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935 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80218 | Central Denver | 303-832-1874

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Built in 1919 by the same person who designed the Bluebird Theater, the Ogden Theatre has gone through a few incarnations since then, including being home to vaudeville acts before becoming a movie theater in 1937. In the early '90s, Doug Kauffman of Nobody in Particular Presents turned it into a music venue. In recent years, the place, which is now being operated by AEG Live, received a major upgrade, including new flooring, a new sound system and a wraparound balcony, making it one of Denver's premier venues for national acts.


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    ESPERANZA SPALDING @ OGDEN THEATRE | 9/26/12 Last night's Esperanza Spalding performance was unlike most that the Ogden Theatre sees -- or has seen, for that matter. The presence of...
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    YEASAYER @ OGDEN THEATRE | 8.26.12 See also: Anand Wilder of Yeasayer on being from Baltimore but making a name in New York As soon as the lights dimmed for Yeasayer's entrance, the...
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    BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 05.08.12 If you decide to put all of your eggs in Anton Newcombe's basket, they're going to end up scrambled. The lead singer of early-'90s...
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    M83 @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/30/12 See Also: Q&A with Maria Linden of I Break Horses The familiar strains of "Intro," from 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, probably should have been our clue...
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    JEFF MANGUM at OGDEN THEATRE | 4/26/12 See Also: • Jeff Mangum comes to the aid of a distressed fan at Coachella • Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver. • The Apples get set to reap...
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    NERO @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.24.12 See Also: • Levitate Festival at 1STBANK Center, 4/20/12 • Axwell at the Ogden Theatre, 4/19/12 • Last Night review archives As Alana Watson -- who handles...
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    Outside of maybe The Sound of Music, it would be hard to imagine a musical as far across the genre spectrum from the Rocky Horror Picture Show as Wicked. So when musical director Julian...
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    Musical director Jason Yarcho and the cast of Wicked had grown tired of their regular fundraising efforts -- post-show collections, autographed posters, rock revues -- and they needed a new...
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    SLEIGH BELLS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.13.12 Ever heard of the loudness wars? Doesn't matter. War's over. Sleigh Bells wins. Decisively. Right now, there's a roomful of people banging their...
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    FUN. @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.5.12 There's no question that Fun. is fun. The band, fronted by Nate Ruess formerly of the Format, has been compared to Elton John and Queen, turning out tracks...
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    GOTYE @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4.6.12A sun rose in a blood red sky as Gotye unleashed the first notes and lyrics to "Eyes Wide Open," one of the more upbeat tracks -- and first single -- off of...
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    Santigold is coming to Ogden Theatre on Tuesday, May 29. Touring in support of her forthcoming release, Master of My Make-Believe -- her first release since 2008's Santogold -- due out on...
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    Jimmy Cliff at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday, June 19. Tickets ($34.95 plus fees) to see the reggae legend, whose career spans five decades, go on sale this Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. via...
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    EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 3/22/12 Fresh off their stint at South By Southwest, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros delivered a strong dose of their...
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    Update 3/21/12: Cookie Monsta's Ogden Theatre show has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12. Zomboy is also on the bill. Another Ogden Theatre show change to alert you to: Cookie Monsta,...
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    Tyga, best known for his joint, "Rack City," was supposed to rock the Ogden Theatre tonight, but we've just received word that the show has been postponed for a later date. No reason was...
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    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 03.09.12 The last time the Drive-By Truckers came through town they wrapped up a leg of a tour with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre a year ago....
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    Happy Friday! Another great weekend of music awaits you this weekend. Tonight the Drive-By Truckers kick off a three-night run in Colorado with a show at the Ogden Theatre, followed by a gig...
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    T-PAIN @ OGDEN THEATRE | 2.26.12 In a display of what can only be described as obnoxious, drunken, ego-driven mania, T-Pain performed for nearly three hours last night to a...
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    EXCISION @ OGDEN THEATRE, 2/16/12 Last night, Excision, the Canada-bred dubstep monster, carried the Ogden Theatre on low frequency bass waves that were so powerful the ceiling is...
