Weekend's best live music bets: Gotye, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, SP Double, fun. and more

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Gotye plays a sold-out show tonight at the Ogden Theatre.
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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


- Shpongle Presents The Masquerade with Phutureprimitive at Boulder Theater

- Nit Grit with Antennae and Gladkill at Summit Music Hall

- Katchafire with Common Kings, K'Nova, Policulture and BloodPreshah at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

- Coup Stick with Dirty Lightning, One Way To Hell, A Day Dream Suicide at Gothic Theatre

- Method Man & Redman at Aggie Theatre

- Sam Bush Band at Quixote's True Blue

- Beats Noir at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

- The Brown Stripes at FuNuGyz

- Carry Me Ohio with Jillian and the Gentle Americans, Matty Graziano at Moe's Original BBQ & Bowl

- Comeback Kid at Marquis Theater

- Dave Connelly at Platte River Bar & Grill

- Gretchen Troop Band at Boulder Outlook Hotel

- Hazel Miller at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center

- Hellhand with Pitch Invasion, Rebel Steele at Old Curtis Street Bar

- Jack Tar & the Gophers at Cactus Jack's Saloon

- JC & the Water Walkers at The Eagle Grill

- Johnny O at Zephyr Lounge

- Kenny Perkin at The End Pub & Grub

- Liza Oxnard at Appaloosa Grill

- Pro-Leisure at Highland Pacific Restaurant and Oyster Bar

- Lee Ritenour at The Soiled Dove Underground

- Sammy Dee at Jake's Roadhouse

- The Sessh with Ape Tit at The Walnut Room

- Turnpike Troubadors at Grizzly Rose

- Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at Vilar Center for the Arts

- The Alash Ensemble at Swallow Hill Music Hall

- AOA at Herb's

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