The Fray Concert Photos from 1stBank Center Denver in 2016
Dec 2016
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The Fray Concert with American Authors at 1stBank Center

This week, 303 Magazine asked a bunch of Denver music people questions to round up 2016 and one of them was “who is your favorite Denver band that has made it big?” I almost said The Fray but didn’t, because that just seemed like *too* much of an obvious choice. But the truth is, these guys remain one of my all-time favorite bands, so I jumped at the chance to see and photograph them when they returned home over Thanksgiving weekend.

They played an intimate show at the Boulder Theater on Friday night and then the grander affair at 1stBank Center on Saturday, which was, of course, easier to get tickets to. American Authors accompanied them both nights, a perfect match for the mood of the concert.

Isaac Slade and Joe King talked sentimentally about how they had to desperately save a few hundred bucks for their first recording time 10 years ago, and how they signed their first recording deal literally inside the Boulder Theater. Hard to believe it’s been a decade for The Fray, but the proof is in their new greatest hits album, Through the Years: The Best of The Fray. They started the night with the only new song on that album, “Singing Low,” and truly did run through all the hits.

Thanks for all the music, guys. Here’s to another 10 years!


The Fray Concert Photos 2016

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Denver band The Yawpers perform at Bluebird Theater in 2016.
Dec 2016
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The Yawpers Unleash Gritty Rock at Denver’s Bluebird Theater

The Yawpers have been around so long, so it’s crazy to think their show last month at the Bluebird was my first time photographing them. I can’t even count the times I have seen them live; it’s been many. And they are so good.

Lead singer Nate Cook is all over the stage while drummer (and friend) Noah Shomberg pounds the drums. Jesse Parmet rounds out the trio with his slide guitar. I am continually amazed how bands with small-ish numbers can completely fill a room with sound, but The Yawpers are great live. Full on American rock and roll, although their bio is more eloquent and effusive than that.

The band is playing on New Year’s Eve at The Oriental with Other Black. That will be an incredible way to ring in 2017!

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FIDLAR concert photos from Gothic Theatre Denver
Dec 2016
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FIDLAR and SWMRS Concert at Gothic Theatre

I’ve seen FIDLAR once before, at a small club, and the crowd was raucous. But their November 2016 show at the Gothic Theatre with SWMRS was way different. Bordering on out of control – in a good way. Perhaps it was angst over the recent election, but the air was electric. (SWMRS lead singer Cole Becker added to the atmosphere with his hand-painted “Fuck Trump” t-shirt.)

Yeah, it was nuts. People were crowd surfing before the bands even started! And after they came out? The entire Gothic was shaking. Not to get too esoteric about it, but I definitely needed that night of rock n’ roll.


FIDLAR and SWMRS at the Gothic – Concert Photos

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Fort Collins band Slow Caves concert photos from Denver's Lost Lake
Dec 2016
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Slow Caves at Lost Lake in Denver

2016 has been a weird year all around, but there are still many things to celebrate. A great example is Slow Caves. This band from Fort Collins (who have been all but adopted by Denver) made some major waves this year. They released a new video and were nominated for a 2016 Westword Music Award. The guys (comprised and two brothers and four friends) have played all over the state all year long. Just last month, the band landed a deal with Old Flame Records.

I got to see them at Denver’s Lost Lake recently – an intimate room in the Bluebird District that is bringing in great acts after shaking off its dive bar roots. Slow Caves is a great rock n’ roll  show; the band is young, talented, and sincerely nice people.

They embark on a quick West Coast tour in January and then return to Lost Lake in March.

Guess who will be there???

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Best Songs of 2016 Spotify Playlist: Indie, Alternative, Rock, and Pop Music
Dec 2016
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Best Songs of 2016 Playlist: Alternative, Indie, Rock + Pop Music

If you follow me on Spotify, you know I am ALL about my playlists. I start a new one at the beginning of every year and add to it religiously every week. My “Best Songs of 2016” playlist ended up being nearly 300 tunes, my largest yet!

When people say there is no new music… basically… that’s garbage. This playlist proves it. And while I am continually advocating for artists to be paid more for the spins they get on Spotify – one way to help them is to listen.

Find new music. Share what you like.

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