The ten best concerts in Denver this week
JOE BONAMASSA @ BELLCO THEATRE | TUES, 4/23/13
Joe Bonamassa is a nouveau bluesman who favors a hybrid blues-rock sound that employs simple song structures and puts the emphasis on powerful fretwork, an approach that nods to a distinctive era of the 1960s, when British players such as John Mayall, Jeff Beck and Peter Green co-opted American blues and applied a heavier edge to it.
CAPTURED BY ROBOTS @ 3 KINGS TAVERN | WEDS, 4/24/13
Captured! By Robots offers silly but thought-provoking entertainment while giving a glimpse of the absolute torment that awaits all inferior and pathetic humans -- all of 'em! -- who've entrusted their collective livelihood to modern technology. Full of fantasy and foolishness, CBR boasts the wisecracking of Mystery Science Theatre 2000, the mechanical precision of Survival Research Labs and the profane spectacle of Pinocchio making Geppetto his bitch. Droning keyboards combine with fast and furious rock-based music (and yes, the machines actually do play) for a "one-man" show with off-kilter jingles on bed-wetting, dildos, cancer and robot superiority.
CUSSES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 4/23/13
Cusses is a super solid three piece from Savannah, Georgia, that got its start in February 2010 and released its debut this past fall. Those bemoaning the seeming dearth of solid rock bands these days would do well to seek this act out. Led by frontwoman Angel Bond, the band plays gritty rock and roll with an admirable urgency and sweetness that recalls a time when that alone was enough to command an audience.
RADKEY @ HI-DIVE | THURS, 4/25/13
Radkey is a band of brothers. That's not a figure of speech. They're blood relations. They're also completely badass. Listening to the siblings -- Dee, the oldest at nineteen, sings and plays guitar; Isaiah, seventeen, sings and plays bass; and Solomon, fifteen, plays drums -- get down and you'll be sold instantly and subsequently convinced that the fact that "rad" forms part of their name isn't a coincidence. Hailing from St. Joseph, Missouri, the Radkes were weaned on their adopted dad's record collection, and the three possess a proficiency that belies their age. Playing their first show in Denver, these boys are bound to leave the Mile High City with a bar full of new fans.