Download “The Discovery” by Denver’s Mass Praktikal, only in Steal This Track

If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Reese sets the beat with a live kit, then weaves and layers, swirls and drops all kinds of synthesized and analog sounds around it. Mass Praktikal songs, for the most part, are crisp, fun and invigorating. The full album will be released on Not Art Records on March 27 and available through the usual outlets. Reese as the drummer for the acclaimed post-rock band The Album Leaf, which is not based in Denver. This is an album where Reese’s drums not form the bedrock but also hold a staring role. Now, as Mass Praktikal, he is set to release his debut solo album, titled “To plan is a luxury–to dream, a birthright.” The title is apt because, like much of the Album Leaf catalog, these are instrumental songs with a dreamlike quality. Yes, the result can be a bit chaotic, but it is well orchestrated rather than random. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. But unlike the Album Leaf, these are Reese’s dreams alone, and many are chaotic. Reese is set to release his debut solo album. Sometimes chaos is synonymous with high energy, and that is what’s going on here. Sadly, the release show will be held in Brooklyn. Below, download “The Discovery” by Mass Praktikal. While he may take a bit of a background role, he’s integral to the Album Leaf, giving the often ambient instrumental music a foundation so it doesn’t drift off entirely. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. But fingers crossed, there will be Denver dates. The Album Leaf’s Timothy C. (Image courtesy of the artist)
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And unlike a lot of music with an ambient-electronic feel, this music isn’t all moody and hazy. Reese is also a poet, one you could imagine those of the Beat Generation calling their own.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is becoming a movie, and we have questions

You’re the first to hear about this exciting news!”
This “exciting news” left us with a few questions:
1. Oh, 1994 Mariah, take us back to a simpler time. Oh no. We know this isn’t really a question, but we can’t help it; it was our first reaction. Is this going to ruin the song for us? “Every holiday season, there are traditions we can’t live without,” a narrator intones as the trailer opens, and a series of words flash in gold-lettered succession: The tree. It has made Carey a lot of money. Is this supposed to heighten demand for a new season of the singer’s glorious trainwreck of a reality show, “Mariah’s World?” Is it meant to make us forget about the unbearably awkward debacle that was Carey’s performance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Why? We turned to the video teaser for clues. 2. Singer/songwriter Mariah Carey performs during the launch of her residency “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Is it intended to remind us that, once, a long, long time ago, she made this incredibly great song, and she will never, ever, ever let us forget it? Must our cherished nostalgia be transformed into a multi-media empire? And Mariah Carey. The Christmas-dominating pop diva took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that her chart-topping hit is becoming an animated movie, landing in theaters this coming holiday season:
“My song is becoming a movie! The truth is, we love this song. Then the holiday pop goddess herself appears, reclining on a couch in a pearl necklace and plaid flannel pajamas, with a roaring fireplace and a glittering Christmas tree behind her. It played a starring role in the inescapable holiday classic film “Love Actually.” The song has already inspired a book; does it really need to become a cinema spectacle? “There’s just one thing I need.” (To escape, the dog’s eyes scream silently.)
Propped beside them on the couch is a copy of Carey’s children’s book based on the song, which tells the story of a girl who really wants a puppy for Christmas. After all, the song’s lyrics don’t tell much of a story —  they’re a charming mélange of seasonal imagery and romantic yearning. 4. What is the plot, exactly? “I don’t want a lot for Christmas,” she says, clutching a panting terrier who appears to be straining against her grasp. 3. The stockings. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this isn’t a coincidence —  the CGI film will tell the story of a young Mariah who desperately wants a puppy, including some new twists to the book’s simple storyline. It is a tradition we can’t live without, ever since 1994, when a flawless, 20-something Mariah donned a red-and-white knit hat and a puffy snowsuit and pranced around in absurdly fake-looking snow with Santa Claus, and an entire generation of adolescent MTV addicts decided that we wanted to be just like her when we grew up. By Caitlin Gibson, The Washington Post
If you thought you could escape Mariah Carey’s infectious holiday standard “All I Want for Christmas Is You” just because it happens to be March, you’re wrong. (Also, even at the tender age of 12, we knew that song was not about wanting a puppy.)
“All I Want for Christmas” is a relentless hit. The presents. The puppy on the book’s cover strongly resembles the real-life dog on Carey’s couch.

