Live Reviews

Beanstalk 2016: The good, the bad and the beautiful

Imagine a small-scale Woodstock on the set of a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western. This unlikely pairing of free spirit liberalism and old town Western nostalgia was the aesthetic of Beanstalk this past weekend, the fourth rendition of the music festival hosted by Colorado jam band The Magic Beans.

Summer Jam 19 mashes up radio’s hip-hop heroes

Summer Jam 19 will go down in the books as one of the best local showings of support for radio-worthy hip-hop. Featuring acts like Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Kevin Gates, Fabolous, DJ Mustard and YG, the masses poured into the amphitheater knowing something special was taking place.

M83 awes Red Rocks with dance-forward set

M83’s synth-filled, vaguely nostalgic show was the stuff of dreams on a cloudy Tuesday evening at Red Rocks. The French group — fronted by Anthony Gonzalez — opened the night up with 2011 hit “Reunion.” The song was a strong first show of their dreamy sound, harking back to the '70s and '80s tunes that inspired Gonzalez as a child.

Snarky Puppy cerebrally satisfying at Ogden Theatre

It's hard to pinpoint a modern act as talented and prolific as the fusion collective Snarky Puppy. This year, the band earned their 2nd Grammy (for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) and released their eleventh studio effort, "Culcha Vulcha." Armed with their usual arsenal of heavyweight players and cerebral compositions, the ensemble was eager to please a polite sold-out crowd on Tuesday night at the Ogden Theatre.