The best concerts in Denver this weekend
MURS @ FOX THEATRE | FRI, 3/8
Although the "alternative hip-hop" tag is an utter failure as a marketing tool, it actually fits MURS, a performer who embodies much of what's best about the music and very little of what's worst. This L.A. veteran's style is based on hyper-articulate rhymes that are spring-loaded with surprises. Recently, MURS surprised quite a few folks with his unabashed assault on the effects of homophobia with "Animal Style," complete with a gripping video that got people's attention for all the wrong reasons: a kiss between MURS and another male actor, thus revealing yet again that not everybody is ready for the normalization of homosexuality.
DE LA SOUL @ CERVANTES' | SAT, 3/9
De La Soul exploded onto the scene in 1989 with the release of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising and their infinitely danceable single "Me, Myself and I." The group is known for their infectious positivity and individualistic, idiosyncratic energy. Though De La has not again found the commercial success that they enjoyed in the 90s, their entire catalog is solid and their legend status in hip-hop is undeniable. First Serve, De La's latest work, is a concept character piece, telling the story of a band trying to make it in the music biz.
CASPIAN @ LARIMER LOUNGE | SAT, 3/9/13
Isis, Red Sparowes and Pelican helped to establish and make popular the synthesis of post-rock with metal. Caspian from Beverly, Massachusetts straddles the divide well with soaring guitars grounded by deep and driving rhythms. The band's songs are a scintillating evocation of a time and place and an emotional journey in themselves. Balancing heaviness with an expansive, even triumphant melodicism, Caspian delivers dynamic epics that often go far outside the realm of metal, but fans of Mouth of the Architect's ambitious sonic exercises and Russian Circles' ability to weave a dark yet uplifting musical narrative will appreciate Caspian. Touring in support of its 2012 album, Waking Season, Caspian gives its conventionally beautiful, though certainly not conventionally crafted, music a visceral edge.