Concert Reviews

The Replacements at Riot Fest, 9/21/13

THE REPLACEMENTS at RIOT FEST | 9/21/13 Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently performed in such attire. Clad as they were, the two deftly addressed the issue without having to say a thing, all the while making a sly, sardonic statement at the same time. It was the perfect symbol for how the Replacement's songs make no bones about everyday life, and how it's important to have a sense of humor even about things that seem unmentionable in polite company.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.