The five best concerts in Denver this week

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3. THE DARKNESS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | FRI, 2/1/13
In the music video for the Darkness's greatest hit, 2003's "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," the band's alternately naked and jumpsuited lead singer, Justin Hawkins, is repeatedly groped by a motley crew of space aliens. He appears, for all intents and purposes, to be into it. His band's mock-rock aesthetic is heavy on falsetto, generous with mayhem and short on seriousness, and the Suffolk group has followed that same wacky formula, albeit with extensive breaks, in the near-decade since. But aside from a handful of strangely named side projects (see: Hot Leg) and one consistently ridiculous mega-jam, the Darkness has little to show for its time off. Cue the age of reunions: In 2012, the guys returned to fun and funky territory for a third album and a tour that restores their original lineup. The real question is: Do you believe in a thing called second chances?

2. ELLIE GOULDING @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 2/1/13
For almost three years now, Ellie Goulding has been steadily taking over the airwaves. Whether it be vocal features on the hottest new EDM tracks, dominating on her own with singles from one of her two platinum albums or appearing on remixed tracks from the world's biggest producers, the Brit-pop starlet from the English countryside is continuing to make inroads and gain momentum.


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John Dalby
John Dalby

Oh, OK. When you said week, I assumed it included the weekend...

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

Thanks for the suggestions, John Dalby! Two of those are on the weekend, so you'll have to check out our weekend rundown this Friday...

John Dalby
John Dalby

And you guys totally missed the 3 best shows this week in Denver. Denver Broncos UK this Thurs. Slim Cessna's Auto Club this Fri. And Portland Cello Project this Sunday. Shame, shame...

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