Reviews Archive

  • Let’s face it, last week’s Dead & Company shows in Broomfield were not without controversy.  Questions like “Should ‘The Dead’ be touring without Phil?”, “Why on earth did Bobby, Phil and Mickey choose John Mayer to fill Jerry’s lauded shoes?” and “I thought they said the Chicago shows were the last ones?” have been bubbling through Head circles for months.  What this band made clear on Tuesday is that there is new reason to love The Dead, warts and all.

    Dead & Company – November 24th – 1stBank Center

    Let’s face it, last week’s Dead & Company shows in Broomfield were not without controversy. Questions like “Should ‘The Dead’ be touring without Phil?”, “Why on earth did Bobby, Phil and Mickey choose John Mayer to fill Jerry’s lauded shoes?” and “I thought they said the Chicago shows were the last ones?” have been bubbling through Head circles for months. What this band made clear on Tuesday is that there is new reason to love The Dead, warts and all.

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  • Cowboy hats and boots dotted Colfax as Ryan Bingham fans lined up outside the Ogden Theatre on a frigid Friday night to shake off their Thanksgiving gluttony with the second of two Denver shows on the songwriter's "Fear and Saturday Night" tour.  Word on the sidewalk was that the Wednesday set was smoking from start to finish so expectations were high among many and the whiskey drinks began flowing early to get everyone warmed up.

    Ryan Bingham – November 27th – Ogden Theatre

    Cowboy hats and boots dotted Colfax as Ryan Bingham fans lined up outside the Ogden Theatre on a frigid Friday night to shake off their Thanksgiving gluttony with the second of two Denver shows on the songwriter's "Fear and Saturday Night" tour. Word on the sidewalk was that the Wednesday set was smoking from start to finish so expectations were high among many and the whiskey drinks began flowing early to get everyone warmed up.

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  • Tnertle has progressed in the last year, becoming tighter, unified and hot, hot, hot.  They bring the hype and always deliver.  This Denver based band has created a collaborative brood that is gaining steam and carving out their own musical corner with the incomparable party they bring to the stage. If you want to find your new favorite band, then you need to jump on the Tnertle music movement and journey to the summit of their Samptronic empire.

    TNertle – November 20th – Cervantes’ Other Side

    Tnertle has progressed in the last year, becoming tighter, unified and hot, hot, hot. They bring the hype and always deliver. This Denver based band has created a collaborative brood that is gaining steam and carving out their own musical corner with the incomparable party they bring to the stage. If you want to find your new favorite band, then you need to jump on the Tnertle music movement and journey to the summit of their Samptronic empire.

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  • Ahead of the blizzard that wasn’t, fans braved the threat of fast-falling, blowing snow for an intimate night with Irish folk musician Glen Hansard at the historic Paramount Theatre. Hansard could have come solo, powered solely by the strength of his lyrics and vocals, but instead, he showed up with a full nine piece band behind him and proceeded to vigorously play songs from his new album as well as some The Swell Season favorites.

    Glen Hansard – November 16th – Paramount Theatre

    Ahead of the blizzard that wasn’t, fans braved the threat of fast-falling, blowing snow for an intimate night with Irish folk musician Glen Hansard at the historic Paramount Theatre. Hansard could have come solo, powered solely by the strength of his lyrics and vocals, but instead, he showed up with a full nine piece band behind him and proceeded to vigorously play songs from his new album as well as some The Swell Season favorites.

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  • Last Saturday night the Ogden Theatre brought us the greatest annual Halloween treat Denver has to offer - The Motet's annual Halloween run - two weeks late.  Though this year it was a bit past the holiday deadline, that didn't stop the loyal fans of this local Funk band from stepping out in full force for what was dubbed as the "Hometown Hustle."  For weeks this show was the talk of the town, and the anticipation was sky high for the band's rabid fans.

    The Motet – November 14th – Ogden Theatre

    Last Saturday night the Ogden Theatre brought us the greatest annual Halloween treat Denver has to offer - The Motet's annual Halloween run - two weeks late. Though this year it was a bit past the holiday deadline, that didn't stop the loyal fans of this local Funk band from stepping out in full force for what was dubbed as the "Hometown Hustle." For weeks this show was the talk of the town, and the anticipation was sky high for the band's rabid fans.

