The ten best concerts in Denver this week
ELECTRIC SIX @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 2/19/13
Electric Six has been bringing the party to the unwary for a decade. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth-esque bravado with surreal barrages of imagery revolving around fire, sex, dancing...and air travel. Frontman Dick Valentine comes across like a smarmy cross between Mike Patton and a Baptist preacher, but underneath he's a funny, thoughtful and down-to-earth guy just looking to rock the crowd.
- Disarming lyrics and vivid imagery make Danny Vincennie Extra Kool
- Electric Six's Dick Valentine on his persona and who inspires him
- Karl Denson discusses his musical roots and moving on after playing with Lenny Kravitz
9. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA @ MOON ROOM | TUES, 2/19/13
Over the past seven years, the Devil Wears Prada has risen above one of the more unfortunate (and possibly copyright-infringing) names in heavy music to become one of the most popular and even respected acts on the metalcore scene. Despite early Christian leanings, the Dayton, Ohio-based sextet has been winning fans over with uncompromising riffage and relatively prolific output. The outfit has released four proper full-lengths since 2005, with heavy touring behind each, making its members look like elder statesmen of a subgenre scene less than a decade old.
8. EXTRA KOOL @ HERMAN'S HIDEAWAY | WEDS, 2/20/13
Whether by himself or with his Dirty Laboratory cohorts as a member of Optik Fusion Embrace, Extra Kool has proven a knack for offering up penetrating insights into the human condition with every line that passes his lips. Even a casual listen to his songs makes it immediately obvious that this guy is coming from a different world than most of his contemporaries. While many rappers extol the virtues of decadence, Kool's lean, dark vision of human existence is refreshingly devoid of sexism or celebration of self-destructive urges. Live, Extra Kool challenges his audiences with an unwavering stare and a direct and hauntingly intense vocal delivery. Part modern-day Dadaist, part hip-hop art terrorist, Extra Kool is the essence of truth in advertising.