Dressy Bessy roars back to life with “Kingsized” album, tour
If a band is only as good as its last album, Dressy Bessy was in trouble. The Denver indie-pop act’s 2008 release “Holler and Stomp” sold poorly and received a conspicuous slam from the tastemakers at Pitchfork, which damned the album with a 2.8 (out of 10) rating and called it “awkward” and “weak,” speculating that “it’s probably time for folks to stow Dressy Bessy in the attic.” Regardless of its quality, “Holler” also arrived at a time when the recording industry — and the economy around it — was disintegrating.
Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo wary of whiplash from buzz-band status
When respected indie label Matador Records -- home to Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Pavement, Guided by Voices and many others over the years -- came calling, Will Toledo was ready.
Download “Light Years, Dark Years” by Plum in Steal This Track
Since forming in 2014, Denver psychedelic rock band Plum has released a smattering of singles that show a great deal of respect for the mind-altering music of the '60s and '70s.
Reverb announces its official day party lineup at UMS 2015: Come cure your hangovers
We like to call this our Hair of the Dog Party. It's Sunday afternoon, you're probably still hungover from Saturday night of The UMS, but you have to cram as much music into your weekend as possible.
Download Bud Bronson & The Good Timers’ “Vapedemic” only from Steal This Track
With "Vapedemic," the first single off an album due later this year, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers have taken a stand. The band seems to be against vaping pot.
Deer Tick plays a surprise Hi-Dive set for Denver author’s book release
"We're almost Deer Tick," said the band's frontman and singer John McCauley after he and his bandmates had played a few songs into its mostly-surprise set at the Hi-Dive on Friday.
Deer Tick: On the page (and in town) for Denver writer’s new book
There’s the one about the lead singer dressing up in a chicken suit but never acknowledging it from the stage. The one about the drummer downing 16 shots of Kahlua in two gulps.
Download The Blue Rider’s “Year of the Horse”, only in Steal This Track
The Denver psychedelic surf-rock band The Blue Rider describes its music as "a little something to make you shake all over." And boy howdy, it does just that.
Twin Peaks at the Hi-Dive in Denver (photos, review)
“I knew the stage would bring me out of my weed coma,” said Twin Peaks' Cadien Lake James between bouts of psychotic head spinning and flying hair on stage at the Hi-Dive on Thursday.
R. Ring’s Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery circle back to musical basics
Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery both have successful, time-consuming projects on their plates, whether it's Deal's main gig in Dayton, Ohio-based indie icons the Breeders (with sister Kim, formerly of the Pixies) or Montgomery's band Ampline and his Cincinnati-based recording studio Candyland.
Acid Mothers Temple at the Hi-Dive in Denver (review)
Few bands are as devoted to their genre as Acid Mothers Temple. The iconic psych group is brave enough to take on 20-plus minute jams of mind melting, musical space, as they did at the Hi-Dive on Saturday.
Denver’s fast-growing party-rock scene soaks crowds in beer, riffs
Some of the denim-clad denizens of Denver’s party-rock scene, like the Dirty Few or Bud Bronson & the Good Timers, originally hail from outside the city.
In The Whale’s path to Lollapalooza: Ego checks, sacrifices and professionalism
Human bodies and blow up dolls surf across the sold out Hi-Dive crowd. It’s the night of April 3, and on stage, In The Whale is making the noise of a band three times its size -- screaming, kicking and crushing the one guitar and one drum set with a force matching the energy in the room.
Download “Ginger Nightmare” from Adam Cayton-Holland, only in Steal This Track
Unlike music, the popularity of stand-up comedy seems to be cyclical, going through times when it's huge and times when it falls to the background.
Best Denver-area shows this week: Stevie Wonder, Keggs & Eggs, Inner Oceans and more
Stevie Wonder, Inner Oceans and more make our picks of the best Colorado shows this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on our Twitter @RVRB and our selfies on Instagram @heyreverb.
Parking will soon be different in the Hi-Dive, Baker neighborhood near Broadway
By Joe Vaccarelli Plans are in the works to change parking rules along Broadway in the Baker and West Washington Park neighborhoods in an effort to give residents a leg up as the growing number of business customers take more of the available spaces.
Best Denver-area shows this week: Odesza, Hundred Waters and more
Odesza, Hundred Waters and more make our picks of the best Denver shows this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on our Twitter @RVRB and our selfies on Instagram @heyreverb.
Brownout finds the funk in metal as Brown Sabbath
When a Latin-funk band suddenly decides to release an album covering iconic metal act Black Sabbath, it certainly takes some time to win over both funk and metal fans.
Left Shark tattoo belongs to a co-owner of Denver’s Hi-Dive
By Dave Burdick Do you love Left Shark? How much? Because do you love Left Shark this much? A photo posted by Rene Cordero (@instalame_rene) on Feb 2, 2015 at 6:37pm PST That’s a Left Shark tattoo on one Matty Clark, co-owner of Denver’s Hi-Dive.
Best Denver shows this week: Cold War Kids, Plum, Instant Empire and more
Cold War Kids, Plum, Instant Empire and more make our picks of the best Denver shows this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on our Twitter @RVRB and our selfies on Instagram @heyreverb.
Download “Outta Control” from SPELLS, exclusively from Steal This Track
You'd be forgiven if you didn't take the Denver punk band SPELLS seriously -- at first. The band uniform includes Polo shirts with technicolor argyle prints.
Download Glowing House’s “Your Own Devices,” exclusive to Steal This Track
Neil McCormick, bassist for Glowing House, makes a good point: "These days, bands are kind of just content machines." Unless you're an artist with the stature of, say, Radiohead, fans demand that you release music frequently, or they will soon forget about you.