The ten best concerts in Denver this week
TESTAMENT @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 2/25/13
In terms of thrash metal, Testament is one of the bands that you can make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5. The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash movement, which fused the precision and savagery of speed metal with the intensity of hardcore punk. For nearly three decades, Testament has been putting out some of the most consistently interesting heavy music anywhere, even in the face of lineup changes. Distinguishing itself from its peers with Chuck Billy's musical vocals and a guitar team that excels at slashing rhythms and tastefully blistering leads, Testament's songwriting has always seemed to find new ways of making brutal music haunting. Even when the general music audience turned its back on much of metal in the early '90s, outfits like Testament continued to thrive because its popularity never relied on fashion statements and trends. (Overkill and Flotsam & Jetsam are also on this bill.)
- Chuck Billy of Testament on Reign in Blood and Gene Hoglan
- Mickey Hart on Rhythm Devils, sampling the Big Bang and the healing power of music
- Darwin Smith of Darwin Deez on his videos and his informal agenda as an artist
9. MICKEY HART @ FOX THEATRE | 2/28/13
Mickey Hart was one of the Grateful Dead's two drummers; along with Bill Kreutzmann, Hart helped weave the unique polyrhythms of the legendary band. Whether as a solo artist, with the Dead or as an activist, Hart always puts his heart and his being into his work, and his active mind has taken him down probably every path that has struck and stirred his imagination. The author of a handful of books and a drummer on more albums than most other percussionists of his time and through to the present, Hart and his accomplishments speak for themselves.
8. G-EAZY @ GOTHIC THEATRE | TUES, 2/26/13
Ladies love G-Eazy. They absolutely adore him. Whether it's his lazy-smooth flow or Dapper Dan look, we don't know, but last time he was in Denver, warming up for Hoodie Allen on the Excellent Adventure Tour last fall at the Summit Music Hall, bras were flying onstage like roses at a ballet. This time around, he's the main attraction, headlining his own show at the Gothic Theatre (moved from the Bluebird Theater due to demand, if that tells you anything). Last year's show wasn't just for the fairer sex, though, Eazy, who first gained with his 2011 mixtape Endless Summer, was more than solid all the way through. Probably the most impressive aspect of his music was his excellent use of samples which included a wonderfully nostalgic rendition of "Runaround Sue" and a divine flip of Denver pop band Tennis's "Marathon" in "Waspy."