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.

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Chive Fest Kept Calm at City Park

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Brandon Marshall. Full slideshow
Deep in City Park on Saturday, past the father and son playing catch and the picnicking family, in a fenced off area, was a sea of "Keep Calm and Chive On" shirts and neon green. It was the first Chive Fest, and after several hours of music and revelry, a few minutes of near total silence descended. That's because, on the roof a building right near the event, a couple was getting married, and the festival's organizers promised them the party wouldn't interrupt the nuptials.

See also: Chive Fest Could Set the Tone for Future Events in Denver Parks

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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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I've never been sober at a concert before this summer. Here's how it's going.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ed. We got a dispatch from this weekend's Bassnectar show by a young writer and music lover who is just over three months sober. We've chosen to leave her name off of it because the Internet never forgets anything. She is experiencing her first summer in the concert playground of Colorado without booze. Note that none of the people in the photos is the author. Enjoy her perspective!

For the last four years, my weekends have been filled with electronic shows everywhere from small Fort Collins venues to 1STBANK Center ragers and out-of-state festivals. And my only memories are pictures on my phone.

This past weekend, 10,000 scandalous rave outfits, hippie skirts and "basshead" T-shirts filed into the rows at Red Rocks for Bassnectar's annual party. I'd been here before. But this show was different. I didn't puke in the parking lot.

My love for music is rooted in childhood piano lessons and dance classes. But when drinking became my favorite pasttime in my late teens, going to concerts turned into a dangerous binge.

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tUnE-yArDs has lost its novelty, but Merrill Garbus still had her moments in Denver

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The first time I saw tUnE-yArDs, the avant-pop project of Merrill Garbus, was in 2011 at Fun Fun Fun Fest. She was dressed as if she had fallen in a trunk of costumes with a painted face and was pounding on a taped-up ukulele while creating intricate loops on top of her now-signature yelp and flow. Behind her were two shirtless guys, one on bass, one on sax, rocking neon green body paint and dancing like it was the last time they ever would. After two days and dozens of bands, it was safe to say I was hard to impress, but as the crowd jumped and screamed to "Gangsta" I knew I was witnessing a wholly new moment in pop music. An oasis of novel expression in the desert of borrowed guitar riffs and overplayed drum beats that filled the festival's stages.


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A reminder of why you should go to local shows, courtesy of You, Me and Apollo

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Isa Jones
It's close to midnight on Friday night, and the crowd at the Bluebird is enraptured by the singer on stage. There's something of Buddy Holly in him, and he's tearing through a cover of "Valerie" that would make Amy Winehouse proud. The singer is Brent Cowles, here for the CD-release party for the band he fronts, You, Me and Apollo.

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I broke up with Chris Carrabba last night while he smiled and led singalongs

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We've had some good times, Chris Carrabba. It wasn't pretty, but I fell pretty hard for Dashboard Confessional. But that was a long time ago. This is where I say I've had enough, Chris. It's over. I hoped it wouldn't be. But after that show last night at the Bluebird, I know we have to go our separate ways. A breakup with you should be dramatic, full of screaming infidelities and sobbing dramatics. But that's not what this is. This is an adult breakup, where we see each other and mutually decide we have nothing in common anymore.

You used to be about the drama. I miss the drama.

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Gogol Bordello uses its Ukrainian roots to put on a near-perfect live show

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Mary Bell for Phoenix New Times. Full slideshow.

Eastern Europe has a long tradition of communal music. It's about the culture, history, experience bringing people together in a moment through music. By contrast, much of American music is about the spectacle. It's Gene Simmons with his tongue out next to a a jet of flames. A Gogol Bordello show is both, which makes sense -- the band is fronted by Eugene Hütz, who was born in Ukraine who helped form the group while they were living in New York. He and his bandmates showed that mixture and the brilliant result at their Ogden show last night.


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According to the Summit Music Conference, Denver is ready for a hip-hop breakthrough

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Over the weekend, the Summit Music Conference and Showcase took over Casselman's for a day. A panel consisting of people with ties to Sirius/XM Radio, Warner Music, Atlantic Records and more discussed ways artists in Denver can help the hip-hop scene ascend to new heights. There are those in Denver who see the path to success leading them out of the Mile High, but the panel at the Summit Music Conference Saturday had a very different perception. Panelist Amber Ravenel put in place the following theme for the day: "It starts at home."More »

The Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo is a music fan's paradise

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Ken Hamblin
Hidden down in a convention hall of a nondescript hotel off the highway north of Denver was a record lover's paradise this weekend: the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo.

At the convention hall all day Sunday were dozens of vendors, each selling thousands of records, CDs and more. This wasn't just a place to stop by and grab another copy of Sgt. Peppers you lost in that last move -- there were 45s from the 1950s, a sealed Lenny Bruce record, the Ben Hur soundtrack on CD, a VHS copy of High Fidelity next to an old book on the Clash, racks of Paul McCartney and Velvet Underground shirts, posters from Modest Mouse's last show in Broomfield, and more from enthusiastic vendors ready to sell to equally enthusiastic buyers.

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