The best concerts in Denver this weekend
SIGUR ROS @ 1STBANK CENTER | SAT, 4/6/13
The Sugarcubes and Bjork garnered tremendous exposure for Iceland as a source of significant and innovative pop music, but it was Sigur Ros that gave the island nation's music a bit of mystery. It is too simplistic to call this music post-rock, because it's also ambient, symphonic and accessibly avant-garde. The 1999 breakthrough album Ágætis byrjun quickly established the members of Sigur Ros as creators of music that both stirs and soothes the spirit. The moody yet uplifting layers of sound and ocean-wave-like rhythms the band creates lends the songs a larger-than-life expansiveness that many aim for but never quite achieve.
- Inspired by Twin Peaks, Matt Skellenger explores duality on his latest album
- The Shady Elders on their name and having a truly democratic band dynamic
- Meet Cicely O'Kain, burgeoning R&B sensation
MAN MANTIS @ MEADOWLARK | SAT, 4/6/13
Although he left Denver as a mere mortal eight years ago, Mitch Pond returned with a human-insect-hybrid alter ego that produces futuristic, hip-hop-influenced instrumental music and beats: Man Mantis. Since returning, he's stayed busy with projects like "Hear the Noise," a crowd-sourced tune composed from sounds submitted online by fans and strangers. He also composed three beats on Sole's new album, A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, including the epic, post-apocalyptic-Kanye sound of "Non Workers of the World" and the lush, synth-driven backdrop for "The Untouchables." Man Mantis is one of three supporting acts along with Mirror Fears, Gila Monsta on a bill headlined by Doctype.
THROTTLEBOMB @ ORIENTAL THEATER | SAT, 4/6/13
Bart McCrorey is probably best known for his skate-punk outfit Frontside Five. Throttlebomb isn't a quantum leap from that, but it's more a synthesis of speed metal and glam. It's a bit like Motörhead, but with more of a focus on melody: A backbone of boogie and blues rock informs the songwriting, which is nonetheless splintery and aggressive. With Low Gravity's Adam Mullins on drums and Jenn Rad, formerly of the Blackouts, on bass, there's a solid groove that gives McCrorey and guitarist Justin Delz a foundation from which to indulge in tasty guitar solos. Throttlebomb's debut album recalls the glory days of the 15th St. Tavern, where hard rock and punk were always on tap. (Throttlebomb is part of the bill for the second annual Girl Wreck Fest, which also features the Heroine, The Blackouts, the Front, 9 Volt Fatale, Salt, Crash, the Cutthroat Drifters, the West, Number Station, Dead Orchids, Paris By Sea, Chella Negro & the Charm, the Lollygags and more.)