Weekend's best live music bets: Gotye, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, SP Double, fun. and more
Welcome to the end of the work week! Unsurprisingly, your musical options are plentiful this weekend: Gotye packs the Ogden tonight for a sold-out show with Kimbra, Fun. is at the Fox Theatre, John Scofield returns to Colorado after the successful three night stand with Phil Lesh not too long ago, Bell Biv Devoe dials back the clock at the Buell Temple Theatre, SP Double celebrates the release of his new record Loyalty Honor Respect at Cervantes' and much more. Page down for the weekend's best live music bets.
Gotye plays a sold-out show tonight at the Ogden Theatre.
GOTYE @ OGDEN THEATRE
The most startling aspect of Gotye's sound is its sincerity. This is -- as others have noted both about him and to him -- very Phil Collins of him, quite broodingly Sting and earnestly Peter Gabriel. A fact that fewer tend to point out is that this isn't Gotye's first rodeo. Three full-length albums into a career that began in 2001, the 31-year-old Belgian singer won international success with last year's radio-saturating single "Somebody That I Used to Know," which means that most of his new fans have yet to be sold on either its new-album companions or old-album predecessors. On 2011's Making Mirrors, Gotye has more to say and less to prove than he does on that isolated crooner: Artfully mining both his quirks and his influences, the album explores, experiments and dabbles, offering twelve tracks of nostalgic soul, smooth electronica and dimensions of rock both eerie and acerbic.
SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB 20TH ANNIVERSARY @ LION'S LAIR
In Slim Cessna's Auto Club "Last Song About Satan," Cessna opens the tune with a bit about sitting next to Satan at the Lions Lair. So it's fitting that two decades after starting out at the Lions Lair, the Auto Club, who has since moved onto bigger venues, is returning to the 100-person bar to celebrating twenty years together for a three-night stand.
FUN. @ FOX THEATRE
When the Format broke up in 2008, frontman Nate Ruess regrouped and formed Fun. with the help of Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, venturing firmly into the realm of pop rock with the act's debut album, Aim and Ignite. That release garnered acclaim, but the group really hit the big time with Some Nights, which came out this past February. The anthemic single "We Are Young" reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100 list and landed a slew of mainstream placements: The cast of Glee, for instance, covered the song, and Chevy used it in a Super Bowl commercial. Fans at the Ogden will no doubt be eagerly anticipating the live rendition of that track as they experience the, er, Fun. for themselves.
JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO @ KING ACADEMIC & PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Ask any guitar player if he recognizes the name John Scofield, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a single six-stringer who doesn't. Based on his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the '70s to collaborations with modern music pioneers Medeski, Martin and Wood in the 21st century, Scofield's street cred is well assured. Add to that a reputation as a living legend of jazz as a solo artist, composer and bandleader, and it's fair to say that Scofield's reputation occupies the rarefied stratosphere of the true greats of modern music. Last February, Scofield was at 1STBANK Center with Phil Lesh & Friends. This time around, as part of the CU Denver Guitar Festival, he's with his own trio, which includes longtime band mates Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart.
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND @ LARIMER LOUNGE
Although JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound got a good-sized dose of notoriety with the soul-soaked cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," the Chicago-based band also digs into a fair amount of heavy groove of its own. Sure, the self-described post-punk soul is known for its energetic live shows, the act's latest effort, Want More, is not as hard-hittingly funky as albums from other contemporary soul acts like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings or Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and it's mellower than the band's stage presentation.