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    Holy smokes! With the ridiculous number of enticing shows coming to town this spring, you might want to stock up on some five-hour energy and consider getting a second job. Here's yet...
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    THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his...
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    Years ago, my mom asked me, 'What are you going to do when your music can't support you?'" Dominic Lalli remembers. "And I think it was then that I realized that I just had to go at this...
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    FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS @ THE OGDEN THEATRE | 1/15/12 Fitz & The Tantrums put on a show that was magnetic, engaging and inspiring. Boasting an impressive presence unable to be captured by...
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    Formed in 2008 around music already written by bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums came together within a week, just in time to play their first show. The chemistry was...
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    MATISYAHU @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/17/11Less than half a minute into a first song appropriately titled "Open the Gates," Matisyahu's dancing had already grown so intense his yarmulke could no...
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    Nearly a year ago, Railroad Earth played a late-afternoon acoustic set at the Ogden Theatre for 75 fans, who each made a contribution to BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America). To...
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    SOCIAL DISTORTION at the OGDEN THEATRE | 12/2/11Early on in Social Distortion's Friday night show at the Ogden, the first of a three-night stand, frontman Mike Ness thanked the crowd for...
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    Chuck Ragan (due at the Ogden Theatre with Social Distortion tonight and tomorrow night) first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts...
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    Update: Contest is over. We've picked a winner. Congrats to Steve Hag. He and a guest will be our guest at tonight's show. (Steve, check your email for details of how to claim your tickets.)...
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    MASTODON at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/9/11The Dillinger Escape Plan stole the show a bit last night. The band started off with a driving drum beat introduction that shook sternums. After leaping on...
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    PAPER DIAMOND at the OGDEN | 11/4/11Paper Diamond (aka Alex Botwin) cut the bullshit last night on its first headlining appearance at the Ogden. With the assistance of fellow Elm and Oak...
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    DEVOTCHKA at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/28/11This past Friday night at the Ogden Theatre, DeVotchKa kicked off Halloween weekend with its annual scary soiree (the band played a sold out show the...
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    Update 10/28/11: Contest is officially over. Thanks for all the entries. Congratulations goes out to Christopher Weston. You and a guest will be our guests at the DeVotchKa show tonight....
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    According to his Twitter page, Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack broke his nose last night. The break must've been pretty significant, as we received word just a bit ago that the band...
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    SMASHING PUMPKINS at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/10/11It took Billy Corgan 21 songs, or until halfway through the encore, to acknowledge his audience last night. It's unclear whether this is a bad...
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    ODD FUTURE at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/9/11Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All does not give a fuck. Clearly. These cats are out to pillage, plunder and wreak mass hysteria and mayhem. Judging from...
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    CUT COPY at THE OGDEN THEATRE | 10/4/11Dan Whitford, lead vocalist of Cut Copy, is the guy you want at your party. The way he bounces around the stage, you get the sense that he's the guy...
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    INSANE CLOWN POSSE at the OGDEN | 9/29/11Somewhere between the moment someone threw up on me and the moment I realized it had happened, I received first-hand evidence that membership in the...
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    Rapper Game hits the the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 2 and the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, November 3 as part of R.E.D. Tour in support of his fourth album,The R.E.D. Album, which came...
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    The bridge between hip-hop and dubstep is gradually getting shorter, and Vibesquad, a.k.a. Aaron Holstein, brought out some of the most impressive b-boys and b-girls to show off on stage...
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    When the members of TV on the Radio announced they were taking a hiatus in the fall of 2009, they did what anyone would have come to expect of them: They stayed plenty busy. Kyp Malone...
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    Attention, Juggalos: You might want to position yourself a safe distance from your monitor, for what we're about to tell you might make you spray Faygo all over that shit, and we can't be...
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    Young Jeezy's (performing tonight at the Ogden Theatre with Freddie Gibbs and Young Doe) rough-hewn voice is unmistakable, and whether he's pushing hard on his own tracks or lending his...
