Tag Archive for indie pop

St. Vincent. Fillmore Auditorium. 01.15.18

St. Vincent. Fillmore Auditorium. 01.15.18 Some nights are just strange in a way that cannot be explained. Maybe all nights are, and we just miss out on the extraordinary because we are so focused on the stimulus we receive from the ordinary. There is nothing wrong with meeting a group of friends to grab a few drinks, recap the day,… Read more →

Florence + the Machine. Red Rocks. 08.03.15

Florence + the Machine. Red Rocks. 08.03.15 Only a few hours after I wrote about Hozier performing one of the most intimate sets I had ever experienced at Red Rocks, Florence Welsh completely redefined the word ‘intimacy’. The 28-year-old vocalist of Florence + the Machine had been photographed in meltdown mode at the Montreal airport just days prior, so it… Read more →

alt-J / TV on the Radio. Red Rocks. 07.27.15

alt-J / TV on the Radio. Red Rocks. 07.27.15 Every Red Rocks show comes with a ‘Rain or Shine’ disclaimer. The 2015 season has seen its share of rain (and wind, and thunder and lightning, and flooding, and downright frigid temperatures), but it has been lacking in the shine department. All of that changed last night. Rain slickers and beanies… Read more →

Future Islands. Red Rocks. 07.16.15

Future Islands. Red Rocks. 07.16.15 “We’re Future Islands man, this is just what the fuck we do!” Truer words have never been spoken from the stage at Red Rocks. Sam Herring wore a joker’s grin as he addressed the growing crowd. Every drop of sweat that hit the stage threatened to combust as the man with endless dance moves marked… Read more →

Belle and Sebastian with The Colorado Symphony. Charles Bradley. Red Rocks. 06.17.15

Belle and Sebastian & Charles Bradley. Red Rocks. 06.17.15 Indie bands always need a little help drawing a crowd to Red Rocks. Denver provides a lot of support for its excellent local music scene, but independent acts visiting from other cities (and countries) usually have to stick to venues within the city limits. They regularly sell out shows at the… Read more →

Endless Summer Tour. Red Rocks. 05.12.15

Lana Del Rey / Courtney Love. Red Rocks. 05.12.15 Santo & Johnny were a musical duo from Brooklyn who had a #1 hit with an instrumental song titled “Sleep Walk”. That was back in 1959. Highlights from the Red Rocks season that year included Ricky Nelson and Harry Belfonte. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant wouldn’t be born for another 26 years. She… Read more →

Ariel Pink. Bluebird Theater. 02.14.15

Ariel Pink. Bluebird Theater. 02.14.15 According to the Interweb, Ariel Pink is indie rock’s most hated man. He is a misogynistic troll who defends the rights of sexual predators and has the nerve to criticize Madonna. He is a living, breathing meme. He claims to be the male version of Grimes, but the female version of Grimes thinks he’s an… Read more →

Lykke Li. Red Rocks. 08.06.14

Lykke Li has gone through a transformation of sorts in the studio, but when it comes to her stage presence, she is still a force to be reckoned with. When the lights went down on the stage at Red Rocks on Wednesday night, the smoke poured in, the wind started to blow, and the girl in black took the stage like the… Read more →

Mazzy Star. Ogden Theatre. 11.10.13

Hope Sandoval wants to be heard, not seen. If that wasn’t made apparent by the strict ‘no photography’ rule, it should have been when she made her way onto a candlelit stage cloaked in shadows. Dressed in all black, there was nothing more than that signature seductive voice and a little flash of flesh separating the hem of her dress and… Read more →

Red Rocks Run. 05.30.13 – 06.03.13

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado is a seasonal destination. Sure, tourists can be found exploring the century-old venue every day of the year, but it isn’t until Spring that the rocks really shine. The scene on the ground might change from night to night, depending on what acts are booked to grace the iconic stage, but if you are… Read more →