVRB and our selfies on Instagram @heyreverb. 4) Kings of Leon — Sept. 24, Red Rocks Amphitheatre (more…)

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz stream: Listen to “Tyranny” in full |Check It >>

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz perform at Governors Ball in New York on June 7, 2014. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com. After getting a few teases and tracks in the last few months, you can now listen to the debut album from Julian Casablancas + the Voidz in full. From what we’ve heard so far, the album is heavy, gritty, and a little weird. But if you’re turned off by the music, you...

Guided By Voices break up again, cancel remaining shows |Check It >>

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Jack White and Foo Fighters explain Thursday’s fight |Check It >>

Jack White has been catching heat for talking smack about other bands lately. It started with leaked emails calling Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach an asshole, among other things, then his Rolling Stone cover story where he spent spent a portion of the interview making comments about other musicians, like the Black Keys and White Stripes drummer and wife-sister Meg White. Then, he took some...

Are front-to-back album concerts sucking the fun out of live music? |Check It >>

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...

An analysis of Elton John’s sunglasses |Check It >>

On Sept. 20, Denver will become a city of tiny dancers as Sir Elton John takes the stage at the Pepsi Center. The prolific musician has been bringing us classic for decades now. From Broadway to film scores to his extensive discography, there can’t possibly be a person alive who doesn’t like at least one Elton John song. In honor of his return to Denver we decided to do a round up of the most important...

Riot Fest 2014 guide: You can’t miss these artists |Check It >>

Searching for a massive hit of musical nostalgia? Look no further than the second annual Riot Fest Denver, which is set to bring your favorite niche bands from the nether decades back to the stage this weekend. After getting the boot from the town of Byers, this year’s Riot Fest will call the parking lot at Mile High Stadium its home, a venue that took in a newly homeless Snowball earlier this...

Wu-Tang Clan battles group turmoil ahead of new album, Riot Fest |Check It >>

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 — ...
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David Bowie's long-time producer says another album of new material will be out "soon."

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PHOTOS: Conor Oberst Boulder Theater show

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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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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.

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