Download “Past Life” from Covenhoven, only on Steal This Track
In 2013, singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Joel Van Horne emerged as Covenhoven with an album bearing the same name. It's a family name, the name his grandfather gave the cabin he built in Medicine Bows.
FIDLAR’s “Too” reveals a band on the move (review)
"Forget It Dad, Life's Okay." That's the meaning of the abbreviation FIDLAR, the moniker of an L.A. punk outfit that's been screaming about -- and spraying -- beer over rowdy rock clubs for the last six years.
Trampled by Turtles, Elephant Revival go down-home at Red Rocks (photos)
Young(ish) purveyors of updated bluegrass, folk and Americana were well represented at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, Aug. 29 as the sold-out venue hosted Trampled by Turtles, with opening sets from Nederland's own Elephant Revival and Austin, Texas artist Shakey Graves, who has frequently collaborated with former Paper Bird singer Esme Patterson.
Riot Fest Denver 2015: Ice Cube, L7, Iggy Pop, Tenacious D and many more (photos, review)
This is the third year the Chicago-based Riot Fest has brought its musical circus to the Denver area, and it may have been the Goldilocks year.
Watkins Family Hour brings Fiona Apple to Boulder Theater (photos, review)
Sara Watkins and her brother Sean have been coming to Colorado to play bluegrass since they were teenagers in the band Nickel Creek, as Sara pointed out Friday night in introducing the song "You and Me." When Nickel Creek took its first hiatus in 2007, Sara and Sean both recorded solo albums and participated in a variety of projects.
The VMAs prove just how completely MTV (mis)understands us
If last night's MTV Video Music Awards were an accurate reflection of youth culture, we have a lot to be worried about. As the VMAs see it, appealing to kids these days is an easy three-step process.
Dave Matthews Band charms Fiddler’s Green, but ticket issues create headaches (photos, review)
Dave Matthews and his band took the stage Friday night at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre against the backdrop of a full moon peaking through a south suburban business park, kicking off the first of two nights in concert from Englewood.
Atmosphere brings guest stars, old-school hip-hop love to Red Rocks (photos, review)
Atmosphere and fellow Rhymesayers Entertainment label-mates brought the house down Friday night at Red Rocks with turntables and several MCs, marking the second time in a week that hip-hop acts sold out the venue typically known for showcasing rock music.
Detour aims to pair Colorado bands, communities for statewide touring circuit
Denver hip-hop artist/activists Flobots -- members of which founded the innovative Youth on Record music-education nonprofit -- will help launch yet another community-minded project to support Colorado artists.
Justin Bieber teams with Skrillex for “What Do You Mean,” results not terrible
Let's put things into perspective: You put two of the most hateable artists on one track and strong opinions will inexorably surface. Justin Bieber has made a strong case over the last several years that he should be sent back to Canada for more reasons than a team of accountants can tally.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis really love mopeds in their new “Downtown” video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGhoLcsr8GA Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back, and they're rolling back into the zeitgeist on a moose-head-adorned moped at 38 miles per hour. The video for the Seattle duo's latest, "Downtown," is how someone in the midst of a fever dream might re-imagine "West Side Story" as a blaxploitation movie.
Rhiannon Giddens, Janelle Monae lead new protest music movement
A month after a white man walked into a black Charleston, S.C., church and killed nine people and wounded one other, Rhiannon Giddens released “Cry No More.” It’s a one-take video.
When Taylor Swift rings, you best take the call. Who will answer in Denver?
Taylor Swift, America's musical sweetheart, is in full tour mode in support of her 2014 album "1989," and last night at L.A.'s Staples Center (part of a multi-night stint there) her attention-getting guest spots continued.
J. Cole makes the case for more hip-hop at Red Rocks (photos, review)
On Tuesday night at Red Rocks, more than three hours after the show officially started, J. Cole was making the case that hip-hop should not be relegated to early weekday nights in Denver.
Willis Earl Beal, “Noctunes” review
Willis Earl Beal has settled on the fringe. He often performs sans instruments, accompanied by just a reel-to-reel tape player on stage that wheezes decaying loops.
Deftones, Incubus rattle Red Rocks with the old songs … not the new (photos, review)
Deftones and Incubus share a lot of similarities. Both released their debut albums in 1995, both have recorded seven full-length studio albums, and both are five-piece bands that have attained moderate success in the genres of alternative rock and metal.
29-year-old man dies from fall after Yonder Mountain String Band’s Red Rocks show
By Tom McGhee The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the victim of a fatal fall from the rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre after last Friday's bluegrass concert as a 29-year-old Vail man.
Download “D Minor” live from The Haunted Windchimes, only in Steal This Track
Some have described Pueblo as "Colorado's Detroit." It's a joke, of course, but like all jokes there's a hint of truth. Like Detroit, Pueblo has lost the industry that once supported a metropolis, leaving the city a shell of its former self with beautiful and empty buildings and a populace facing economic hardships as the city struggles to fins a post-industrial identity.
Steve Earle breaks hearts at Chautauqua Auditorium (review)
Steve Earle & the Dukes delivered an even mix of blues and broken-heart songs during a two-hour set at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder on Friday night.
High Plains Comedy Festival continues taking chances in Year 3 (review)
Nora Lynch stood outside Mutiny Information Cafe on South Broadway on Aug. 21, a microphone in her hand, headphones on her ears and a camera pointed at her face.
How did Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road event fare in Salida? (photos, review)
For music festivals, location can be everything. And in Colorado, location for any new music festival can be the toughest part of the equation. While introducing Gentlemen of the Road Stopover (a one-off event curated by Mumford & Sons that officials anticipated to bring 25,000 fans) headliner the Flaming Lips on Friday in Salida, Gov.
Yonder Mountain String Band brings late night jam grass to Red Rocks (photos, review)
A friend of mine calls it "mountain disco." Others call it "jam grass." Whatever you call it, there's no denying its energy, and for almost five hours on Friday night at Red Rocks, Yonder Mountain String Band and Greensky Bluegrass threw it down with aplomb.
Best Colorado shows this week: J. Cole, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and more
J. Cole, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and more make our picks of the best Colorado shows this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on our Twitter @RVRB and our selfies on Instagram @heyreverb.