The ten best concerts in Denver this week
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/13/13
Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit records that broke genre barriers, not just in terms of radio programming, but within the music itself. His versatility and breadth of musical vision have influenced a broad spectrum of popular music ever since. Recently, Prince assembled a band called 3rd Eye Girl for his tour, which has him playing intimate shows in venues that are notably smaller than those in which he would typically perform.
JOE CAHILL MEMORIAL BENEFIT @ FOX THEATRE | MON, 5/13/13
While services for Leftover Salmon's lighting designer Joe Cahill were held this past Friday in his hometown of Yorktown Heights, New York, local friends and family are hosting a memorial benefit for Joe's daughter Cassidy tonight featuring the Motet and members of Leftover Salmon. Tickets for the memorial are $15, with no fees, and all proceeds will go directly to the Cassidy Cahill Fund. Donations can also be made directly to the fund at any Bank of the West location, or applied via Paypal. A raffle and silent auction will also be held to help raise funds. Our condolences to Cahill's many friends and family.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN @ FOX THEATRE | TUES, 5/14/13
The Dillinger Escape Plan came out of the hardcore scene of Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 1997. Former members of Arcane -- including Dillinger's remaining original member, guitarist Ben Weinman -- got together and wrote songs with a savagely mathematical precision, adding a more adventurous sonic spirit than what was generally heard in hardcore. After the release of its debut album, Calculating Infinity, in 1999, Dillinger caught the attention of Mike Patton, who brought the band on board for what would be Mr. Bungle's final tour. Despite the inexorable forward momentum and chaotic clangor of the music, there are multiple rhythms that separate and come together, giving Dillinger a sound of amplified outrage. The group's latest album, One of Us is the Killer, comes out later this month.
IMAGINE DRAGONS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | THURS, 5/16/13
Who knows why some albums are a success and others go unsung? Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons hit one of those pockets of luck with its latest album, Night Visions. While the new album may seem like a breakthrough, the group has been working hard for years -- touring extensively, writing constantly -- to garner the acclaim it's currently enjoying. The bandmembers rented a house together in their formative years, playing covers in bars to near-empty rooms to pay the rent. Before that, frontman Dan Reynolds reportedly drew inspiration from seeing live shows of bands like Arcade Fire and Jack White. Clearly, all that hard work has paid off.