Ten best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

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Jon Solomon

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & NIGHT SWEATS @ BOULDER THEATER | 5/17
At this stage of his career, particularly in Denver, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble. Nonetheless, the limited-edition two-song seven-inch he produced for Record Store Day feels like a fresh and glorious reintroduction to a songwriter. Although Rateliff has one of the most silken voices around, on these vintage-flavored, horn-bolstered soul songs, he sings with a fervent abandon that adds an unexpected but completely gratifying layer of depth and expressiveness. Catch Rateliff tonight when he warms up for the glorious James Hunter Six.

See also:
- Nathaniel Rateliff reinvents himself with the Night Sweats
- Dragonette's Martina Sorbara on writing songs about cheating
- Tech N9NE on being a major artist that's fiercely independent

THREE LOCO @ CERVANTES' | FRI, 5/17/13
If you take your rap seriously, don't go to this show. Nothing about this group, which is made up of Internet phenomenon RiFF RaFF, ex-porn star Dirt Nasty and manchild Andy Milonakis, resembles the pure art of emceeing developed in New York in the late '70s. That's not to say that the group isn't talented, and certainly not to say that the show won't be entertaining. It will -- as long as you appreciate sophomoric humor, dick jokes, non sequiturs and absurdity.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI, 5/17/13
The music of Black Moth Super Rainbow seems custom-fitted for a Sofia Coppola film. It has that daydreamy, otherworldly sound favored by acts like Air and Broadcast, with low-end buoyancy propelling sparkly, soaring waves of sound -- sort of like Stereolab without the political agenda and driving, droney guitars. And live, the act employs whimsical video projections to augment its consciousness-bending music. If the Residents' evocation of Theater of the Obscure was mated with an electric Kool-Aid dance party, it might look a lot like this.

MIRANDA LAMBERT @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | SAT, 5/18/13
Miranda Lambert has struck a delicate balance: Together with kindred artists like Jamey Johnson, she's made country music palatable once again to the sanctimonious scads of big-city, Tea Party-loathing dissenters, infusing the genre with a newfound sense of authenticity missing since the days of her legendary outlaw forefathers. At the same time, she's managed to sing earnest, heartfelt, everyman ballads like "The House That Built Me," as well as gritty, angst-filled anthems of empowerment like "Gunpowder and Lead" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" that resonate with rank-and-file fans of modern country, affording her truckloads of crossover appeal and street cred -- not to mention a serious leg up on her contemporaries.


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amx311
amx311

How could you not list the Iron Maidens @Cheers to that list....

James Kenly
James Kenly

HomeVibe Presents Taylor Carson Adam Ezra Group Jeff Brinkman Josh Queen at the Walnut Room on May 25. Then HomeVibe Presents: Tony Lucca (HomeVibe 7th Anniversary Show!) w/ Special Guests including Reed Foehl on June 9!

Dennis Scalf
Dennis Scalf

Just saw Imagine Dragons last night @ ReRo. Got Vampire Weekend/Of Monsters of Men on Mon @ ReRo. The Neighbourhood on 30th @ Gothic an Atlas Genius on 31st @ Bluebird. Ca-not wait for all of them. Hell yea!!!!

Dirt
Dirt

11th best concert: Dirt at BarBar on Saturday

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