The ten best concerts in Denver this week
Another great batch of shows this week. As always, there is a ton of variety for the music lover in you. Whether you're seeking EDM, jazz, metal, indie or country, there are at least ten reasons to stay up late this week and get down like there's no tomorrow. We've got all of the shows listed in our concert calendar. Feel free to check them out if you have the time/inclination. Otherwise, we've done the heavy lifting for you and narrowed down the ten best concerts in Denver this week. Keep reading to see what we picked.
10. MORD FUSTANG @ FOX THEATRE | MON, 2/11/13
Named Beatport's Breakthrough Artist of the Year last year, Mord Fustang has released a catalog of electro-house bangers that explore the depths of the genre with a modern microscope. Carving his niche with remixes of popular American Top 40 songs, the Estonia-based artist has found his home with Germany's Plasma Pool record label, most recently releasing a complex, multilayered track called "Taito" that is suitable for the largest massives and raves around the world. Mord Fustang's sounds reach an extended audience thanks to his willingness to acknowledge the merits of dubstep converging on the world of EDM across the board. (Mord Fustang and Feed Me with Teeth are also due at the Ogden Theater on Tuesday, February 12.)
9. BUKE & GASE @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 2/11/13
Brooklyn's Buke and Gase (formerly Buke and Gass), an outfit comprising Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, who played together in the post-punk band Hominid, took its name from two of the instruments the pair created and use to make their music: A buke is a baritone ukulele and a gase is a combination of guitar and bass. The homemade instruments don't stop there, and while this could be seen as a mere gimmick, Dyer and Sanchez have proven themselves to be solid songwriters. Although homemade instruments are often associated with Americana, noise or the avant-garde, these guys use idiosyncratic sounds to make something accessible yet undeniably weird -- like Factrix or Black Humor in a pop-oriented mode. Buke and Gase's latest, General Dome, is the follow-up to its critically-acclaimed 2010 album, Riposte.
8. DEVOTCHKA @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | THURS, 2/14/13
At this point, DeVotchKa appears incapable of producing music that's anything less than intoxicating; just listening to the band inspires a sense of romanticism in even the most hardened of hearts. There is so much to love about DeVotchKa, from the lush strings, Old World accordion and horns to Nick Urata's rapturous vocals, which could make a torturous trek through the most barren wasteland seem delightful. The bulk of the band's exposure and acclaim has come from soundtrack placement on such films as Everything Is Illuminated and Little Miss Sunshine, and that's fitting given the cinematic nature of the music, particularly on songs like "The Man From San Sebastian," which sounds like the most exquisite spy theme you've ever heard. Urata and company have been steadily perfecting their distinctive brand of splendor over the years, and let's just say their legacy has already been firmly established.