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...

Jukebox the Ghost at the Larimer Lounge in Denver (photos) |Check It >>

Indie pop band Jukebox the Ghost played a sold out show at Denver’s Larimer Lounge on Friday. Shortly after the release of its self-titled fourth album in 2014, Jukebox the Ghost signed with signed to Cherrytree (sic) Records. Twin Forks and Secret Someones opened the show. Jukebox the Ghost also appeared on Reverb’s list of best albums and best songs of 2014. (more…)

Download “Shadows” from Hydrogen Skyline, exclusive to Steal This Track |Check It >>

Hydrogen Skyline will release its second EP in the “anagram series” on Feb. 1. Colorado Springs electro-rock band Hydrogen Skyline will release the second and final EP in its “anagram series” on Feb. 1. It’s titled “Hey Sly King Drone,” and the first was called “Only Shy Deer King.” Get it? The two albums share the same letters, arranged differently....

Ryan Adams announces 2015 tour with Red Rocks date |Check It >>

Ryan Adams performs at the Fox Theatre for FMQB on Aug. 7, 2014. Photos by Kirsten Cohen, heyreverb.com. Ryan Adams has announced a 2015 tour with a stop at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The prolific singer-songwriter is taking a lap around the country in support of his 2014 self-titled album. The spring run kicks off with an appearance at Coachella, stops at Red Rocks on June 4 and wraps...

Caribou Ranch auction: Nearly 500 pieces of music history sold in Denver |Check It >>

Dave Heaton of Arvada checks out a Gibson Firebird bass guitar said to be played by the Chicago’s Terry Kath. It was standing-room only inside the auction room at the Denver Design Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post) By Anna Gauldin The Denver Post In its heyday, some of the top names in music passed through Caribou Ranch, a recording studio nestled in...

Railroad Earth at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

Fans lined the street outside of the Ogden Theatre begging for tickets to Railroad Earth‘s sold out show on Friday. These eager fans were seeking entrance to the band’s second of three shows at the venue that weekend. (more…)

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

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...

King Tuff: From jacuzzis to mermaids to touring with Ex Hex |Check It >>

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 —...

Candy Claws announces new project, Sound of Ceres, with Apples in Stereo members |Check It >>

Candy Claws has announced it will return with a new project, Sound of Ceres, in collaboration with members of Apples in Stereo. Photo courtesy of the Sound of Ceres Facebook page. After a two-year hiatus from live performances, Fort Collins dream-pop act Candy Claws has announced it will return with a new project, Sound of Ceres, in collaboration with members of Apples in Stereo. The band has also...
Snowball Music Festival 2014 - Day 2

SnowBall music festival, which struggled to land a permanent location during its four year run, will not return in 2015, organizers announced Monday.

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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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Local Natives Mile Marker

Download exclusive versions "Ceilings," "You and I" and "Columbia" by Local Natives recorded in Denver for Reverb's Mile Marker.

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Jukebox the Ghost at the Larimer Lounge in Denver (photos)

Jukebox the Ghost

Jukebox the Ghost performs at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado on January 23, 2015. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Indie pop band Jukebox the Ghost played a sold out show at Denver’s Larimer Lounge on Friday. Shortly after the release of its self-titled fourth album in 2014, Jukebox the Ghost signed with signed to Cherrytree (sic) Records. Twin Forks and Secret Someones opened the show.

Jukebox the Ghost also appeared on Reverb’s list of best albums and best songs of 2014.

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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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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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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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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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