Maggie Rogers Mesmerizes On a School Night
by Adam Perry for Scene Magazine 9/24/2019
“That is one awesome disco ball,” my nine-year-old daughter, Sidney, said as we both walked into Mission Ballroom in Denver last night to see the captivating 25-year-old singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. A fourth grader in Boulder, Sidney has already seen all kinds of memorable concerts with me, from Poor Moon at the Boulder Theater at age two to Sylvan Esso at the Gothic Theatre at five to Stevie Wonder at Red Rocks earlier this year. She’s also’s seen me play drums at Red Rocks, but spent the whole time begging for permission to play with her friends backstage. So it goes.
Sidney is a discerning young music lover who is obsessed with Billie Eilish and has fallen asleep to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports since birth, so she was pretty tough on Maggie Rogers’ opening act, the indie pop-rock group Now, Now. After a couple of Now, Now’s enjoyable – to me – jangly guitar-driven dance-rock numbers, which sometimes found a sweet spot between ‘80s Madonna and shoegaze, Sidney looked at me and pointed her thumb sideways, her code for “so so.”
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