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Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker” Convincing classic rock isn’t particularly tricky to emulate. Unless you’re going for the early prog rock or lick-driven blues, the technical barrier to entry is fairly low: a few chords, a sense of rhythm, and a bit of anger. That’s why most retro acts tend to be as prevalent as they are forgettable. Twenty five-year-old New Orleans native...

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Earl Sweatshirt and a number of other Twitter users have accused Taylor Swift‘s new video for “Shake It Off” of being racist. In the video, Swift pokes fun at her own image by taking on a number of personas, including a Lady Gaga knockoff, a ballet dancer, a cheerleader and a rapper. She’s also shown surrounded by young black dancers in booty shorts twerking over her. Although...

PHOTOS: Jack Johnson Red Rocks Amphitheatre show |Check It >>

After a big 2013 that included the release of his album, “From Here to Now to You,” and a headlining spot at Bonnaroo, Jack Johnson returned to Colorado on Monday to play Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Broncos Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was among the crowd on Monday, sitting in the front row of the mountain venue. Johnson played Denver’s Paramount Theatre in 2013. The prolific singer-songwriter’s...

Tame Impala accused of stealing “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” |Check It >>

A Chilean news site is accusing Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala of plagiarizing “Océano” from the Argentinan singer Pablo Ruiz. And it’s not an obscure Tame Impala song that sounds eerily close to this 25-year-old pop song, it’s their biggest hit at the moment: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The song is the second single from the band’s 2012...

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A bigger, better Denver Psych Fest provided the city’s growing psych music fan base a long day and night of top local and national psych acts. This year’s edition of Denver Psych Fest, dubbed “Synesthesia,” was all the better thanks to having the majority of the acts perform at what appears to be a gorgeous, new music space at 27th and Arapahoe, The Savoy. The second annual Denver Psych Fest...

Listen: New Interpol song, “Ancient Ways” |Check It >>

Plugging along without the assistance of ex-bassist Carlos D., Interpol will return on Sept. 9 with its fifth album, “El Pintor (the Painter).” Today Interpol dropped the new track, “Ancient Ways,” which you can listen to above. The departure of Carlos D. means that lead vocalist Paul Banks will assume bass duties and ex-Secret Machines boss, Brandon Curtis, will slip in and...

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PHOTOS: Rodrigo y Gabriela Red Rocks Amphitheatre show (review)

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Red Rocks, 8/17/14

Rodrigo y Gabriela perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 17, 2014. Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.

When Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joined Rodrigo y Gabriela onstage at Red Rocks on Sunday, it showed the true strength of the flamenco guitar duo — but not in the way you’d expect. Trujillo’s presence actually began to stifle their energy, rather than add to it. Even though they are only two people with acoustic guitars, Rodrigo y Gabriela hardly need assistance from anyone, let alone an accomplished metal musician.

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Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert on Jade Castrinos’ departure, the next album

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros @ Red Rocks 6/2/13

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Red Rocks Ampitheatre on June 2, 2013. Photos by Glenn Ross, heyreverb.com.

Alex Ebert’s Colorado ties go about as far back as one could possibly go.

“I would head up to Telluride just about every summer and every winter and ski and hike and all that,” said Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. “My first time there I was probably still in my mom’s belly.”

Today, Ebert’s father lives in the small town of Rico 40 miles south of Telluride. And when Ebert returns to Colorado these days he’s headlining festivals or Red Rocks Amphitheatre with his band.

After performing in Telluride for the Ride Festival in July, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros return to Colorado again to play the inaugural Chive Fest in City Park on Aug. 16. These Colorado shows are among the band’s first few after few after a major lineup change. In early June, Edward Sharpe abruptly parted ways with longtime vocalist Jade Castrinos.

Ahead of the headlining spot at Denver’s Chive Fest, Ebert talked to the Denver Post about the live show without Castrinos, the new process the band is using to write its next album, and more.

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Peter Buck trades R.E.M. for alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project

With R.E.M. done, Peter Buck can do whatever he wants, so he's leisurely touring the country with the Baseball Project, which stops at the Oriental Theater on Aug. 15.

With R.E.M. done, Peter Buck can do whatever he wants, so he’s leisurely touring the country with the Baseball Project, which stops at the Oriental Theater on Aug. 15.

Peter Buck enjoys an enviable freedom as a musician these days.

As the co-founder and lead guitarist for the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inhabiting band R.E.M., he influenced generations of musicians with his clean, Byrdsian riffs and unflappable stage presence.

But now that R.E.M. is done, Buck can do whatever he wants. And he wants to be on the road — but only when he feels like it.

“I’m just kind of hopping in and out of things I want to do in New York or places like Denver, where I have some friends,” said Buck, 57, over the phone recently. “I didn’t want to be on tour for five to six weeks, so I’m only doing some of the Baseball Project shows.”

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