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Album review: The Juan MacLean, “In a Dream” |Check It >>

The Juan MacLean gets more dense, athletic and dancy on “In a Dream” thanks to help from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang. The Juan MacLean has been churning out funky, disco-loving, punk-raised dance music for more than a decade. It makes sense that it’s a DFA project created by a longtime friend of the label head and former LCD Soundsystem frontman, James Murphy. It makes sense,...

Delete the new U2 album from iTunes in four easy steps |Check It >>

Apple has kindly posted a note on its support page titled, “Remove iTunes gift album ‘Songs of Innocence’ from your iTunes music library and purchases.” It only takes four easy steps to remove the new U2 album, which all iTunes users were given last week … whether they wanted it or not. (more…)

Rihanna to CBS: “Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this” |Check It >>

Rihanna performs at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Nov. 9, 2013. Photo by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com. Rihanna isn’t happy with CBS. The network cut an opening segment featuring Rihanna singing “Run This Town” that was scheduled to run during Thursday night football last week after news of the Ray Rice controversy broke. CBS came back sniffing around Rihanna once the dust had settled...

Album review: Blake Mills, “Heigh Ho” |Check It >>

Album review: Blake Mills, “Heigh Ho” When a dude can play guitar, he’ll let you know. The proof is in college parties, or any Joe Bonamassa record. But when you’re Blake Mills, you don’t have to prove you’re a virtuoso. After all, he’s got Eric Clapton to do that for him. On his sophomore album, “Heigh Ho,” Mills keeps his dizzying fretwork to a minimum, letting his songwriting...

Here are your university’s music habits |Check It >>

University of Colorado Boulder has some relaxed music tastes. Students like Slightly Stoopid, they don’t really like Beyonce, and they are early to bed and early to rise, according to data released by Spotify. Now, this is by no means a scientific study, but seeing as Spotify is a popular music streaming service — especially among college-aged people — it provides an interesting...

PHOTOS: Yacht, White Fang Bluebird Theater show (review) |Check It >>

A bizarre crowd situation gave an otherwise solid show from Yacht an eerie feeling Sunday night at the Bluebird Theater. There was a shock walking in as openers White Fang were in full royal rumpus-mode but the floor was a ghost town. The unfortunately undersold show was the first on Yacht’s current U.S. tour in which they’re featuring new material. (more…)

Telluride Blues & Brews 2014: Violent Femmes, George Clinton and more (review) |Check It >>

A view of the crowd at Telluride Blues & Brews 2013. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com. Stripped down punk and swampy New Orleans funk. Percussive acoustic folk and ephemeral slide. Soaring gospel and inspiring soul. Lofty delta blues and mothership funk. Arrhythmic African twang and barn-burning rock. Telluride Blues and Brews is a musical stew. While the sounds that shook the stony walls of...

Five bands you haven’t heard but must catch at Goldrush this weekend |Check It >>

Fans watch performances at Goldrush 2013. Photo by Zach Roif, courtesy of Goldrush. Music festivals are always the best place to discover new music, and Denver’s Goldrush Music Festival takes that idea to a whole new level. The DIY festival hits the Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark this weekend with an intimidating lineup made of local and national acts. “We’re trying to challenge the audience,...
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PHOTOS: Yacht, White Fang Bluebird Theater show (review)

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Yacht performs at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 14, 2014. Photos by Jason Bach, heyreverb.com.

A bizarre crowd situation gave an otherwise solid show from Yacht an eerie feeling Sunday night at the Bluebird Theater. There was a shock walking in as openers White Fang were in full royal rumpus-mode but the floor was a ghost town. The unfortunately undersold show was the first on Yacht’s current U.S. tour in which they’re featuring new material.

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Album review: Blake Mills, “Heigh Ho”

Album review: Blake Mills, "Heigh Ho"

Album review: Blake Mills, “Heigh Ho”

When a dude can play guitar, he’ll let you know. The proof is in college parties, or any Joe Bonamassa record. But when you’re Blake Mills, you don’t have to prove you’re a virtuoso. After all, he’s got Eric Clapton to do that for him.

On his sophomore album, “Heigh Ho,” Mills keeps his dizzying fretwork to a minimum, letting his songwriting seize the spotlight instead. It isn’t on par with his other talent, but at moments, it proves him to be a double-threat. Fiona Apple brought Mills along for her tour last year, and he returns the favor on “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me,” a folky roots study in saving face in front of your girlfriends’ friends, even as Mills admits he puts himself on blast with his songwriting in the lyrics. Mills ponders love as a “misquotation” and “curable disease” on the closing track of the same name. Thanks to a few lovely finger-picked acoustic parts, it avoids curmudgeon territory, and instead sounds like a relationship pep talk. To his credit, he sounds studied on the subject.

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Conor Oberst finally cheers up, hits the road for new solo album

Conor Oberst performs at the Boulder Theater with Desaparecidos on Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Glenn Ross, heyreverb.com.

Conor Oberst performs at the Boulder Theater with Desaparecidos on Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Glenn Ross, heyreverb.com.

Slow down. Don’t take everything so seriously. At 34, that’s the advice prolific singer-songwriter Conor Oberst would give to his younger self — a musician who in the early 2000s became synonymous with teen angst through his project Bright Eyes.

“I feel like I was very frantic for many years trying to like go, go, go, go. Maybe I could have stood to stop and smell the roses a few more times,” Oberst said. “But that’s life in general you have to learn from experiences and keep rolling.”

After the release of the Bright Eyes album “The Peoples Key” in 2011, Oberst opened a bar in his hometown of Omaha, spent time with his new wife and took three years to write music — a leisurely pace for a musician who nearly released an album a year since 1998.

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