The Fray

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    May 27, 2014

    The seven best concerts in Denver this week

    We hope your long weekend was as full of smoked meats and assorted outdoor activities as ours was. And now we're back and ready to talk about Denver concerts some more. Obviously the selections are a little lighter in this week's show round-up given that we lost a day. But there are still plenty o ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Ryan Tedder made (more than) $2.5 million last year

    That's the big takeaway from Billboard's current cover story on Colorado-bred Ryan Tedder: He made $2.5 million in 2013 on royalties alone. The lion's share of it came from songwriting credits on songs performed by Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, The Fray (hey!) and his own band, One ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    New Denver concerts: Railroad Earth, Flux Pavilion, Brantley Gilbert, tickets this weekend

    Railroad Earth is due at the Boulder Theater on Friday, August 1, followed by a show at Red Rocks on Saturday, August 12, with Greensky Bluegrass and the Wood Brothers. Tickets for the latter show go on sale this Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. Flux Pavilion, meanwhile, headlines Red Rocks on Frida ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    New Denver shows: Slayer, the Knife, Old Crow Medicine Show, tickets on sale this weekend

    Slayer headlines the Fillmore on Saturday, May 10, with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus opening. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. The Knife brings its Shaking the Habitual North American Tour to the Fillmore Auditorium on Monday, April 21, and tickets ($32.50-$35) are on sale now. ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    The Denver Music Summit kicks off this Friday

    In 2009, a study commissioned by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, introduced Creative Vitality Index (CVI), a metric created by Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to measure our city's cultural viability. Based on Denver's CVI, the study determined the Mile High City was an emerging natio ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    New Denver concerts: Railroad Earth, Walk Off the Earth, tickets on sale this Friday

    Railroad Earth return to the area to play a two-night stand at the Fillmore on Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18. General admission tickets (.$27.50/$30 and $50 two-day) go on sale this Friday, November 1, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs a ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SUNDAY | COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 Colorado Rising is a fitting name for this benefit show. Aside from its obvious meaning, the title could also describe the homegrown acts on the bill, each of which has helped raise the profile of music being made in our state considerably. While ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Ticketmaster fan reviews of ten Colorado acts

    So we were looking something up on Ticketmaster the other day, and it turns out the site is quite a treasure trove of fan reviews. Kind of like the Yelp of music, only without all the vitriol. Who knew, right? Granted, some of the criticism is misdirected, from complaints about the sound or the venu ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Plates for the Peak kicks off a week of tasty activities

    Although it sometimes seems like the gang's all beer the week of the GABF, there are many other events on the culinary calendar -- including opportunities to do good while eating good food. Tonight, for example, you can help defeat youth homelessness by supporting Urban Peak at Vesta Dipping Grill, ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), July 19-21

    It's one of those weekends where there are so many events that are crammed into three days, it's hard to focus on what to do. If you decide you want to have fun but hold onto your cash, there are plenty of happenings with an admission price that's less than a Hamilton. Watch The Lion King under the ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Win tickets to see Joe King tonight at the Bluebird Theater and Sunday at the Fox Theatre

    Joe King of the Fray is slated to make his live solo debut tonight at the Bluebird Theater in support of Breaking, his brand new album, which dropped earlier this week. Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweats are sharing the bill. We've got a couple pairs of tickets to tonight's show and a couple of pa ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Missy Franklin wins Olympic gold -- and tweet from Justin Bieber

    Local teen-queen-of-the-pool Missy Franklin has won her first gold medal, in the 100 meter backstroke -- and pretty much no one thinks it'll be her last. Now the question: Which means more to her -- that medallion or the congratulatory tweet she received from Justin Bieber?

