OutKast - Fiddler's Green - August 22, 2014

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Robert Castro of Ultra5280
There was a moment on Friday night when, in the general vicinity of an IKEA, all six feet, three inches of Waka Flocka was jumping into a crowd of teenagers, waving a Flosstradamus flag. Flosstradamus, meanwhile was sending a cacophony of drums and drum-like electronics and rapid-fire laser noises and blown-out saxophone out onto a crowd of some 15,000 more teenagers who were rubbing against each other with their eyes rolled back in their heads.

But the night didn't belong to Flosstradamus or Waka Flocka. It didn't belong to Griz, who followed them, or Diplo, who orchestrated this whole thing. It belonged to two dudes from Atlanta who started making music long before all those kids out on the lawn at Fiddler's Green were born.

See also: The Slobbering Guide to OutKast's Festival Tour

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Remember Black Kids? They're Amazing Now.

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Tom Murphy
Black Kids at Larimer Lounge
When Black Kids seemed to disappear from the popular music landscape in the .mp3-blog heydey of 2009, it looked like another example of too much hype, too soon. If the pressure of impossible expectations is weighing on the band's members still, it sure wasn't present at Larimer Lounge, because everyone on stage seemed so engaged and lively. It was like we were getting to see a band on its way up instead of one boosted up by strangers. By having a whole heap of fun on stage, Black Kids made the show fun for the rest of us.

See also: In Defense of Liking Music for No Good Reason

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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.

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