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Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup analysis

“Riots aren’t always a good thing.” Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said that in a recent promotional video for the three-city-wide Riot Fest, which was polling its participants and performers on why, as they put it, “Riot Fest sucks.” It’s the kind of thing that an adolescent Warped Tour might do today, the self-deprecating middle-finger selfie of the next wave of punk and rebel rockers.

Speedy Ortiz might inspire you to quit your job or end a relationship

Quit your job, end a bad relationship -- these are among the things fans have done after listening to Speedy Ortiz's "Raising the Skate." The inspiration comes from a declaration of bossdom on the first single off the Massachusetts band’s second album, “Foil Deer.” It borrows the slogan from Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign -- “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss” -- and riffs on it over the band's signature knotty, snarling guitars.

The Waterboys at the Arvada Center (photos)

The Waterboys electrified the soggy Arvada Center on Sunday night with a powerful set of songs from their extensive catalogue and their new release, “Modern Blues.” The Waterboys have long been a vehicle for singer-songwriter Mike Scott and fiddle player Steve Wickham, but the band’s current lineup features some of the most impressive session musicians in the world.