Red Rocks food and beer runs just got a lot easier

A third location, above a permanent concession stand near the southside merchandise booth, will have a full-service bar, Gallery said. “We have to look at things like wait times and lines. It’s not your traditional venue,” said Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts & Venues. “Red Rocks is a very special place, but it’s an atypical place. “Our goal is to get them fed and then back to the show.” “We’re constantly looking at ways to improve the customer experience out there.”
Making it happen, though, posed a bit of a logistical challenge for Gallery, a Greenwood Village-based maker of food carts and kiosks. That’s where the crane came in. That means not having to wait in separate lines for food and libations — a new fleet of custom food kiosks installed Tuesday are set up to handle both at the same time. “In order to better satisfy the larger crowds, the carts had to be redesigned to basically mirror your kitchen.”
Gallery designers began working with Denver Arts & Venues in early 2016 on the new Red Rocks carts, which replace a fleet that were first installed 20 years ago, he said. The next time you’re at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, you may not have to climb quite so many stairs to get that bite of food or draft beer you’re craving. You start cutting down on those things and it ultimately improves the customer experience,” Bishop said. Gallery, which recently changed its name from Carts of Colorado, has been making food carts and kiosks for more than 30 years. Portable, a Colorado-based manufacturer of mobile food carts and kiosks, lifts their new food and beverage carts to be installed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in advance of the venue’s 2017 concert season. “The less time in line, the more time enjoying the event — that’s the key.”
Most of the new food carts were installed in the large upper plaza, but a smaller plaza on the venue’s north side near the stage and a south plaza between the stage and the upper plaza also got full-service food and beverage carts. “We just needed to get a crane involved and some winch-and-pulley systems.”

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On Tuesday, crews from Gallery used both to lower about 65 pieces of new food-service equipment into place in the natural amphitheater. Flexibility was also important — the carts’ design will allow the concessionaire to change up the food menu if need be and each location will have draft beer and cocktail capabilities, too. At Red Rocks, the wood-paneled carts were designed withstand the elements and better blend in with the amphitheater’s aesthetics, Gallery said. The city also plans to start posting calorie counts for all items. “As a patron, you’re no longer going to multiple lines to get a burrito in one line and a cocktail in another,” Gallery said. “At Red Rocks, you have to walk all the way up to that upper plaza. Locally, Gallery carts can also be found at Coors Field and Pepsi Center. It was born out of a Chicago-style deli in Denver that grew into a larger catering-style business in need of something more sophisticated than your run-of-the-mill hotdog cart. “Think about a New York City street corner where someone is selling hotdogs. In others, they set up a winch-and-pulley system and lowered the pieces in. If we could find a solution to get some offerings down to the lower bleacher seats that would be great — that’s how the idea got birthed,” said Dan Gallery V, president of the family-owned business. The outdoor music venue will have more full-service food and beverage stations for the upcoming concert season than in years prior. Street tacos are one of the new food offerings being planned for the season, Bishop said. The volume of people isn’t as extensive as it would be at a venue like Red Rocks,” Gallery said. In locations where there was enough room to maneuver, they used the crane.

