The five best concerts this week: 12/17-12/21
3. BORN IN THE FLOOD @ GOTHIC THEATRE | FRI, 12/21/12
Most people these days probably know Nathaniel Rateliff best as an acclaimed singer-songwriter with an album out on Rounder Records who's toured and shared bills locally with Mumford & Sons. Before he embarked on a successful solo career, though, he fronted a band called Born in the Flood, one of the most heralded and popular local acts of the previous decade. The band's anthemic, stirring music was often compared to that of Coldplay or Radiohead, without ever really sounding like either -- although Born in the Flood's expansive rock sound did explore similar emotional terrain. The band put out a small number of strong releases before going on hiatus, while Rateliff focused on his then-solo project, the Wheel, which later evolved into a full-time endeavor. For his seventh annual holiday show, Rateliff, along with Joseph Pope, has reconvened the group, giving fans a rare chance to see their soulfully cathartic band in action again, along with Nathan & Stephen and In the Whale.
2. DEVOTCHKA WITH CSO @ TWIST & SHOUT | TUES, 12/18/12
As pretty much anybody here can attest, DeVotchKa's music is already plenty bewitching on its own. So you can only imagine how amazing it sounds with the accompaniment of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. If you caught the act with the CSO at its pair of performances this past year at Boettcher Concert Hall or Red Rocks, you know exactly what we're talking about. If you missed it, well, you can still experience the majesty on Live With the Colorado Symphony, which you can pick up at Twist & Shout. Even better, if there are still wristbands left when you buy the record at Twist today, you can return to the store tonight at 8 p.m. for a very special DeVotchKa performance with members of the Colorado Symphony.