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. If there is such a thing as “neo-classic rock,” Strange Americans may be Colorado’s best example of the genre. Steal “Rock / Roll” exclusively here.   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.”...

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,...

American Music Awards 2014: Watch Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and more |Check It >>

Lorde performs at the 2014 American Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images. The American Music Awards carry about the same weight as the Teen Choice Awards. It’s a night where we consistantly find ourselves asking: “Is he/she still famous?” and “People actually like Pitbull?” (We’re looking at you, Lorde) Regardless, there are a handful of good performances...

Flosstradamus talks genre limitations, their “Juggalo movement of fans” and Beatport |Check It >>

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...

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...
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.

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Dinosaur Jr @ the Bluebird, 10/15/12

J. Mascis, Reel Social Club Arcade, Flying Lotus and more make our picks of best Denver concerts this week.

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Local Natives Mile Marker

Download exclusive versions "Ceilings," "You and I" and "Columbia" by Local Natives recorded in Denver for Reverb's Mile Marker.

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Flying Lotus, Thundercat at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review)

Flying Lotus @ The Fillmore Auditorium

Thundercat and Flying Lotus perform at the Fillmore Auditorium on Nov. 22, 2014. Photos by Juli Williams, heyreverb.com.

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, it felt, for a brief moment, like your typical package at an electronic show. But then, Flying Lotus removed the mask, came out from behind his screen and proved why he’s not “most electronic musicians.” It was as if he was making a statement — “I don’t need this,” it seemed to be saying.

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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.

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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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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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American Music Awards 2014: Watch Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and more

Lorde performs at the 2014 American Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images.

Lorde performs at the 2014 American Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images.

The American Music Awards carry about the same weight as the Teen Choice Awards. It’s a night where we consistantly find ourselves asking: “Is he/she still famous?” and “People actually like Pitbull?” (We’re looking at you, Lorde)

Regardless, there are a handful of good performances hidden among some of the mess, and this year Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and others provided some good entertainment. We’ve gathered our favorite performances from the American Music Awards 2014. Watch them below:

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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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