Tour de Fat 2017 returns to Colorado with big bands and big changes

To foot the cost of the bands, the festival is abandoning its free-to-enter model, charging a ticketed fee that will also help Tour de Fat raise more money for the nonprofits the events support, which are localized to each participating city. 2. 7, 2013 at Denver’s City Park. 8/26 Denver, CO: With Capital Cities, Sedan Halen, Sputnik and more. (Evan Semon, The Know)
Now in its 19th year, Tour de Fat, New Belgium’s nonprofit-supporting celebration of bikes, beer and bands, is coming back in 2017 with a bevy of changes, including a greatly expanded circuit, bigger headliners and an entry fee. 9/2 Fort Collins, CO: With The All-American Rejects, X Ambassadors, Tim DeLaGhetto, Sputnik, Le Tigre and Sedan Halen and more (supporting acts subject to change). Benefiting non-profits Bike Denver and the Denver Cruiser Ride. Louis, MO Nick Waterhouse
6/11 New Orleans, LA Corey Harper
6/17 Boston, MA AWOLNATION
6/17 Dallas, TX Jamestown Revival
7/1 Columbus, OH Smallpools
7/5 Cleveland, OH Rainbow Kitten Surprise
7/8 San Diego, CA The Naked and Famous
7/11 Sacramento, CA Hollis Brown
7/15 New York, NY The Naked and Famous
7/15 Santa Cruz, CA Wilderado
7/21 Oakland, CA Hollis Brown
7/22 Washington, DC Vintage Trouble
7/29 Chicago, IL The Roots
7/29 Grand Rapids, MI Nick Waterhouse
8/5 Indianapolis, IN The Record Company
8/12 Detroit, MI Skylar Grey
8/12 Boise, ID Blackberry Smoke
8/12 Kansas City, KS Atlas Genius
8/19 Minneapolis, MN The Record Company
8/19 San Francisco, CA Vintage Trouble
8/23 Madison, WI Atlas Genius
8/25 Boulder, CO: With Wilderado, Michael Rahhal and more. 8/26 Colorado Springs, CO: With Wilderado, Michael Rahhal and more. “We’re still about advocacy and philanthropy and we’re still a celebration of the bike and beer,” New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson said, “but this was our best model going forward to keep it sustainable.”
Denver’s festival will see a change in address, too. Petersburg, FL Corey Harper
6/10 Philadelphia, PA Plain White T’s
6/10 St. Along with the usual attractions and troupes of comedians and entertainers, electronic duo Capital Cities will headline Denver’s event. Los Angeles four-piece Wilderado will headline the festival’s Boulder and Colorado Springs events, which are set for Aug. $15. Tour de Fat 2017 dates and lineup
5/20 Asheville, NC Third Eye Blind
5/27 Charlotte, NC A Thousand Horses
5/31 Atlanta, GA Corey Harper
6/3 Orlando, FL Jamestown Revival
6/6 Baltimore, MD Hollis Brown
6/6 St. The All-American Rejects and X Ambassadors will headline the festival’s hometown date in Fort Collins on Sept. 10/7 Tempe, AZ Michael Franti & Spearhead Benefiting non-profit Upa Downa. $15. FILE: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat bike Parade Saturday Sept. The festival will hit 33 cities this summer (up from just ten last year), including its first Boulder event in more than a decade. Pulled from its former home in City Park, the 2017 Tour de Fat will come to the National Western Complex on August 26. For most cities, the new model also spells the end of Tour de Fat’s hallmark bike parade, save for three locations: Fort Collins, Boise and Tempe. Check out a detailed rundown of who’s performing at each of Colorado’s four Tour de Fats, as well as a list of the headliners at all of this year’s 33 participating cities, below. The bike parade is only happening in three cities in 2017: Fort Collins, Boise and Tempe. $25. This year also marks Tour de Fat’s change into a music-focused festival, which will pair a nationally-known headlining act with each city it visits. Tickets are $25 and available via Eventbrite. Benefiting non-profit Community Cycles. $25 Benefiting non-profits Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins, FC Bike Co Op and Ciclismo Youth Foundation. 25 and 26 respectively.

Phish announces three days at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

1-3. On Tuesday, those fears were put to rest, as Phish announced it will return to Dick’s for three glorious nights of time-melting solos and head-scratching lyrics at the end of the summer. Trey and company come to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sept. Check out our review of each night of Phish’s 2016 run here. But it’s still a lot of fun to watch: Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.”
After news of a baker’s dozen of shows at Madison Square Garden and a “limited” summer tour, Colorado Phish fans had reason to fear their fearless jam leaders wouldn’t make good on its annual multi-day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2017. “Phish performs at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on September 5, 2015. via altitudetickets.com. The following video of Phish is actually a parody, and is in no way representative of the band’s ridiculous chops. Tickets are $55-$90 and go on sale April 7 at 10 a.m.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull announce joint Denver show

tour, which kicks off on June 3 in Chicago. via altitudetickets.com. Check out the full list of tour dates here. Tickets are $29.95-$139.95 and go on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. CNCO will perform in support. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Latin pop superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull are heading out on a 16-city tour this spring, including a date in Denver. The artists are coming to the Pepsi Center on June 6. Denver’s show is the second on the duo’s U.S. DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 17: Enrique Iglesias performs at the Pepsi Center on February 17, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Pixies announces Boulder Theater show

The choice is now yours. The influential alt-rock band added the Boulder show to its fall 2017 on Monday, which was already slated to hit Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on Oct. 18. (Seth McConnell, The Know)
Would you rather catch Pixies at the 3,600-person Fillmore Auditorium or the 850-capacity Boulder Theater? Check out our photos and review of the 2015 iteration of the festival here. Tickets are $55-$65 and go on sale March 24 via bouldertheater.com. 17. You can catch the band at the Boulder Theater on Oct. Pixies last played Denver at the 2015 Riot Fest, which isn’t returning to Denver this year. Pixies performs at the Fillmore Auditorium on Feb. 13, 2014.

