CMJ 2014: Where to catch Denver-affiliated bands |Check It >>

This year’s College Music Journal Music Marathon, aka CMJ, is a little light on bands from our neck of the woods. But for the Denver faithful, there are still a handful of shows to make yourself feel at home in the Big Apple. Most of these bands are affiliated with Denver’s Holy Underground Records (including StaG, Brothertiger and Oko Tygra), which has been invited back for their second showcase...

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Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens and Beethoven are musicians that smart people listen to and Lil Wayne, Beyonce and the Used are for dumb people, according to a new study by Cal Tech’s Virgil Griffith. Griffith plotted a person’s average SAT/ACT score with their 10 most frequent favorite music choices on Facebook and came up with the above graph (click to enlarge) that compares the...

Little Dragon at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (review) |Check It >>

Little Dragon managed to turn the cavernous vibe of the Ogden Theatre into a pulsating euro disco with thundering bass that occasionally obscured Yukimi Nagano’s vocals. With the stage at the Ogden Theatre illuminated by a simple yet effective light rig and swirling plumes of smoke, Little Dragon opened their set with an extended intro — the striking, ethereal “Mirror” before...

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Do smart or dumb people listen to your music? This graph will show you

Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens and Beethoven are musicians that smart people listen to and Lil Wayne, Beyonce and the Used are for dumb people, according to a new study by Cal Tech's Virgil Griffith.

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Little Dragon at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (review)

Little Dragon managed to turn the cavernous vibe of the Ogden Theatre into a pulsating euro disco with thundering bass that occasionally obscured Yukimi Nagano's vocals.

Little Dragon managed to turn the cavernous vibe of the Ogden Theatre into a pulsating euro disco with thundering bass that occasionally obscured Yukimi Nagano’s vocals.

With the stage at the Ogden Theatre illuminated by a simple yet effective light rig and swirling plumes of smoke, Little Dragon opened their set with an extended intro — the striking, ethereal “Mirror” before laying into the crowd with catchy tracks, danceable beats and thumping bass. Lots and lots of bass.

The Swedish band, vocalist Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand and Frederik Källgren Wallin on keys, bass and percussion, performed an inspired set of material from throughout their discography – highlighting a number of tracks from their latest LP “Nabuma Rubberband.”
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Greensky Bluegrass’ Dave Bruzza on the band’s growth, new album and more

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Greensky Bluegrass at the Fox Theater in Boulder on Oct. 24 and 25. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Guitarist Dave Bruzza is trying to pack a lot of things into a very small time frame. The Michigan native moved to Denver about a year ago, and his band, Greensky Bluegrass, has two big shows at the Ogden Theater on Oct. 24-25. Greensky, which includes mandolinist/lead singer Paul Hoffman, Dobro player Anders Beck, banjo player Michael Bont, and bassist Mike Devol, will then play a show at the Belly Up in Aspen on Oct. 27, Santa Fe on Oct. 28, Flagstaff on Oct. 29, and play the Suwanee Hulaween with String Cheese Incident in Florida on Halloween. The day after, Nov. 1, the band will fly to Las Vegas to play a late night benefit show for The WaterWheel Foundation right after Phish’s show.

In the middle of this, Bruzza and his wife are moving into a new apartment in the Capitol Hill area.

“I wish we were moving into our new place before the (Ogden) show since it’s right down the street,” he laughs while sitting down to talk at City O City in Capitol Hill.

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CMJ Music Marathon 2014: See these 10 bands this week

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Scenes from the CMJ 2013 Music Marathon in New York City from Oct. 15-19, with sets of Conway, Lucius, Cults, LORDO, TWEENS, Hunters, Perfect Pussy, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Speedy Ortiz, YMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Tigertown and more. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

By Erin Browne and Bailey Constas

For music fans and emerging bands alike, CMJ is the most wonderful time of the year. For five days, New York City becomes a music fan’s playground with more than 1,000 bands spread out over Manhattan and Brooklyn. This is our Iron Man. Our Olympics. This is what we have been training for our entire lives, and now it is finally here. However, a festival this big can be a little overwhelming, so two Reverb writers decided to take it upon themselves and pick 10 bands that you definitely need to check out if you are attending this year’s marathon. You will no doubt see more than 10 bands over the next five days, but this is a good place to start.

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