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  • Redefining the nosebleeds

    Caution: Long post ahead!

    Incubus at 6,500 feet. That’s what I saw Wednesday night. Well, technically they were at about 6,360 ft and Lindsey and I were about 100 feet above them, but 6500’s close enough. Now I’m a big fan of Incubus, and luckily Lindsey likes them too. Naturally, we wanted to see them live, because there’s just something about live performances that you don’t get out of listening to the album or even watching performance videos. If I were the type to wax poetic, I’d say it’s about being surrounded by the sweat and smoke and feeling the bass in your chest. About watching the teens in tube tops dancing with exquisite self-awareness and catching the sideways glances at them from the aging men in polos and khakis. About driving home with your ears ringing, tired and smiling and reeking of stale beer. It’s a good thing I’m not that kind of guy. Well, we thought the concert would be just like any other we’d been to, but we were sadly mistaken. It’s the kind of story that deserves a “little did they know” type of introduction.

    Ted and Lindsey set out for the town of Morrison, CO expecting a night of music and revelry. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW the horrors they would face…at the Blood Red Rocks…or something like that. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Redefining the nosebleeds</span>” »

  • Music of summer ’11

    So far, this summer has been one filled with good music, and it promises to continue to be. My wife and I discovered Princess Music last fall at a Punch Brothers concert. They’ve got a really awesome sound, kind of a Bach meets Beatles, classical meets math rock hybrid monster that makes me wish they had about 10x as many songs as they do. Or more, I don’t want to limit them. But anyway, we saw them at the Mercury Cafe in Denver in June. I think we might have been the only people in the room who A) didn’t know the band personally and B) also knew all the words to their songs. Yeah, it was slightly embarrassing. But even though they were 2 members down, it was a great show. I’d see them again in a heartbeat.

    Then two weeks ago we saw Ben Folds, who I’m confident you’re all familiar with, at the Ogden Theater in Denver. The last time I was at the Ogden was for GeeksWhoDrink‘s Geek Bowl back in January, and I have to say, it was a lot less crowded and a lot more comfortable back then. Still, a great show, and Ben’s opener was Kenton Chen, who you may remember if you watched NBC’s “The Sing-Off” (did anyone?), who did a killer looped a cappella version of Britney Spears’ Toxic, as well as some great original tunes. We snuck out before the rush at the end, but we had a lot of fun. My only gripe was with the venue: what kind of bar refuses to give customers a cup of water? BTW, bottled water is $4 or something. Ridiculous.

    Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Music of summer ’11</span>” »