Posts Tagged ‘ Yes ’
Is it ridiculous to like Yes, or ridiculous to be ashamed of liking them? Photos by Mark Osler. Since the creation of the ever-so fashion-conscious British punk rock movement in the 1970s, progressive rock has been the butt of most jokes within the musical world. For years, the feeling I would get when buying a prog rock record at Twist & Shout or Wax Trax was not unlike the shame one felt when buying pornography.
[photopress:dresdens5.jpg,full,pp_image] Keyboardist-singer Amanda Palmer wasn’t all flowers at the Dresden Dolls’ show at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday. Photos by Laurie Scavo. It’s not easy being the Dresden Dolls. The coy, self-referential two-piece calls its music “Brechtian Punk Cabaret” – a nod to their theatrical stylings and their dramatic music. But how long can a band honestly maintain that constantly brewing dramatic tension? Something about the Dresden Dolls’ Tuesday-night show at the Ogden Theatre tells me that their expiration date is nearing – that is, [...]
[photopress:darkstar.jpg,full,pp_image] Dark Star Orchestra makes you feel the fleeting moment, but the Grateful Dead cover band falls short of recreating entire shows. There is something inherently sad about a tribute band. Sure, the music brings you back. There is talent on stage. The music is worthy of tribute and the historical perspective is valuable. But there is a vague dysphoria up there too, especially when the tribute band is covering a band heralded for its creativity, dynamic interplay and spontaneity. There is no question the [...]
[photopress:meese1.jpg,full,pp_image] Meese’s sold-out CD signing show at the Bluebird on Friday was no mere concert – it was a bonafide Event. Photos by Laurie Scavo. There’s a dynamic power to Meese and its music. The Denver band’s earnest pop songs, alternating between synth and guitar sounds, obviously come from a place of deep conviction — in themselves, in their potential and in things beyond this world. And given the band’s sold-out show at the Bluebird Theatre on Friday — not to mention its recent signing [...]