PHOENIX @ 1STBANK CENTER | 8/7/13 Last night at 1STBANK, when the repeating bell-like sounds at the beginning of Phoenix's biggest hit "Lisztomania" rung out, the crowd roared expectedly and the outfit almost didn't have to sing at all. As everybody sang along with every word, you could tell that it ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayPhoenix in the Bison Tent on Saturday at Mile High Music Festival.The crowd didn't seem to mind Phoenix's simple and straight-ahead approach during its 6:45 p.m. set in the Bison Tent at Mile High Music Festival. The Paris-based band have built a loyal commercial following in ... More >>
Tuesday, April 20, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
On Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz first release since 2005's Demon Days, frontman Damon Albarn recruited a hell of a guest line-up, from Lou Reed and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon to Mos Def, Bobby Womack and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The album, which was released last week on Virg ... More >>
Vampire Weekend's Contra, released last week on XL, follow-up to its 2008 self-titled debut, was one of the most highly anticipated records of the new year, so it's no surprise the album claimed the top slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending January 17. Blakroc's self-titled debut, Phoenix ... More >>
Folks around here clearly love their smooth jazz. How else to explain the second volume of KKHi's Smooth Sound of Colorado comp, featuring Walter Beasley, Craig Chaquico and Euge Groove, among others, being back at number one at Twist & Shout this past week?Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled ... More >>
Thanks to Micachu & the Shapes for making us keenly aware of a vacuum cleaner's emotional propertiesYeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten ... More >>
Monsters of Folk's self-titled debut grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill, while eponymous releases from Blakroc and Them Crooked Vultures came in second and third for the week. Boulder-based guitarist Trace Bundy, meanwhile, checked in at number four with Adapt, and Michael Franti & Sp ... More >>
Apparently there was a bit of a fight between Tom Waits' Glitter & Doom Live and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream last week at Twist & Shout, and fortunately, Waits, who turned sixty yesterday, was the victor. Blakroc, the Black Keys' new hip-hop project, came in third, while Them Crooked ... More >>
Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup that features drummer Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age), guitarist/singer John Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss) and bassist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout with their self-titled debut, ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Last time we checked, there's still a good four months left until the end of the year. Regardless, that hasn't stopped Bob Boilen and company from NPR's All Songs Considered from weighing in on the best music of 2009 (so far). Actually, check that -- the results, which were posted on the show's b ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray Phoenix, Amazing Baby Thursday, June 25, 2009 The Bluebird Better Than: Every show I've seen in the past year. Something happened last night at the Bluebird. I'm not sure exactly what the chemistry was, whether it was the world's trendiest band or the fact that we are all feeling ... More >>
Thursday, June 25, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.