Brian Carney

Live review: Kings of Leon @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Back in the days of monkey bars, swings, four square, tether ball and chasing girls on the playground, I was once imparted these wise words from a fellow disheveled-haired, dirty-faced fifth grader: “Always tell the pretty ones that they’re smart, and always tell the smart ones they’re pretty.” That was, apparently, the golden rule for getting the girl.

Photo essay: Barenaked Ladies @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Canadian alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies stopped by Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday to play to a three-quarters-full audience after opening sets by Kris Allen (the winner of Season 8 of "Amercan Idol") and Los Angeles pop newbie Angel Taylor -- and Reverb contributing photographer Brian Carney was there to catch it all.

Photo essay: Tool @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Day 2

Tool delivered more punishingly precise art-rock to the masses on Tuesday for the second night of its sold-out Red Rocks appearance, and Reverb contributing photographer Brian Carney was there to soak up the sights -- including the ones off stage and in the audience.

Live review: Widespread Panic @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Day 2

Rainbows always seem to auger good things. Saturday at Red Rocks before the Widespread Panic show, after a drenching downpour chilled the air down, the sun started to come out, eliciting a cheer from the sellout crowd as a double rainbow shone brightly just south of the amphitheater, lightening the mood and bringing smiles all around.

Live review: Carrie Underwood @ the 1stBank Center

I must confess straightaway that before her concert last Thursday at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, I’d never really heard Carrie Underwood. I had heard of her, of course — as has everybody even loosely connected to the American music scene, since Underwood wound up on top of "American Idol's" fourth season.

Photo essay: Three Ring Circle @ Rogers Hall

A sold-out crowd welcomed "acoustic power trio" Three Ring Circle to Rogers Hall in Lyons on Sunday for an evening of instrumental tunes (minus the one sang by upright bass player Dave Pomery) heavy on dobro, mandolin, fiddle and jamgrass vibes.

Live review: Mark Knopfler @ the Buell Theatre

British guitar hero Mark Knopfler ambled through a staid but sparkling two-hour set Tuesday at Denver’s stately Buell Theatre. Backed by seven tactical all-stars -- like Colorado’s own Tim O’Brien -- and armed with a swirling rotation of flutes, penny whistles, mandolins, banjos, fiddles and bouzoukis, Knopfler displayed the soulful and haunting style that has earned him legions of fans.

Photo essay: Andrea Ball’s "Dial Tone" CD release @ the Hi-Dive

Andrea Ball's packed CD release party at the Hi-Dive on Friday was a testament to the buzz the Denver songwriter has lately generated. And with good reason -- Ball's debut full-length, "Dial Tone," is a leap forward in both songwriting and playing, and Ball recently returned from a well-received stint at South by Southwest.

Photo essay: Experience Hendrix @ the Paramount Theatre

A sold-out Paramount Theatre welcomed the appropriately ear-splitting Jimi Hendrix tribute "Experience Hendrix" on Sunday, a sprawling, all-star revue that visited the breadth of the guitar master's short but brilliant catalog with turns from Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Vernon Reid and many others.