Esme Patterson leaves Paper Bird |Check It >>

Vocalist Esme Patterson is parting ways with folk and indie-pop band Paper Bird, the band announced on its website today. “After 8 years of working with the wonderful Esme Patterson, we recently decided to split paths,” the band posted. “Our decision was amicable and we’re all looking forward to what’s next.” In 2012, Patterson embarked on her own solo career, which...

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Album review: Alt-J, “This is All Yours” In a chorus of la-la-las that fall like warm rain, Alt-J returns. The intro (“Intro”) to the highly anticipated sophomore album of the Mercury Prize-winning experimental quartet isn’t the first anyone has heard of it, though. The first sounds came, in part, from Miley Cyrus. Later into “This Is All Yours,” the band samples the “I’m...

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Album review: Aphex Twin, “Syro” We’re used to interfacing with artists in as many ways as we like these Wi-Fi-on-airplane days. With the click of a button, we can find out about their favorite sandwich by combing through virtually interview they’ve ever done; suss out what they’re thinking (and more disquieting, often where they are) at any given instant; and what music they’ve been listening...

Listen: New Kendrick Lamar song, “i” |Check It >>

Cover art for the new Kendrick Lamar song, “I”. After promising a new single this week, Kendrick Lamar has delivered. Today, the new Kendrick Lamar song, “i,” has officially dropped, marking the Compton rapper’s first new material since “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” two years ago. K Dot crushes the track with rapid fire flow and the tactical whit of an expert wordsmith....

Riot Fest sees few incidents, is welcome back to Sports Authority Field |Check It >>

After a weekend that had few arrests, complaints or parking and traffic issues, Sports Authority Field at Mile High general manager Andy Gorchov said he would gladly welcome Riot Fest back to the venue. Drawing about 20,000 attendees per day over three days, Riot Fest saw approximately half of the incidents of a normal Broncos game, according to Gorchov, who oversaw security at the event. From Sept....

Best sets at Riot Fest Denver 2014 |Check It >>

Now that we’ve had a moment to reflect on Riot Fest 2014, it’s time to pick which sets we liked the best. This year, it looks like the headliners shone the brightest (as they should), with Weezer and the Cure nabbing the most spots on our Top 5 lists. South African hip-hop act Die Antwoord was a surprising star, bringing a wonderfully weird set to those who skipped out of work early on...

Lorde announces new single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” |Check It >>

1 of 19 Lorde performs at the Fillmore Auditorium on March 22, 2014. Photo by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com. 2 of 19 Lorde...

Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day three with Wu-Tang Clan, the National and more (video) |Check It >>

As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition. There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver. And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until...

The National blames weather for poor sound, frustration at Riot Fest Denver |Check It >>

The National performs at Outside Lands 2013. Photo by Jon Bauer, heyreverb.com. What exactly was going on with the National on Sunday night in Colorado, where the group headlined the final day of Riot Fest Denver? Not only did the band’s set sound awful but their on-stage frustration eventually lead up to singer Matt Berninger throwing down his microphone and storming off the stage at the end...
Esme Patterson leaves Paper Bird

Vocalist Esme Patterson is parting ways with folk and indie-pop band Paper Bird, the band announced on its website today.

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Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day three with Wu-Tang Clan, the National and more (video)

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day Three

Wu-Tang Clan, Rise Against, TV on the Radio, Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Touche Amore, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould and the Menzingers perform on the final day of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition.

There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver.

And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until after headliners the National and Wu-Tang Clan played their final songs at 11 p.m.

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Riot Fest sees few incidents, is welcome back to Sports Authority Field

Denver Riot Fest 2014 - Sunday

Scenes of the people and crowds at day three of Riot Fest on Sept. 21, 2014. Photos by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

After a weekend that had few arrests, complaints or parking and traffic issues, Sports Authority Field at Mile High general manager Andy Gorchov said he would gladly welcome Riot Fest back to the venue.

Drawing about 20,000 attendees per day over three days, Riot Fest saw approximately half of the incidents of a normal Broncos game, according to Gorchov, who oversaw security at the event. From Sept. 19-21 police report six arrests for theft, trespassing and possession. The venue received about 20 noise complaints.

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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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