Jack White Muscles Through a Downpour at Red Rocks

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Photo by David James Swanson. Many more (incredible) shots here.
About twenty minutes before Jack White took the stage at Red Rocks, a hard rain started falling and lightning flashed to the east. Fog machines on the stage were fired up and the wind was blowing the haze, tinted hues of blue from the stage lights, around. For a moment it looked the Do Lung Bridge scene in Apocalypse Now. But instead of Randy Hansen's Hendrixian guitar work as the score, Pete Rock's "I Got a Love" was pumping on Red Rocks house system. Hell, the whole scene seemed a bit surreal, and the show hadn't even started yet.

See also: Jack White at Red Rocks in 2012

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Here's Who Goes to a Presidents of the United States of America Show in 2014

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Gina Tron
Nirvana songs played at the Gothic Theatre before the opener, Toronto-based July Talk. Singer Leah Fay kept nuzzling her head against her bandmates and yelling about pizza. "It's hard to open for the Presidents of the United States of America" she said as she tried to coax fans to come on down into the pit area. They were hesitant. They were more excited about the Presidents of the United States of America.

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Portugal. The Man's "Secret," Instantly Sold-Out Show at Larimer Lounge

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Timothy Norris for LA Weekly. Slideshow
Portugal. The Man in LA earlier this week.
As the old saying goes, "Any show that starts with a giant singalong to Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2' is going to be a good show." Okay, that's not actually a saying, but it probably should be after Portugal. The Man began its Larimer Lounge show with it.

See also: Things You Won't See at Any Music Festival Outside Planet Bluegrass


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Denver Psych Fest Proved the Diversity of Denver's Modern Psychedelic Music Scene

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Tom Murphy
Tjutjuna at Denver Psych Fest 2014
Spread across two venues two blocks apart, four stages between them, Denver Psych Fest, in its second year, proved a memorable experience. The walk between the Larimer Lounge and the Savoy Events Center -- as well as the Big Wonderful Sustainability Park between them -- was easy to navigate, and the soothing sounds of Rum Tum sure proved a fitting end to the outdoor stage as the sun went from dusk to dark.

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Strangers Will Buy You Beer When Deer Tick Comes to Town

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John Gilhooley for OC Weekly. More photos here.
People throw all kinds of things at Deer Tick in order to express their love of the gritty rock-and-roll band from Providence, Rhode Island. At the quintet's sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, they threw half-full beers, shoes, even themselves.

Even before the group, led by John McCauley, hit the stage around 10:30 p.m., the crowd was drunk, sweaty and excitable. It was no secret that this would be Deer Tick's night, a headlining opportunity on the eve of a shorter slot at Red Rocks on Saturday opening for Trampledby Turtles.

See also: Deer Tick Show Canceled, Free "Beer Tick" Show Instead

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Beck - Red Rocks - August 15, 2014

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Jason Stoff for the Riverfront Times. Full slideshow here.
Beck plays earlier this summer in St. Louis.
You might have thought that Beck's Red Rocks set would be a slowpoke, folksy affair akin to his latest studio album, Morning Phase. Nope. The night was a twenty-plus year retrospective, covering everything from 1994 mega-hit "Loser" to his recent foray into Nick Drake territory.

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Paramore and Fall Out Boy Are the Ultimate Monsters of Rock

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Aaron Thackeray
Summers are made for big name band package tours, bills sold to audiences as pairings meant to fill outdoor venues by combining fan base forces. These tours are also usually made up of bands consisting of old rock dudes. (For examples, see the 2014 summer tour package circuit: Rod Stewart/Santana, Steve Miller/Journey, The Offspring/Bad Religion/Pennywise to name a few.)

Last night at Red Rocks, the big name package tour was not old, nor was it all dudes -- it was Paramore and Fall Out Boy, bands that brought equally fervent fans together for an incredible show. Though I don't think either band would have trouble filling the amphitheater on its own, it felt more like a gift to fans of both groups to get to see them live, together.

See also: Wisdom From Paramore's Hayley Williams

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Celebrating Shroom Fest During the Super Moon

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Flickr user TCav
Truth, Mushrooms and the American Way!
The largest and brightest moon of the year shone down on Earth this weekend. The phenomenon, called the Super Moon, occurs when the moon is full on the same day as its perigee -- the point when its orbit is the closest to the our planet, resulting in a moon that looks 12 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. The Perseid meteor shower is pretty active this weekend too, but because the moon is so bright, it's not too visible. The moon has stolen the spotlight.

See also: The Venue Potential of Dryer Plug Studios

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How Pretty Lights Started Collaborating With the Colorado Symphony

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Aaron Thackeray
Pretty Lights over the weekend at Red Rocks

Although Derek Vincent Smith, also known as Pretty Lights has played Red Rocks five times before, this weekend's show was different. The unique set up, featuring not only live band but also thirteen members of the Colorado Symphony, was the first time Smith has included a full string section in a show.

Anthony Pierce, Vice President of Artistic Administration for the Colorado Symphony says he wants to see the collaboration continue past this weekend, "I would love to see Derek do something in Boettcher Concert Hall with the whole ensemble, all eighty players. I mean, I would like to see what his ideas are more than anything else. I can't wait to talk about what the next step is."

See also: On a Previous Pretty Lights Show at Red Rocks


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The Ryan Adams Comedy Hour Last Night was Awesome

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Courtesy of PAX AM
I'd bet money that Ryan Adams was on Ritalin as a kid. And I say this not only because he has that kind of manic genius about him that so many hyper kids have, but because for the entirety of last night's show, he was grabbing spare attention any way he could -- even though he was already the focal point. Adams turned the packed-out Fox Theater into an impromptu comedy show, interspersing classic Cardinals songs with rambling jokes and improved blues riffs. And he wasn't the only one. Father John Misty played his show for laughs too, throwing in deadpan one-liners in the middle of his songs, at one point announcing, "This one's a real panty-dropper."

See Also: (Updated) Ryan Adams Survival Guide: Things to Know Before You Go


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