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Eric Gruneisen

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    March 24, 2014

    Lorde is not a goth, but she proved her pop-star staying power in Denver

    When Lorde became widely known following the release of her hit single "Royals," the term goth was quickly attached to her music and even more to her visual style. Vanity Fair referred her as the Queen of Darkness. Well, the goths didn't get that memo, and her sold-out show over the weekend in Den ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Denver fans explain why De La Soul still matters

    De La Soul, the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio, performed last Saturday to a capacity crowd at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. It was "nuts-to-butts crowded," as my Tennessee friends like to say. Consider now the fact that the group hasn't released a proper album in five years (2009's obscure Are ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour proves she's pop music's greatest role model (seriously)

    The world's most maligned former Disney princess is strutting down the stage, leading a platoon of dancers dressed in (more) preposterous costumes, the most preposterous of them a pair of seven-foot foam finger outfits where the dancers' heads stick out of the knuckles. It's a direct reference to ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Lotus at Fillmore Auditorium, 2/8/14

    Taking jazzy grooves and elevating them to frenzied funk levels through samples, synths and heavily textured percussion, Lotus played two sets of high energy dance to the younger skewed crowd Saturday night. Though no surprise MCs showed up to perform any songs off the act's latest hip hop release, ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    Murder By Death at the Stanley Hotel, 1/18/14

    MURDER BY DEATH at THE STANLEY HOTEL | 1/18/14 Most shows in Colorado are easy to get to, even if you head up to the Belly Up in Aspen. But with the flood-damaged highways leading up to Estes Park, with one particular stretch narrowed to just one lane with each side of the highway sharing that lane ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Colorado Rising flood relief benefit at 1STBANK Center raised more than a half-million dollars

    Update, 10/29/13: The numbers are in, and according to both Live Nation and AEG, who joined forces to put on the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit this past weekend at 1STBANK Center, the show raised $650K to benefit victims of the recent flooding on the Front Range. Proceeds from the show are be ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Colorado Rising Flood Relief Benefit at 1STBANK Center, 10/27/13

    COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 By the time Dave Matthews took the stage last night during the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit show at 1STBANK Center, it was tough to spot any empty seats. Matthews had the capacity crowd on its feet during his entire set, but even his obvious star ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Eagles at Pepsi Center, 10/5/13

    EAGLES @ PEPSI CENTER | 10/5/13 The Eagles' current tour is titled "The History of the Eagles," and this performance at the Pepsi Center did a great job of living up to that title with side lessons about Linda Ronstadt's old touring band, the country-rock stylings of Poco in the 1970s and the musica ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Lotus at Red Rocks, 10/4/13

    LOTUS @ RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 Despite predictions of snow all week, the weather stayed calm but frigid at Red Rocks as Lotus performed its show, which had been rescheduled due to the flooding a couple weeks ago. Even though it was cold, all quickly warmed up dancing to the high energy genre-bending mu ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Furthur at Red Rocks, 9/21/13

    FURTHUR at RED ROCKS | NIGHT THREE | 9/21/13 Furthur's third show at Red Rocks had two special guests -- a monster Harvest Moon that was even bigger than the night before and an hour-long fireworks display in the background. The venue filled up much faster on this night than the previous two nights ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Furthur at Red Rocks, 9/19/13

    Furthur kicked off its four-night run at Red Rocks last night, fresh from announcing the news of their upcoming touring hiatus. "Would this be the last time we would see these living legends of the Grateful Dead at Red Rocks?" seemed to be the question on many people's minds. Only time will tell, bu ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Muse at Pepsi Center, 9/17/13

    MUSE at PEPSI CENTER | 9/17/13 A Muse show is never short on spectacle and stunning visuals, and this Pepsi Center date was no exception. One of the most impressive moments came at the beginning of "Sunburn" when a single turquoise beam came down from the ceiling to a sphere held by Matthew Bellamy, ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Pentagram at Snowboard On the Block, 9/14/13

