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Son Little Brought His Blue Magic to Swallow Hill

Son Little “That swag, though,” a woman said in the silence at Swallow Hill’s Daniels Hall before Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Son Little–born Aaron Earl Livingston–began his set of soulful acoustic tunes on Sunday night. Blessed with a velvet voice and dressed in a snap-brim cap, tan jacket, purple shirt, auburn pants, and maroon leather Chuck Taylors, Little–who recently moved to Los Angeles–brought serious swag to one of Colorado’s most gentle venues. […]

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Jim Marshall: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide Whose Work Will Never Die

They don’t make ‘em like Jim Marshall (1936-2010) anymore. Not unlike Allen Ginsberg, Marshall – known mostly for his iconic photos of rock stars – was not just present. Still, at the center of numerous peaks of American culture, from the early ‘60s, San Francisco immortalized via Kerouac books and live Miles Davis albums to Bob Dylan’s babyfaced Greenwich Village days, the summer of love, Woodstock, Monterey Pop, the Beatles’ […]

Patti Smith’s debut novel, the autobiographical Just Kids, is already a true American classic, although it’s less than a decade old.
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What Dreams May Come: Patti Smith’s “Year of the Monkey”

Patti Smith’s debut novel, the autobiographical Just Kids, is already a true American classic, although it’s less than a decade old. The book viscerally and magically transports readers to a time when young, penniless, passionate artists could move to America’s biggest, most exciting and possibility filled cities and “make it” on the basis of nothing but talent, uncompromising work ethic, and unstoppable dreams. Year of the Monkey, released a few […]

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Maggie Rogers Mesmerizes On a School Night

“That is one awesome disco ball,” my nine-year-old daughter, Sidney, said as we both walked into Mission Ballroom in Denver last night to see the captivating 25-year-old singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. A fourth grader in Boulder, Sidney has already seen all kinds of memorable concerts with me, from Poor Moon at the Boulder Theater at age two to Sylvan Esso at the Gothic Theatre at five to Stevie Wonder at Red […]

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Fishbone In Your Face at Hodi’s

Last December, I saw legendary Fishbone singer-saxophonist-madman Angelo Moore play the annual winter solstice party in Muir Beach, Calif., feverishly leading his new band, the Brand New Step, through new originals; entering the crowd of about 50 people to teach us dance move; and covering David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.” Moore and Fishbone, formed in Los Angeles in 1979, have a legitimate case for belonging in the Rock-and-roll Hall of Fame, […]

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Lake Street Dive’s Soulful Storm at Lake Dillon

Dillon Amphitheater, about an hour and a half from Denver when there’s no traffic, is a hidden jewel among Colorado music venues, sitting right along sparkling Lake Dillon between Dillon and Frisco. Concertgoers may be gouged when it comes to concessions (like a tiny $11.50 gyro) but the mountain views are breathtaking, the sound is incredible everywhere in the 5,000-capacity venue – and even outside the gates along the water […]