The ten best concerts in Denver this week
LOW @ LARIMER LOUNGE | FRI, 3/29/13
Since its inception in 1993, Low has created a body of work characterized by a fragile intensity. Although often lumped in under the banner of "slowcore" with a group of bands of similar sonic leanings, like Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Tarnation and Codeine, the Duluth, Minnesota-based act doesn't fit neatly into that sub-genre. For starters, much of Low's material is anything but slow. For the last decade, Low has branched out from the focused introspection of its early releases, and by the time of its 2005 album, The Great Destroyer, the band had proven it could write a song in whatever tempo it liked with whatever sonic character it preferred.
- KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on Kill Mother F*cking Depeche Mode
- The scene rallies around Mike Marchant, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma
- Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman on the string music revolution kicking dubstep's ass
9. IN THIS MOMENT @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | TUES, 3/26/13
Formed in 2005 out of the ashes of Dying Star, an older project that included singer Maria Brink, guitarist Chris Howarth and drummer Jeff Fabb, In This Moment mixes thrash with threads of hardcore and, more recently, industrial metal a la Fear Factory or Marilyn Manson. Brink's wail is powerful in a way that can only really be compared to Doro Pesch in its versatility and facility with expressing mind shearing emotional intensity. But it's not all blasting volume with this bunch. The band's 2012 album, Blood, may be more imbued with a darker spirit than previous efforts but it also emphasizes the act's sonic diversity.
8. SHINEDOWN @ 1STBANK CENTER | MON, 3/25/13
Shinedown is an addition to the post-grunge hangover that spawned such names as Nickelback and Alter Bridge. And like those groups, the Florida-based act is fronted by a powerful vocalist: Brent Smith's gravelly voice is loud, emotive and moving in that irksome way that leaves you feeling awkward for singing along. Take Shinedown's cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," for instance: On the one hand, it's a stirring tribute to Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, but on the other, it's another reason for thousands of people to wave lighters and cell phones in the air.