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SATURDAY, MAY 12

FLASHBLUB FIRES (CD RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE

See Also: Q&A with Micheal James

Flashbulb Fires has endured some changes and been rather active in the past year. Now a trio -- the act parted ways with its bassist last summer and opted not to replace him -- the act split its time between touring and recording a new album, Gasconader. We recently spoke with the guys -- Patrick McGuire, Michael James and Chris Sturniolo -- about the new album and adjusting to being a three-piece.

INSTANT EMPIRE (CD RELEASE) @ THE WALNUT ROOM
Instant Empire returns with a brand new platter, Heavy Hollow, the follow-up to its self-titled EP. While the act's debut showed plenty of promise, this latest effort sounds even better rounded with tight arrangements, assured melodies and a palpaple sense of earnestness and conviction, particularly on standout tracks like "Crooked (and Broken)," like a less frantic sounding Conor Oberst fronting Desparecidos. Stream the new album in its entirety, and then pick up a copy tonight at the hi-dive.

DUBSKIN @ CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE

See Also: Dubskin 2010 profile

Since forming in 2006, Fort Collins-based Dubskin has established itself as one of the area's leading reggae acts, having shared the stage with legends like the Barrington Levy, the Itals and Mad Professor. On Release From Fear, its third LP, Dubskin sticks to its roots-reggae foundation for the most part, but mixes it up on a few cuts, such as "Warrior Stomp," which has a groove that borrows from Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," and "Final Call," which features some rapping from vocalist Jamal Skinner. With John Brown's Body sound engineer Jason "Jocko" Randall, who mixed Dubskin's previous effort, No End in Time, back at the controls, Release From Fear's production sounds every bit as good as the songs themselves, doing absolute justice to these well-written compositions.

Also tonight: The Fray closes out its two-night stand at Red Rocks, as do the Lumineers at the Bluebird.

Check out our newly revamped concert calendar for a complete listing of all of tonight's shows. Page down for rundown of tomorrow night's best bets.


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