The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
4. THE PHOTO ATLAS (CD RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE | FRI, 2/8/13
The Photo Atlas has put the finishing touches on its latest record, Stuck In the Honey Trap. Working with Jeff Kanan and Nick Sullivan at John Macey's Silo Sound Studios, the Photo Atlas has emerged with a promising album that sounds honed yet relaxed, with a sound that hasn't really deviated from the angular, dynamic, post-punk-inflected music of its earlier days. The band sounds loose and more comfortable in its own skin than ever, but it's also focused and bursting with the same nervous energy that made it such a compelling band from the start. The Photo Atlas celebrates the release of its new disc tonight at the hi-dive in the company of the Epilogues, In the Whale and New Lungs.
3. TEA LEAF GREEN @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | SAT, 2/9/13
Reed Mathis talks about improvisation like it's a mystical religion. The bassist for the San Francisco-based quintet Tea Leaf Green and former frontman of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey sees a great deal of power in making music on the spot, and that passion will likely be front and center when Tea Leaf Green plays a string of dates in Colorado this week. While the band is expecting to release a new full-length album later this year, Mathis insists that none of that music will figure into these shows. Instead, he says, the concerts will be a mix of old and new, tracks pulled off studio and live recordings, as well as fresh tunes that didn't make the cut for the new album. And, of course, there will be plenty of improv to boot.
2. EVERY TIME I DIE @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SUN, 2/10/13
A more apt name for Every Time I Die might be Every Time I Turn Around I Need a New Bassist. Since forming in 1998, the Buffalo-based outfit has gone through a string of four-stringers with an almost predictable frequency that could rival Spinal Tap and its infinite and seemingly inexhaustible pursuit of a permanent drummer. Fortunately, the low end isn't really the centerpiece here but more like a weight-bearing pillar propping up the intensity of act's metalcore savagery, Keith Buckley's eviscerating vocals and the torrent of relentless riffs.