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High Fiction’s “The Young Men,” feat. The National’s Matt Berninger

Gary Grundei and Amy Shelley, known collectively as High Fiction, have played with tons of random musicians and non-musicians. They host a "variety-style event" at the Arvada Tavern where, as the house band, they play behind magicians, burlesque dancers, slam poets, audience members singing live karaoke, guest musicians, and "other wackiness." The show works because the two professional musicians have experience playing a variety and roles, from accompanist to teacher.

Best sets at Riot Fest Denver 2014

Now that we've had a moment to reflect on Riot Fest 2014, it's time to pick which sets we liked the best. This year, it looks like the headliners shone the brightest (as they should), with Weezer and the Cure nabbing the most spots on our Top 5 lists.

Watch: The National performs “Silver Bells” with Gregg Allman, Stephen Colbert

You have eight days to wrap up those last minute Christmas gifts -- but don't worry, not all is lost. The National, Gregg Allman and Stephen Colbert delivered a nice holiday gift on Monday on "The Colbert Report." The unlikely trio performed a gruff version of "Silver Bells." The baritone pipes from the National frontman, Matt Berninger, pulled the Christmas standard into a new register.