Santigold Kicks Off 10 Years Golder Tour In Denver

The amazing Santigold. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Cult albums only come across a few times in our lifetimes, in 2008 Santi White also knows as Santigold brought a unique sound to the masses with her debut album Santogold. The album was a cross-genre work of art featuring influences of new wave to reggae themed productions from the likes of producers such as Diplo, Chuck Treece and Switch. The album made its rounds among the blogosphere to acclaimed reactions.

Fast forward to ten years later and the first stop of the tour right here in our backyard. Santigold ripped through her set with her own charismatic vibe adorned in all gold suit which flowed from one end of the stage to the other.

“How many bands don’t make it to Denver because of the roads?” she asked the crowd as she described other times she has stopped in Denver (and maybe a jab at The 1975).

The show was short and sweet, but ultimately satisfying our thirst to hear the amazing album played in its entirety taking us back and giving us a nostalgic vibe for just one night.

Words and Images: Robert Castro

All the gold…(photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Rüfüs Du Sol Warms Up The Fillmore Auditorium

The Fillmore Auditorium played host to back to back sold out shows from electro darlings Rüfüs Du Sol this past weekend. We had a chance to attend Sunday night, and while snow conditions existed outside it was nonetheless “lit” inside. We have been following the trio since 2010 and have loved seeing the band evolve from a sound and production standpoint. Opening with “Eyes” of their 2018 album Solace, the band did not let up keeping a consistent vibe throughout their whole set. They played all of their hits including “Innerbloom”, “Underwater”, “Like An Animal”, and “No Place”. The band loves playing in Denver and we love having them. (Words and images by Robert Castro)

At The Drive Make Their Triumphant Return To Denver

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of ATDI (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of ATDI (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Growing up in El Paso, Texas I had a chance to witness At The Drive In play many intimate shows, some in basements of houses, others in small clubs. Most recently I had a chance to see them this past year at SXSW were they popped into a surprise guest slot at The House of Vans. Over the years the band has seen many iterations of change from breakups to new groups to even a new album which dropped recently. From The Mars Volta to Sparta to today's original lineup (minus Jim Ward) the band has always been a staple of their specific genre for almost two decades now.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Their return the Mile High City was as expected, the same At The Drive In we saw many years ago still carry over the same energy today that they did back then. A prime example is when twenty minutes into their set they managed to destroy the soundboard in good old ATDI fashion. After a small break things got back up and running as the band tore through a majority of their new album in•ter a*li*a. They did manage to play a few of their classics including "Pattern Against User", "Invalid Litter Dept.", "Arcarsenal" and "One Armed Scissor". What holds the future for the El Paso five piece? Only time will tell, one thing is for certain the band is still doing what they love today just as they did 17 years ago. The band is currently on tour with a few festival appearances thrown in for the rest of the year. Make sure to pick up their new album available everywhere.

Words and Images: Robert Castro

Young And Old, Modest Mouse Fans Enjoyed A Lively Set This Past Tuesday Night

If you saw Modest Mouse at Red Rocks last summer you will remember a very quick and essentially boring set. Tuesday night at the Fillmore they compensated with a stellar revival! Fans rapidly flooded in when the doors opened at 7. Many of them waited in line for several hours beforehand to ensure a spot, front and center. Since Modest Mouse has been recording music for nearly 25 years, it's no wonder we spotted a wide age range of attendees. Teens, and what appeared to be original fans were in attendance. It seemed each and every one of them was as pumped as us to see the classic alt-rock band. The venue appeared to be nearly full as the opening band walked out.

Imagine a slightly more indie-rock version of Phish, and you'll have MM opener, Morning Teleportation.  An interesting opening act for Modest Mouse, but enjoyable (if you happen like jam bands). There were plenty of high pitched guitar riffs and organ solos, combined with repetitive instrumental jam before a long, slow down, where eventually, they dynamically brought the energy back up. The crowd started to loosen up preparing for the main event. We savored the jams of Morning Teleportation, but we were ready for Modest Mouse. 

With lights out and loud sound of bees buzzing, lead singer Issac Brock and crew emerged. Reverb and feedback led into the begging of “World at Large." The crowd bellowed along and cheered as Issac began the set. The first quarter of the set included tracks from the previous two popular albums. Issac seemed to have a bit more energy as "Paper Thin Walls," started. Intensity and passion continued to build with each song. 

Fans of early Modest Mouse erupted as “Doin’ the Cockroach” began. The crowd seemed to separate into two groups of fans: The newer, poppy Modest Mouse fans, and the grungy, grisly, groaning Modest Mouse of the 90’s. After "Float On," there seemed to be a few technical difficulties with Issac’s pedal board and one of his guitars, leading into an awkward pause. The show went on and fans continued to sing and enjoy themselves.  Modest Mouse has always had a dedicated fan base in which they sing and dance like no-one is watching. More appropriately, Modest Mouse fans do not give a single fuck who is watching or listening when they are experiencing musical takeover.  Above all, everyone had a fantastic night as Isaac finished out the with “Cowboy Dan”.

Words and photos: Matthew Smith

Music | Empire of the Sun | The Fillmore Auditorium | September 12th | Photo Essay

The Fillmore Auditorium was packed in this past Saturday for Empire of The Sun. With a slew of top act openers including Holy Ghost and St. Lucia the crowd was sure in for a treat as Empire of The Sun took the stage to their customary crowd pleasing production. Always ones to put on a show, they mesmerized the crowd with an array of lights, fog and backup dancers that only brought their performance to life.