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Katy Perry at the Pepsi Center in Denver (photos, review)

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Katy Perry performs at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Sept. 30, 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

After walking through security at the Katy Perry concert at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, a nice young woman just beyond the escalators hands out a pink pair of cardboard glasses to each guest. “Katy Perry World Tour,” “Covergirl” and “#instaGLAM” are printed on each pair. These also comes equipped with two coupons for Covergirl products. Putting the glasses on intermittently while walking through the Pepsi Center or during the show only gives the wearer double vision, with a bonus spectrum effect around each light. Also, a brief warning: “Choking hazard. Not for children three years and under. Not for extended wear, performing physical activity, outside play, driving or operating machinery. Do not look into sun with glasses.” But, then what are they for?

It wouldn’t be until about two hours later that the sold out arena would find out.

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10 most anticipated albums of fall 2014: Flying Lotus, Prince and more

SXSW 2014 - Day 3

Radkey, the Orwells, Future Islands, Temples, Schoolboy Q, Cloud Nothings, Against Me!, Future, Trash Talk, A$AP Mob (A$AP Rocky / Ferg), B.o.B., Thundercat and Flying Lotus perform at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

Fall is here, and with it, yet another round of albums we’ve been waiting all year for. Though Kendrick Lamar’s new LP likely won’t see a release until late this year if not 2015, there’s still plenty to be excited for from the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Ariel Pink and a few lesser known entities.

Read along as we countdown our 10 most anticipated albums of fall 2014 below. Share your short list in the comments section, and we’ll tell you what we think.

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The 2014 Colorado music festival season analysis: What worked and what didn’t

Real Estate performs on the Main Stage during the Underground Music Showcase on July 26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Real Estate performs on the Main Stage during the Underground Music Showcase on July 26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.)

By Matt Miller and John Wenzel

As the fertile summer-concert season fades into the shadows of downtown clubs and arenas, we thought it only right to look back on 2014’s festival lineup, given that it was one of the most crowded and controversial Colorado has seen.

Many festivals improved upon previous showings; others stirred the ire of their planned staging grounds.

Byers residents voted out the punk-leaning Riot Fest, which finished up earlier this week at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. City Park area residents raised objections to the brand-new Chive Fest, which shut down part of the public park and charged up to $70 for tickets. In the wake of Winter Park kicking out the Snowball Festival last year, it felt like a quorum on community tolerance, art and commerce.

Were they all warranted and worth the price? What was it like to be on the ground? Read on for a representative (but by no means comprehensive) wrap-up of the 2014 summer festival season.

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