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Seth McConnell, The Denver Post
One of the region's biggest music fests started small, as most do, with a single headliner, Denver's seminal gothic-country act 16 Horsepower, at a single venue.   Full Story
Whether it's on a massive outdoor stage or at a tiny indoor venue, Colorado has an increasingly large roster of festivals where you can go check out some of the best national touring acts as well as a slew of badass local artists.   Full Story
As the first official notes ring out at Planet Bluegrass since last fall's devastating flood, John Lehndorff will be blogging live for Second Story Garage from the 42nd annual Rockygrass Festival, July 25-27 at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons.   Full Story
Lucia De Giovanni / The Denver Post
It's always a good idea to do your homework before The Denver Post's Underground Music Showcase. Sure, you can wander South Broadway, catching great bands at nearly every possible venue, gallery, bar, restaurant or storefront, but with more than 400 performances, you might want to approach Thursday through Sunday with at least a broad outline of who to see.   Full Story
Mark Leffingwell / Daily Camera
RockyGrass Academy, which runs through Thursday, and the 42nd annual RockyGrass festival, set for Friday through Sunday, are the first events to be held at Planet Bluegrass since the property was ravaged by last September's floods.   Full Story
Paul Aiken / Daily Camera
Musical chemistry is like romantic chemistry. It's hard to come by, but when you find it you know it's special. Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver of the English band Scars on 45 have musical chemistry. You know it the moment they blend their voices.   Full Story
Barring a surprise Beyonce release, the hottest pop songs of summer 2014 have been decided. This year's mainstream successes include the odd racial gymnastics of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," the irresistible bombast of DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" and the sublimely catchy pearl from Ariana Grande, "Problem.   Full Story
Daniel Bachman has established himself as a firm torch-carrier for the solo steel-string guitar, and his newest release 'Orange County Serenade' (out on the terrific Bathetic Records) is one of his most varied and impressive pieces yet. Mixing his usual style of aggressive fingerpicking with some ambient flairs and arrangements unlike anything else he's produced, Bahman has provided another wonderful installment in his ever-evolving catalogue.   Full Story
Michael Wilson / Special to A&E Spotlight
Emotions are expected to run high when Planet Bluegrass officially reopens after rebuilding from flood damage.   Full Story
Riot Fest 2013
Dylan Langille,
The organizers behind Riot Fest announced Friday morning that they have found a new Colorado home for their three-day September music extravaganza — Sports Authority Field at Mile High   Full Story
Pier Nicola D'Amico / Courtesy photo
More and more national acts are signing up to play downtown event.   Full Story
Though DeMarco's music is certainly a fun time, he has a pretty strong tendency towards sentimental croon-fests. Most of his songs are ballads, and yet when DeMarco took the stage at the Gothic Theater Monday night, nothing could keep the crowd from slamming against each other at any opportunity.   Full Story
Associated Press
Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations, including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.   Full Story
Courtesy photo
There is a delicate balance between the fun and the serious with South of France. On one side Jeff Cormack and Kelly Lueke are carefree and easygoing.Their UMS set will be their last show in Denver since they are moving to Los Angeles shortly for professional reasons and for a new challenge.   Full Story
Pier Nicola D'Amico / Courtesy photo
New to this year's July 24-27 event: The UMS outdoor stage, which usually occupies the parking lot behind the Goodwill Denver store, will move to the larger lot across Archer Street at the Social Security Federal Credit Union, with upgraded sound and lighting.   Full Story
Paul Aiken / Daily Camera
Ash Grunwald is from Australia, but American blues is in his soul. Like the best of the Delta bluesmen, he goes for a spare, penetrating sound that's universally understood, and we felt as if we knew just what he was saying when he ripped it up in the studio.   Full Story
That's a great title, Moz. As are song titles on this CD such as "Neal Cassady Drops Dead" and "Smiler With Knife," although the latter is something Morrissey, former leader of the Smiths, would never be labeled. Not the knife part: His acerbic lyrics still occasionally display cutting wit. But even his ardent fans would be hard-pressed to remember a day a grin appeared on the perennial sourpuss's face.   Full Story
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens have arrived straight off Daptone Records to deliver a slice of old school gospel, entitled Cold World. The group's wonderful vocal dynamics and crisp production make for the kind of music that Daptone does best: old world music made new once again.   Full Story
Photos by Kent Nishimura, The Denver Post
Craig Ferguson stands at the entrance of the main pavilion on Planet Bluegrass Ranch, gesturing above eye level to show the height of the river that tore through the Lyons festival grounds 10 months ago.   Full Story
Dylan Langille
Riot Fest organizers released a statement Friday saying their three-day music extravaganza will still go on in Colorado, just hours after Arapahoe County announced that it would not issue a temporary-use permit for the event to happen in Byers.   Full Story