    PENTAGRAM at SNOWBOARD ON THE BLOCK | 9/14/13 If Pentagram's last show in Denver in March 2010 left a bit to be desired, this performance more than made up for it. Coming out of the gates with "Treat Me Right," Bobby Liebling and his new line-up were in fine form, both energetic and enthusiastic. Li ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The Lumineers at Red Rocks, 9/15/13

    THE LUMINEERS at RED ROCKS | 9/15/13 Unsurprisingly, Red Rocks erupted in cheers at the opening strains of "Ho Hey," the Lumineers breakthrough hit. Even though the song is kind of a delicate love song whose most prominent instruments are mandolin and drums, clearly the tune has struck a massive cho ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night three, 9/1/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 9/1/13 One of the best things about Phish playing Dick's around Labor Day is that you get to see our sunset. A good, juicy, late summer Colorado sunset pre-show, and then you get two whole sets of Kuroda's light show like it's an indoor Fall show. This year's clo ... More >>

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    September 1, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night two, 8/31/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 I guess we do really all love Dick's. For the first time last night, Phish sold out Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium, which can hold up to 26,000. Not too bad for some goofy dudes who have never had a hit song. Many assumed the show would se ... More >>

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    August 31, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night one, 8/31/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 The night started with a familiar sight in the Denver skies last night over the Phish show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the airplane that local grow supply store chain Way to Grow usually has flying overhead at concerts with its "Grow ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Queens of the Stone Age, 8/15/13

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | 8/15/13 Drawing liberally from a broad range of its catalog, Queens of the Stone Age planned its Red Rocks set out especially well last night. Everything rolled forward with ample momentum, but the band and the crowd both had plenty time to breathe. The song cho ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Mac Miller at Ogden Theatre, 7/30/13

    MAC MILLER @ OGDEN THEATRE | 7/30/13 Mac Miller is one of rap music's fastest rising stars, whether hip hop likes it or not. An independent rapper who has twice shown that fresh beats and dope rhymes can sell well, he should be celebrated. Instead the rapper is a polarizing figure. Last night's sold ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from upstairs at City Hall

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Brad Lopez hosted the upstairs stage at City Hall this past Saturday. ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall Amphitheatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Shawn White hosted at City Hall Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall street level

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Noah Hubbell hosted the street level stage at City Hall this past Satu ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Oak Tavern and 24K both closed

    Nearly four years after transforming the Monarck into the Oak Tavern, Lotus Concepts' Francois Safieddine has closed the venue and his 24K club upstairs last weekend. Paulina Szafranski, president of marketing for Lotus, says that Safieddine, who owns the building at 1416 Market Street, doesn't have ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Umphrey's McGee at Red Rocks, 6/7/13

    UMPHREY'S MCGEE @ RED ROCKS | 6/7/13 It didn't take long for Umphrey's McGee to show off its chops. The dense solos, the dizzying melodic runs and the complicated rhythms came almost immediately after the sextet took the stage, and it was a good twenty minutes before the band took a breather for the ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/3/13, reviews, photos, setlists

    ALICE COOPER / MARILYN MANSON @ RED ROCKS | 6/3/13 The moment everyone was waiting for and had to guess was coming came at the very end of the show, when Alice Cooper came back on stage for his encore. As the familiar strains of "I'm Eighteen" drew cheers from the crowd, Alice took the first verse o ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Soundgarden at 1STBANK Center, 5/28/13

    SOUNDGARDEN @ 1STBANK CENTER | 5/28/13 Five songs into its set last night at 1STBANK Center, with the stage bathed in emerald light and Chris Cornell appearing sans guitar for the first time in the set, Soundgarden performed "Outshined," one of its first radio hits. Cornell put his mic toward the cr ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Vampire Weekend at Red Rocks, 5/20/13

    VAMPIRE WEEKEND @ RED ROCKS | 5/20/13 Last night at Red Rocks, Vampire Weekend showed all the strength that has made it so compelling since the release of its first record five years ago. From Ezra Koenig's effortless falsetto and drummer Chris Tomson's rollicking drum rolls that eerily echo old sur ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Zac Brown Band at Red Rocks, 5/8/13

