Live music in a moment. But first the weather, pulse of the town.
In a weird change, the weather of the town and the pulse of the town have both taken on a familiar shade, both bathed in the pool of the underwhelming, the disappointing. Denver draws ever closer towards October, and the weather has stayed constant, the temperature holding steady in the mid-'80s, without a hint of anything different. We can’t even get any fall colors, any icy gusts of wind, not even a day that calls for a crewneck sweater. It’s all sort of blah, out there.
Like the weather, this past weekend was all a bit blah, too. A lot of hot air, conjecture, predictions of lycanthrope sightings and excited glances were bandied about for the appearance of the blood moon, the first lunar eclipse since the 1980’s. And...it was the moon! Depending on where you were, the moon was either a dot, obscured by clouds or not even that red. Oh well. Be sure to catch the next one in erm...2033. Until then, here are some concerts to hold you over.
The best concerts this week (for ticket information, click artist name):
Monday, Sept. 28
Coming in hot on Monday night, it’s Eluveitie at the Bluebird with their particular brand of what we could only describe as folk metal, complete with flutes and fiddle.
$15 will get you into Cervantes’ Other Side to watch backpack rapper extraordinaires Cannibal Ox.
Blind Pick: If you want your hard rock stripped of fiddle and flute, more conventional hard rockers Megafauna will play Lost Lake.
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Do you like rock music that sounds like it is transported straight from your grandma’s ‘50s and ‘60s transistor radio? Do you yearn for a time that you weren’t alive to experience? Of course you do. Well, Shannon and the Clams at the Larimer Lounge is a no-brainer. They make no effort to hide that their music is derivative and is fueled by nostalgia for an America that doesn’t exist anymore. But Shannon Shaw has a hell of a voice, making this the best choice for the night. Plus their latest album, the lovelorn and melancholy Gone by the Dawn, is pretty damn good.
There comes a time during the decline of any great civilization where YouTube stars start to wield an inordinate amount of power. So much so that they go “on tour.” We’re in that period right now, meaning that on Tuesday you can see YouTube sensations MyLifeAsEva and Meredith Foster at the Bluebird. Their channels consist of How-tos, putting on make-up and playing dress-up. No idea what they could do here.
Or you could say sod all that and go and get rocked like a hurricane at Fiddler’s Green for Scorpions’ 50th-anniversary show. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” is their big song, you know, go get rocked like a...hurricane...you get it.
Chvrches just released their sophomore album last week but if you can’t get enough of crystalline electronic synth-pop and mousey female vocalists, Purity Ring is up at the Boulder Theater for the night.
Blind Pick: Someone out there somewhere was clamoring for a group to come along and reincarnate the sounds of boy band LFO. Aer does just that and they’re at the Gothic.
Wednesday, Sept. 30
Both A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator released albums this year and then decided to go out on tour together. The duo is headlining Red Rocks, with the help of Vince Staples and Danny Brown, a supporting bill that is sure to warm the cockles of all internet rap fans.
Purity Ring returns to the Boulder Theater for those who missed out on Tuesday.
Red Rocks will probably be full of children. For the more seasoned rap fans, KRS-ONE will be in town on the Cervantes’ Other Side stage.
Blind Pick: It wouldn’t be a week in Denver without some feathered folk to see. The Lone Bellow, Brooklyn’s version of The Lumineers will play the Gothic.
Thursday, Oct. 1
The first day of October brings in the Latin American-tinged folk rock of Calexico to Englewood at the Gothic.
Blind Pick: “Sometimes you need some country and bro-country in your life,” said someone once, maybe. If that was you, you should make it to the Fillmore to see Joe Nichols. Or maybe it was Joe Nichols himself who said that.
Friday, Oct. 2
If you act quickly, there are still a few tickets available for Ben Howard’s Red Rocks performance. The singer-songwriter’s appearance is one of the few North American dates on his tour.
Japan’s DJ Crush will show up at the Bluebird on Friday along with his sample-heavy and jazzy instrumentals.
Reports of the mashup’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Turns out people still want to hear four or five songs smushed together for one track. If that's your cup of tea, then why haven’t you bought tickets to The White Panda? The mashup group will play the Ogden.
It’s finally October, and it will probably still be warm out there. Luckily, for such an occasion, Bar Standard has the right ticket as the sun-kissed and balmy sounds of Zimmer will toast the dancefloor.
Blind Pick: Moe’s BBQ will welcome ska band Nasty Bunch of Bitches. They get the nod off band name alone.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Nero’s music switches from routine synth-pop and dubstep. But the 1st Bank Center is one of the better venues to see that stuff. Bro Safari and Zomboy will open.
Get over to the Gothic if you’re trying to see MEW and The Dodos in a battle of alternative and indie supremacy for the night. And only for the night.
Jr. Jr., the band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will delight the Bluebird crowd with their feel-good, small scale, breezy pop music.
Oh man, this should be good. Las Vegas native Shamir is at Lost Lake. The 20-year-old’s sound is DIY house and disco and more stripped down and groove-heavy than the usual tentpole acts. Oh, and it’s also just fun as hell.
Blind Pick: Algiers at the Larimer Lounge. Is it blues rock, post-punk, or just regular, good ol’ fashioned rock music, or all of the above? The high energy of Algiers could be a decent choice for the night.
Sunday, Oct. 4
Go to the Gothic and close out the week on a languid note with the pleasant, swaying sounds of ska band The Green.
Blind Pick: You could go either one of two ways here. The Legendary Shack Shakers will play the Hi-Dive, providing their take on hard, raucous folk and rock and roll. Or you could keep the weekend going at Beta with Danny Daze and his decently enjoyable house music. Or you could just relax. That’s what Sundays are generally for anyway.