Live Reviews

REVIEW: Goldrush Music Festival 2014 (videos)

Aja Vision at performs at the Meadowlark on Sunday during Goldrush Music Festival. Photo by Ashley Dean.

Goldrush music festival’s goal is to challenge musical tastes. It’s uncertain whether the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were challenged, as they mostly swayed, nodded or wildly arm-danced along with the 27 experimental artists that played the Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark.



Telluride Blues & Brews 2014: Violent Femmes, George Clinton and more (review)

A view of the crowd at Telluride Blues & Brews 2013. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

Telluride Blues and Brews is a musical stew. While the sounds that shook the stony walls of the dead-end canyon last weekend were decidedly varied, all revolved around a pervasive groove. The Violent Femmes and Parliament Funkadelic may seem odd partners on a bill. Stir aging rocker Peter Frampton, a host of bayou funk masters, blues legends and a swelling contingent of eager up-and-coming rockers into the mix and the weekend festival ascended into a beery cradle of groove.



PHOTOS: Drake and Lil Wayne Red Rocks Amphitheatre (review)

Drake vs. Lil Wayne - Red Rocks - 09/10/14

PHOTOS: Drake and Lil Wayne take over Red Rocks Amphitheatre (review)



PHOTOS: St. Vincent Denver Botanic Gardens show (review)

St Vincent at Denver Botanic Gardens

Though sound issues marred the night, St. Vincent’s talent still shone through at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Sunday.



PHOTOS: Oddball Comedy Festival 2014 at Red Rocks (review)

The Oddball Comedy Fest at Red Rocks,9/7/14

The artistic risks of performing stand-up in massive, rock-ready venues are considerable, but Oddball Comedy Festival at Red Rocks proved to be a seamless evening of high-level stand-up.



PHOTOS: The Breeders Summit Music Hall show (review)

The Breeders @ The Summit Music Hall, 9/5/14

“Make up your own words to this song, and if they’re any good, please send them to us,” Breeders frontwoman Kim Deal told the Summit Music Hall on Friday before launching into a new track that had her humming in place of the lyrics.



PHOTOS: STS9 Red Rocks Amphitheatre night two (review)

STS9 Red Rocks 2014 - Night 2

Saturday night Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) closed out a two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a sold-out marathon performance that featured three sets from the veteran jamtronica act.



PHOTOS: Zac Brown Band at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre night one review

Zac Brown Band @ Fiddler's Green 9/5/14

Zac Brown Band and Sturgill Simpson gave a taste of the next generation of country at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Friday.



PHOTOS: Arctic Monkeys Red Rocks Amphitheatre show (review, video)

Arctic Monkeys at Red Rocks - 09/04/14

Comfortable in the rain, Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys brought thick riffs and effortless cool to its first headlining appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.



PHOTOS: Swans Bluebird Theater show (review)

Swans

Swans’ musicianship matched Michael Gira’s showmanship — speaking in tongues and standing as if crucified — on Tuesday at the Bluebird Theater in Denver.