    ZAC BROWN BAND @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5/8/13 "We're gonna warm it up!" Zac Brown said just before he launched into "Toes," one of the handful of Jimmy Buffettized country-rock tunes his band played at Red Rocks last night. That song ("Toes in the water/Ass in the sand"... don't act like you have ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Bonobo at the Ogden Theatre, 4/26/13

    BONOBO @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/26/13 A capacity crowd filled the Ogden to see Bonobo this past weekend. However, words like "sold out" and "capacity" don't accurately describe the electric scene inside and outside the theater. Every nook and cranny of the theater from the rafters to the rear of house wa ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Viceroy at Bar Standard, 4/26/13

    VICEROY @ BAR STANDARD | 4/26/13 I arrived fashionably late for Viceroy's guest DJ gig at Denver Disco. The San Francisco based DJs appearance at Bar Standard was definitely one of the more anticipated events of the spring. The Viceroy vibe is "summer all the time," and that definitely comes across ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    The Firehouse Tavern in Thornton has closed

    Another closure to let you know about: The Firehouse Tavern has closed. The Thornton bar, which opened in 2009, went dark recently after a three-and-a-half year run. A two-story suburban outpost housed in the former Holly North space at 10369 Quivas Street, the Firehouse became a choice destination ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    The fifty best concert photos of winter

    Winter is officially in the books. Spring is finally here, and we've got a whole new batch of shows to look forward to. Before we forge ahead, we thought we take a look back at all the shows we made it out to in the past few months and single out the best moments. Turns out, there were a quite a few ... More >>

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    March 10, 2013

    Alabama Shakes: The five best rock faces of the inimitable, bewitching Brittany Howard

    If you've never seen the Alabama Shakes live, add that to your bucket list immediately. Fuck jumping out of a plane. You've just got to see Brittany Howard live before you're pushing daisies. She's simply the most magnetic performer I've seen in a long time. Unlike other singers who resort to bawdy ... More >>

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    March 10, 2013

    Alabama Shakes at the Ogden Theatre, with Michael Kiwanuka, 3/9/13 (reviews, photos)

    ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATER | 3/9/13 There were too many musical threads to count during Alabama Shakes' dynamic and dizzying performance at the Ogden Theatre. During the most heart-rending moments of "Be Mine," for example, vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howard summoned the spirits of James Br ... More >>

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    March 2, 2013

    Passion Pit at 1STBANK Center with Matt & Kim, 3/1/13 (review, photos and setlist)

    PASSION PIT @ 1STBANK CENTER | 3/1/13 Passion Pit's show at 1STBANK Center was more about feel than flash, more about mood than pageantry. The globes started to glow pink right before Passion Pit broke into the slow tempo of "Constant Conversations" and singer Michael Angelakos busted out some fine ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Brother Ali at Cervantes', 2/2/13

    BROTHER ALI @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 2/2/13 Brother Ali commands the stage like a political figure, only one who's less concerned with appearance and more concerned with the impact of his speech. In the nihilistic rap world of uncountable monies, untraceable guns and impregnable bitches, ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Disco Biscuits at the Ogden Theatre, 1/25/13

    DISCO BISCUITS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/25/13 Although the Disco Biscuit's show at the Ogden Theatre may have been only the second in the band's three Colorado stops for their Winter Inferno tour, the Philadephia quartet made it feel distinct, treating the show like its own musical statement. Both segme ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Railroad Earth at the Ogden, 1/18/13

    RAILROAD EARTH @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/18/13 It started with a slow, purposeful beat from drummer Carey Harmon, followed by a careful fiddle line from Tim Carbone and a rapid round of banjo picking by Andy Goessling. And then mandolinist John Skehan had his turn in the solo spotlight, and from there, p ... More >>

