DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>
ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/9/13 A number of bands are returning to a Southern-rock sound these days, but much of the music they're making is too derivative to be interesting. Alabama Shakes, fresh off a date warming up for Neil Young, bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in hi ... More >>
SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ WINTER PARK | FRI-SUN, 3/8-3/10 If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the apt ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>
The Fray just confirmed another show at Red Rocks. Quincy Magoo probably could've seen that coming, eh? Even less surprising: The date of the second show is Saturday, May 12, the night after the first Red Rocks date -- that is, assuming that Sir Isaac Slade isn't mixing it up with Killers frontman B ... More >>
Westword caught up with the Fray's chief songwriters, Isaac Slade and Joe King, for a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what "Run for Your Life" or "Here We Are" is about, wonder no more. Or if you came h ... More >>
Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. On the eve of releasing their third full-length album, Scars and Stories and almost exactly a year after playing at Invesco with U2, the Fray has announced plans to return to Red Rock ... More >>
Just before the holidays, the Fray offered another peek of its upcoming album, Scars & Stories, the follow-up to the act's eponymous sophomore release from 2009. While the record's first single, "Heartbeat," debuted this past October and has already charted, the Denver-based quartet recently ... More >>
Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. Remember that scene in La Bamba when Richie Valens shows up at a fan's house with a bunch of pizzas for private pizza party. More than two decades after that event played out on the s ... More >>
Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. Update (11/22/11): The full "Heartbeat" video and the Scars and Stories cover art has been added below. And so it begins. The Fray is now in full-on promo mode, ramping up for the r ... More >>
Scars & Stories is due to hit stores on February 7The Fray's new Brendan O'Brien-produced album, which frontman Isaac Slade spoke with us about at length this past spring, now officially has a title (Scars & Stories) and a release date (February 7). The first single from the album, recorded a ... More >>
Isaac Slade sounds at greater ease these days, like he's completely comfortable in his own skin. After spending the better part of his career grappling with the pressures of trying to live up to everyone's expectations, he's reached a point where that's no longer as big a consideration, which ... More >>
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