The five best concerts this week: December 3-7
Aaron Thackeray The Sword (seen here at 2011's Westword Music Showcase), due at the Bluebird on Tuesday night, is one of the five best concerts this week.
Good morning, y'all! And oh what a joyously good morning it is, eh? Is it just us, or is the sun shining a little brighter today? With the Broncos clinching the AFC West division yesterday here at home on an unseasonably agreeable day at Invesco, well, it just feels like one of those green-lights-all-the-way type of days, doesn't it? Not into sports? Could care less about the Broncos? Not to worry, still plenty of reason to smile, as things are equally as prosperous on the musical front. Another a great slate of music on tap this week. Check out the full concert calender to get a broader view, or keep reading to see which shows we've deemed the five best concerts of the week.
- Macklemore on taking his time to making music he's proud of
- Macklemore on what rap album he'd take with him on the mothership
- J.D. Cronise of the Sword on being a regular dude that listens to R. Kelly and MJ
5. KREAYSHAWN @ FOX THEATRE | WEDS, 12/5/12
Kreayshawn (aka Natassia Zolot) got a video camera at age ten and started making and editing her own videos for several years before formally trying her hand at music. Although she's a high school dropout, Kreayshawn landed a scholarship to study film at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute. During that time, she started making videos for artists based in and around San Francisco, including Lil B. In 2010, Kreayshawn began releasing her music to a wider audience, and her second single, the ultra-catchy "Gucci Gucci" became a surprise hit that spring. For her 2012 debut full-length, Somethin 'Bout Kreay, she brought in collaborators such as Kid Cudi and Diplo. She's become a subject of some controversy for her lyrics and cultural appropriation, imagined and otherwise, but Kreayshawn's rhymes are, at worst, playfully raunchy.
4. NOFX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | FRI, 12/7/12
Not much has changed about NOFX in the past twenty years -- including Fat Mike's unmistakable whiny voice. Still kicking out California-style pop punk with a hearty political bent (and a little more oomph than many of their counterparts), these guys have managed to tour and release records successfully while giving the finger to the media, becoming increasingly political and not changing their style. Catering to teenagers while in their forties may seem like an anomaly, but Fat Mike and company are still selling out shows every time they tour. It's possible that the whole reason the act has managed to stick around for so long is that it never fell into the trap of taking itself too seriously.