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The Waterboys at the Arvada Center (photos)

The Waterboys electrified the soggy Arvada Center on Sunday night with a powerful set of songs from their extensive catalogue and their new release, “Modern Blues.” The Waterboys have long been a vehicle for singer-songwriter Mike Scott and fiddle player Steve Wickham, but the band’s current lineup features some of the most impressive session musicians in the world.

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.

Damien Rice at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)

Three songs into his nearly two-hour set at the Boulder Theater on Friday night, Damian Rice finally spoke to the crowd, and in doing so made a pretty honest comment about his music: “You seem like a happy bunch, for people who like sad music.” Sure Rice’s music is great for feeling sad on a rainy day, but that doesn't mean you have to.