If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, you can't smoke it in public and most private operations still ban its use. So how are you going to sneak your drugs into music festivals while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking so ... More >>
After thirteen years together, the Fruit Bats played their final shows last November. At the time, frontman Eric D. Johnson didn't have any immediate plans to write another album. He figured he'd keep composing film scores -- something he's done for the past three years -- and continue to produce ot ... More >>
Most comedy nerds are already familiar with Marc Maron's biography. He rose to prominence in the 90s alt-comedy scene before floundering through a few TV and radio gigs that never felt like a perfect fit. Despite racking up over 40 appearances on the various incarnations of Conan and never ... More >>
As a dusty wind whipped behind her in hazy stage light, Solange and her ultra slick backing band brought serious chops and swagger to the polo fields as nighttime fell over Coachella. And then Beyonce showed up on stage dancing to "Losing You." It was the first celebrity big surprise (before Pharre ... More >>
JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO at THE SOILED DOVE | 11/27/13 After opening with "The Real Thing," a Concrete Blonde limited edition, single, Johnette Napolitano looked down at a woman sitting in front of her next to the stage and asked if she was okay. The singer, playing her last show of the year, wondered be ... More >>
Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands. For the most part, the outfits here don't merely perform somebody else's music; rather, they put time, energy and effort into really channeling the acts and eras they're emulating. This is especially true of this week's cover band, Under a Bl ... More >>
Brian Eno's 1977 album Before and After Science marks the end of an era. In the four years before it came out, starting in January of 1974, Eno released no fewer than three solo pop albums, and this, his fourth, was to be his last for almost thirty years. By the time he returned to song-oriented voc ... More >>
RADIOHEAD @ 1STBANK CENTER | 3.13.12 Thom Yorke apparently has no idea where he's at right now. "Wassup," he intones after a lively rendition of "Morning Mr Magpie," a decidedly jittery track from King of Limbs. "Where are we? Where the fuck are we? We're on the ground somewhere, near the mountains ... More >>
It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>
For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>
While U2 frontman Bono said "The Fly," the first single from Achtung Baby, was "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree," it could easily be applied to the entire album, which was released on November 19, 1991. Achtung Baby is a document of the band, almost on the verge of breaki ... More >>
Photos by Aaron Thackeray U2 360° TOUR With The Fray 05.21.11 | Invesco Field View U2 at Invesco Field slideshow Say what you will about U2. Name another band that can fill a stadium these days... Time's up. Drawing a blank? That's because there aren't any -- certainly not any from this era. That ... More >>
Kevin Mazur Alright, so near as we can tell, when U2 takes the stage tonight at Invesco (after Isaac Slade and local homeboys in The Fray warm up the stage), the band's set will consist of two-dozen songs, possibly 25. Since the 360° Tour first kicked off in Barcelona in June 2009, the setlist ha ... More >>
My first interview with Ryan Hendrix, one of the co-founders of Oklahoma's Colourmusic, didn't happen for one reason or another. But he more than made up for it the second time around. He was incredibly generous with his time, and extremely interesting and honest, too. These qualities come through i ... More >>
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3, Old Main Chapel, CU-Boulder, free.
New York City practically sweats innovative bands, but it has produced few as utterly otherworldly as Gang Gang Dance (due at the Larimer Lounge on Friday, November 7, with Marnie Stern). Bandmembers Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw, Tim DeWit and Josh Diamond utilize all manner of percussion, keyboard ... More >>
Click here for more photos by Brian Folkins. The Hollyfelds and Three Miles West Friday, May 2, 2008 The Walnut Room The Hollyfelds are a country band – a fact that co-lead singer Eryn Hoerig made sure to point out. Although this was pretty obvious after the band's first song, Hoerig’s charm w ... More >>
An Austin institution opens a new location in Louisville.
Episode 24 opens with Davis' oh-so-valuable opinion that Jenn is ridiculous; she's hooked up with everyone besides him. Meaning Darnell, Alex and Jon. I probably don't need to point out the hypocrisy in this statement, but just in case -- let's see, Davis has a boyfriend (PJ) yet somehow manages to ... More >>
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Cervantes' is the perfect place for Polytoxic to take its Last Waltz.
All That You Can¹t Leave Behind (Interscope)