The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
4. RACHEL & THE KINGS (CD RELEASE) @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI, 1/25/13
In the short time that James has been fronting Rachel & the Kings, the band has accomplished a great deal, from winning national contests such as Ford's Gimme the Gig -- besting some 700 bands from across the country in the process -- to landing one of the top three spots in KTCL's annual Hometown for the Holidays promotion for the tune "Fall Down." All of this success has come before the official release of Tonic, the group's first album, which is due out this week. "We're so new," James points out with a note of disbelief. "Things have happened so fast. We haven't released an album yet, but we already feel like we have a lot of traction." [Continue reading full profile]
3. PINBACK @ GOTHIC THEATRE | SUN, 1/27/13
Putatively named after Dan O'Bannon's character in John Carpenter's shlocky 1974 science-fiction film Dark Star, this band was started in San Diego in 1998 by Three Mile Pilot's Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow, who had been involved in various experimental bands of the time, including Heavy Vegetable. While the outfit didn't exactly invent math rock, it did take a certain musical precision and employ it in inventive, emotionally expressive ways rather than using the music as a mere display of technical prowess. Thanks to 2001's Blue Screen Life, Pinback broke away from being a truly underground phenomenon, while the band's three subsequent albums revealed its breadth of creativity. Last year's Information Retrieved finds the band working its signature textures into entrancing, transporting atmospheres.
2. DOWN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 1/26/13
Down got together in 1991, when Pantera's Phil Anselmo teamed up with Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Todd Strange and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. United by a mutual love of doom and sludge metal, Down has to be considered one of the early pioneers of the style of music that later came to be called "stoner rock." Strange has since left the band, and his role on bass has now been taken up by Pat Bruders, also of Crowbar. This show presents the opportunity to see some true metal veterans revealing their individual roots in hardcore and fusing them fully with the heavier music for which each has become known.