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    Young this, Lil' that, MC whoever. In hip-hop, the moniker often packs as much punch as the artist's lyrics. Take Jay-Z, (Sdot, Jigga, Hov) or any member of the Wu-Tang Clan (Ghostface...
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    Smashing Pumpkins fans, rejoice! Billy Corgan and company are coming back to Denver on Monday, October 10 at the Ogden Theatre. As if the Ogden's calendar for October wasn't already stacked...
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    Smoke 'em if you got 'em: After, ahem, cough, cough, blowing folks away at Summit Music Hall this past spring on his Jet Life Tour, Curren$y is coming back to the Mile High City, with...
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    ELLIE GOULDING at the OGDEN THEATRE | 8/8/11On her second North American tour in less than a year, Ellie Goulding filled the Ogden Theatre last night, but at a price: The opening act, Bag...
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    Ellie Goulding (performing tonight at the Ogden Theatre with Bag Raiders) may have only been on the international radar since 2009, but the English singer-songwriter has all the trappings of...
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    INXS (performing tonight at the Ogden Theatre with Monroe Monroe) has had been down a long, triumphant road in its thirty-plus years as a band. The Australian rockers have remained a solid...
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    Update (07/29/11): Colorado dates confirmed via Tyler, The Creator himself this morning on Twitter. Dang, dude. Shit just got hella interesting. Word on the street is that Odd Future is...
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    As mentioned earlier today, INXS is playing tonight at the Ogden. Wanna go? What's that? Yes, of course, we know it's a Monday. That's why we thought we'd hook you up, in case you have a...
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    Fresh off winning a pricey EP recording session from Rocky Mountain Recorders at the Westword Music Showcase awards last month, Monroe Monroe has a lot of material just waiting to be...
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    Ben Folds (performing tonight with Kenton Chen) has had several careers over the last few decades. Playing in bands since the '80s, the multi-instrumentalist found MTV and radio-friendly...
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    PANIC! AT THE DISCO at OGDEN THEATRE | 06/28/11This was going to be a big show -- it had to be. Panic! At The Disco, performing last night to a sold out and extremely sweaty crowd at The...
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    MATT & KIM @ THE OGDEN THEATRE | 6/21/11 I did not have a good time at Matt & Kim. Not to say that nobody did. There were certainly members of the crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves,...
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    As Matt & Kim (playing tonight at the Ogden Theatre with The Thermals and Autobot), Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino didn't set out to do much more than have fun. Playing its first D.I.Y. show...
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    SLEIGH BELLS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 6.14.11 As a mid-level band headlining a place the size of the Ogden and charging 25 bucks a head, how do you justify playing a set that's barely as long as...
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    Yeasayer (due tonight with Hush, Hush and Smith Westerns at the Ogden Theatre) was started by three guys from Baltimore, who each moved to New York separately before starting the band....
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    ADELE at THE OGDEN THEATRE | 05/28/11Adele swooped into Denver last night with her powerhouse vocals, killer band and sassy attitude and played for a sold-out crowd at the Ogden Theatre....
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    The Disco Biscuits 05.26.11 | Ogden Theatre Given the build-up for the Disco Biscuits return to Denver, the opening night of the band's three night stand was lacking a certain je ne sais...
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    Kicking off Memorial Day weekend in Colorado for the third year in a row, the Disco Biscuits will once again set the Mile High City on fire with two back-to-back shows at the Ogden,...
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    Warren Haynes (playing his second show in a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre) has a résumé that speaks for itself: Picking up the guitar as a preteen, the bluesman began playing with...
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    There is no denying Warren Haynes knows how to shred. Rolling Stone named him one the 25 greatest guitarists of all time, and he has played with the Allman Brothers, David Allan Coe, the...
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    Australian-born performer Xavier Rudd (who performs tonight at the Ogden Theatre with HoneyHoney) takes the multi-instrumentalist label far beyond its usual connotation. In addition to...
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    It's hard to imagine that Coheed and Cambria is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a band this year. During a decade-long stint as one of rock's only trans-media bands, Coheed and Cambria...
