Jason Blevins

Steve Kimock at the Oriental Theater, 10/20/12 (review)

Armed with a massive wardrobe of guitars, noodle king Steve Kimock and his mighty band owned the Oriental Theater Saturday. From tropical, surfy jams to meandering jazz odysseys, Kimock and Parliament/Talking Heads keyman Bernie Worrell blasted through a diverse, 14-song night rife with plenty of Kimock’s trademark six-string voyaging.

The Soul Rebels at the Other Side, 9/7/12 (photos)

If it was a battle of the bands Friday night at the Other Side, New Orleans cleaned Denver’s clock. Not that Colorado’s own Digg and Frogs Gone Fishin’ were slacking in the funk delivery, but New Orleans’ the Revivalists and Soul Rebels raised the roof in the packed-solid venue, with massive brass and blasting riffs.

Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 8/31/12 (photos and review)

Pransksters, those Phish. Last Labor Day Weekend, as the improvisational maestros first dipped into Dick's Sporting Goods Park, they slipped a sneaky score into their Commerce City debut, playing only tunes that started with the letter “S.” On their triumphant return a year later – Friday night at the soccer stadium where octogenarian ticket checkers seemed only remotely startled by the overwhelmingly buoyant crowds - the band took a more subtle approach.

Jane’s Addiction at the Fillmore Auditorium, 5/29/12 (photos and review)

The ever theatrical and sometimes musical Jane’s Addiction unfurled a rowdy freak show upon an amped-for-the-old stuff crowd at the Fillmore Auditorium Tuesday night. The L.A. band delivered – as they have for every tour since their 1991 farewell tour spawned the Lollapalooza fest – with a fervent stomp through their seminal “Nothing’s Shocking” and “Ritual De Lo Habitual” albums and a few overly wrought new tunes.

Live review: Charlie Hunter @ Swallow Hill

Guitar giant Charlie Hunter rambled through his trademark stable of jazz, fusion, gospel and funk riffs Friday night at Swallow Hill. Inside the starkly staged old-church-turned-venue, a couple hundred gathered for Hunter’s explosive reunion of with drummer Scott Amendola, whose improvisational beats powered the Hunter-driven jazz-fusion quartet TJ Kirk in the mid 1990s.