The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Eric Gruneisen

ALABAMA SHAKES @ RED ROCKS | SUN, 6/2/13
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a powerful and mesmerizing voice and she sings with an impassioned believability that sounds like she has experienced a fuller life than her young years could hope to contain. Her earthy vocals and the band's solid, vibrant musicianship are both remarkable for their emotional depth. The band's 2012 album, Boys & Girls, captures a taste of its soul-driven rock, but it's best experienced live. Catch Alabama Shakes this Sunday with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

See also:
- Review: Alabama Shakes at the Ogden Theatre, 3/9/13
- Ten things Taylor Swift taught us about love
- Nathaniel Rateliff does some soul-searching with the Night Sweats

FLEETWOOD MAC @ PEPSI CENTER | SAT, 6/1/13
Sure, Fleetwood Mac recently reissued its 1977 mega-hit album Rumours in hundred-dollar deluxe configurations with T-shirts and posters and a couple droplets of whatever juju Stevie Nicks used to withstand the rise of punk. And sure, the Big Mac has served up over 100 million in sales worldwide. But all this still doesn't really explain why the classic lineup (sans Christine McVie) is touring for the second time in a decade with no new album, despite having songs written. Rumor is, though, that they'll play two new ones. The rest will just have to be hits, apparently.

TAYLOR SWIFT @ PEPSI CENTER | SUN, 6/2/13
In a sea of pop starlets, Taylor Swift shines like a modest diamond: The 23-year-old singer-songwriter has been making records about innocent teenage love and heartbreak since her freshman year in high school. Stylistically, Swift has the rare gift of being a country-to-pop crossover, combining the literal storytelling template of the former with the hooky catchiness of the latter. Her sweetened voice and lyrics about not always fitting in and from-the-bleachers adoration of boys make the vocalist an easy icon for a young and devoted fan base.

ATLAS GENIUS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI, 5/31/13
These days, many young bands are eager to play their first shows as soon as possible, and then they break up if those early efforts don't translate to early success. In contrast, Atlas Genius spent three years writing music and playing cover sets at local bars in Adelaide, Australia, before playing its first show, and in the fall of 2011, the act's song "Trojans" was discovered by Neon Gold records and became a hit single the following year. Atlas Genius released its debut full-length, When It Was Now, on Warner Bros. just over a year later. The band's sound, a well-oiled atmospheric brand of rock with R&B-inflected vocals, will immediately appeal to fans of Cut Copy.


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