Live Reviews

Speedy Ortiz at the Larimer Lounge in Denver (review)

Anyone who has followed Speedy Ortiz from the band's earliest days knows how satisfying the growth and rise has been. After winning love and and praise with debut full-length "Major Arcana," the musically brainy and brawny foursome upped its game to deliver a sophomore album that didn't find them in a slump.

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.