The 25 best concerts this winter/spring

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Aaron Thackeray

20. ANTHRAX @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | TUES, 4/2/13
Considered one of the "big four" of the thrash metal era, Anthrax put New York on the map with its inventive take on infusing metal with a punk rock spirit. When singer Joey Belladonna joined in time to record 1985's Spreading the Disease, the band had its classic and arguably most fruitful line-up. Over the course of the next seven years, Anthrax pioneered a true fusion of rap and metal as well as expanded the idea of what metal could be by injecting a healthy dose of silly, and sometimes biting, humor along with warping the sometimes rigid lines of heavy metal's aesthetics. Playful yet heavy, Anthrax made what could be unrelentingly intense music seem fun. (Anthrax comes to Denver on the Metal Alliance Tour with Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail.)

19. THE WALKMEN @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 1/21/13
The Walkmen's first album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, came out ten years and two months before its latest -- and perhaps loveliest -- Heaven. For the greatest symbol of the band's change in perspective over the last decade, look no further than its promotional art, in which the New York/D.C./Philly guys showcase their roles as fathers, not rock stars. While their debut heralded youth and experimentation in New York, a sort of dudes-in-a-dorm mentality, their latest has grown with the guys to become an introspective look at life after moving, marrying, giving birth and, eventually, growing up.

See also: The Walkmen's Peter Bauer: "Skrillex makes me feel like I don't understand what's happening"

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Drew Reynolds

18. PINBACK @ GOTHIC THEATRE | SUN, 1/27/13
Like a gnarled old cottonwood that you remember as a kid that now is all shaggy and stately, Pinback has aged well. From early efforts like 2001's Blue Screen Life -- an understated masterpiece that fell somewhere between early Police and stonerfied math rock -- on through the albums that followed, Rob Crow and Zach Smith have made profoundly affecting music that's more likely to stoke the intellect than to incite riots.

17. DOWN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 1/26/13
Down got together in 1991 when Pantera's Phil Anselmo teamed up with Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Todd Strange and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. United by a mutual love of doom and sludge metal, Down has to be considered one of the early pioneers of that sound with a little more groove to it. Strange has since left the band, and his role on bass now being taken up with Pat Bruders also of Crowbar. If you go, you'll get to see some metal veterans revealing their individual roots in hardcore and fusing it fully with the heavier music for which each has become known.

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Brandon Marshall

16. IN FLAMES @ BOULDER THEATER | THURS, 2/10/13
Originally formed as a side project of Ceremonial Oath, In Flames quickly became a full-time endeavor. While retaining some of the sharp edges of its founders' death-metal leanings, the band successfully joined melodic hooks, vocal and otherwise, with nervy aggressiveness and sharp dynamic shifts. In 1995, the core members recruited Anders Fridén as lead vocalist in time to write and record the classic 1996 album The Jester Race. In subsequent years, In Flames went through several lineup changes, including the departure of its founders, and it's since become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed metal bands around. Touring in support of its latest album, 2011's Sounds of a Playground Fading, In Flames still proves itself on stage every night, even after two decades.

See also: Daniel Svensson of In Flames: "We love traveling the world, drinking beer and playing metal."


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30 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

FINALLY METAL RETURNING TO DENVER !!!!

ANTHRAX !!!! - W/ JOEY !!!

DOWN, when Phil STFU & the band plays !!! ( I'm one of those who reminisces Dimebag every time I hear Phil's voice . )  The band rages, ( COC kicked ass ! ), but those guys HAVE to get sick of hearing Phil NEVER shut the fuck up and just sing !

Ronnie Mooney
Ronnie Mooney

that list pretty much sucks from top to bottom.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Animal Collective is going to be insane. They are a don't miss live show.

gambit688
gambit688

How is Neurosis not on this list?

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

The who, dada, nick cave, Fleetwood mac, bob segar, anthrax, morrissey. Your pics for the most part suck

albarta
albarta

boy do I feel uninformed...other than Morrissey and Alabama Shakes, I don't know any of the musical acts on this list.

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

Calexico this Saturday at the Blue Bird and Cat Power Sun at the Ogden for at least this month.

Andrew Fredrickson
Andrew Fredrickson

Pretty Lights at red rocks, RJD2 at bluebird, and the rumored Daft Punk tour.

Sally O'Hare
Sally O'Hare

Tech N9ne at the Fillmore on 3/22, always a good show and a good time

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

Not including Unknown Mortal Orchestra is criminal. Also Colorado is sucking in terms of the good shows coming here right now.

John J. Wood
John J. Wood

Furthur, Telluride Bluegrass, Rockygrass, and Widespread Panic returning to Red Rocks (announcement in due time).

Stephanie Benally
Stephanie Benally

The Infamous Stringdusters and the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Bluegrass in SW CO!

Carol Allen
Carol Allen

This list worried me until I got to #2 - can wait to see Nick Cave!

ropune
ropune

@gambit688 I would also like to know. And in favor of some Animal Collective bullshit?

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

@Eddie Maestas Oh, man, Eddie, you're absolutely right. Oversight on our part. February 16 at Summit Music Hall -- totally worthy of inclusion on this list. Thanks for weighing in.

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