Ice Cube @ the Ogden Theatre

Ice Cube's still-fresh flows had the audience eating out the palm of his hand at the Ogden on Sunday. Photo from As I crept down the old wooden staircase to the backstage area of the Ogden Theatre Sunday night, my nose was greeted by a warm, familiar smell.

Outside Lands Festival @ Golden Gate Park

[photopress:outside_thom.jpg,full,pp_image] Headliners Radiohead rocked the first night of San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival. Photos by Julio Enriquez. Reverb contributor Julio Enriquez checks in with this report from the Outside Lands Festival, which took place at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Aug.

My Morning Jacket @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

[photopress:mm1.jpg,full,pp_image] My Morning Jacket's dizzying sampling of genres fired up the crowd at Red Rocks on Thursday. Photos by Laurie Scavo. My Morning Jacket have been waiting their whole lives to headline Red Rocks, and for much of a glorious last Thursday night, it seemed they might keep going for what's left of theirs.

El Vez @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:el_vez.jpg,full,pp_image] Hola, baybeee. El Vez is no stranger to the art of performance. File photo. Performers exhibit the behaviors you come to see in showbiz, plucking this or crooning that.

James Taylor @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

[photopress:2742956542_b1013462ca.jpg,full,pp_image] "Rain? What rain?" Photos and text by Laurie Scavo. While dark, murky skies were a threat from the start of the evening, I thought surely the heavens would smile down on the sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheatre and let James Taylor work his magic on a warm August night.

The UMS: A review by Alex Edgeworth

[photopress:alex1.jpg,full,pp_image] Hearts of Palm frontman Nathan McGarvey (shown here playing the first of two shows, this one at the Hi-Dive) had a very busy weekend at this year's UMS.

Tim Fite @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:timfite01.jpg,full,pp_image] Crazy child in a man's body? Caricature? Deft pop culture commentator? You decide. Photos by Doug Beam. Tim Fite, by some accounts, was the set of the evening on Monday night at a packed Hi-Dive, opening for the Watson Twins.

Girl Talk @ the Fox Theatre

[photopress:girltalk06.jpg,full,pp_image] Can you spot Greg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, in the mayhem? Photos by Sarah Cass. To encase oneself in the hard shell of a public persona while still maintaining the soft human inside is a feat I admire in an entertainer.

The Fluid @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:flblue4.jpg,full,pp_image] Fluid singer John Robinson (above) brought back memories of Denver's long-gone punk scene and planted new ones at the Bluebird on Friday. Photos by Glory Breitweiser and John Moore.

Crystal Castles @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

[photopress:crystalcastles02.jpg,full,pp_image] A short but explosive set from Crystal Castles greeted the 16-and-up crowd at Cervantes on Monday. Photos by Sarah Cass. I’m not sure who was at fault in the debacle that was Monday night’s Crystal Castles show at Cervantes, but I was more than offended while leaving the venue just after midnight.

CPC Gangbangs @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:cpc_1.jpg,full,pp_image] CPC Gangbangs' energy burned bright and quick at the Hi-Dive on Sunday. Photo from MySpace. I went to Montreal once. I was told I would like it.

Elbow @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:elbow.jpg,full,pp_image] Elbow's Guy Garvey (above) could hardly believe the size of the crowd at the Bluebird Theater on Friday. Photo from The Pop Cop. Despite having just flown in from England, Air Traffic opened its Friday night set with three energetic songs.

The B-52s @ the Gothic Theatre

[photopress:b52s_01.jpg,full,pp_image] The B-52s invaded Denver on Sunday, where everyone's a member of the Mile High Club. Photos by Doug Beam. “Welcome to the Mile High Club!” Fred Schneider was in top form, emceeing the B-52s’ Sunday-night show at the Gothic Theatre.

Ladyhawk @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:ladyhawk.jpg,full,pp_image] Ladyhawk's '70s rock-indebted sound flattened a half-full Hi-Dive last night. Photo from MySpace. If I had known Vampire Hands were opening for Ladyhawk at the Hi-Dive last night -- and I probably should have, considering I was reviewing the show (think, McFly, think!) -- I would have arrived earlier.

Islands @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:cover.jpg,full,pp_image] "That's right. I'm a sad mime, you jerk." Photos by John Moore. Montreal-based sextet Islands came to the Bluebird Theater Monday night in support of their sophomore album “Arm’s Way,” due May 20 on Anti- Records.

The Swayback @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:swayback1.jpg,full,pp_image] Photos by Glory Anna Breitweiser. The Swayback held its "Long Gone Lads" CD release show at the Bluebird Theater on Saturday, but lost out a bit on crowd numbers due to the Daniel Johnston show down the street.

Headlights, Evangelicals @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:headlights11.jpg,full,pp_image] Headlights' Erin Fein (left) proved more compelling than a three-alarm fire. Photos by Doug Beam. A burning building sucked some of the heat from the bands on stage at the Hi-Dive on Thursday -- which wasn't much of a surprise, considering how most of the music gave us little reason to stay glued there.

X @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:x5.jpg,full,pp_image] Singer Exene Cervenka and guitarist Billy Zoom take their band X through a fast and heavy rock show at the Bluebird on Tuesday. Photos by Laurie Scavo.