Live Reviews

Bette Midler at the Pepsi Center in Denver (photos, review)

Bette Midler starts out her Pepsi Center show pleading old age. She makes fun of her own perseverance (“I’m like vodka,” she jokes, “ageless, odorless and tasteless”) and of all the gray hair in her audience (“I don’t know if I should sing to you,” she rants, “or talk to you about the advantages of a reverse mortgage”).

Levitation 2015: Takeaways, photos from Austin’s psych fest

1. Austin Psych Fest: Levitation must have had a powerful contingent of wizards casting spells of protection over the festival. Friday afternoon saw a brief heavy rain, and the opening bands on each stage got cancelled due to lightning, but once the festival got rolling, despite being under constant threat of iPhone predicted thunderstorms, it never rained.

Damien Rice at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)

Three songs into his nearly two-hour set at the Boulder Theater on Friday night, Damian Rice finally spoke to the crowd, and in doing so made a pretty honest comment about his music: “You seem like a happy bunch, for people who like sad music.” Sure Rice’s music is great for feeling sad on a rainy day, but that doesn't mean you have to.

Infamous Stringdusters at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)

The Infamous Stringdusters kicked off the first of a three-night Colorado swing with a very sold-out performance at the Boulder Theater on Saturday. Having developed into one of the most inventive bluegrass acts on the scene -- the band was originally formed at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston -- it’s difficult not to be impressed with their melding of traditional picking with modern flair and musicianship.