Lady Antebellum announces Denver show

Earlier this year, the band released “You Look Good,” the first single off its new album. 15, 2012. From left, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. (Daniel Petty, The Denver Post)
Country mega-band Lady Antebellum has announced a new album and a new tour to support it, including a show in the Denver area. American country group Lady Antebellum performs at the Pepsi Center to a sold-out crowd on Wednesday, Feb. You can listen to that below. The six-country, 65-show tour is in support of “Heart Break,” Lady Antebellum’s sixth studio album. Tickets are $26.75 – $101.25 and go on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. via axs.com. The band’s You Look Good World Tour will come through Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on August 29. It comes out on June 9 via Capitol Nashville.

Photos: Panic! at the Disco sells out Pepsi Center

Saint Motel and Mister Wives opened the show. The band is currently touring in support of their Grammy-nominated fifth album, Death of a Bachelor, which came out early last year. Panic! at the Disco performs at the Pepsi Center on March 17, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

Panic! at the Disco brought its blend of pop rock to a sold out Pepsi Center on Friday night.

Elton John taps into the fountain of youth in Colorado Springs

A few miles south, on stage at the Broadmoor World Arena, he was a glam deity. But most of the time, all you can do is bang on the invisible ivories, like the night’s ASL translators during so many of Elton’s forte solos. Though an Elton John tour needs no reason, he does have new songs, which he shuffled in throughout the hits. They, like him, were living up their sunset years. But it was nothing that the subsequent transition into “Rocket Man” couldn’t blast away. When we see an artist live, we want the frozen-in-amber image from decades prior stuck in our minds to come to life as we remember it. For example, clad in ruby dress shoes and a cutaway suit coat emblazoned with red rhinestones in the shape of a rose, Elton John would have been an odd sight in downtown Colorado Springs. As in all other cases, context should matter. Some artists go to great lengths to make that so. On Thursday, he mostly kept to his bench, standing from his inky Yamaha between numbers to join his five-piece band in cheering on the capacity crowd at the ~8,000-person arena. Bob Dylan, for example, has not held up well in the latter stages of his so-called Never Ending Tour, no matter what his fanatic following might tell you. While John’s shows were never overly aerobic, he did used to do a decent share of romping around the stage between songs back in the day. Accordingly, John made good with hits like “Your Song” and “Crocodile Rock” for each of his modern digressions. Clad in a vintage tour jacket, a man ten rows behind John air-piano’d the jabbing interludes of “Bennie and the Jets.” A few rows behind him, two women spent much of the show trying to get John’s attention, waving maniacally when they weren’t hand-dancing through their favorite songs, like a massive late-set rendition of “Levon.”
As it turns out, aside from “Tiny Dancer,” it’s not easy to cut a rug to Elton John’s jaunty pop ballads. The songs are great for tapping out rhythms on your steering wheel during road trips, and falsetto-ing along to as you see out last call. Yes, even in 2017, a mere nine days away from his 70th birthday. But that didn’t stop scores of largely retirement-age fans from giving John a standing ovation between nearly every song. “I’ve been touring since 1969 as Elton John, and there’s been one constant thing since then, and that’s you guys out there,” he said after tearing through “Burn Down the Mission.” “When we go home, we’ll be talking about you. You give us adrenaline.”
The crowd roared back. (Tina Hagerling, The Know)

So often, we demand that our pop music legends remain timeless. These songs, John understands, are why he was where he was, in the enviable position of still selling out arenas nearly 50 years into his career. If its adrenaline was what has kept him such fine form, on Thursday, it flowed both ways. But performers (and performances) crack and crumble with age. Later in the evening, he even trotted out a rare rendition of “Have Mercy on the Criminal,” which put his somewhat diminished vocal range to a test, which after all these years, he passed with flair. Elton John performing at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs on March 16th, 2017. Here, the crowd was less smitten, sitting out numbers like “A Good Heart.” John called it his favorite off his latest (and 32nd) album, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the record: The cheesy track threatened to cast a wet velvet blanket over the night.

