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When my son and I took a wrong turn, via train, into North Philadelphia last summer, we had no idea that the culture shock of a sketchy neighborhood had anything to do with the Philly sound. “I used to go to Temple University and that’s where I... more

Capitol Arts & Entertainment

When my son and I took a wrong turn, via train, into North Philadelphia last summer, we had no idea that the culture shock of a sketchy neighborhood had anything to do with the Philly sound. “I used to go to Temple University and that’s where I... more

South Denver Arts & Entertainment

Her name is k.d. lang. There—I have stylized it in violation of Associated Press, my natural inclination and every tendency to capitalize a proper name. “I never got too bent out of shape if people didn’t do it,” the Canadian singer-songwriter... more

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There are good reasons why Mac Sabbath sends its manager—aptly named Mike Odd—to do the group’s press interviews. For one thing, the world’s only fast-food-obsessed, “drive-through metal” band has at least a quarter-pound of mystique to keep warm. more

Capitol Arts & Entertainment

I would like to tell you that the David Bromberg Quintet will be performing at the L2 Church, 1477 Columbine St., on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in a show produced by Swallow Hill. I would even like to promise it. Bromberg, a multi-instrumentalist and musician more

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LeAnn Rimes had a realization a few years ago. “I’m going to make mistakes, and the great thing is I can write about them,” she said. Her 2013 CD Spitfire, for which Rimes co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks, was her first album of a highly personal... more

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Amid the international cinema and wide-ranging documentaries at the Denver Film Festival, there is always an assortment of fare with a starring role for music—films where the soundtrack might be just as important as dialogue or camera angles... more

South Denver Arts & Entertainment

October’s music schedule is almost too much for one column. It would be a major trick if you could treat yourself to even a third of this scarily chaotic bag of Halloween candy. more

Capitol Arts & Entertainment

Brett Mitchell remembers the day he discovered the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. It was 1994 while watching the biopic Immortal Beloved with his mother. As actor Gary Oldman pantomimed one of the great piano sonatas, 15-year-old Mitchell grew... more

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Sometimes even the best dance-music artists are not in the mood to dance. The double whammy of Prince’s death and the ascension of President Trump has been enough to turn Sheila E. into a wallflower, at least for the time being. “I was actually... more

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Like the European arts, new wave had its romantic period. The Romantics, specifically. While the Detroit-based band was not exactly Jane Austen or Francisco Goya, the 20th century Romantics did woo 1980s music fans with catchy melodies and... more

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If it’s summer, it must be music. What would Capitol Hill be without the People’s Fair, and where would the People’s Fair be without the music? This annual festival has seen more change than the Fleetwood Mac lineup, but one thing has... more

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If the Denver Botanic Gardens concert schedule looks like someone threw darts at a giant board of artists’ names, that’s the idea, if not the specific method. Where else can you find Garrison Keillor and Herbie Hancock in the same series? more

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Dorothy may not be in Kansas anymore, but the same cannot be said for Ronnie Platt. If it were not for the Midwestern work ethic and sweat equity in clubs that dotted the small-town heartland, Kansas, the band, would have been swept away... more

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At first blush, nostalgia for 1980s post-punk would seem as unwelcome as vintage punks lolling about a San Fernando Valley shopping mall. The dark, often brooding, music of bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division is not exactly the stuff of fond... more

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Motown: The Musical

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Since most of the classic Motown artists are either dead or effectively retired, Motown: The Musical may be your last, best chance to experience a credible facsimile this side of Las Vegas. The straightforward title says it all. more

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Jazz and jam-band music may be a little like the Tea Party and the Occupy movement. Snobbery and prejudice have kept each side in both dichotomies from realizing their common ground and the unstoppable force they would create if they were... more

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Blind Boys of Alabama

Photo courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama.

Season’s greetings—or warnings. If those Christmas decorations or those not-so-subtle enticements to spend money have not yet scared you out of your Bermuda shorts, let music be your holiday harbinger. more

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Bert Berns and Jerry Wexler

Photo courtesy Brett Berns.

Will the real Bert Berns please stand up? Although the alliterative everyman might sound more like the local barkeep than a centerpiece of music history, think again. Do titles like “Hang on, Sloopy,” “I Want Candy” or... more

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While classically trained musicians playing with rock and pop bands is nothing new, CSO has taken the prospect to often surprising levels, seemingly in search of new envelopes to push, while never letting go of Bach or Mozart. more

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