The Weekend Show Down: All Westword, all the time

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We all know that every single weekend in Denver is like a confectionery of delicious shows: Too many choices, too little time. But if you have a hard time with that status quo, you're going to be ripping your hair out with indecision this weekend, because it's finally here, the Westword Music Showcase! -- where not only are there literally one million (we counted) bands to chose from, but they're all playing at the same time.

And so we present to you our top five picks for this weekend, except it's really about one million and four picks, because the WMS is like one million shows. Indulge our utter shamelessness after the jump.

01. THE 16TH ANNUAL WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE
With pretty much every band you can think of off the top of your head
Where: In your face, Denver
Saturday, June 19, high noon
$15 advance

WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
Do we seriously have to explain this? Chills. Thrills. Bone-crunching spills. Plus, an music so mind-blowing you will decide you are a glass of orange juice and never move again for the rest of your life.

LISTEN:
Ghostland Observatory
Superchunk
Dirty Projectors

02. WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE KICKOFF PARTY
With The Giraffes, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Black Lamb
Bluebird Theater
Friday, June 18, 9 p.m.
$15

WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
Because if we're running it, son, you know it's going to be spicy. Not only are we bringing you the ass kicking licks of Brooklyn's Giraffes and the pummeling doom-metal of Black Lamb, we're also throwing down a little appetizer for one of our favorite WMS acts: The hypnotic Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.

LISTEN:

The Giraffes
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Black Lamb

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03. TITWRENCH BENEFIT FOR DIANE CLUCK
With Maudlin Magpie, Mike Marchant, The Drinking Sound, Munster Boogie, We Should Talk
Smegahouse (1415 Milwaukee)
Friday, June 18, 6 p.m.
$5

WHY YOU SHOULD GO
We're not sure why Titwrench is throwing a show to benefit Diane Cluck -- possibly because she's performing at the annual Titwrench fest next month -- but with a lineup like this, why not? We like Titwrench's mission to get more women into rock and roll, and as an added bonus, you can get an advance taste of Mike Marchant (who is not a girl, but has hair like one), who performs in our showcase Saturday. Oh yeah, we have a Showcase. Did we tell you about that yet?

LISTEN:
Maudlin Magpie
Mike Marchant

04. METHOD MAN
With MTHDS, Food Chain
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Friday, June 18, doors 8 p.m.
$25

WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
For close to twenty years, Method Man has been keeping it real both in Wu-Tang Clan and on his own. Responsible for one of the most memorable verses ever in "As High as Wu-Tang Get," Meth is about as close to hip-hop divinity as it gets. But you don't care about all that. You'll go to catch an advance glimpse of MTHDS and Food Chain, who will perform at our Showcase on Saturday. You've heard about the Showcase, haven't you?

LISTEN:

Method Man

MTHDS

05. POLAR BEAR CLUB
With Moving Mountains, Lemuria, Living with Lions
Marquis Theater
Sunday, June 20, 8 p.m.
$10

WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
Although Polar Bear Club falls squarely under the not-exactly-innovative marker of pop punk, the band's relatively aggressive brand of it maintains the accessibility of the genre without slandering the ethos of punk, as so many of those bands do. With catchy riffs and the odd hardcore-influenced breakdown, Polar Bear Club isn't a half-bad way to kill a Sunday night.

LISTEN:
Polar Bear Club


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