Say it ain’t so: Denver’s Riot Fest isn’t happening in 2017

before being forced to relocate to the parking lot of Denver’s Sports Authority Field. That goes double in Denver, a city with noise-sensitive residential areas encroaching on the few available grounds able to host tens of thousands of fans and dozens of bands. This September will see our 13th Riot Fest in Chicago and we are very excited to share another year here with you. To all of our friends in Denver, we love you and we appreciate you making us feel at home in your amazing city. We can never thank you enough for embracing us as you did, and we hope to see as many of you as possible in Chicago this September! In 2015, the festival landed in the National Western Complex, where it seemed to find its stride. For the past four years, Chicago-based circus-themed rock and rap festival Riot Fest had faced those quirks in stride. Riot Mike’s partner, Sean, was a fearless leader who worked tirelessly to plan, organize and execute the production of our festivals each year. To all of our Fans and Patrons,
First and foremost, thank you for your support, loyalty, and enthusiasm regarding Riot Fest’s endeavors – you are the lifeblood that keeps us going! (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)
Throwing a music festival is hard. While Denver will go without Riot Fest and its wonderfully bizarre sideshows this year, the festival could return in the future. Riot Fest has had a resilient if rocky existence in Colorado since it came here in 2013. We appreciate your continued support & can’t wait to unveil the Riot Fest 2017 lineup, so stay tuned! To our Chicago perennials and all who have or will travel to the fest – we owe it to Sean to throw the absolute best festival we can and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Fans at day two of Riot Fest Denver in 2015. “To all of our friends in Denver, we love you and we appreciate you making us feel at home in your amazing city,” the release continued. It first set up in the town of Byers, Colo. That said, we hope our absence from Denver is only temporary. The release and a representative from the festival indicated it would like to return to Denver at some point. Following the death of Sean McKeough, one of the festival’s lead organizers, Riot Fest has decided to forgo its Denver event in 2017 to focus solely on its Chicago festival. It saddens us to say, however, that we will not be able to return to Denver in 2017. Last year, it staged the first show by seminal punk band the Misfits in 33 years, nothing short of a music industry miracle. “Without Sean’s massive contributions, taking on more than one festival this year is, unfortunately, simply not possible,” the event stated in a release. As many of you know, the Riot Fest family lost one of its leaders late last year: our beloved Sean McKeough. Without Sean’s massive contributions, taking on more than one festival this year is, unfortunately, simply not possible. Alas, Riot Fest will not mark its fifth anniversary in Denver in 2017. Hope to see you in Chicago! He was an integral part of our team and it has been difficult to envision a Riot Fest without him. (That said, we didn’t always agree with the festival’s booking.)
Regardless of how the lineups hit you, the festival represented a hope that a large music festival could survive in Denver, despite repeated evidence to the contrary. “We can never thank you enough for embracing us as you did, and we hope to see as many of you as possible in Chicago this September!”
Read Riot Fest’s full statement on the decision below.

Denver spring concert guide 2017: Too many shows?

Boogie, Kaiydo, Kemba and Michael Christmas), collective hip-hop, the Bluebird Theater, April 27, $15-$18
Brent Cowles (with Wildermiss and King Cardinal), prairie indie, Hi-Dive, April 28, $12-$15 
Joe Pug (with Anais Mitchell), Bob Dylan practitioner, the Bluebird Theater, April 30, $17-$20
May
Jamey Johnson (with Margo Price and Brent Cobb), new country, Ogden Theatre, May 3, $35-$50
Leif Vollebekk, Icelantic folk: That Lief Vollebekk’s rhythmic folk-blues are filling the tiny Lost Lake Lounge and not a 1,000-plus venue is an odd whim of fate. Ogden Theatre, April 20, $65-$75

Tim Kasher (with Allison Weiss and Terry Malts), indie singer-songwriter, Larimer Lounge, April 25, $12-$15 
No Ceilings (feat. Fillmore Auditorium, June 15, $39.50  Don’t be alarmed: The venue’s calendar looks as strong as always. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
As food trucks rear out from hibernation to sell us late-afternoon sandwiches and squirrels flitter from branch to branch, reaching out to steal those sandwiches, we know it must be spring. That’s a good thing. 26, $12-$14

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It also marks the kick-off of Red Rocks season, but we aren’t going there just yet. Oriental Theater, April 8, $32

Chicano Batman (with SadGirl and the Shacks), retro soul pop: Dripping with style — particularly on “Freedom Is Free,” their next-level new album — this East Los Angeles four-piece has a habit of turning rock clubs into pressure cookers. Less than a year out of the slammer, he’ll grace Denver on its favorite day of the year on what’s somehow his first-ever tour. But really, she’s a pop star for this generation: brash, thoroughly tattooed and above all, fun. But seeing as it’s outside of Denver and a beast unto itself, we’re saving our look at the venue for another day. The Larimer Lounge, April 14, $10-$12

