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Artist to Watch: Kele Okereke

  Kele Okereke In 2005, English buzz bands were as common as pigeons in Piccadilly Square, and almost as pestering. Beatlesque ensembles feigned talent and ability; post-punk outfits channeled Ian C...
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LIFE’S A DRAG!! Vivid Memories

Hello, Hello all!! This is your blog hostess with your blog mostest.  I want to break this week from the normal beauty tips and tricks. I know there have been a lot of drag shows that have come and gone in ou...
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NocturnOwl: Caspa

Catch dubstep kingpin Caspa this Friday @ Cervantes' When it comes to bottom end, Caspa's on top. Dubstep, a subsonic-obsessed electronica genre that's popularity is especially high in The Mile High, is his...
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Artist to Watch: Vampire Weekend

Usually, when I write these things, there's an air of mystery, or at least a lack of ubiquity, surrounding the artists. With Vampire Weekend, all that is pretty much out the window. A supremely talented band fr...
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Hindsight: Mago-Gogo @ Wazee Union

The sun dipped over the rusting warehouses on the wrong side of the tracks. The symbiotic business/art space, Wazee Union, sat skirting said tracks, seemingly leaving the decision of which side it was on up to ...
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LIFE’S A DRAG!

I had such a blast. If you missed this year's Madonna tribute....I have some footage for you. I'm beaming in via Satellite. Sorry I can't be there in person, I got stuck in an asteroid belt....Child, that's t...
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Hindsight: Mile High Music Festival

Colorado deserves its own Coachella. Commerce City's Mile High Music Festival isn't quite there yet, but we had to start somewhere. The third installment of Denver's biggest aural smorgasbord definitely featured its most diverse lineup to date. Case and point? Day two Bison Tent headliners Bassnectar and Z-Trip--not to mention the mostly local Beta Beach stage—ramped up the event's electronica edge in a major way. Mootown—as Westword's Dave Herrera would say—ate it up.
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Voice Boxin’: Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne always knew there was music in the back pocket of his hand-me-down genes. Still, because his musician father was an abusive man who abandoned his family, he thumbed his nose at fate for as long as humanly possible. Choosing instead to toil in a shoe factory following high school graduation, LaMontagne was awakened to his sacred destiny by a melodic alarm clock--Stephen Stills' drug smuggling cut “Treetop Flyer”. Shunning shoes and wedging his soon-to-be wet feet in the door of the music industry instantly became a substantial priority. LaMontagne's genes did not let him down.
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Cannabytes: Cypress Hill

Although I've witnessed more than one 4/20 rally since, the first time I'd ever seen anyone openly and defiantly smoke pot in public was at Lollapalooza. Members of Cypress Hill were the perpetrators of the civil disobedience in question. Fiddler's Green security guards looked the other way, probably because greenbacks put their bosses in the black. Simple as that. Mile High Music Festival staff will likely follow similar protocol (“potocol”?) this weekend when the hip hop outfit blazes into Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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Artist to Watch: Tokyo Police Club

O, Canada. It's a huge place filled with beautiful scenery and majestic wildlife and a couple buzzing underground music scenes that make LA residents and CMJ perennials look twice. Montreal in particular has,...
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Beat Diet: Pretty Lights

Although a few established acts have dabbled in the free download game—Radiohead and NIN are obvious examples—Pretty Lights' Derek Vincent Smith built his entire career that way--from the ground up. The Fort Collins-based producer is practically in a league of his own. Name one other artist who hasn't made a single penny on recorded music and is now capable of packing Red Rocks--a feat Smith is reprising this Saturday. It is a trajectory that many will inevitably imitate. Girl Talk might his only near-peer--business model-wise--but unless Crickets Chirping is the alias of a band not yet on my radar, the answer is clear.