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    THE DEFTONES With Funeral Party and Dillinger Escape Plan 04.22.11 | Ogden Theatre See the photo slideshow Funeral Party got the evening started, and after enduring its set -- one in...
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    Zeds Dead With Nick G. and Sage B. Ragin, Zeno and 2DUBAII Ogden Theatre | 4/15/11 Last night at the Ogden Theatre, Zeds Dead threw down for an energetic crowd in which the music was...
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    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS With Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels 03.19.11 | Ogden Theatre After being on the road pretty much nonstop since the beginning of February, the Drive-By...
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    MIKE GORDON 03.14.11 | Ogden Theatre Last night, just a week after Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio took the same stage, bassist Mike Gordon brought the funk to the Ogden Theatre with a...
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    PUBLIC ENEMY With Chali 2na 2.19.11 | Ogden Theatre Public Enemy has, for upwards of 26 years, put out rousing music that incites the masses both on recordings and in a live setting. Last...
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    TonightBig Boi comes to Denver for the first time in forever to play at the Ogden Theatre. We're sending two writers to cover the show, as opposed to our usual one, because they come from...
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    Though Rob Halford still holds it down as the leader of Judas Priest, the enigmatic band leader has kept busy with several other music projects during his forty-plus years in music. With a...
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    As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal...
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    BLONDE REDHEAD With Ólöf Arnalds 11.27.10 | Ogden Theatre With the swirling fog and twin spotlights bathing her in white light, Ólöf Arnalds seemed like a mythical forest creature...
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    British music magazine MOJO referred to Ólöf Arnalds (due tonight at the Ogden Theatre with Blonde Redhead) as "Reykjavic's answer to Kate Bush," which is fair enough considering Arnalds'...
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    BONOBO | 11.24.10 | Ogden Theatre Bonobo, aka Simon Green, is touring in support of his latest album, Black Sands -- and he brings with him enough instrumentalists to accurately reproduce...
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    Early in its career, Blonde Redhead clearly drew inspiration from DNA, whose song was the inspiration for the band's name. But instead of solely offering up atonal squalls and musical...
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    DJ SHADOW With Pigeon John 11.21.10 | Ogden Theatre See slideshow and read the interview with DJ Shadow Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) has come a long way since his days collaborating with...
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    BRANDON FLOWERS With Fran Healy 11.18.10 | Ogden Theatre It's almost not fair to call Fran Healy an opener. The Scottish front man of acoustic indie rock band Travis has plenty of...
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    Simon Green's Bonobo project has taken chilled-out downtempo on a meandering journey through complex syncopation, sweeping strings and heavy bass lines since 1999, when he released the...
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    Brandon Flowers has grown up quite a bit in the past eight or so years -- vocally speaking. The Killers' run across the mainstream radar was a mere three-album jaunt (the band is currently...
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    SAVOY With Trajikk • Kostas • Alex B. 11.13.10 | Ogden Theatre Savoy electrified the Ogden with their crazy dirty, electro beats and a lightshow that made for one of the best productions...
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    DANZIG With Withered • Toxic Holocaust • Marduk • Possessed 11.12.10 | Ogden Theatre Atlanta's Withered set the stage for much of what was to follow with its admixture of death metal and...
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    Everyday is Halloween for Danzig. Tonight, you can see Glenn in all of his dark, shirtless, wavy black-haired glory at the Ogden theatre for just 35 bucks -- or enter to win tickets by...
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    Savoy, one of the brighter stars to emerge from the Boulder scene in a while, moved to New York a few months ago. The band's sound, which pairs a live drummer with tightly-knit...
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    PAUL OAKENFOLD With Zen Freeman 11.05.10 | Ogden Theatre See the full slideshow Paul Oakenfold, who headlined the Ogden Theatre last night, has been spinning steadily to crowds around the...
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    The role of DJ is an ever-evolving one, and while its old news that sets behind the turntables (or whatever the sonic mode of choice) can be a transformative live experience just like a good...
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