Twin Shadow, “Eclipse” review: Bigger isn’t always better
Twin Shadow -- or George Lewis Jr., formally -- has moved to the big leagues. He left indie label 4AD for Warner Brothers and, though he says he recorded his latest record before then, pumped up his soulful ’80s pop sound to crowd-trilling levels.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Fillmore Auditorium, 10/26/12 (photos)
When you see Grace Potter perform, it becomes clear why she draws comparison to some of music's greatest voices. But such efforts to pin her down seem futile, because in the end, Potter's voice is uniquely her own.
Pop & Circumstance: Coming full circle with Taylor Swift
Almost exactly two years ago, in the very first edition of this column, I wrote about getting over my crush on Taylor Swift. Swift had just released "Speak Now," and I was debating the authenticity of her demeanor.
Mile Marker: The Lumineers
No band has help put the Denver music scene on the map over the past year quite like the Lumineers. Wes Schultz and his band of Great-Depression-era-garb-pop-folk gypsies seemed to appear out of thin air in the second half of 2011.
Nathaniel Rateliff, Divine Fits to join Shins, Wilco and Franti at Vail Snow Daze
Nathaniel Rateliff, Divine Fits and Nic Cowan & the Remedy will join the already packed 2012 Vail Snow Daze Lineup, event organizers announced early Thursday morning.
The Wallflowers at the Ogden Theatre, 10/24/12 (photos and review)
The Wallflowers brought a mostly nostalgic set to the Ogden Theatre Wednesday night, while the season's first storm spat snow and sleet outside the venue on East Colfax Avenue.
Mayer Hawthorne at the Ogden Theatre, 10/20/12 (photos and review)
If there's a consistent way to win one's heart, it's nostalgia. Mayer Hawthorne comes up short of a full-tilt nostalgist; rather, a modern man with bygone sensibilities.
Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins to play Romney/Ryan rally at Red Rocks on Tuesday
Country star Rodney Atkins and rock-rap-metal-country-one-time-Sheryl-Crow-collaborator Kid Rock will perform during a Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rally at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Tuesday night.
Madonna shoots late at the Pepsi Center, but still kills 10/18/12 (photos and review)
Madonna has reached a point in her spun-out career where it doesn’t matter what she does in the arena as long as she eventually shows up.
UMS veterans Bowerbirds to play Larimer Lounge on Tuesday
Underground Music Showcase veterans Bowerbirds play delicate folk music that’s at once lush and stripped down to its most basic elements. Principal members Phil Moore and Beth Tacular routinely meet on lonesome harmonies that easily lead listeners to feelings of nostalgia, rather than sappiness, like most of their peers.
Madonna’s recorded persona can’t hold a candle to stage self
The math of music — choosing where to spend your money — doesn't always make sense. And Madonna is a perfect example of this strange arithmetic.
Win tickets to see Lord Huron at the Larimer Lounge on Thursday
Fans of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver will surely soon flock to Lord Huron, a pastoral folk-pop band from the very non-pastoral urban jungle of Los Angeles.
The Smashing Pumpkins at the 1stBank Center, 10/16/12 (photos and review)
The pandering began early. "After that Monday night game, this city should be on fire," Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan said late in the band's set at the 1stBank Center Tuesday night.
Pop & Circumstance: Top 5 fresh tracks for fall (Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, more)
Fall is my favorite season. Back to school, back to reality, back to cardigans and boots. These are the months to start fresh, turn over a new leaf, live out even more cliches.
New Order at the 1stBank Center, 10/10/12 (photos and review)
A stately Bernard Sumner, fronting New Order under a respectable silver crop of hair, sported a playful, personable presence at the 1stBank Center Wednesday night.
Alanis Morissette at the Paramount Theatre, 10/10/12 (photos and review)
Is there anybody who embodies the spirit of the '90s better than Alanis Morissette? Morissette just released a new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," though you would not have known it from her show at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday.
Dr. Dog at the Boulder Theater, 10/9/12 (photos and review)
For a group that has been coming into its own for the last five years, Tuesday night at the Boulder Theater, Dr. Dog looked like it had unequivocally made it.
Aimee Mann at the Ogden Theatre, 10/9/12 (photos and review)
Touring in support of her new album "Charmer," Aimee Mann leaned heavily on that material Monday night at the Ogden, but she also threw in several lesser-known gems and responded to audience requests during her encore.
Beach House at the Boulder Theater, 10/7/12 (photos and review)
Beach House kicked off Sunday night’s sold out show at the Boulder Theater with “Wild,” probably the heaviest song from the band’s latest record, "Bloom." But the weight was lost on the members of the audience -- nearly all of whom seemed elated by the Baltimore band’s mere presence, then taken away by the dreamy 90 minutes that followed.
Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 10/5/12 (photos and review)
Yasiin Bey must love a challenge. Because when a headliner takes the stage past 12:30 a.m., which Bey did Friday night at Cervantes’ Masterpiece, he faces a restless room.
Sheryl Crow at the 1stBank Center, 10/6/12 (photos and review)
Sheryl Crow has a standing performance agreement that was announced to the half-filled 1stBank Center Saturday night at the benefit concert for Flight For Life Colorado – no photographs, videotaping and especially no cell phone shots.
Cultivate Festival: Best Coast, Grouplove, Okkervil River, Tennis, more at City Park, 10/6/12 (photos)
The inaugural Chipotle Cultivate Festival brought Best Coast, Grouplove, Okkervil River, Tennis, Zach Heckendorf and more to City Park on a freezing, snowy Saturday afternoon.
Chipotle Cultivate Festival to bring Best Coast, Okkervil River, Grouplove, more to City Park on Saturday
Denver music aficionados might remember that the short-lived Mile High Music Festival was originally planned for City Park, then relocated to Commerce City after pre-emptive protests by (human) members of the Denver Zoo.