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  • Pop music’s ice king and queen: Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd?

    Pop music’s ice king and queen: Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd?

    By Sasha Frere-Jones Los Angeles Times By design or simple proximity, America usually winds up with a first couple of pop. In 1985, Madonna and Bruce independently wrangled received ideas about working-class saints and sinners for an audience that got it backward half the time. In 2015, we have two pairs — one hot, one cold — who couple up consciously. Kanye and Rihanna work the orangey white end of the spectrum. Rihanna maintains an even heat: She directed a […]

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  • A$AP Rocky’s year has been full of big ups and a down

    A$AP Rocky’s year has been full of big ups and a down

    By Ashley Dean HeyReverb.com A$AP Rocky’s 2015 started out at the lowest of low points, with the death of the 26-year-old rapper’s best friend and collaborator, A$AP Yams, in January. Four months later, Rocky released At.Long.Last.A$AP, the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2013 major-label debut, Long.Live.A$AP. In the intervening time, “Dope” (a film featuring Rocky) premiered at Sundance Film Festival and he showcased his own cinematic efforts in two music videos. He’s also made appearances on late-night shows, in an […]

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  • Does Colorado have a new bluegrass hot spot?

    Does Colorado have a new bluegrass hot spot?

    By Quentin Young With the way bluegrass seems to be bubbling under the surface of the Lafayette music scene, it was probably only a matter of time before someone got something together like the Lafayette Bluegrass Series. The series kicked off at the Center for Musical Arts with a concert in August, and a second show is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2. Organizers at the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society plan to present a show up to every other month in […]

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  • Chris Cornell injects power, presence into new solo album

    Chris Cornell injects power, presence into new solo album

    By Steve Appleford Los Angeles Times (TNS) For even the greatest singers in popular music, time is not always on their side. But for a few, as the decades pass, losses in youthful range can be eclipsed by the sheer power and weight of experience: Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger among them. From his earliest days in Soundgarden, Chris Cornell was identified as a vocalist of special force. Now 51, he’s reconciled with the changes in his singing abilities and, in […]

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  • Small things are adding up for Big Gigantic

    Small things are adding up for Big Gigantic

    By Quentin Young Even with Big Gigantic, it’s the little things that count. The huge-sounding, live-electronic duo is about to go on for two nights at Red Rocks for its fourth annual Rowdytown set of shows, which are massive parties with special guests, an eye-popping light show and a pimped-out stage. It takes a lot of work to pull it off. And BG’s Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken have a hand in every detail. “We were literally picking out the […]

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  • Second Story Garage: EOTO

    Second Story Garage: EOTO

    EOTO perform “Second Story” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. The interesting thing about the electronic music scene in Colorado is not that it is ballooning in a state that produces jam bands and banjo players by the bushel. It’s how the state’s rootsy sensibilities are getting plugged into the electronics. Boulder is home to two electronic acts — Big Gigantic and GRiZ — that add sax to their onstage operating systems. Other local computer-boosted acts, such as SunSquabi, […]

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