The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
Jon Solomon Reverend Horton Heat at the Ogden Theatre is one of the ten best concerts in Denver this weekend.
Welcome to the weekend, friendos! Mere hours away from quitting time, and there's so much great music to look forward to this weekend. We've got some choice grooves on tap from Disco Biscuits, who are closing out their three-night Colorado run tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, some heavy goodness from Down at the Summit tomorrow night, and a slew of CD release shows from Rachel & the Kings, P-Nuckle, FaceMan, Anchorage and the Eye & the Arrow. Keep reading for a full rundown of the ten best concerts in Denver this weekend.
10. THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 1/26/13
Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his last show the Ogden Theatre last January by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991's Sub Pop debut, Smoke 'em if You Got 'em, to his most recent effort, 2009's Laughin' and Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat. After each of the first ten songs, Heat would call out what number album the band was about to play a song from, and just before they kicked into a raucous take of "Jimbo Song," from their fifth release, 1998's Space Heater, Heat said the album was widely recognized as the worst album the trio ever did. "The experts, they all agree," Heat said.
9. WHITECHAPEL @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SUN, 1/27/13
Tennessee's Whitechapel crafts its malevolent deathcore with three guitarists. The down-tuned doom of this act is marked by finger-widdling flurries and false harmonic squeals, Phil Bozeman's disturbingly possessed post-Pantera vocals and a rhythm section that attacks with a cornered, Gaddafi-esque cruelty. Albums like A New Era of Corruption is both a triumph of actual songs over pure riffs and, in the wake of the tragic death of Bozeman's mother, a monument to pessimism ("The Darkest Day of Man" and "Single File to Dehumanization"). Technically excellent yet utterly heartfelt, Whitechapel is a soundtrack for cynical teens moving out of their parents' shadow and into the world -- and that's no small achievement.
8. EYE & THE ARROW (CD RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE | SAT, 1/26/13
On songs like "Honey Wine," from If by Fire, Eye & the Arrow's latest effort -- whose release is being celebrated tomorrow night at the hi-dive -- Paul Dehaven's vocal cadence and the synthesis of sounds created by the band evoke the country-blues rock of the Grateful Dead on albums like Workingman's Dead. But as Fire progresses, the music more closely resembles that of the Meat Puppets on their second album -- not countrified psychedelia so much as psychedelicized country rock. But this is no mere throwback or imitation of a bygone era. The tastefully intricate guitar solo in the middle of "Wild Buffalo" fits elegantly into the tune's overarching melody and structure, revealing an impressive attention to detail and songcraft. Likewise, the sense of movement in "Stutterbeat," which is accented by breaks in the rhythm and interludes of guitar filigree, suggests a peaceful returning home.