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    July 27, 2012

    Tim McGraw and other musicians pay tribute to the Aurora shooting victims and their families

    See Also: - Photos: Brothers of the Sun Tour hits Denver - Review: Florence the Machine On the evening of the Aurora theater shooting and in the days that followed, scores of musicians were faced with the daunting and unenviable prospect of performing for folks when the devastating loss was still ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Emmylou Harris on how she and Gram Parsons got "fired" before their first gig in Boulder

    See Also: - Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys at Red Rocks, 7/18/12 - The Rebirth of Emmylou Harris - The Fray Scars & Stories: A track-by-track breakdown from Isaac Slade and Joe King Since first performing with Gram Parsons in Boulder in the early '70s (and getting fired), Emmylou Harris has pl ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Cypress Hill, the Fray, Kaskade and Mojo Nixon were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Bird, Fu ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    First Lady Mary Louise Lee wants to bring back the arts

    Several nationally renowned artists and musicians are Denver natives: Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire graduated from East Denver High School; The Fray's Isaac Slade and Joe King were schoolmates at Faith Christian Academy. Now Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee wants to promote Denver's notab ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Happy birthday, Rihanna. "Turn Up the Music," but no "Birthday Cake" for you, Chris Brown!

    Update: Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" remix featuring Rhianna added below. Happy 24th birthday, Robyn Rihanna Fenty. We remember your first record, "Pon De Replay." Nice, disposable dancefloor pop. It was urban enough to get people dancing in high school, but not sexy enough to fertilize anythi ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Videos: Tim Tebow's Seinfeld moment, Fray tribute and worst hymn-singing ever

    Videos below.​Why aren't we sick of the Tim Tebow media avalanche yet? Becuase lots of the flow is hilarious, or weirdly fascinating, or just plain weird. Examples? How about the Seinfeld clips in which George nicknames himself "T-Bone," now subtly altered to sound like "Tebow." Or the ESPN tr ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder enlists the Fray and other friends for a holiday concert at the Ogden

    ​Fresh off a stint entertaining the President and First Lady at the White House for the annual National Tree Lighting ceremony with Ellie Goulding and Kermit the Frog, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is back in the Mile High City and ready to ring in the holidays with us. And the dude comes bearing ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    The Fray's new album, Scars & Stories, due out 2/7/12. Listen to "Heartbeat," the first single

    Scars & Stories is due to hit stores on February 7​The 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 >>

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    May 22, 2011

    U2 Denver, 360° Tour at Invesco Field, 5/21/11

    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 >>

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    May 21, 2011

    U2 in Denver at Invesco Field, What to expect tonight: (likely) setlist, parking info and 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 >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Thursday is the new Friday: Juarez Street Fighters, Above & Beyond, and DJ Muggs

    ​Thank goodness Thursday has come around again, we were beginning to think Noah was going to come floating by on in Arc with two of each animal. Luckily even as our streets are flowing with water, our venues are flooding with big things to do. Check out our wrap-up for tonight, which unlike th ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Saints, Something Underground and Kintetix spun at local radio. See who else got spins

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, KTCL's Locals Only, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Col ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    We Are the World 2010: List of performers seems a little underwhelming -- the idea is to get people to buy the song, right?

    Our friends over at CNN just posted a partial list of performers appearing on the "We Are the World" remake. From the looks of it, we put more thought into this whole thing than the organizers did. Okay, sure, there were a handful of bona fied stars that took part -- and we're assuming they've be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    The year in reviews: a handy link guide to all the records reviewed in Westword this year

    ​Perhaps inspired by the fact that we're in the process of putting together our annual year-end lists and thus reflecting on our favorite releases from the past twelve months, we've been going through all the albums we reviewed in 2009 in an effort to stir our memories just in case a worthy releas ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    A first look at Meese's "Forward Motion" video

    Rod Blackhurst​Yesterday, we posted a video from Katie Chastain directed by Nathan Johnson, a Denver bred artist/musician/director with loose ties to the Fray. Today, we bring you another swell clip from a director who's directly associated with Isaac Slade and company, Rod Blackhurst, the guy res ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009
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    June 19, 2009

    The Fray does Fallon, skips Kanye cover

    The Fray, this nifty little pop band from Denver, dropped in on Jimmy Fallon's soon-to-be-short-lived late-night show on Thursday to play a little ditty. If you were reading the Tweets of Fallon's house-band leader ?uest Love, you probably expected Isaac and Co. to play their bizarre cover of Kany ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    The blog shortcut, June 4 edition

