The ten best concerts in Denver this week
Cat Power at the Ogden is one of the week's ten best concerts.
Ready for another solid week of shows? Good. There's plenty to look forward to this week, a diverse batch of offerings from the jammier side of things with the Disco Biscuits, who are setting up shop in Colorado for three nights, to the long- and eagerly awaited Denver appearance of Cat Power, to a flood of local album-release shows from Rachel & the Kings, P-Nuckle, Anchorage and Tatanka. We've got all of the shows happening on the Front Range this week listed in our concert calendar, if you're feeling industrious. Otherwise, keep reading for a rundown of the ten best concerts in Denver this week.
10. LATIN JAZZ ALL-STARS @ MT. VERNON COUNTRY CLUB | 1/24/13
While trombonist Steve Turre has spent three decades on the Saturday Night Live band, he's also a master of Latin jazz and straight ahead jazz and has performed with heavies like Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Santana and Ray Charles. As part of this Latin Jazz All-Stars line-up, he's joined by other masters of Afro Cuban, salsa, Brazilian and Latin jazz, including Grammy-nominated pianist Larry Harlow, percussionist Chembo Corniel, bassist Junior Terry, drummer Diego Lopez and flutist Néstor Torres.
9. TATANKA (CD RELEASE) @ MARQUIS THEATER | THURS, 1/24/13
Anyone who saw Dances With Wolves probably recognizes that "Tatanka" is the Lakota word for bison. This like named Denver-based act has certainly adopted that imagery for the cover of its latest release, Cloudless Thunder. Rather than some doom rock band that names itself after the largest animal to roam the plains since the Pleistocene, Tatanka has created a true alloy out of dub, hip-hop, EDM and improvisational rock. The outfit's 2010 EP, Sounds in Technicolor, lived up to its name with languid drifts of imaginatively crafted melodies nudged along with pulses of bass and drum accents. The mixture of purely electronic and the organic is seamless in a way comparable to that of the similarly minded STS9.
8. ANCHORAGE (CD RELEASE) @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | FRI, 1/25/13
Formed in 2008, Anchorage initially cultivated a metalcore sound heard on the band's first album, 2010's I Have Seen Further, and its follow-up EP, 2011's Truth In Adversity. But the limitations of that didn't fully suit singer and founding member Kevin Gentry as he developed musically. So last year, Gentry and guitarist Roy Catlin recruited their friend Scott Kelly, formerly of Kimber, as the second guitarist, and then, when drummer Brice Job decided he would make his move to South Dakota permanent, the act enlisted Joe Hittle, who learned the drum parts in the month and a half between Job's departure and the already-booked recording sessions. In another fortunate quirk of fate, the group found Derek Arrieta to play bass. The results of these additions can be heard on Patience, an album that has some of the musical trappings of melodic hardcore and metal but takes fascinatingly decisive departures from tropes of the art form.