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2006 Stories by Dave Herrera

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  • Nationalistic

    published December 28, 2006

    A good friend of mine -- a fellow critic, someone whose work I admire -- recently confided that he's tired of seeking out new music. Just the... More >>

  • Moovers and Shakers 2006

    published December 21, 2006

    Thanks to MTV, which is using Denver as a backdrop for the current installment of The Real World, our town will be seared into the... More >>

  • Frayday

    published December 14, 2006

    Christmas came early this year for the Fray. Unless you've been holed up on your couch playing Guitar Hero II for the past week, you're... More >>

  • On the Record

    published December 7, 2006

    Over the past twelve months, ten very different releases have dominated my personal playlist. And although 2006 still has three weeks left, I... More >>

  • Blackout Pact

    published November 30, 2006

    Touring burns me out. Drive. Load. Play. Load. Drive or sleep, depending on what's happening. Just a month before Blackout Pact... More >>

  • Fear Factor

    published November 16, 2006

    What could be worse than getting brained by your bassist's headstock in the middle of a set? How about having your cheek punctured by one of the... More >>

  • Where's the Love?

    published November 9, 2006

    "Hard work. Sweat equity. Pounding the pavement. Making connections." The opening lines of Love.45's bio might as well be the band's... More >>

  • Monsters Ball

    published November 2, 2006

    A lot has changed since Luke Davis and his bandmates in Furious George and the Monster Groove last graced a Denver stage eight years... More >>

  • Deftones

    published October 26, 2006

    All right, ten bucks to anyone who can explain how the Deftones have managed to remain salient years after their so-called nu-metal contemporaries... More >>

  • California Dreaming

    published October 26, 2006

    Perception is relative. While selective memory suggests that prior to the Fray (which will open for the Rolling Stones next month in... More >>

  • The Hold Steady

    published October 19, 2006

    The Hold Steady kicks it up a couple notches on Boys and Girls in America, the followup to last year's acclaimed Separation Sunday,... More >>

  • Kids Incorporated

    published October 19, 2006

    Dave Solzberg has everyone convinced that I used to play with the Rolling Stones. "A lot of people really don't know this," he says,... More >>

  • Planes Mistaken for Stars

    published October 12, 2006

    Mercy, Planes Mistaken for Stars' sixth release in as many years and its debut on the Abacus imprint, is every bit as caustic and brooding... More >>

  • Lucero

    published October 12, 2006

    Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly... More >>

  • Nuckle Up

    published October 5, 2006

    P-Nuckle is awesome. Just ask Chris LaPlante. This summer, the frontman made a bold proclamation at the Westword Music Showcase awards... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published September 28, 2006

    TV on the Radio's latest effort is a tad overwhelming at first. But after taking the time to fully absorb the layers and layers of incredibly... More >>

  • Dead on Arrival

    published September 28, 2006

    The Fray's road to recognition was unbelievably swift. The band, which is slated to headline Red Rocks this Saturday, September 30,... More >>

  • Home Run

    published September 21, 2006

    It's been a while since I've been to a house show -- since back when there was a Democrat in the White House and emo was all about sporting a pair... More >>

  • Turnabout Is Fairplay

    published September 14, 2006

    "You a faggot?" demanded a mouth-breathing redneck of diminutive Photo Atlas frontman Alan Andrews. "What?" Andrews responded,... More >>

  • The Hills Are Alive

    published September 7, 2006

    Matt Fecher would make a great politician. When asked even the most innocuous of questions -- like how the upcoming South Park Music... More >>

  • A Federal Case

    published September 7, 2006

    Federal Boulevard stretches almost thirty miles down the spine of the metro area, from Bowles Boulevard in Littleton, where the Southglenn... More >>

  • All That Jazz

    published August 31, 2006

    I think I just offended Gerald Albright. The saxophonist is behind the wheel of his truck, talking on his cell phone about the... More >>

  • A Nation Divided

    published August 24, 2006

    The concert business in Denver just got a hell of a lot more interesting. Last week, Brent Fedrizzi and Don Strasburg, two of the... More >>

  • Rose Hill Drive

    published August 17, 2006

    Six years after forming and three years after exploding onto the scene, Rose Hill Drive has finally issued its debut full-length. Similar to the... More >>

  • Alert the Media

    published August 17, 2006

    Move over, Potcheen Folk Band. Waking Rothko, a band that's been together only since January, has devised one of the most... More >>

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