Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh to curate Clyfford Still Museum exhibit in Denver |Check It >>

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 22: Artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh is photographed in front of what he calls an untitled coagulation of rugs and video exhibit that is part of his show called Myopia at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), in Denver, CO on October 22, 2014. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post) Mark Mothersbaugh, founder of the pop band Devo and the star of...

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Lil Wayne’s “Sorry 4 the Wait 2″ will tide us over until “Tha Carter V”, but it’s not what we’ll be listening for the next six months. Lil Wayne is fed up. And his latest mixtape, “Sorry 4 the Wait 2,” opens up like a family fight on Thanksgiving. Over the “Coco” beat he’s going hard at Cash Money Records, spewing all the family drama, exalting his...

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line to play Denver’s Sports Authority Field |Check It >>

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Colorado fans of crossover hip-hop are surely still mourning Peace Officer, the seven-member troupe from Fort Collins that blended hip-hop, reggae and dub. Before (mostly) calling it quits — but for the very rare reunion show — the band was like The Flobots of the north. They were politically charged, super exciting live, and full of promise. Well, dry your tears. Wild Wombat is the latest...

SPELLS will make you laugh, but the Denver punk band isn’t a joke |Check It >>

Denver punk band Spells might have songs about fake dance crazes and be fronted by comedian Ben Roy, but it’s far from a joke, having made it onto the official South by Southwest lineup this year. Photo provided by Crystal Allen. Early into SPELLS’ 7-inch release show at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 21, the moment comes for the big balloon drop. Singer Ben Roy spent the afternoon rigging a net of balloons...
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 22: Artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh is photographed in front of what he calls an untitled coagulation of rugs and video exhibit that is part of his show called Myopia at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), in Denver, CO on October 22, 2014. These pieces are rugs that he created and there will be videos on each one making the images come alive. Mark Mothersbaugh is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is a co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

Mark Mothersbaugh, founder of the pop band Devo and the star of a current retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will next curate an exhibit at another city institution, the Clyfford Still Museum.

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Run the Jewels @ the Gothic Theatre

Run the Jewels, Wiredogs, King Tuff and more make our picks of the best Denver-area shows this week.

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Guster at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review)

Guster @ The Ogden Theater

Guster performs at the Ogden Theatre on Jan. 17, 2015. Photos by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

It’s after midnight at the Ogden Theatre on Sunday morning and Guster is out of songs. The guitars are unplugged, the house lights turned on, the house music is playing, but the crowd is still there.

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Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh to curate Clyfford Still Museum exhibit in Denver

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 22: Artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh is photographed in front of what he calls an untitled coagulation of rugs and video exhibit that is part of his show called Myopia at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), in Denver, CO on October 22, 2014. These pieces are rugs that he created and there will be videos on each one making the images come alive. Mark Mothersbaugh is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is a co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 22: Artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh is photographed in front of what he calls an untitled coagulation of rugs and video exhibit that is part of his show called Myopia at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), in Denver, CO on October 22, 2014. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

Mark Mothersbaugh, founder of the pop band Devo and the star of a current retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will next curate an exhibit at another city institution, the Clyfford Still Museum.

The exhibit will open March 6 and run through May 3, overlapping with the MCA show, which closes April 12.

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SPELLS will make you laugh, but the Denver punk band isn’t a joke

Denver punk band Spells might have songs about fake dance crazes and be fronted by comedian Ben Roy, but it's far from a joke, having made it onto the official South by Southwest lineup this year. Photo provided by Crystal Allen.

Denver punk band Spells might have songs about fake dance crazes and be fronted by comedian Ben Roy, but it’s far from a joke, having made it onto the official South by Southwest lineup this year. Photo provided by Crystal Allen.

Early into SPELLS’ 7-inch release show at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 21, the moment comes for the big balloon drop. Singer Ben Roy spent the afternoon rigging a net of balloons suspended above the audience to release when he pulls a string.

“I grab the string and I’m hyping everyone up in the middle of the song and the string just breaks,” Roy said. “And now there’s this turd of balloons that is just hanging from the ceiling. Then people started tearing it down and things got even more ridiculous after that.”

This is how Roy tells the story of SPELLS’ best show ever.

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Sleater-Kinney, “No Cities To Love” review: Don’t call it a reunion

“No Cities To Love,” Sleater-Kinney's first album since going on hiatus in 2006, sounds as fresh as is does familiar.

“No Cities To Love,” Sleater-Kinney’s first album since going on hiatus in 2006, sounds as fresh as is does familiar.

In the weeks leading up to Sleater-Kinney’s first album since the band went on hiatus in 2006,  Carrie Brownstein told Billboard, “It’s not a reunion, it’s a continuation.”

And a reunion album this is not. “No Cities To Love” sounds as fresh as is does familiar. It couldn’t have been made nine years ago, though the trio sounds as lively and inspired as it did back then. Sleater-Kinney didn’t make a new album to relive old glories. The band came back because they once again found they had something new to say together.

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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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Panda Bear, “Grim Reaper” review: This is the first worthy listen of 2015

Just two weeks into 2015, Panda Bear's weird, psychotronic soundtrack sets a high bar for this year's releases.

Just two weeks into 2015, Panda Bear’s weird, psychotronic soundtrack sets a high bar for this year’s releases.

In its 15-year career, Animal Collective has only maybe an album’s worth of accessible music. Though the ingredients have changed over time, the band’s recipe has always been their own. They’ve never kowtowed to a label, marketing executive, or anyone outside of their own bizarre creative purview. That’s part of what makes them so fascinating: playing an Animal Collective album is like peeking into a petri dish of alien organisms once every few years. You never know what strange form will pop out, but it’s always enlightening.
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Will Drake be the OutKast of the 2015 summer festival season?

The "Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour" stopped on Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

The “Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour” stopped on Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

If there were a farmer’s almanac for music, it would predict that the summer of 2015 would be the summer of Drake.

Maybe — maybe — it’s a coincidence that the recent announcements of Coachella and Governors Ball lineups both have Drake in a top spot. But maybe not. If last year’s Summer of OutKast is any indication, music festivals won’t shy away from a headliner sweep.

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