The ten best concerts in Denver this week
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7. P-NUCKLE (CD RELEASE) @ GOTHIC THEATRE | FRI, 1/25/13
Having endured numerous lineup changes over the course of its nearly decade long career, P-Nuckle has steadily built up a devoted fanbase by gigging with an unrelenting, steadfast determination. With four albums already under its belt, the outfit, led by Chris LaPlante, is on the celebrating the release of its fifth record, The System, its most solid effort to date. While the band started out more on the rambunctious, straight up partying side of things, the group has continually progressed into something more substantive, and The System fully reflects that growth. P-Nuckle sounds more polished than ever.
6. RACHEL & THE KINGS (CD RELEASE) @ BLUEBIRD | FRI, 1/25/13
In the less than a year that Rachel James has been fronting Rachel & the Kings, the band has already accomplished a great deal, both locally and nationally, from winning national contests such as Ford's Gimme the Gig, besting some 700 bands from across the country, to landing one of the top three spots in KTCL's annual Hometown for the Holidays promotion. In that one, Rachel and the Kings was named runner-up for their tune "Fall Down." All of this success has come before the official release of Tonic, the outfit's first album, which is due out this week. "We're so new," James points out with a note of disbelief. "Things have happened so fast. We haven't released an album yet, but we already feel like we have a lot of traction."
5. SEA WOLF @ MARQUIS THEATER | WEDS, 1/23/13
Given Alex Church's icy, understated tenor and penchant for gentle arpeggios, it's easy to label him and his revolving-band project Sea Wolf as devoted disciples of the Iron & Wine school of adult-alternative-approved folk-rock. And while Church's preference for immaculate sounds and middle-of-the-road tempos has occasionally made past Sea Wolf records feel slightly bloodless, this year's Old World Romance finds him sounding livelier than ever while operating as a one-man band. (Sea Wolf is also due at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs on Thursday, January 24.)