Cassandra Schoon

Live review: Mates of State, Generationals @ the Bluebird Theater

Fans of Mates of State are often described as “devoted” and “adoring.” But after last night’s show at the Bluebird, I’d like to add another descriptor: “quiet.” Despite frenetic dancing during each poppy, hook-filled song, and the few seconds of enthusiastic applause that would follow, the crowd resumed an eerie, expectant silence during each break.

Live review: Soundgarden @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Soundgarden show at Red Rocks last night -- the one where a shaggily-bearded Chris Cornell broadcast his trademark wail across a sold-out crowd, where 12-year-olds and their halter-top wearing moms alike headbanged to “Spoonman” and “Fell On Black Days” -- wasn’t supposed to happen.

Live review: Coheed and Cambria @ the Ogden Theatre

Coheed and Cambria fans skew loud, ardent and more than a little nerdy. Considering that Coheed is basically a prog-rock band that writes soundtracks to their own Sci-Fi comic series, there were probably a number of World of Warcraft raids that had to be rescheduled around the band’s Monday night show.

Live review: Madeleine Peyroux @ the Boulder Theater

I never know quite what to expect from a Boulder show. This time, at the Madeleine Peyroux show at the Boulder Theater Wednesday evening, I did not expect to see a crowd that truly put the “age” back in “all ages.” Glancing at the sea of gray ponytails, cozy shawls, and ergonomic chair cushions toted from home, I felt worlds away from the 16-and-up shows I frequent in Denver.

Live review: Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

There are certain products that stay strong even in hard times: sugar, smut and tobacco, for example. To this, I’d like to add the product known as “nostalgia.” My theory is supported by the showing at Wednesday night’s Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where countless 50-somethings (and a surprising number of teenage born-too-lates in full “Love is a Battlefield” regalia) shelled out $60 per ticket to take in an evening of iconic '80s rock.