New Year’s Eve New York

Damien Rice at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)

Three songs into his nearly two-hour set at the Boulder Theater on Friday night, Damian Rice finally spoke to the crowd, and in doing so made a pretty honest comment about his music: “You seem like a happy bunch, for people who like sad music.” Sure Rice’s music is great for feeling sad on a rainy day, but that doesn't mean you have to.

Infamous Stringdusters at the Boulder Theater (photos, review)

The Infamous Stringdusters kicked off the first of a three-night Colorado swing with a very sold-out performance at the Boulder Theater on Saturday. Having developed into one of the most inventive bluegrass acts on the scene -- the band was originally formed at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston -- it’s difficult not to be impressed with their melding of traditional picking with modern flair and musicianship.

Soja, Nas at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for 4/20 (photos)

Fortunately dodging any major precipitation, Soja and Nas played to a chilly, dry and very high Red Rocks crowd on Saturday to celebrate 4/20. An odd billing, mixing up the pop-reggae of Soja with the classic New York hip-hop of Nas, but for most of the audience just looking to celebrate the unofficial weed holiday, it was just the right amount of good vibes.

James Pants, “Savage” review: A foray into vaporwave

Left-field funk producer James Pants came up in his native label Stones Throw on floor-forward tracks cut with a healthy dose of self-awareness. His loose collar electro-funk debut “Welcome” sounds like an (even more) irreverent LCD Soundsystem, a sly genre roast that sidles just a couple of strides closer to parody than tribute.