The five best concerts in Denver this weekend

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BoomBox's two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre is one of this weekend's five best concerts.

In most towns, going out the weekend after New Year's is probably as deflating and anti-climatic as showing up a week after the Broncos have won the Super Bowl -- after the impromptu revelry in the streets and the work-stopping weekday parade makes its way through the streets of downtown -- and expecting the same level of exuberance. This is Denver, though. We're not most towns, obviously. Even in the slower weeks, you can find something worth getting off the couch for, and this weekend is no exception. From back-to-back performances at the Bluebird by Who's Bad, the touring Michael Jackson tribute act, to BoomBox's two-night stand at the Ogden, there's plenty of goodness in store. Keep reading for the five best concerts in Denver.


5. WHO'S BAD @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI & SAT, 1/4-1/5
It's hard to believe that Michael Jackson has been gone nearly four years now. But while the King of Pop may no longer be with us, the iconic music he left behind, which still has a stunningly unique and pronounced ability to cross all age, genre and cultural boundaries (put "Billie Jean" on at a party sometime and see how many people lose their minds) continues to live on. Although we'll never have the chance to experience that music live as performed by the originator, Who's Bad, widely lauded as one of the finest tribute acts going, offers the next best thing.

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4. TWIN PEAKS (CD RELEASE) @ LARIMER LOUNGE | FRI, 1/4/13
Most bands pillaging the coffers of '70s rock pull from the rich if over-tapped urns of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC on the hard-rock side, and ELO, the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac on the softer end of the spectrum. Twin Peaks takes cues from both, but the overall effect is more like Steely Dan, if that band had aimed more for hard rock than lounge jazz. There's something loose and mellow about the music of Twin Peaks, but there's also a groovy edge to it. The group's image and presentation skew toward blue-collar metal, but the vibe has a certain Laurel Canyon cool going on, too. In 2011, the band released the excellent Oolaroo; this year's Lifetaking seems thematically darker but no less appealing or sonically colorful.



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