The Perfect Way to Experience Fall in Colorado Is a Hot Rize Show at Chautauqua

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Tom Murphy
Chautauqua Auditorium Interior
. In recent years, fall has come on with a vengeance: with uncharacteristically heavy rains and early snow, and winter has refused to leave. But this year it has felt more like we've been given a reprieve. That climate, that natural ambiance perfectly suited a place like Chautauqua Auditorium and a band like Hot Rize, which was celebrating the release of its new record, When I'm Free. The music hearkens back to a time when things seemed to exist in a context of fewer extremes.

See also: The Return of Colorado's Bluegrass Kings

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Living the Teenage Dream with Lorde

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Eric Gruneisen
Lorde at the Fillmore earlier this year.
Sixteen-year-old me would've been obsessed with Lorde. Seriously: her number one fan. I would've bought tickets to her 1ST Bank Center show as soon as they went on sale, gotten to the venue early, and would've been the girl randomly cheering from the front long before Lorde appeared on stage.

See also: Lorde Is Not Goth

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My Friend Left His Last Ty Segall Show With a Bloody Head And Couldn't Wait to Go Back

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Photos by Monica McGivern for Miami New Times. More here.
Ty Segall at a recent show in Florida.
Whenever someone mentions Ty Segall to me, I immediately feel compelled to tell the story of my friend Kevin. Years ago, at the sadly-defunct Boulder warehouse venue Astroland, a Ty Segall show got a bit insane, the band threw the drum set into the crowd, and Kevin's head collided with the bass drum, resulting in a lot of blood and, eventually, a scar.

But the Ty Segall who came to the Bluebird over the weekend was a different Segall. This wasn't the Segall who would've thrown bass drums into an over-packed crowd of shirtless Boulderites. This was a Segall sporting face paint and silver glittery lipstick, who brought a cowboy introduce him and his band as being from the fourth moon of Jupiter.

See also: There Was a Protest of Last Night's Ted Nugent Concert: "You still Wanna Go See Poopy Pants?"


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Miss America by Wheary and Syntax Physic Opera Are a Perfect Match

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Julie Davis and Joseph Pope III of Miss America by Wheary.
The best new band in town at the best new bar in town. That's a bold statement, but it's that statement that lingered as Miss America by Wheary, a new project featuring Joseph Pope III, Julie Davis, Nathaniel Rateliff, James Han and Patrick Meese finished its set at Syntax Physic Opera.

See also: Meet Denver Supergroup Miss America By Wheary

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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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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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