4/20 Special: Does smoking weed make music better? |Check It >>

Like coffee at a meeting or a beer at your niece’s softball game, weed makes music more enjoyable. Or so the thinking often goes — it’s subjective and hard to study, though there’s plenty of empirical evidence for it. Go to any concert — doesn’t matter if it’s indie rock, jam, hip-hop or punk — and you can expect to second-hand a few face-fulls of pot smoke. It’s something...

The best Record Store Day 2014 releases: Devo, LCD Soundsystem and more |Check It >>

Record Store Day (RSD) is the Christmas for music aficionados and brick and mortar for music shop owners across the globe. A slew of exclusives are made available for this day by artists, and the list is pretty daunting, even for the most hardcore music fan. After further review, it would be a sin not to AT LEAST pickup one of these Record Store Day exclusives at your favorite local music shop. Speaking...

Best Colorado shows this week: Arcade Fire, the Knife, CHVRCHES and more |Check It >>

Arcade Fire, the Knife and CHVRCHES top our picks 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) Slow Magic — April 19, Larimer Lounge, $5-$12 (more…)

4/20 in Denver: The rise of a new entertainment holiday |Check It >>

As Denver musician Wes Watkins booked springtime shows for his gospel-tinged band the Other Black, one date on the calendar took absolute priority. “I decided that we had to play 4/20,” Watkins said of the stoner holiday known as 4/20, or April 20. “We played last 4/20 at 11 o’clock at night, and it was a laid back and silly show because everybody was so tired and stoned. “This...

Flume at the Gothic Theatre, 4-17-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

Harley Streten (stage name, Flume) has certainly seen more than his share of success — especially for a 22-year-old producer. Look no further than the sold out Gothic Theatre crowd — sweating, drenched in strobes and dancing emphatically to each throb, every drop — for evidence of his triumphs. So, at 22, the question is now whether he’ll be able to grow beyond his current,...

Record Store Day buoys the resurgence of vinyl, neighborhood record shops |Check It >>

Dave Wilkins is expecting customers to line up by the dozens outside of Wax Trax Records on Record Store Day to buy exclusive, limited-edition releases from Death Cab for Cutie, the Pixies and other bands. But they won’t be buying them on CD. “Almost all the Record Store Day releases are on vinyl, and while we sell everything in sight on that day, we sell vinyl five-to-one over CDs,” said Wilkins,...

4/20 playlist: Not your cliche weed-inspired songs |Check It >>

Every good 4/20 needs an equally good playlist. No one wants to be in charge of the huge decision of picking the music — especially when everyone else is sitting around watching you go through the songs and silently judging what you pick… And with the stoner’s holiday approaching quickly, we’ve gathered a list of the perfect songs for your day of relaxing and deep thinking....

Record Store Day 2014 guide: Here’s what’s going on around Colorado |Check It >>

Hey music nerds, Saturday is Record Store Day. While most Coloradans are gearing up for 4/20 and stocking up on snacks, we’ll be jumping around our favorite vinyl shops catching in-store performances and sweet deals on our favorite records. To make things a little easier, we’ve gathered some info on Record Store Day 2014 events and promotions around Colorado. Many contemporary bands are...

The String Cheese Incident to play free concert on The Hill in Boulder |Check It >>

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Flume at the Gothic Theatre, 4-17-14 (photos, review)

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Flume plays a sold out show at the Gothic Theater on April 17, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Harley Streten (stage name, Flume) has certainly seen more than his share of success — especially for a 22-year-old producer. Look no further than the sold out Gothic Theatre crowd — sweating, drenched in strobes and dancing emphatically to each throb, every drop — for evidence of his triumphs. So, at 22, the question is now whether he’ll be able to grow beyond his current, somewhat staid, playlist.

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Record Store Day buoys the resurgence of vinyl, neighborhood record shops

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Nathaniel Rateliff performs at Twist & Shout records on April 10, 2014. Photos by Lisa Higginbotham, heyreverb.com.

Dave Wilkins is expecting customers to line up by the dozens outside of Wax Trax Records on Record Store Day to buy exclusive, limited-edition releases from Death Cab for Cutie, the Pixies and other bands.

But they won’t be buying them on CD.

“Almost all the Record Store Day releases are on vinyl, and while we sell everything in sight on that day, we sell vinyl five-to-one over CDs,” said Wilkins, who has managed the Capitol Hill store for 30 years. “Our sales have been up year-over-year for the last 12 years and the majority of that is due to vinyl.”

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4/20 in Denver: The rise of a new entertainment holiday

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Snoop Lion received the High Times Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Snoop also presented his documentary Reincarnated and did a DJ set at the first ever "Green Carpet" event as a part of the High Times Cannabis Cup. Seth A. McConnell, heyreverb.com.

As Denver musician Wes Watkins booked springtime shows for his gospel-tinged band the Other Black, one date on the calendar took absolute priority.

“I decided that we had to play 4/20,” Watkins said of the stoner holiday known as 4/20, or April 20. “We played last 4/20 at 11 o’clock at night, and it was a laid back and silly show because everybody was so tired and stoned.

“This 4/20 we’re playing a brunch show at the Larimer Lounge because it’s also Easter. And like Easter, 4/20 is a date that speaks for itself.”

Especially in a Denver with nearly four months of legal recreational marijuana sales under its belt, 4/20 — the calendar equivalent to 4:20 p.m., the time pot smokers would historically toke up — does speak for itself. And it speaks in a language of music festivals, unseasonably early Red Rocks shows selling out a month in advance and themed concerts sponsored by the biggest marijuana companies in the state.

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