The five best concerts in Colorado this week

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THE USED @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 1/14/13
There's surely some sort of official story behind the origin of the Used's name, but it might as well describe the elements that make up the band's music. The threads of pop punk, metal and even good old-fashioned rock and roll that are woven into the screamo-tinged tunes are well traveled and well known, passed down from each generation of angry young dudes to the next with nary a twist to be found. Each of the group's five studio albums, including last year's Vulnerable, shows an increasing command of songcraft and sound, even if things don't ever change too much. That said, teenage angst doesn't change much, either, so this stuff never really goes bad, and the bandmembers manage to fashion some appealing numbers from the familiar material. (We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow share tonight's Take Action Tour bill.)

2. RAILROAD EARTH @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI-SUN, 1/18-1/20
The music of Railroad Earth isn't easy to classify, although most people will be happy to label it "jam band" and move on. Still reading? Good, because while there's definitely some "jamming" going on in the live show, this is not some guitar-noodling Phish knock-off. Bluegrass lies at the heart of Railroad Earth, but it's a wide-ranging, omnivorous strain of bluegrass that isn't afraid to ditch tradition and have some fun. As a result, you get all the banjo, fiddle and mandolin you'd expect fused with electric guitars and drums and prone to weird tangents that might touch on anything from Celtic to jazz. It's a frequently surprising and relentlessly upbeat sound that's at its very best live, regardless of what you call it. (Railroad kicks off its three-night stand at the Ogden this Friday, January 18)

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Boulder Theater

2032 14th St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Unit E - CLOSED

1201 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Summit Music Hall

1902 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Bluebird Theater

3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Next x-mas I'll be asking Santa to bring back METAL !!!

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