Los Lobos at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver (photos, review)
Los Lobos is a true national treasure. In its 40th year, the band of Wolves from East LA has the history, the cultural significance and the musical chops to earn a rightful spot on any important stage in the world.
Interpol at Terminal 5 in New York City (photos, review)
As Interpol began strumming the first lonely chords to "NYC" on Wednesday night, the entire audience in Terminal 5 took a satisfied deep breath. “It’s good to be home,” lead singer Paul Banks told the New York City crowd.
Denver holiday concerts: Five best rock shows to celebrate the season
Go ahead -- put on your nice suit or dress, shine your shoes, run a comb through your hair and head to the next showing of “A Christmas Carol” or a performance of the “Nutcracker.” Gather the family and drop nearly $100 for a Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday show ticket.
J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night two (photos, review)
J. Mascis doesn’t need a band to melt your ears. Playing the final of a two night, sold-out run at the Larimer Lounge, Mascis -- armed only with a couple of guitars, a pedal board, a microphone and an amplifier -- all but blew the roof off the place, singlehandedly.
Flying Lotus, Thundercat at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review)
For most electronic musicians, stage production makes or breaks a tour. Watching a guy sit behind a computer and push buttons can be, well, really freaking boring.
Judas Priest at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield (photos, review)
Veteran metal gods Judas Priest brought a righteously eardrum destroying show to the 1stBank Center Wednesday night. The band, vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glen Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis, performed a setlist that hit something from almost every era of their extensive discography, celebrating both their new LP "Redeemer of Souls" as well as their 40-year history.
Jane’s Addiction at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review)
For a frontman whose vocals were nearly gone, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell was surprisingly chatty with the intimate Ogden Theatre on Wednesday. Read More»
First Aid Kit at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review)
First Aid Kit shared its shimmery, polished harmonies and sweet country-inspired songwriting with an eager, sold-out audience at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night. The impossibly pretty Swedish sisters have the youth, looks and talent to be outright pop stars a la Taylor Swift, but have chosen a more personal path, penning and performing earnest, writerly country-folk with influences ranging from Emmylou Harris to the Carpenters.
Run the Jewels at the Gothic Theatre in Denver (photos, review)
Killer Mike and El-P took the stage at the Gothic Theatre to “We Are the Champions,” leading the packed Tuesday night crowd through the chorus.
Sango, ESTA at 1Up Colfax in Denver (photos, review)
Flanked by vintage arcade games and tall cans of domestic beer, Michigan-based producer Sango demonstrated to Denver's 1Up Colfax why he’s considered one of the most exciting up-and-coming electronic artists on the planet.
The Black Keys at the Pepsi Center in Denver (photos, review)
Can you imagine the Black Keys playing the Lion’s Lair in 2014? It seems almost improbable doesn’t it? Two guys, superstars, filling the East Colfax dive bar way, way, way beyond capacity.
Selling out is dead: Denver bands turn to brands for support in a struggling industry
When Denver’s Rose Quartz announced the first single off its upcoming EP on Facebook this week, its thousands of fans might have noticed the mention of a major energy drink in the post.
Bastille at the 1stBank Center in Colorado (photos)
Long lines gathered early in the snow before Bastille and Ella Eyre were set to perform inside the frozen 1stBank Center on Monday night. Both British acts, Bastille and Ella Eyre stopped in Colorado as part of the American leg of their world tour.
Murder City Devils at the Gothic Theatre (photos, review)
Spencer Moody, iconic frontman for the Murder City Devils, wasted no time getting into character Monday night at the Gothic Theatre. The slight, small looking man literally ran off of the stage and into the crowd after uttering only a few words in the opening song, “I Don’t Wanna Work for Scum Anymore,” thrashing about to start up a mosh pit.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 photos: Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, Foxygen and more (review)
An absolutely gorgeous weekend of exciting and eclectic music concluded on Sunday in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 proved that thousands of people will gleefully mix up their tastes and dive into a wildly diverse lineup of music and comedy -- I mean, how often do Wiz Khalifa, Fred Armisen and Neutral Milk Hotel both anchor a fest?
Thee Oh Sees at the Gothic Theatre (photos, review)
After the briefest of hiatus at the end of 2013, ever-prolific Thee Oh Sees mastermind John Dwyer returned this year with another new lp "Drop," and a new touring band lineup.
Tennis at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos, review)
It was homecoming weekend for Denver's Tennis who played a festive mid-tour gig at the Bluebird Theater on Friday night in support of their glossy and bold new release, “Ritual In Repeat.” But like underclassmen going to the homecoming dance, the band let nerves and inexperience rule the day.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 photos: Modest Mouse, Nas and more (review)
Not even a three hour will call line could darken spirits on day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014. Fat White Family gave flailing junkie rock to the early afternoon crowd that was able to make it in on time.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014: Judas Priest, Run the Jewels and more (photos, review)
Judas Priest's Rob Halford still has his contract with Satan. On the opening night of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, Halford proved that contract gives him the same ability to scream the same way he did when Judas Priest began to innovate metal music more than 40 years ago.
Beats Antique at the 1stBank Center (photos, review)
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Beats Antique continues to make sense in the EDM scene. As multi-instrumentalist and composer David Satori said at the 1stBank Center on Thursday, “Sometimes violins and computers don’t mix...Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.” But, more often than not for Beats Antique, this odd combination of instruments works, and the trio served up an impressive two-hour set to a lightly filled house to prove it.
Aaron Freeman at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (review)
After more than 25 years as Gene Ween, Aaron Freeman is plotting a new course truer to his name. A liberated Freeman shook the shackles of his former self Thursday at the Bluebird Theater, revealing fresh tunes to an eager crowd giddy to see their beloved “Gener” back on stage and ripping it up.
DeVotchKa celebrates Day of the Dead at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)
It's always one of the most visually stunning nights of the year. With faces painted in the haunting black and white of the dead, DeVotchKa takes the stage to celebrate Day of the Dead at the Boulder Theater.
Widespread Panic at 1stBank Center night three (photos, review)
"We couldn't imagine a finer place to end our tour; thank you very much," said Widespread Panic lead singer and rhythm guitarist John Bell before Sunday's monster show at the 1stBank Center.