The Walters (with Summer Salt and Panther Martin), forlorn indie rock, Hi-Dive, April 17, $8-$10
Gucci Mane, trap rap: Ask most hip-hop heads and they’ll you that, ice cream face tattoo or not, Mane is a living legend. Lost Lake Lounge, May 8, $12-$14 

Kongos (with Mother Mother), Soweto electro-pop, Marquis Theatre, May 9, $23-$325
The Wild Reeds (with Blank Range and Izaak Optaz), harmonic stomp, Larimer Lounge, May 12, $12-$15
Kehlani (with Ella Mai, Jahkoy and Noodles), PBR&B: You could think of Kehlani as an America’s Got Talent star gone wrong. But there is one sure way to tell: Denver’s concert schedule explodes. Bluebird Theater, March 27, $17-$20

Jonathan Richman, free-verse folk, the Bluebird Theater, March 28, $17-$20
Big Sean (with Madeintyo and DJ Mo Beatz), Top 40 rap, Fillmore Auditorium, March 28, $49.50-$64
Andy Shauf (with Aldous Harding), diffident rock, Larimer Lounge, March 28, $13-$15
Maggie Rogers (with the Overcoats), preternatural indie pop: Rogers went from music student to phenom after moving Pharrell to tears with her song “Alaska.” The jury’s still out on her as a capital-A Artist, but it’s saying something to launch a sell-out tour on the power of one (admittedly entrancing) single. Count yourself lucky. After all these years, the reunion tour is on, with a new album to boot. It’s impossibly original and, even if you can’t understand a lick of Tamasheq, the band’s native language, affecting. You can change that. Like baby birds, bands crack out of their winter holiday hiatus to milk as many dates as they can out of the warm months. March
Kevin Abstract (with Romil), dissociative hip-hop, Larimer Lounge, March 21, $15-$18
Weaves (with Belle Game), bootstrap pop, Globe Hall, March 22, $10-$12
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (with Devotchka and Joe Sampson), charity benefit rock, Ogden Theatre, March 23, $32-$38
Xenia Rubinos (with the Other Black and Sur Ellz), alt-jazz, the Marquis Theater, Mar. Ogden Theatre, May 17, $25-$30

Soundgarden (with the Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan), seminal alt-rock, Fillmore Auditorium, May 22, $66.75
Matthew Logan Vasquez (with Bad Licks and Blake Brown & the American Dust Choir), full-bore rock, Larimer Lounge, May 27, $15-$17
June
Zakk Sabbath (with Beastmaker), metal tribute, the Marquis Theater, June 4, $25-$28
Modest Mouse (with Morning Teleportation), weirdo rock, Fillmore Auditorium, June 6, $39.75-$45
At the Drive In, scene rock: The punk world has been waiting years for feral vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala to return to the project that first gathered so many sweaty mosh pits around him in the late 1990s. This list is just the tip of the iceberg — you could botch a perfectly good credit score trying to catch every worthwhile show coming through town in the next few months. Nikki Lane is bringing “700,000 Rednecks” to the Bluebird Theater in March. The Bluebird Theater, April 10, $15

Field Division, folk-pop reverie, Lion’s Lair, April 11, $TBA
Other Worlds (with the Velveteers and Larry Nix & the Killer Gents), woke rock: A little My Morning Jacket, a little Band of Horses, this Denver band sounds way too polished to languish in obscurity. Or at least it sure feels that way. Larimer Lounge, March 30, $15

Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Appalachian alt-rock, Globe Hall, March 31, $15
April
Oathbreaker (with Khemmis, Jaye Jayle and Of Feather & Bone), wailing Belgian metal, the Marquis Theater, April 3, $12-$14
Clownvis Presley, send-up blues, Lost Lake Lounge, April 3, $5-$10 
21 Savage (with Young M.A., Tee Grizzley and Young Nudy), low-key rap, Ogden Theatre, April 4, $32-$38
Dead Man Winter (with Erik Koskinen Duo), ruminative folk, the Bluebird Theater, April 4, $15-$17
Jay Som + The Courtneys (with Shady Elders), outcast indie, Lost Lake Lounge, April 6, $10-$12
Jackie Green (with David Luning), pretty-boy rock, Globe Hall, April 6 and 7, $22-$25 
Tinariwen (with Dengue Fever), Saharan spirit rock: This band of Mali musicians filters traditional rock music through its own lens of sounds and experience, which is largely affected by the plight of African diaspora. To be fair, it’s felt like windows-down weather off and on since early February.

