The Budos Band Show Review


Venue: Bluebird Theater

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 07/09/14

Inebriation Level: Party Time

Sometimes you just have to get funky. That right there is a fact of life. Look no further than the eight-piece instrumental band from NYC that call themselves The Budos Band.

I’d originally caught wind of the band back in my college days where they regularly took down the house at the Bluebird in Bloomington, IN. When I heard they were rolling into Denver, CO and hitting up the Bluebird here, it was a no question “let’s party” situation.

I brought the special lady along and we got to the venue a bit after the opening band finished their set. The Bluebird is a nice sized venue, halfway between the small do-they-make-any-money places and large i-can’t-see-a-damn-thing venues. I was in complete party time mode and ready to jam my ass off. We pushed our way right up to the stage and I noticed the roadies not touching the equipment, but just lugging beers. PBR after PBR until they even brought out a damn suitcase of burrs. Now everyone was ready to get into party time mode.



Tame Impala Show Review


Venue: Ogden Theatre

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 10/27/13

Inebriation Level: Sober (Doesn’t anyone around here work on Monday?!)

Allow me sum up the Tame Impala show in three short words: far…out…man.

The Psychedelic geniuses from Australia finally made their way to Denver and you better believe I wasn’t going to miss the show. After rocking Boulder on Saturday, they rolled into Denver on a Sunday, and a very tired music nerd and his special lady dragged themselves very uninspired-like to the Ogden Theatre (hey we’re old).

We got there too late to hear Austin’s White Denim open up the show, but were greeted by a sold-out packed house. We worked our way through the crowd to a halfway decent spot on the side of the stage, but I kept thinking, “Don’t any of you people work tomorrow?” Man, I really am an old man. Did I mention I had a strong desire to sit down during the show? Next step is yelling at the band to “turn that damn racket down!” Oh no, now I’m worried.


Gary Clark Jr Show Review


Venue: Ogden Theatre

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 10/11/13

Inebriation Level: Mini-Bottle Fueled Buzz

There is hope for the Blues and Gary Clark Jr just may be the answer. Let me back up a bit.

Gary Clark Jr is the Austin based guitar slinger making waves in the popular music realm with a smooth mix of many different genres. He’s not just a Blues guitarist, but he pays homage to the R&B greats of the past, still with a contemporary sound. Being a fan of the Austin scene, the Blues, and you know, music, I made sure to get tickets to his Denver show well in advance.


Muse Show Review


Venue: Pepsi Center

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 09/17/13

Inebriation Level: Sober

Every once in awhile, the tables turn, and I’ll have some of my peeps ask me to go to a concert with them. They know I don’t have the Bieber Fever, yet the keep on asking.

Anyway, my friend Aaron gave me a holler because he had heard the Muse concert experience was something to be had. Not being a fan myself, but always up for a rocking good time, I decided to join in on the rocktivities (I just made that word up).

In preparation for the show, I checked out reviews, and the band had gotten nearly unanimous praise. People were saying Muse was the best show they’d ever seen, so amidst the hype, I started to get pretty stoked. I decided to forgo familiarizing myself with any of their music, mainly because I thought it would add to the experience. It was a rare moment I’d be checking out a new band live and seeing their music from a different perspective, or something rational like that.


Sigur Rós Show Review


Venue: 1stBank Center 

Location: Broomfield, Colorado

Date: 04/06/13

Inebriation Level: Soberish

When my friend Wes first introduced me to Sigur Rós back in college, I thought I was the coolest guy ever for jamming to some crazy dudes that spoke Icelandic. Then I went to a near sold-out show at the 1stBank Center in the ‘burbs last Saturday and realized I’m not very cool. I have this realization quite a bit.

I’d been wanting to catch the band for years after hearing their shows were like nothing else out there. Considering their music is so uniquely awesome, it was an easy buy when the tickets went on sale about five months ago. And to think teachers used to tell me I procrastinate.


Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell & Angels


Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels

Release: 03/05/2013

Alright Earth, it’s time to give you an in-depth review of the new Hendrix album. It’s been generating a lot of buzz and even reached the top of the Billboard charts. The only thing is, there’s been a whole bunch of BS being spread about the album. It’s time to lay down the facts, give it a hefty once over, and crank out the Hendrix jams for a big ol’ review.

Let’s first explain what this album really is. Experience Hendrix, the label that is in charge of the Hendrix estate, is run by a collection of very important people, including author John McDermott, engineer Eddie Kramer, and Janie Hendrix. Though she touts being an important family member, she was in fact a half-sister that only met Hendrix twice. Their mutual father, Al Hendrix, eventually gained control of the estate after many shady legal battles. Prior to his death in 2002, Janie speculatively coerced him into naming her as his sole heir, hence becoming the CEO and President of Experience Hendrix LLC.


Review Throwback: Yeasayer: Fragrant World

More reviews from LxL, because music nerds love to review stuff.


Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Released: 08/21/12

When I first heard Yeasayer’s debut album, All Hour Cymbals, it quickly became my favorite of 2007.  The compelling melodies, the daring experimentation, and the combination of so many different styles of music made it completely mind-blowing.

Then came the follow-up album, Odd Blood, which showed the band turning the corner from world music exploration to electro pop. I found some light within the darkness with songs like “The Children,” but with such pitiful songs as “Ambling Amp,” I was ultimately disappointed.


Review Throwback: Yo La Tengo: Fade

Here’s another review written for my pals at Little By Listen, reblogged here because I said so.


Yo La Tengo – Fade

Release: 01/15/13

If you haven’t heard of Yo La Tengo, you might not be alone. They never reached the heights of their contemporaries, like the commercial success of R.E.M. or the critical acclaim of Sonic Youth. What they have done is consistently put out great records for nearly 30 years. That’s a long time, especially if you count that in dog years (210, math skills yo).


The Black Angels Show Review


Venue: The Bluebird Theater

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 12/30/12

Inebriation Level: Soberish

“What a show.” That’s what I said after a two-hour psychedelic sonic assault that exasperated the effects of some sort of flu-like bug. In the end, only the music matters, or something inspirational like that.

I’d tried to catch The Black Angels a year before, not thinking anyone else knew of their awesomeness. I convinced my bud Brad to accompany me to the show and in an effort to save $5, buy tickets at the door. We were of course greeted by a big “sold out” sign at the ticket office, to my utter disbelief. So we wandered across the street to a Mexican place, enjoyed Taco Tuesday, had some laughs, some margs, etc. The first show was definitely a success.


Review Throwback: Band of Horses: Mirage Rock

For the last six months of so, I’ve been writing album and show review here and there for my pals over at the music blog Little By Listen. I figured since this is, you know, a music blog, I’d do a little review throwback and post them on The Rock Renaissance as well. I know some of the albums are a little outdated, but so are some of the songs I play on the show. I call it Old School.


Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

Release: 09/18/12

Band of Horses hail from the musically rich Seattle along with other new Americana bands like Fleet Foxes, Moondoggies, and The Cave Singers. Frontman Ben Bridwell has everything a Seattle rocker needs: a kickass beard and an endless supply of plaid shirts.

Hipster fashion aside, the band relocated to Bridwell’s native South Carolina following their first album, Everything All The Time, and has remained there ever since. The combination of recording in The South and coming from the new folk scene in Seattle has created quite an array of sounds.