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  • Duluth Minnesota's Low brought a powerful show to a sold-out Larimer Lounge this past Friday the 13th.  The Sub Pop veterans brought out shoegazers seeking downtempo, hard hitting music, and all left satisfied as the band effortlessly hit hard in the best and most nonchalant way possible, bringing mesmerizing moments that proved why they have remained a fixture of the scene for so long.

    Low – November 13th – Larimer Lounge

    Duluth Minnesota's Low brought a powerful show to a sold-out Larimer Lounge this past Friday the 13th. The Sub Pop veterans brought out shoegazers seeking downtempo, hard hitting music, and all left satisfied as the band effortlessly hit hard in the best and most nonchalant way possible, bringing mesmerizing moments that proved why they have remained a fixture of the scene for so long.

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  • A sold-out crowd poured into The Fillmore last Friday night to catch a glimpse of jam royalty as Phish guitarist and king of the jamband scene, Trey Anastasio, brought his seven piece band to town.  2015 has been a busy year for Trey; whether it was helping to deliver Phish’s best summer tour of the last two decades or filling in for Jerry Garcia with The Grateful Dead for their 50th anniversary shows, the jam icon has had perhaps his most prolific year of his distinguished career.

    Trey Anastasio Band – November 13th – Fillmore Auditorium

    A sold-out crowd poured into The Fillmore last Friday night to catch a glimpse of jam royalty as Phish guitarist and king of the jamband scene, Trey Anastasio, brought his seven piece band to town. 2015 has been a busy year for Trey; whether it was helping to deliver Phish’s best summer tour of the last two decades or filling in for Jerry Garcia with The Grateful Dead for their 50th anniversary shows, the jam icon has had perhaps his most prolific year of his distinguished career.

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  • Soaked with whiskey, a brawl, and the deepest voice in country music, The Ogden Theatre was the place to be last Friday on night two of Sturgill Simpson’s stop through Denver. As expected, The Ogden Theatre most likely oversold tickets, and the room that had been sold-out for months was rocking and shaking.  That said, a bummer of a light show only made the older, cranky crowd even more noticeable, and unfortunately the sold-out room was loud with talking throughout almost every song.

    Sturgill Simpson – November 6th – Ogden Theatre

    Soaked with whiskey, a brawl, and the deepest voice in country music, The Ogden Theatre was the place to be last Friday on night two of Sturgill Simpson’s stop through Denver. As expected, The Ogden Theatre most likely oversold tickets, and the room that had been sold-out for months was rocking and shaking. That said, a bummer of a light show only made the older, cranky crowd even more noticeable, and unfortunately the sold-out room was loud with talking throughout almost every song.

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  • November is one of the best months for live music in Denver and this past Thursday night was a perfect example as Nashville-based indie/jam rockers, Moon Taxi, returned to the Mile High City.  The quintet has seen a steady rise in their Denver fan base since first playing Moe’s Original BBQ almost 10 years ago.  After that show lead singer Trevor Terndrup saw the Gothic marquee and said “One day, we will get to play in a place like that.”  Thursday night was the realization of that dream.

    Moon Taxi – November 5th – Gothic Theatre

    November is one of the best months for live music in Denver and this past Thursday night was a perfect example as Nashville-based indie/jam rockers, Moon Taxi, returned to the Mile High City. The quintet has seen a steady rise in their Denver fan base since first playing Moe’s Original BBQ almost 10 years ago. After that show lead singer Trevor Terndrup saw the Gothic marquee and said “One day, we will get to play in a place like that.” Thursday night was the realization of that dream.

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  • Lotus and Late Night Radio brought a fiercely funky mood to the Fillmore Auditorium for the sold-out "Dead Man's Party" on Halloween. The line to enter the venue meandered around the block and it took more than a few anxious minutes for the masses get inside.  The desperation was highly evident as hoards of zombies showed up seeking entrance to the labyrinth without tickets. Once inside the packed barn the atmosphere was vibrant. Donning an animal mask and dancing in neon lights can only be this special on Halloween night.

    Lotus – October 31st – Fillmore Auditorium

    Lotus and Late Night Radio brought a fiercely funky mood to the Fillmore Auditorium for the sold-out "Dead Man's Party" on Halloween. The line to enter the venue meandered around the block and it took more than a few anxious minutes for the masses get inside. The desperation was highly evident as hoards of zombies showed up seeking entrance to the labyrinth without tickets. Once inside the packed barn the atmosphere was vibrant. Donning an animal mask and dancing in neon lights can only be this special on Halloween night.

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