    Scotty "Magic Cyclops" Ramone. Sorry to interrupt you.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Goodbye, Magic Cyclops. Hello, Scotty Ramone. • Rainbow Music Hall now officially only a memory. • Paper Bird in search of intriguing, suitable adjective. • The Fray's not-so-secret dress rehearsal. • M ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    U2 top seller at Twist & Shout

    U2's No Line on the Horizon and Neko Case's Middle Cyclops, both released on Tuesday, March 3, showed some of best numbers at Twist & Shout in many months. The Fray moved back up into the top five, followed by Van Morrison and Beirut for the week ending March 8. See the full breakdown after the ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Morrissey top seller at Twist & Shout

    Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal, released last week on Decca, grabbed the top spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list for the week ending February 22. Andrew Bird, M. Ward and Beirut also performed strong while the Fray's latest album dropped from its number one position for the last two ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 30, 2009

    Week in Review: 1/26/09 - 1/30/09

    In terms of music news this was a slower week in the Mile High City. The biggest items were news of Overcasters being invited to perform at South By Southwest on the heels of a particularly harrowing trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago with the Fluid, followed closely by DJ Vajra's inclusion in a ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    A first look at the Fray's new documentary

    Just attended a private screening at Starz FilmCenter of Fair Fight, a brand-new documentary focusing on the Fray that chronicles the making of the act's forthcoming album. The film was directed by Rod Blackhurst, a onetime merch guy who's been trailing the band for the better part of three yea ... More >>

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    December 20, 2008

    Fray reveals track list for new album

    Update: The Jimmy Kimmel Live clip is posted after the jump. Isaac Slade (pictured above) and his bandmates in the Fray, who performed in the snow this past weekend at Vail's Snow Daze, have revealed the track list for the band's forthcoming self-titled album, which is due to be released here a ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    The Fray's new single makes its debut

    Update: This afternoon, the Fray posted a viral video on its MySpace page, and sent out a bulletin explaining the meaning behind the words to "You Found Me." We've posted both after the jump, along with the lyrics. The Fray's new single, as previously reported, debuted last night during Grey's Ana ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (11/17/08-11/21/08)

    Leave the Gun. Take the cannoli. All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way thro ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    This Just In 11/20-12/3

    John Legend visits the Paramount Theatre January 8. There's a bit more action this week with concert announcements, including John Legend's January 8 show at the Paramount, Galactic's Valentine's Day show at Fillmore and a bunch of good shows at the Bluebird. Celine Dion's show originally schedule ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Crash Course

    The University of Colorado just got an F in music appreciation. Next week, the dean of the College of Arts & Media at CU Denver will lead a tour of CAM's classrooms. "As the first college in Colorado devoted entirely to arts and entertainment," the school's announcement boasts, "CAM combines the la ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    The Fray Hits the Rocks

    Denver's hometown heroes are larger than Life.

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    August 7, 2007

    The Fray Meet the X-Men

    Sure, the members of the Fray just completed a triumphant three-night run at Red Rocks, solidifying their local-hero status. But their steady march to cultural hegemony has been formalized by their appearance in the realm of some real heroes: the X-Men. X-Factor issue 22, to be released on August 8 ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006

    Dead on Arrival

    Drop Dead, Gorgeous is kid-tested and mother-approved.

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    July 20, 2006
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    July 20, 2006

    The Fray Plays On

    Last night, the Fray appeared on the Tonight Show for the second time in six months -- and just a week after the band was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Fray played "How to Save a Life" -- the title track from its debut -- with workman-like precision. In fact, the hometown boy ... More >>

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    July 11, 2006

    Fray to Go

    Props to the Fray, who performed last night on the Late Show with David Letterman, successfully finishing off the triumvirate of late-night talk shows. (We know, we know: The band has actually been on four post-prime-time gabfests, but honestly, can you really consider its appearance on the Late Lat ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    The Beatdown

    A slot on Weezer's latest tour proves fruitful for the Fray.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Let Us Fray

    With God on their side, these musicians have gone from zeros to heroes.

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    November 25, 2004

    The Beatdown

    In the final tally, Avril is far less Complicated than Britney.

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    February 19, 2004

    The Fray

    Reason EP (Self-Released)

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