Flying Lotus’ unlikely path to stardom: How his experimental sound caught on with larger audiences |Check It >>

Flying Lotus performs at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com. The festival circuit loves him. With every tour, Flying Lotus plays larger venues. His music is all over Adult Swim, and has been for years. He recently recorded a song and curated a radio station for the new “Grand Theft Auto,” one of his favorite video games. His growing list of collaborators includes artists...

Best Denver concerts this week: J. Mascis, Reel Social Club Arcade, Flying Lotus and more |Check It >>

J. Mascis, Reel Social Club Arcade, Flying Lotus and more make our picks of best Denver concerts 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. 5) Pizza Underground, Nov. 26 — Marquis Theater Live at Chop Suey by The Pizza Underground It would be remiss of me not to somehow draw the...

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Nathaniel Rateliff to release EP + full length with the Night Sweats, tour with Gregory Alan Isakov |Check It >>

Denver singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is poised for a busy 2015. (Provided by Sacks and Co.) Denver troubadour Nathaniel Rateliff has been wearing many different hats lately, gallivanting around with his soul/R&B band the Night Sweats and occasionally doing the proper solo show. All of that is about to change. 2015 is poised to be the year of Nathaniel Rateliff. Jan. 27, 2015 sees the release...

Watch: Run the Jewels are terrible EMTs in the “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ video |Check It >>

In Run the Jewels new video for “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” the gruesome twosome masquerades as EMTs who are looking to get fired. They get high, they speed, they kinda try to get a cat out of a tree (don’t firefighters do that?). There’s also an excellent reference to Jake the Snake and his infamous “DDT” move. It’s next level, cerebral hip-hop. Directed...

Judas Priest at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield (photos, review) |Check It >>

Veteran metal gods Judas Priest brought a righteously eardrum destroying show to the 1stBank Center Wednesday night. The band, vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glen Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis, performed a setlist that hit something from almost every era of their extensive discography, celebrating both their new LP “Redeemer of Souls” as well as...

Jane’s Addiction at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

For a frontman whose vocals were nearly gone, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell was surprisingly chatty with the intimate Ogden Theatre on Wednesday. (more…)

First Aid Kit at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

First Aid Kit shared its shimmery, polished harmonies and sweet country-inspired songwriting with an eager, sold-out audience at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night. The impossibly pretty Swedish sisters have the youth, looks and talent to be outright pop stars a la Taylor Swift, but have chosen a more personal path, penning and performing earnest, writerly country-folk with influences ranging from...

Run the Jewels at the Gothic Theatre in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

Killer Mike and El-P took the stage at the Gothic Theatre to “We Are the Champions,” leading the packed Tuesday night crowd through the chorus. “Denver, Colorado, we’re gonna burn this club to the motherfucking ground.” For the next hour, Run the Jewels had full command of a crowd that knew every line and shouted “Lie, cheat, steal, kill, win, win” when asked (“everybody doin’ it”)....
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Judas Priest at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield (photos, review)

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Judas Priest performs at the 1stBank center on Nov. 19, 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Veteran metal gods Judas Priest brought a righteously eardrum destroying show to the 1stBank Center Wednesday night. The band, vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glen Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis, performed a setlist that hit something from almost every era of their extensive discography, celebrating both their new LP “Redeemer of Souls” as well as their 40-year history.

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TV on the Radio “Seeds” review: This will make you miss the band’s heyday

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, its bound to make fans miss the heyday.

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, it’s bound to make fans miss the heyday.

It’s been about three and a half years since we’ve heard a new album from TV on the Radio, but it feels much longer. Maybe we didn’t really expect anything after bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer or maybe “Nine Types of Light” seemed like a nice way to leave things. TV on the Radio has most likely peaked. Even the fun of “Nine Types of Light” didn’t reach the heights of “Return to Cookie Mountain.”

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Run The Jewels talks social change through music, edu-tainment

Killer Mike and El-P talk to Reverb about the human experience, using music to address social change, brotherly love and more ahead of their show at the Gothic Theatre on Nov. 18.

Killer Mike and El-P talk to Reverb about the human experience, using music to address social change, brotherly love and more ahead of their show at the Gothic Theatre on Nov. 18.

Music and art is about “the eloquent translation of the human experience,” Run The Jewels‘ El-P tells us — even if that experience isn’t always positive. In the months leading up to the duo’s universally acclaimed sophomore album, El-P and the other half of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike, have spent their time speaking out about the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed after an encounter with the police in Ferguson, Missouri.

When we caught up with Run The Jewels, it was day 90 since Brown’s death ignited protests. Since that day Run The Jewels has been addressing the shooting in their music and in the media. We talked to Mike and El-P about connecting the human experience to a real feeling (even if that feeling is rage) and the progression of hip-hop. Run The Jewels plays the Gothic Theatre on Nov. 18.

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The Wytches aren’t as dark as you think, but they’re still weird

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S (Jenn Ghetto), Gem Club, Luluc, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Obits, Protomartyr, Eaters, Love as Laughter, Creepoid, Protomartyr, The Wytches, Spires, Bo Ningen, Young Magic, Wampire, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Prince Rama and more perform at CMJ 2014 in New York City. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

It’s been less than three months since the Wytches released its debut album, three years since the band formed and on Nov. 14 it will play its first headlining show in Denver at the Hi-Dive. But even in the band’s infancy, it’s already feeling misunderstood.
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Flying Lotus’ unlikely path to stardom: How his experimental sound caught on with larger audiences

Flying Lotus performs at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

Flying Lotus performs at SXSW on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

The festival circuit loves him. With every tour, Flying Lotus plays larger venues. His music is all over Adult Swim, and has been for years. He recently recorded a song and curated a radio station for the new “Grand Theft Auto,” one of his favorite video games. His growing list of collaborators includes artists as diverse as Thom Yorke and Mac Miller. Flying Lotus, meet The Good Life. And yet, despite this growing mass appeal, FlyLo’s music is not easily accessible.

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Ariel Pink “pom pom” review: weird, wonderful and divisive

Ariel Pink's wonderfully weird "pom pom" is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year's best and worst of lists.

Ariel Pink’s wonderfully weird “pom pom” is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year’s best and worst of lists.

In the coming months, “pom pom,” Ariel Pink’s latest LP of satire-laced goof-pop, will serve as an unwitting litmus test. It will play at a party, and the room will part like boys and girls at a middle school dance: some ready to dance and sing feverishly with the de facto DJ to its songs about Jello, frog princes and “goth bombs,” while the rest beg them to turn it off. You’ll see the same thing shake out in the comment sections of year-end top ten lists, complete with ad hominem attacks on Pink that, let’s be honest, he’s more than tee’d himself up for in the preceding weeks.

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One Direction: Our gut reaction to every song on “Four”

One Direction and 5SOS @ Pepsi Center by John Leyba

DENVER, CO. - JULY 24: One Direction performs to a sold out crowd during their "Take Me Home" Tour stop in Denver July 24, 2013 at Pepsi Center. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

The holidays are just around the corner, but One Direction gave pop fans their Christmas present early this year. That’s right, today they released their fourth album titled, well, “FOUR”. Last week they released a few tracks to people who pre-ordered the album off iTunes, and like every thing does these days, the full album leaked early. However, we waited patiently for the whole thing to be downloaded into our accounts before giving it a full listen. So here are our track by track thoughts on the first listen.

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