The ten best concerts in Denver this week
3. BRONCHO @ HI-DIVE | THURS, 2/28/13
Taking its name from a term for a mustang that has yet to be broken, this appropriately named Oklahoma band plays back to basics rock that comes off as an unvarnished sound with no affectation. Although Broncho frontman Ryan Lindsey is also the keyboard player and guitarist in the experimental indie pop band the Starlight Mints, with Broncho, the songwriting is more akin to the Fall embracing the punk that helped spawn it. With dispassionate but paradoxically intense vocals and a seeming disregard for conventional rhythms and song dynamics that would make Mark E. Smith proud, Lindsey and company make music that is frayed and frantic in a way that more garage punk should be.
2. XXYYXX @ LARIMER LOUNGE | WEDS, 2/27/13
Marcel Everett (aka XXYYXX) may have just turned seventeen this past October, but his most recent effort, a self-titled album he released last year, is already his second. Often when we hear about teenage artists, it's related to some kind of manufactured pop or punk. In the current era, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a teenager, with boundless energy and copious amounts of free time, would come up with electronic music this sophisticated. Using Fruity Loops and Ableton, Everett has drawn inspiration from electronic artists of the past decade for a sound that, in times past, might have been called downtempo with elements of grime. Sure, his work still strongly bears the marks of his influences, but his remixes and original compositions reveal a promising and imaginative talent.