Wilco, “Star Wars” review

Surprise. Wilco, of all artists, has sprung an album on us. A free album. And while releasing a record without warning is hardly even a surprise anymore -- hell, this is at least the second group this year that isn’t charging a single cent, either -- this has the vibe of the most wholesome and traditional of surprises.

Mumford & Sons, “Wilder Mind” review

The saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” comes to mind while listening to Mumford & Sons' “Wilder Mind.” The band traded rollicking folk for glossy rock and it had about as much the same effect as changing out of suspenders and into leather jackets.

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.

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.

Switchfoot at Summit Music Hall, 10/15/12 (photos)

From the start of the high-energy opener, "The Sound," Switchfoot's Monday evening show at Summit Music Hall was an audience sing-along type of night. As expected, "Dare You to Move" had people belting like it was a camp song, while "Stars," The War Inside" and "Hurricane" had both voices and hands raised high.

Mile Marker: Deer Tick

To put it simply, Deer Tick has been one of our favorite live bands for several years. The Providence, R.I. group plays a mix of garage, country, punk and folk and wears its influences on its collective sleeve while still managing to sound wholly unique.