The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
5. STONE SOUR @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | SUN, 2/17/13
Some people have to have it all. Take singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root. As members of Slipknot, the two enjoyed worldwide success when their Des Moines, Iowa, bar band was transformed into a tour headliner seemingly overnight. But before they became masked metal mavens, they played together in another Iowa outfit called Stone Sour. A little over a decade ago, Taylor used a break from Slipknot to write songs with guitarist Josh Rand; the melodic but hard material they came up with inspired a resurrection of Stone Sour. The group released an eponymous debut on Roadrunner Records in 2002 and since then has released three more albums, including last year's House of Gold & Bones -- Part 1. The group is set to release its follow-up, House of Gold & Bones -- Part 2, in April.
4. STOLEN BABIES @ MARQUIS THEATER | FRI, 2/15/13
Stolen Babies played Summer Grind in 2012 in Englewood and definitely didn't visually fit in with most of the rest of the music of the festival. All in black with make-up and looking like they came out of some dark cabaret performance art piece, the band nonetheless proved a hit with everyone there, punkers and otherwise. Musically akin to experimental metal bands like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (whose Carla Kihlstedt contributed to some Stolen Babies recordings) and Mr. Bungle, this group has also put together the kind of inspired melodramatic dynamic flourishes you'd find on 90s-era Swans. That combined with the spooky carnival flair this band has in its songs and visual representations, Tim Burton should tap these people for his next movie soundtrack.
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