Download “Human Frailty” by Whiskey Autumn, only in Steal This Track

As the band puts it, it is “aspiring to write songs that get listeners on the dance floor while striking an emotional connection.” The dance floor is easily recognizable with hip-hop beats and production inspired by Dr Dre and J Dilla. The emotional connectivity is mainly found in the vocals, with some R&B keys along the way. Follow the band’s Facebook and website for related news. The EP is set to be released in April, followed by a midwest tour. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Below, download “Human Frailty” to get a sense of what all this means, debuting here in Steal This Track. It’s not that we seek them out or have a particular preference for the sound; there just seems to be so many Americana artists working in Colorado. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. In April, Whiskey Autumn will release its third EP, “Ice Cream in the Sun.” With it, the Boulder three-piece will complete its transformation from an Americana band to an electro-pop rock outfit. Whiskey Autumn may have figured out how: Just abandon the sound altogether. As a result, it’s very difficult for Americana-leaning Colorado bands to stand out from the pack. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. Regular readers of Steal This Track have probably noticed how often we cover Americana and alt-country artists. Add to this mix electro-pop synth hooks and you have a sound that’s a bit nostalgic, yet wholly original. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings.

Best shows: Head for the Hills and Weaves

Catch the band at Globe Hall on March 22. Catch them at the Bluebird Theater on March 17 and you’ll also get the pleasure of stomping along with the amazingly fun Railsplitters. Head for the Hills plays the Bluebird Theater on Friday. Tickets: $12-$15 via axs.com. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. Weaves

Listening to the oddball Toronto pop project Weaves, its impossible to predict how a song will start or where it will end. Live on stage, it could spark a dance floor revolution. The question instead is “What makes you stand out?” The band has answered that with a smart mix of alternative influences (think forlorn 1990s rock lyrics) and a knack for driving down-home rhythm that gets their crowds to ground their heels in. Head for the Hills

Given the thickets of competition that crowd the Colorado bluegrass scene, the question for bands like Fort Collins’ Head for the Hills isn’t “Can you play?” In the homeland of Hot Rize, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain, prowess is a given. (Photo courtesy of the band’s website)
Head for the Hills and Weaves are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. With enigmatic frontwoman Jasmyn Burke as its emblem, the band prides itself on taking chances: Punk choruses are softened and stretched over funky basslines; melodic lines sing-song up and away, like a butterfly caught in an updraft (“Coo Coo”). Tickets are $10-$12 via ticketfly.com. The four-piece’s verve for performance is catch, even over computer speakers.

2 Chainz to headline Denver’s 2017 4/20 rally

Last year’s 4/20 rally was initially set for April 16, but a snow storm forced organizers to push it back to May 21. Per usual, Denver’s Civic Center Park will host a rally to mark the high holy day, complete with a performance by a mega-sized rap star. Walter said he hopes the combination of free admission and its April 20 date will see a turnout that exceeds what the previous organizer pegged as an annual average of around 50,000 attendees. 2 Chainz will headline Civic Center’s annual 420 rally. The concert portion of the event will go from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Additional performers have yet to be announced. Other big news: This year’s event will be totally free to the public, and will actually take place on April 20, which has not always been the case. “We have no doubt that our event will be the largest 4/20 festival in the country.”  The 2017 4/20 rally will open its doors at 10 a.m. Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne performed at the event. and close at 8 p.m. Related Articles

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More than 250 vendors will set up throughout Civic Center Park, featuring booths offering everything from cannabis products to specialty food trucks. While it was free to enter, it cost $50-$150 to get premium seating for the event.  
“I look forward to seeing the thousands of cannabis enthusiasts flooding the park to do the 4:20 pm countdown with 2 Chainz,” Walter said. (Image provided by festival organizers)
April is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for 4/20, that hallowed day of marijuana observance. That’s been done away with by the festival’s new producer-turned-owner, Santino Walter.  
Grammy award-winning rapper 2 Chainz will headline this year’s 4/20 rally. An organizer said fans could expect “Colorado’s finest local artists” to join the lineup.