Five best concerts this week: September 17-21
Gary Isaacs DeVotchKa performs with the Colorado Symphony this Thursday, September 21 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Welcome to another splendid week of music in the Mile High City. As usual, there are plenty of shows to choose from this week, from Kreator and Accept at the Gothic to DeVotchKa and the Airborne Toxic Event at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony, and we've got them all listed in our comprehensive concert calendar. Keep reading to see which five shows we think are the most worthy of your time this week.
- Amanda Palmer on being criticized for enlisting fans to perform, paying them in beers
- DeVotchKa's Nick Urata on the band's cinematic approach to songwriting
- The members of DeVotchKa found success by following their own muse
- Q&A with Frank Turner
5. KREATOR @ GOTHIC THEATRE | TUES, 9/18/12
Formed in 1982, Kreator (due at the Gothic this Tuesday with Accept) quickly became one of the pioneers of thrash in Germany alongside Sodom and Destruction. The band's breakneck pace, precision and distorted vocals proved important to the development of death metal, a sound Kreator pursued in the '90s. Mille Petrozza mastered the art of the rapid melodic break amid blindingly swift and savage guitar riffing early on in the band's career. When Kreator returned to its thrash roots around the turn of the century, this signature sound found its rightful place in the music again. Featured as an influential band in the Get Thrashed documentary, Kreator -- like thrash in general -- has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years. The group's latest record, 2012's Phantom Antichrist, is more melodic than some fans might like, but the live band has aged well.
4. P.O.D./UPROAR FEST @ COMFORT DENTAL | TUES, 9/18/12
While the great majority of P.O.D.'s contemporaries in the ill-conceived nu-metal/rap-rock movement of the mid to late '90s -- chagrin-inducing outfits like Limp Bizkit, a skeleton in oh-so-many closets -- have become fossilized relics, P.O.D. has outlasted them all. And while it hasn't thrived, necessarily, the San Diego-based act has certainly endured. This is largely thanks to the fact that, much like it did for kindred acts Rage Against the Machine and Downset, the fusion of metal and hip-hop always seemed organic rather than contrived for P.O.D. (due at this Uproar Festival date with Staind, Godsmack, Shinedown and more). What's more, the quartet wisely eschewed the hedonism that fueled a lot of that era's music; as a result, P.O.D.'s songs have always displayed a depth and earnestness that evaded those other bands, who seemed capable of conveying only anger or lust.