August 22, 2012
Anatomy of a hit song: Gotye’s big tune almost never happened, and now that it has, he’s not so sure about it
I’m thinking of a song. You’ve surely heard it, and you’ve possibly sung along with its ubiquitous chorus: “Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.”
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” has become the biggest song of 2012, and its infectious bounce and memorable melody has taken over our collective short-term memory as much as it has dominated the airwaves.
And to think Gotye, a.k.a. Wally De Backer — who headlines Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday — almost didn’t include the song on his 2011 release “Making Mirrors.”

Anatomy of a hit song: Gotye’s big tune almost never happened, and now that it has, he’s not so sure about it

I’m thinking of a song. You’ve surely heard it, and you’ve possibly sung along with its ubiquitous chorus: “Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.”

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” has become the biggest song of 2012, and its infectious bounce and memorable melody has taken over our collective short-term memory as much as it has dominated the airwaves.

And to think Gotye, a.k.a. Wally De Backer — who headlines Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday — almost didn’t include the song on his 2011 release “Making Mirrors.”

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)

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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(Source: The Denver Post)

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 15, 2011
The Best Obscure Classic Soul Singers of All Time 
In  honor of soul legend Allen Toussaint who plays the Denver Botanic  Gardens tonight, here’s a list of other little-known soul artists whose  musical greatness has been consigned into relative obscurity over the  years. Here are the best obscure classic soul artists you should be  listening to as compiled by the Denver Post’s music blog Reverb.
(Photo by Dave Martin, AP)

The Best Obscure Classic Soul Singers of All Time

In honor of soul legend Allen Toussaint who plays the Denver Botanic Gardens tonight, here’s a list of other little-known soul artists whose musical greatness has been consigned into relative obscurity over the years. Here are the best obscure classic soul artists you should be listening to as compiled by the Denver Post’s music blog Reverb.

(Photo by Dave Martin, AP)

July 1, 2011
The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the best songs to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The Denver Post’s music blog Reverb counts down the best songs to celebrate the Fourth of July.

June 9, 2011

The boys at our Reverb music blog discussed Jessie J’s new video with The Black Lips on Twitter today. Here’s a story about how it went down (slightly NSFW for language), and above there’s a video from The Black Lips.

(Source: The Denver Post)

May 20, 2011
David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven cut four tracks at Denver’s Uneven Studio for HeyReverb.com’s Mile Marker sessions last month. He reportedly showed up with a single guitar and a few harmonicas. Reverb has the cuts for free download, as well as video and a slideshow.

David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven cut four tracks at Denver’s Uneven Studio for HeyReverb.com’s Mile Marker sessions last month. He reportedly showed up with a single guitar and a few harmonicas. Reverb has the cuts for free download, as well as video and a slideshow.

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