The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
MEN IN BURKA @ WALNUT ROOM | SAT, 4/27/13
With Men in Burka, Kamran Khan, Mario Zoots and Strange Powers push the conceptual envelope further by blurring the meanings and images of the burka as both Caucasus-region menswear and the clothing worn by women in various Islamic cultures. Musically, Men in Burka is a mélange of experimental electronic music akin to that of a less warped Muslimgauze repurposed for a dance club -- or of Big Freedia, if she took a trip to Cairo and clued the locals in on bounce.
SAM LEE @ ORIENTAL THEATER | FRI, 4/26/13
Near the end of "According to Me," the spirited opening track on his new album, Raise Your Flag, whose release is being celebrated tonight, Sam Lee intones, "Turn it up and sing it like you mean it," a reasonable demand given Lee's performance on the disc. Dude puts his money where his mouth is, literally. Lee's got some incredibly powerful vocal chops, and here, he belts with a considerable conviction on each of the thirteen songs on the record, a follow-up to his 2011 EP, Better Half. The singer/songwriter says he's got a self-professed rock and roll complex, and indeed, he eschews the sappy coffee house ballads you might expect for a much more rocking approach on most of the cuts. But while Lee's vocals are front and center, the guy also has a knack for penning upbeat, catchy tunes, as evidenced by songs like "Livin' It Up," "I'm Not Coming Home" or "Leaving Home."
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 4/27/13
Kottonmouth Kings has been ruling its own corner of the musical stoner universe since 1994, carrying with it a fan base equally obsessed with weed culture. Coming up in the post-Sublime mid '90s, the Cali dudes easily found a niche market for their dirty smoke raps. Since issuing Royal Highness, their 1998 debut, the Kings have pretty much dropped an album a year. From the looks of it, Kottonmouth Kings could keep on for decades, as long as fans are around to pass it from the left-hand side.