September 22, 2011

These go to 11: The best songs from the best movies of the 1980s

I love the 80s! Oh wait, that’s not trademarked or anything is it? Anyway, as a teenager at the time it was hard not to be bombarded with pop music and the culture that went along with it. It was the true beginning of the information age and short attention spans (thanks MTV!). As such, pop rattled around our little brains until it eventually saturated our outlook to leave us hazily gazing upon the real world with day glo-colored glasses.

Admittedly, a lot of it was really fun. And some of the best moments were on the silver screen. It was the time for brat packs, psychotic slashers and bafflingly bad action heroes. And, it seems we’re all nostalgic for it now — even if we weren’t born at the time.

The video above:

5. “I Melt With You” by Modern English – Often dismissed as a one-hit wonder, Modern English actually had a couple great records early in their career, especially the one that featured this hit tune. The track gained popularity after it was featured during the closing credits to like omg, one of the most totally bitchin’ films of the decade: “Valley Girl” starring a young Nicolas Cage!

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(Source: The Denver Post)

September 1, 2011
What makes bands like Phish the targets of super fandom?
With those Phish fellas starting a three day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in  Commerce City tomorrow — their legion of “phans” in tow — we wanted to  give you a list of 11 other artists that have their own super fans.  These are not only strong fan bases, but obsessive, crazed and loyal  (often to a fault) followers — many as famous or infamous, as the bands  they worship.
What drives this kind of devotion? Is it the music? The herd  instinct? The drugs? A life-long dream of finally hooking up with that  scruffy looking bass player who probably smells like five-day-old  seafood floating in a open grave?
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What makes bands like Phish the targets of super fandom?

With those Phish fellas starting a three day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City tomorrow — their legion of “phans” in tow — we wanted to give you a list of 11 other artists that have their own super fans. These are not only strong fan bases, but obsessive, crazed and loyal (often to a fault) followers — many as famous or infamous, as the bands they worship.

What drives this kind of devotion? Is it the music? The herd instinct? The drugs? A life-long dream of finally hooking up with that scruffy looking bass player who probably smells like five-day-old seafood floating in a open grave?

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August 25, 2011

Photo essay: The Go-Go’s at the Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colo.

What a drag it is getting older — the Go-Go’s are having none of that. 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the Go-Go’s debut album — and they still got the beat. Before an Ogden Theatre audience thick with nostalgia about the years they rocked mohawks and pierced their ears with safety pins, the Go-Go’s came out blazing with  ”Vacation” and worked in Belinda Carlisle’s “Mad About You” and a cover of “Mother’s Little Helper.” The overheated Odgen ’80s dance party devoured everything the Go-Go’s served up and fabulously begged for more.

(Source: The Denver Post)

August 16, 2011
Michele Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday on death date
AP— Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley​ dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll."Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!”Bachmann didn’t respond and launched into her speech. 
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(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Michele Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday on death date

AP— Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley​ dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

"Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.

But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!”

Bachmann didn’t respond and launched into her speech.

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(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

August 9, 2011
The Best “Whistle” Songs of All Time 
The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the best songs with whistling in them of all time, from Andrew Bird to Otis Redding, and Monty Python to Paul Simon.
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The Best “Whistle” Songs of All Time

The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the best songs with whistling in them of all time, from Andrew Bird to Otis Redding, and Monty Python to Paul Simon.

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August 2, 2011

Once-Homeless Musician Dred Scott Suddenly Strikes a Chord and Finds an Audience

Denver busker Dred Scott is still trying to make sense of the fact that he has gone from street musician to Internet sensation in a matter of months.

David Adebonojo, who performs under the name of the slave who unsuccessfully sued to free himself and his family, is something of an institution in downtown Denver. Over the past five years, his bluesy acoustic covers of popular songs, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Prince’s “Purple Rain,” have drawn a following among passers-by intrigued by the talent of a homeless musician.

But in the past four weeks, his audience has become international. YouTube clips of his performance have collected more than 500,000 clicks since early July.

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(Photos by Evan Semon, Special to The Denver Post )


Also check out Reverb’s recent profile of Scott.

July 27, 2011

PHOTOS and REVIEW: So This is What a Katy Perry Concert Looks Like

Kat Perry brought her power-pop act to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Tuesday night, where a sea of teenagers, mostly young ladies, greeted her as the pop royalty she is.

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(Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com)

(Source: The Denver Post)

July 27, 2011
The Top 11 Prog Rock Masterpieces of All Time 
The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the greatest prog rock masterpieces of all time.
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(photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post)

The Top 11 Prog Rock Masterpieces of All Time

The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the greatest prog rock masterpieces of all time.

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(photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post)

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July 26, 2011
REVIEW: Did you know the band Wilco has its own beer?
It’s called “Wilco Tango Foxtrot” made by the Langunitas Brewing Co. It’s a strong ale at 7.8 percent alcohol, and bills itself as the “Jobless Recovery Ale.” Check out this review of the beer by the Denver Post’s Marcus Chamberland.
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REVIEW: Did you know the band Wilco has its own beer?

It’s called “Wilco Tango Foxtrot” made by the Langunitas Brewing Co. It’s a strong ale at 7.8 percent alcohol, and bills itself as the “Jobless Recovery Ale.” Check out this review of the beer by the Denver Post’s Marcus Chamberland.

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July 26, 2011

Photos: Amy Winehouse’s Funeral

AP—Friends and family said goodbye to Amy Winehouse Tuesday with prayers, tears, laughter and song at a funeral ceremony in London.

The singer’s father, mother and brother and close friends, along with band members and celebrities—including producer Mark Ronson and media personality  Kelly Osbourne , her hair piled beehive-high in an echo of the singer’s trademark style—were among several hundred mourners attending the service at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London.

(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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