The ten best concerts in Denver this week
4. TY SEGALL @ HI-DIVE | TUES, 2/12/13
It is going to be pretty difficult for Ty Segall to top the year he had in 2012. The California native released three full length albums, a 7-inch and a tour split, appeared on a compilation and toured as a member of bandmate/collaborator Mikal Cronin's solo effort. Add in the considerable critical praise, along with his late-night debut on Conan, and it comes as no surprise that 2012 was the year Segall grabbed the "King of Lo-fi" crown and ran away with it. Touring on the strength of his most-recent solo release, Twins, Segall brings his special blend of energy and disillusionment back to Denver this Tuesday.
3. OM @ LARIMER LOUNGE | WEDS, 2/13/13
Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus of Sleep formed OM in 2003, making music that was both heavy and which drew on the techniques of archaic, meditative music. With a simple and early formula of bass and drums, OM's hypnotically repetitive exercises in sound seem to tap into that resonant frequency of the Earth itself by intuitively extrapolating its own rhythms. Haikus left the project in 2008 and Emil Amos of the like-minded Grails and psychedelic band Holy Sons has been the drummer ever since. Last year's Advaitic Songs makes the connection with traditional Arabic song structure and atmospherics more explicit and haunting.
2. NIGHT BEDS @ HI-DIVE | WEDS, 2/13/13
Winston Yellen, the Nashville-by-way-of-Colorado tunesmith who makes music under the Night Beds moniker, is immediately captivating, and his music bears a distinctive familiarity. With an absolutely gorgeous voice that's a little bit Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, a little bit Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and a little bit Ryan Adams, Yellen sings with a conviction and expressiveness that make his gentle songs positively irresistible. Although fleshed out with tasteful flourishes, swelling strings here and pedal steel there, it's Yellen's capable crooning that make his songs resonate the deepest. Night Beds returns to Colorado armed with an excellent new album on the Dead Oceans imprint, Country Sleep, the full-length follow-up to a trio of EPs.