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    December 23, 2012

    OneRepublic Denver Acoustic Christmas at Ogden, with Big Head Todd, 12/21/12

    DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/21/12 "The world could use a little more gospel music," declared OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder at the band's now-annual Denver Acoustic Christmas show. That quote pretty much summed up the message of hope and love for the evening. While everyone was alread ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    T.I. at 1STBANK Center, 12/15/12

    T.I. / KS-107.5 JINGLE JAM @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/15/12 After a bit of a wait, the lights dimmed. Screams of delight filled the 1STBANK Center, fighting for preeminence in a veritable bass-made earthquake. A booming, overpowering voice delivered a fiery sermon as the man of the evening finally took ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    KTCL's Not So Silent Night at 1STBANK, fun., Of Monsters and Men and Churchill, 12/13/12

    FUN. @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/13/12 If you came to KTCL's Not So Silent Night at the 1STBANK Center last night expecting to hear "We Are Young"-like songs for the duration of fun.'s almost two-hour set, you were disappointed. That's not to say that the rest of the songs paled to the Billboard topping ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Fans of The Hobbit show their love for Middle Earth at one metro Denver premiere screening

    It's hard not to find some love in your heart for those darned cute, hairy-footed hobbits, and last night some of their most dedicated fans donned hobbit, elf and dwarfish gear for the long-awaited midnight premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at AMC Westminster Promenade 24 and other metr ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Lamb of God at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/10/12

    LAMB OF GOD @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM |12/10/12 The highpoint of Lamb of God's set came somewhere around the midpoint, when after projecting pictures the band's fans in the military on the twin screens flanking drummer Chris Adler, Randy Blythe dedicated "Now You've Got Something to Die For" to the men ... More >>

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    December 9, 2012

    Public Enemy at the Ogden Theatre, 12/8/12

    PUBLIC ENEMY @ OGDEN THEATRE| 2/4/12 Flava Flav was in top form last night at the Ogden Theatre, from hamming it up informing everybody that Manny Pacquaio got knocked out in the sixth round to sharing the story of how he came to wearing the ever-present iconic clock around his neck. But it was whe ... More >>

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    December 8, 2012

    NOFX at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/7/12

    NOFX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM |12/7/12 The funniest (and definitely the wrongest) moment in NOFX's show last night at the Fillmore came when Fat Mike prefaced "Arming the Proletariat With Potato Guns" by saying, "This is kind of a racist song, but it's okay if you're racist toward the people in your b ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre, 12/6/12

    MACKLEMORE @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/6/12 All Macklemore has to do is pose dramatically to induce the same frenzied reaction from an audience that a slightly lesser MC would draw with their signature song. Granted, a very sizable portion of his Denver audience comprised easily riled high school girls, t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Sonar on Tour with Die Antwoord, 11/7/12

    SONAR ON TOUR WITH DIE ANTWOORD @ OGDEN THEATRE | 11/7/12 Things to consider when bringing the Sonar Tour to the Ogden Theatre: Should the set times be released prior to the show? Is it okay to have a show that lasts 7.5 hours without re-entry? Should there be a DJ playing outside in a Red Bull tru ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Leonard Cohen at 1STBANK Center, 11/03/12

    LEONARD COHEN @ 1STBANK CENTER | 11/3/12 There were no low points in Leonard Cohen's show at the 1STBANK Center, and it was perfectly paced, impressive considering it went on for three and a half hours. The high point came when Cohen and his band went into "Hallelujah." The crowd sang along, as the ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Ogden, 10/31/12

    KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE @ THE OGDEN THEATRE |10/31/12 Things witnessed last night at the Ogden Theatre, in no particular order: Rosie the Riveter breakdancing with a samurai; a priest making out with Little Orphan Annie; Milli Vanilli's Rob and Fab sharing a smoke outside; and a drunk monk. On ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    The twenty best Madonnabes at last night's Madonna concert at the Pepsi Center

    Let's get this straight: There is only one Madonna. Unless, of course, you're counting the number of times Madge has reinvented her sound and her look throughout history, in which case there are dozens. And last night at the Pepsi Center, they all came out to see the original. There were "Material G ... More >>

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