Mercury Prize 2014: Young Fathers wins, beats out Damon Albarn and others |Check It >>

Young Fathers have won the Mercury Prize 2014. There are a ton of Americans Google searching Young Fathers right now. According to Wikipedia, Young Fathers is an alt-hip-hop group from Scotland. According to a group of musicians, executives, journalists and other music industry folks, Young Fathers’ “Dead” is the best album of any UK and Ireland musicians this year. Young Fathers...

We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

We Were Promised Jetpacks thrives with catharsis delivered in perfectly crafted and contained musical explosions. The Glasgow band has grown in between albums — from four to five members, and from sold out smaller venues like Denver’s Hi-Dive to a comfortably filled show on Tuesday at the Bluebird Theater. But even with the success in recent years, there wasn’t a hint of arrogance on...

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What’s more magical than a world of wizards with dragons, centaurs, flying brooms, wands, spells, potions and dark lords? How about Harry Potter rapping every word to Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics”? Daniel Radcliffe gave a brilliant performance of the track for Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show.” He revealed to Fallon that he was the first kid...

Listen: The Dead Weather, “Buzzkill(er)” |Check It >>

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Alt-J at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

If you saw Alt-J at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium in September 2013 and then again on Tuesday night (aka 13 months later) at the same venue and felt the déjà vu creeping in, you’re not alone. And after revisiting my review from Alt-J’s first Fillmore show we understand why. (more…)

GWAR’s Vulvatron on battling sexism, Oderus Urungus, the band’s future |Check It >>

GWAR plays Denver’s Summit Music Hall on Oct. 31. There’s a hint of tragedy in Vulvatron’s metallic, otherworldly voice when I ask the new GWAR singer if Scumdogs cry. On March 23 Dave Brockie, the singer of the metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose. In the band he played the character Oderus Urungus, the leader of GWAR, which according to its own mythology, is made up of...

War on Drugs breaks silence on Mark Kozelek fight |Check It >>

1 of 18 The War on Drugs perform at the Fox Theatre on Oct. 9, 2014. Photos by Kirsten Cohen, heyreverb.com. 2 of 18 The...

Panda Bear, “Mr Noah” review: Nearly captures the magic of Animal Collective |Check It >>

If you bear with the animal-centric cacophony of the first few spins, Panda Bear’s surprise four-track EP, “Mr. Noah,” delights with repeat listens. Of all the Animal Collective side projects, Noah Lennox’s Panda Bear comes closest to capturing the magic of his original band. While fellow bandmate Avey Tare’s outings are aggressively niggling, Panda Bear checks his freaky impulses...

Taylor Swift, “1989” review: The pop evolution is complete, but does it work? |Check It >>

If you’re willing to shake it off and party in a kitten-filled, frosting-topped New York, Taylor Swift’s “1989” is a lot of fun. By now, you know the narrative: Taylor Swift traded country for pop — Nashville for New York, sun dresses for crop tops, guitars for drum pads. The only mystery prior to the aggressively promoted (through an Amaro filter) “1989” was...
Young Fathers have won the Mercury Prize 2014.

Young Fathers have won the Mercury Prize 2014 for the album "Dead." Now go find them on Spotify.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos, review)

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ The Bluebird Theater

We Were Promised Jetpacks performs at the Bluebird Theater Oct. 28, 2014. Photos by Juli Williams, heyreverb.com.

We Were Promised Jetpacks thrives with catharsis delivered in perfectly crafted and contained musical explosions. The Glasgow band has grown in between albums — from four to five members, and from sold out smaller venues like Denver’s Hi-Dive to a comfortably filled show on Tuesday at the Bluebird Theater. But even with the success in recent years, there wasn’t a hint of arrogance on frontman Adam Thompson’s cherubic face.

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GWAR’s Vulvatron on battling sexism, Oderus Urungus, the band’s future

GWAR plays Denver's Summit Music Hall on Oct. 31.

GWAR plays Denver’s Summit Music Hall on Oct. 31.

There’s a hint of tragedy in Vulvatron’s metallic, otherworldly voice when I ask the new GWAR singer if Scumdogs cry.

On March 23 Dave Brockie, the singer of the metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose. In the band he played the character Oderus Urungus, the leader of GWAR, which according to its own mythology, is made up of creatures from another planet called Scumdogs, who are gods among men and bent on destroying the planet. On stage the band will spray the audience with blood and sacrifice effigies of celebrities and political figures.

Even in interviews the members of the band don’t break character — they talk about sex, blood, drugs and other activities pleasing to the vile Scumdogs. But when we’re talking about Oderus, Vulvatron is somber.

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Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford on the weirdness of Australia, how that translates to good dance music

Cut Copy performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Cut Copy performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Australia is weird, according to Cut Copy founder Dan Whitford.

It’s nothing like New York or L.A. or even for that matter, pot-smoking-Denver. It’s historically a land of the disconnected. It’s a continent full of strange traffic laws, condiments and landscapes. But most poignantly, it’s home to a productive and cutting edge dance music scene. One that Whitford and Cut Copy – within the last decade – have put on the world’s musical map. When we caught up with Whitford over Skype, a pinch past 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, he had just woken up, jogged, eaten breakfast, and visited his favorite local Melbourne Café.

It was 10 a.m., Thursday in Australia, a morning we hadn’t even seen yet in Denver.

So it seemed fitting to ask, given the opportunity to speak with a man from the future, why now? How did Australia’s dance music scene get so far ahead?

“Australia is untouched by the rest of the world, where we kind of find our own weird way of making music or art,” he said. “It’s a strange mutation, from being so separate from everyone. Like all these strange creatures, which are part of Australia, where everywhere else people think: What is the kangaroo and platypus?”

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