Live Reviews

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks (photos, review)

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson temporarily resurrected the angst of the 1990s on Monday at Red Rocks. They played all those songs us 30-somethings still love to hear on the radio (those of us who still listen to FM radio, that is), but they also reminded the iconic venue of their legacies, which still echo through music today.

The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, night two (photos, review)

Saturday night the Avett Brothers continued their run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the second of three sold-out performances over the weekend. The show paid respect to many corners of the brothers’ now extensive discography, from their humble roots as North Carolina folk crooners to the polished mainstream success of their last three Rick Rubin-produced albums.

Neil Young at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Night 1 (photos, review)

“He used to say 1970s,” my dad leans over and tells me as Neil Young opens his set at Red Rocks on Wednesday. The song is “After The Goldrush.” Young is playing it on his own, lit by a single spotlight with dramatic shadows hanging from his hat as he’s singing, “Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st century.” My dad has heard Young sub in the lyrics "1980s" and "20th century" in that warbly, broken wail intended to last generations.

Brian Wilson at the 1stBank Center (photos, review)

Going to see Brian Wilson in 2015 is far from some run-of-the-mill musical nostalgia show. It’s like going to church. The embarrassingly half-full 1stBank Center on Wednesday was a reminder that Brian Wilson worship is kinda like Scientology -- you’re either all in or not.