The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
7. ANCHORAGE (CD RELEASE) @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | FRI, 1/25/13
Formed in 2008, Anchorage initially cultivated the metalcore sound heard on its first album, 2010's I Have Seen Further, and a follow-up EP, 2011's Truth in Adversity. But the limitations of the style didn't fully suit singer and founding member Kevin Gentry as he developed musically. So last year, Gentry and guitarist Roy Catlin recruited their friend Scott Kelly, formerly of Kimber, as a second guitarist, and, when drummer Brice Job decided to move to South Dakota, enlisted Joe Hittle, who learned the drum parts in the month and a half between Job's departure and the already-booked recording sessions. In another fortunate quirk of fate, the group found Derek Arrieta to play bass. The results of these additions can be heard on Patience, an album that has some of the musical trappings of melodic hardcore and metal but takes fascinatingly decisive departures from tropes of each art form.
6. FACEMAN (CD RELEASE) @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | SAT, 1/26/13
When some bands finish a new album, they unveil it to the masses with a straight-forward release show. They assemble a few kindred acts and call it a day. FaceMan is not your average band. When this act releases a new record, it throws a massive party, one in which the members enlist all of the best musicians in town for a hootenany of sorts. For the third annual edition of FaceMan's Waltz, as the shindig has been dubbed, the guys have tapped everyone from Mike Marchant and A.Tom Collins to members of Wheelchair Sports Camp and Boba Fett and the Americans to help celebrate the release of Talk Talk Talk, FaceMan's new album.
5. 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.