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Fans gather inside Denver record store Twist & Shout for a performance from Nathaniel Rateliff. Photo by Lisa Higginbotham, heyreverb.com. Before the most wonderful time of the year comes the most stressful time of the year: Black Friday. Crowds aside, it’s tough to pick the right gift for everyone you care about. But if any of them are music lovers, we have ten ideas that will help ease...

Watch: Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike gives passionate speech after Ferguson grand jury decision |Check It >>

Yesterday a Ferguson grand jury revealed they would not pursue charges against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That night ahead of the band’s show in St. Louis, Run the Jewels‘ Killer Mike — who has been vocal since Brown’s death in August — delivered a passionate speech about the decision. “You kicked me on my ass today, because...

The Summit Music Hall installs new sound system |Check It >>

Summit Music Hall has installed a new state-of-the-art sound system. Photo courtesy of Svetlana Joukova and Summit Music Hall. If you’ve been to one of the 20-plus shows at the Summit Music Hall since early October, you’ve likely noticed a difference in the sound. Is it louder? Clearer? Are there fewer discrepancies while walking through the venue? Well, all three should be true now that...

4/20 Denver 2015: Method Man, Redman, Cypress Hill to play Cervantes |Check It >>

Remember what 4/20 looked like last year, Denver? All that music — and all those other events. Many would argue there was too much going on last 4/20. So why not announce your 4/20 music festival five months in advance? (more…)

Vance Joy at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos) |Check It >>

With Sia and Iggy Azalea blowing up the charts, we might just be experiencing a new Australian invasion. Now, enter Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy, who played a sold out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on Saturday, and it might be a hint that it’s not ending any time soon. In September, Joy released his debut album, “Dream Your Life Away,” and quickly reached No. 17...

J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night two (photos, review) |Check It >>

J. Mascis doesn’t need a band to melt your ears. Playing the final of a two night, sold-out run at the Larimer Lounge, Mascis — armed only with a couple of guitars, a pedal board, a microphone and an amplifier — all but blew the roof off the place, singlehandedly. (more…)

J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night one (photos) |Check It >>

Denver music fans had the chance to see a different, quieter side of J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge this weekend. Touring in support of his new solo album, “Tied to a Star,” Mascis took the stage to kick off his two-night Larimer Lounge run with an acoustic guitar on Friday. Fans of his main project, Dinosaur Jr., are more than familiar with his typical volume: Loud, like really loud....

Download “Rocks / Rolls” from Strange Americans, exclusively on Steal This Track |Check It >>

Denver’s Strange Americans update classic rock. Rock music is now over 60 years old. It’s been around so long that third generation rockers like Guns N’ Roses are now considered “classic rock.” In short time, this label will be applied to bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and soon enough bands like My Morning Jacket and White Stripes will have to carry the label. (more…)

Flying Lotus, Thundercat at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review) |Check It >>

For most electronic musicians, stage production makes or breaks a tour. Watching a guy sit behind a computer and push buttons can be, well, really freaking boring. And for half of his show at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, Flying Lotus was hidden inside of an enormous translucent screen, 3D-looking projections and his glowing gas mask. While the amazing visuals matched his dizzying production,...
A scene from the Denver solidarity march. Photo courtesy of Wild Baby Records.

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J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night two (photos, review)

J. Mascis@ Larimer Lounge, 11/22/14

J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. performs a solo set at the Larimer Lounge on Nov. 22, 2014. Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.

J. Mascis doesn’t need a band to melt your ears. Playing the final of a two night, sold-out run at the Larimer Lounge, Mascis — armed only with a couple of guitars, a pedal board, a microphone and an amplifier — all but blew the roof off the place, singlehandedly.

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Black Friday: 10 gifts for the music nerd you’re shopping for

Fans gather inside Denver record store Twist & Shout for a performance from Nathaniel Rateliff. Photo by Lisa Higginbotham, heyreverb.com.

Fans gather inside Denver record store Twist & Shout for a performance from Nathaniel Rateliff. Photo by Lisa Higginbotham, heyreverb.com.

Before the most wonderful time of the year comes the most stressful time of the year: Black Friday.

Crowds aside, it’s tough to pick the right gift for everyone you care about. But if any of them are music lovers, we have ten ideas that will help ease some of the pressure. Best, many of these items are on sale this week, and almost all of them can be bought from the comfort of your home, far away from the taser fights at the mall near you.

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Denver rapper KL Tha General identified as victim of deadly bar shooting

Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook Page.

Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General. Photo courtesy of the artist’s Facebook Page.

By Lindsay Watts
7News

Friends are identifying the victim of a deadly bar shooting as Denver rapper Kevie Durham, known as KL Tha General.

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Flosstradamus talks genre limitations, their “Juggalo movement of fans” and Beatport

Ahead of their show at 1stBank Center on Nov. 21, we talk to Flosstradamus about genre limitations, their second rise and their "Juggalo movement of fans."

Ahead of their show at 1stBank Center on Nov. 21, we talk to Flosstradamus about genre limitations, their second rise and their “Juggalo movement of fans.”

The trajectory of Flosstradamus’ success has run parallel to the recent popularity of trap music — an electronic dance music genre whose signature hi-hat rolls and syncopated beats derive from hip-hop. In recent years, the duo’s name has begun to carry almost as much weight in the community as Diplo or Dillon Francis. Nonetheless, when Reverb caught up with Flosstradamus’ Josh Young and Curt Cameruci to discuss the past, present and future of the EDM act, they made it clear that they’re not afraid to step outside the confines of any genre – and went as far as to remark that their fan base, which they compared to ICP, would support them no matter their creative direction. On Nov. 21, Chicago-based hip-hop/trap duo Flosstradamus plays the 1stBank Center on the fourth stop on their HDYNation tour alongside rappers G-Eazy, Curtis Williams, Iamsu! and hip-hop collective Two-9.

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Download “Rocks / Rolls” from Strange Americans, exclusively on Steal This Track

Denver's Strange Americans update classic rock.

Denver’s Strange Americans update classic rock.

Rock music is now over 60 years old. It’s been around so long that third generation rockers like Guns N’ Roses are now considered “classic rock.” In short time, this label will be applied to bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and soon enough bands like My Morning Jacket and White Stripes will have to carry the label.

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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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