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    U2 Kick Off Rescheduled American Tour

    Saturday night U2's 360 tour kicked off the rescheduled leg of its American tour in Denver, and became the biggest event the city has seen since the 2008 Democratic National Convention. After a solid 60-minute set from hometown act the Fray, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" came over the PA and the four members of the world's biggest rock band entered 80,000-capacity Invesco Stadium through the same tunnel that the Denver Broncos use on game day. There were no pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, or other fanfare - they just walked in. The opener, "Even Better Than The Real Thing," set the mood for a powerful, meticulously paced set. On "I Will Follow," Bono gyrated and pranced about the stage like a teenager, not a 51-year-old man just a year past major back surgery that caused this tour to be reskedded.

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    The Killers Kick Off U.S. Tour

    The Killers began their 2009 North American tour at the University of Denver's 8,000-person capacity Magness Arena Saturday night. And though the show was plagued by sound issues and got off to a shaky start, the night ultimately proved the tour will be remembered for its dazzling production and the Las Vegas quartet's anthemic tunes. From the first notes of their set-opener, recent single "Spaceman," it was apparent the band -- frontman Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer, and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. -- was suffering from the same muddy sound that had destroyed a potentially strong opening set from French electro rockers M83 As the engineers tinkered with the setup and the Killers struggled to find their footing on the huge palm tree covered stage, the crowd around the arena remained mostly seated.

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    Mercury Rev

    What? Mercury Rev will release their seventh and eighth albums September 30 in two very different ways. Hailed by critics as a return to form, Snowflake Midnight, the act's proper full-length release, showcases Mercury Rev's brand of dreamy, psychedelic pop while delivering poetic and accessible lyrics that feel timeless in their flow and delivery. The band again enlisted longtime friend, part-time band member, and knob-twiddler extraordinaire Dave Fridmann to handle production, and his studio wizardry has helped polish Mercury Rev's thunderous drums and atmospheric guitars. Though Snowflake's companion album, the full-length Strange Attractor, has been kept under tight wraps, Mercury Rev have explained that while recording Snowflake Midnight they felt the songs were taking two different pathways and should thus be divided into to separate releases.

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    Black Keys Turn Denver Fans into Mince Meat

    This show was raw. I don't mean delicate and tasty "sushi raw," I mean "day old hamburger that's been sitting by the grill all night," raw.The kind of raw your momma didn't want you going anywhere near.It's mean, retching from the gut rock'n'roll, and it's delivered with passion. After a brief, spitfire set of vintage punk rock courtesy of Jay Reatard last night (April 9) at Denver's Ogden Theatre, the duo of Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums emerged and showed their Denver faithful that they know just how to shove music down your throat... and make you like it. As soon as they took the stage to thunderous cheers from the sweaty and packed house, it was clear that these boys meant business.

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