I Might Be Wrong: I hope I die before I get old
Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday. It’s a terrible shame for reasons which are legion: for his influence which many have linked up to the genesis of hip-hop, for his well-documented struggles with drugs, for his lived-in voice and for his poetic words.
Album reviews: Of Montreal, Eric Clapton, Bill Hicks, Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, Pete Yorn
Of Montreal, "False Priest" (Polyvinyl) It's easy to argue that Athens, Ga., indie band Of Montreal has been on a slow decline since the back-to-back masterpieces of 2005's "Sunlandic Twins" and 2007's "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" The former found head songwriter/resident nutjob Kevin Barnes inching away from his Brian Wilson obsessions in favor of a more insular, electronic approach to indie pop, while "Fauna" laid bare Barnes' self-loathing and deft way with melodies between driving beats and appealingly twisted synthesizers.
Live review: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood @ the Pepsi Center
Veteran rockers Steve Winwood, left, and Eric Clapton played the Pepsi Center on Sunday as part of their Bring Back Blind Faith tour. Photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post.
Mile High Music Festival: John Moore
[photopress:Josh_Ritter_1.JPG,full,pp_image] Josh Ritter rocks the Mile High Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by John Moore. Music festivals are a pain in the ass. By nature.
Johnny Winter @ the Oriental Theater
[photopress:johnny_winter.jpg,full,pp_image] Sound problems aside, Johnny Winter's Friday set at the Oriental Theater was near- immaculate. The roar was more surprising than deafening. There wasn’t but maybe one soul south of 40 in the Oriental Theater on Friday, but the applause resonated with the fervor of giddy teens.