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Live review: Keith Urban @ the Pepsi Center

It's halfway through Tuesday night's show and pop-country star Keith Urban is 10 feet off the ground (and rising). The 5'8 Urban has leapt off the main stage, pushed his way through a crowd of more than 10,000 and is now at center court of the Pepsi Center.

Live review: Foo Fighters @ the Pepsi Center

Dave Grohl was in energetic, enthusiastic form as his band Foo Fighters headlined the Pepsi Center on Sunday night. As Grohl skipped acrosss the stage to acknowledge those with the lackluster side-stage seats and later sprinted the length of the long catwalk that lead to a secondary stage near the soundboard, he grinned like a drugged hyena and headbanged like a possessed Muppet.

Live review: Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Day 2

Phish kicked down a monster at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Saturday. Following a meaty Friday night that featured all songs beginning with the letter ‘s,’ the Vermont squad on Saturday vanquished the gimmick and opened the proverbial fire hose of innovation, dousing the swollen park with some of the best playing of their lives.

Live review: Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Day 1

Something seemed suspect. Simple, Sparkle? Seriously? Such surprising songs to start a set. Then, with the opening, operatic notes of “The Sloth,” it dawned on many in Dicks Sporting Goods Arena, that, there, in the silky sod of Commerce City’s splendid soccer stadium, we were savoring the essence of Phish.

Photo essay: Tim McGraw @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Tim McGraw, who last year visited Comfort Dental Amphitheatre to the same packed, adoring cowboy and cowgirl hat-wearing crowd, took a slightly different approach to opening his concert, entering from the side and wading through the audience, touching hands and weaving to a stage — in the middle of the venue — no larger than a standard table top.

Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks: Day 1

DeVotchKa singer-guitarist-thereminist Nick Urata charmed the half-full crowd at the Monolith Festival's first night with his impassioned delivery. Photo by Laurie Scavo. Monolith took some of the best aspects of last year - the potent organization, the smart stage placement and the strong booking – and built on with a line-up that was undeniable and one of the summer’s best.

Dressy Bessy @ the Hi-Dive

Denver's Dressy Bessy is looking forward to a string of road dates following Monolith this weekend. Photo from MySpace. Suffice it to say, Dressy Bessy is ready for Monolith.

Bob Dylan @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass

[photopress:bob_dylan.jpg,full,pp_image] Bob Dylan's Saturday set at Jazz Aspen's Labor Day festival proved remarkably engaging for a notoriously fickle live performer. Photo from A regal recorded orchestral piece washed over Brush Creek Valley and the late summer sun had just begun to set behind the Elk Mountains on Saturday when Bob Dylan & His Band took the stage in front of the enthusiastic crowd gathered in Snowmass Town Park for the third night of this year’s Jazz Aspen Labor Day music festival.