Celebrating Shroom Fest During the Super Moon

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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.

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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."

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The Ryan Adams Comedy Hour Last Night was Awesome

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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."

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Jolie Holland Is Playing the Most Ambitious Music of Her Career: Is it a Success?

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Adam Perry

When a music-geek favorite such as Jolie Holland comes to town, the Larimer Lounge on a summer Thursday is pure Denver: tattooed, homegrown punks hanging at the bar and (mostly) transplants -- hippies, middle-aged alcoholics, young white-collar music lovers and everything in between -- milling around on the back porch waiting for the headliner's set.

Last night, local duo Plume Varia and the energetic trio Shy Hunters opened for Holland at the Larimer. Having virtually nothing in common with the 38-year-old Holland's well-known countrified Brooklyn alt-folk (besides the fact that two-thirds of Shy Hunters is also in Holland's band), the two openers drew only 20 or 30 of the roughly 90 people in attendance into the performance space.


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The Gaslamp Killer Previewed the New Flying Lotus Album During a Frantic Set at 1up

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Tom Murphy
The Gaslamp Killer at 1up - Colfax
The Gaslamp Killer stands out, even when he's part of a long night of wide-ranging modern electronic music. His DJ set spanned decades seamlessly and he has a constant, even hyperkinetic movement -- an effort that makes many musicians not from Denver reel from the exhaustion. In fact, he scoffed at people who complained about such things, at one point with a humorous imitation. There was also a real presence to his set -- he just seemed to have a master of frequency, timing and informal composition that could be mind-blowing.

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Lady Gaga Was Showered With Handmade Crap in Denver, and It Was Beautiful

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If there is one thing Lady Gaga fans love to do, it's throw shit at her. Last night at the Pepsi Center, I watched as jackets, vests, bras, bouquets of flowers, unicorn heads and letters of adoration littered the stage over the course of less than two hours. But here's the thing about this shit-throwing: Gaga loves it.

Throughout the show, the pop star picked up and wore leather jackets painted with her naked likeness, jean jackets with "born this way" -- related proclamations on the back and even a flannel. She performed adorned in these creations, as if to show her fans that she cared as much about them as they did for her -- and to a non-Little Monster like me, it came off as a genuine gesture of affection.

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Awards for Chromeo and Cut Copy at Red Rocks: One of the Year's Best Shows

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Aaron Thackeray
Chromeo and Cut Copy headlined Red Rocks last night in what was among the best shows of the Red Rock's season. So many aspects of it are worth praise that instead of boring you with a think piece about Dave-1's tight tight pants or Flume's entrancing visuals, we decided to present the inaugural Chromeo and Cut Copy at Red Rocks Awards. Who won? A lot of people. Who lost? Anyone who wasn't at the show.

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Sara Bareilles Drops Five F-Bombs on Suburban Denver Park: Ten Eyewitness Accounts

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Kerry Maletsky
1. The first time she heard Sara Bareilles's breakout hit "Love Song," a young swimmer named Hannah Bradford immediately won her race, setting a personal record in the process. That was in 2007, when the song was ubiquitous, particularly among suburban families driving to swim meets. So the girl who slipped off the starting block and is now afraid of water probably also heard "Love Song" immediately before the race.

But Hannah has listened to Sara Bareilles before every swim meet since then, and now she is her favorite artist. Hannah Bradford and her mom, Lisa, showed up early to the Sara Bareilles show at the Denver Botanic Gardens: Chatfield. They brought extra-sharp cheddar and red-pepper hummus and pepperoni and gluten-free crackers and chocolate chip cookies because Hannah is allergic. They got a piece of grass right up in the front row.

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Greg Ginn finally seems happy, and that's a good thing for Black Flag fans

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Tom Murphy
Black Flag at the Gothic Theatre
There was no gobbing, no fighting, no obvious fascist skinheads ruining last night's Black Flag show for other people. There were also no members of the classic line-up beyond the band's founder, Greg Ginn.

But twenty-eight years after Black Flag last did a national tour, that was to be expected. What was not as expected was that Ginn looked like he was really enjoying himself playing old songs and new. He didn't look as tense and as intense most of the time as in the Flag's heyday, but those unforgettable guitar riffs were part of a sound that was like what former Flag vocalist Henry Rollins described as the perfect soundtrack to a "full scale riot." And no matter how many imitators the man has, no one plays like Ginn. He still makes some of the most insane, propulsive and eruptive guitar work ever perpetrated look easy.

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There was a protest of last night's Ted Nugent concert: "You still wanna go see poopy pants?"

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Courtney Harrell
"Ted Nugent + poopy pants = unclean vermin," read one sign at yesterday's protest at the Gothic Theatre. It was one of about thirty signs circling the sidewalk in the rain to pressure the Gothic to cancel Nugent's show because of the latter's racist comments, particularly those against Native Americans. The sign was the clear crowd favorite -- one of the only ones that actually got attention from the people standing in line for the concert -- though it probably wasn't the kind of attention the protesters were hoping for.

"You still wanna go see poopy pants?" one dad asked his teenage son. They both burst out in derisive giggles.

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