CMJ 2014 photos: DIIV, Cold War Kids and more |Check It >>

Reverb was among thousands of bands and fans hitting New York City this week for CMJ 2014. We caught sets from Chief Scout, Cold War Kids, DIIV and more during the week. We’ll be out there this weekend, and you can catch our picks of the best shows and more photos from CMJ 2014 on Sunday. (more…)

Best Colorado shows this week: Alt-J, Cut Copy and more |Check It >>

Try not to burn yourself out before Halloween, but don’t miss these shows coming up in Colorado. Alt-J, Cut Copy and more make our list 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) Greensky Bluegrass — Ogden Theatre, Oct. 24-25 (more…)

The MCA Denver takes a chance with Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh |Check It >>

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) Nothing makes art more exciting than genuine risk, when an exhibit...

The new One Direction video for “Steal My Girl” stars Danny DeVito for whatever reason |Check It >>

Did you just hear that? That was the sound of another One Direction music video being released and as a result every girl between the ages of 9-26 falling to the floor simultaneously. The video is for lead single “Steal My Girl” off their forthcoming fourth album titled “Four.” Say that 10 times fast. The One Direction boys are growing up. Their sound is maturing, they can...

CMJ venue closes after Ebola scare in Brooklyn |Check It >>

The Gutter. Photo courtesy of the venue’s website. BY JONATHAN LEMIRE AND COLLEEN LONG ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — Officials tried to tamp down New Yorkers’ fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day. The scare also closed a bowling alley, which hosts concerts for the CMJ...

Watch: Taylor Swift on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” |Check It >>

Taylor Swift’s days of being a country star are long behind. The man-crusher has fully embraced her role as world pop starlet. Swift appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night to perform two tracks off of her forthcoming album, “1989.” Swift impressed the Los Angeles crowd with an electrifying take of “Shake it Off” that included that viral saxophone and perfectly choreographed...

The Afghan Whigs’ beastly worldview: seedy, sordid and better than ever |Check It >>

For all the talk of our ever-shrinking world, Greg Dulli still manages to make it seem exotic. The Hamilton, Ohio, native splits his time between homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans, and as the leader of swaggering alt-rock demons the Afghan Whigs, he prowls the planet plying his dark, soulful trade in dozens of different countries. “There’s physical environment and then there’s emotional environment,...

Pearl Jam at the Pepsi Center in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

“We wanted to have one of our best shows of the last couple of years,” said Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam‘s second encore at the Pepsi Center Wednesday night. “Thanks for the opportunity.” Pearl Jam achieved that, and more. Wednesday night marked the 24th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s first ever gig, and the band was determined to make it memorable. When Vedder talked...

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Jack Bruce. Photo courtesy of the artist's website.

Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.

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Alt-J, Cut Copy and more make our list of best Colorado shows this week.

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Pearl Jam at the Pepsi Center in Denver (photos, review)

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 22: Pearl Jam performs to a sold out crowd October 22, 2014 at Pepsi Center to wrap up their fall 2014 tour. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

“We wanted to have one of our best shows of the last couple of years,” said Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam‘s second encore at the Pepsi Center Wednesday night. “Thanks for the opportunity.”

Pearl Jam achieved that, and more. Wednesday night marked the 24th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s first ever gig, and the band was determined to make it memorable. When Vedder talked about the anniversary, he also explained that guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament have been playing together for the 30 years, and thanked them for being the nucleus around which he, guitarist Mike McCready, drummer Matt Cameron, and keyboard player Boom Gaspar have formed one of rock’s best bands.

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The Afghan Whigs’ beastly worldview: seedy, sordid and better than ever

The Afghan Whigs @ The Ogden 10/30/12

The Afghan Whigs at the Ogden Theatre on Oct. 30, 2012. Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.

For all the talk of our ever-shrinking world, Greg Dulli still manages to make it seem exotic.

The Hamilton, Ohio, native splits his time between homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans, and as the leader of swaggering alt-rock demons the Afghan Whigs, he prowls the planet plying his dark, soulful trade in dozens of different countries.

“There’s physical environment and then there’s emotional environment, and you know your emotions don’t really take notice of map lines or borders or states,” said Dulli, 49, who brings the Afghan Whigs to the Bluebird Theater on Oct. 29. “That said, I could go through my songs and remember where I did this or that and be able to make the correlation between where I was and who I was.”

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The MCA Denver takes a chance with Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh

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)

Nothing makes art more exciting than genuine risk, when an exhibit has the potential to succeed wildly or fail miserably, careers sail or stall, when someone gathers the nerve to show something authentically different and the rest of us feel free to gush or guffaw.

Risk is all over “Myopia,” the mega-retrospective of art by Mark Mothersbaugh opening at the MCA Denver this week. Mothersbaugh is a full-blown pop star, a co-founder of DEVO, the legendary oddball post-punk band that scored big with “Whip It,” in 1980. He’s rich and famous and people still line up for his autograph.

What he isn’t — no small detail — is a member of the fine art fraternity, the small cadre of players, usually hand-picked in their youth, who show in the country’s chain of contemporary art museums and high-priced galleries in New York.

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