The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week
TURBONEGRO @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/20/13
In 1989, when Norwegian band Turbonegro got together, it was clearly fueled by a love of Alice Cooper and acts like Hanoi Rocks and the Stooges. You can hear the influence in songs like "Sell Your Body (To the Night)," which features an obvious guitar-riff nod to "Penetration." The band also embraces the excesses of glam's various tropes, with a cartoonishly trashy offensiveness that has the potential to polarize its audience. The outfit's fun, over-the-top, theatrical rock and roll is clearly aiming to get a reaction, with calculated outrageousness and stage personas designed to challenge and titillate.
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes on how to tell when somebody's full of shit
- Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on how it's easier to play for strangers than friends
- Lamb of God's John Campbell on how his brother defiled his Star Wars slippers
VAMPIRE WEEKEND @ RED ROCKS | MON, 3/20/13
It's been more than three years since Vampire Weekend last released a record and almost that long since the act was last at Red Rocks. That's a long time between releases for any band, but it's a couple lifetimes in the blogosphere. A parade of subsequent buzz bands (groups like Haim, one of the acts opening this show) has warmed themselves since then in the limelight once occupied by Ezra Koenig and company. The band returns to Red Rocks less than a week after its new album, Modern Vampires of the City, hits stores. It will be interesting to see if the outfit regains its stride.
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB @ GOTHIC THEATER | MON, 3/20/13
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club came roaring out of the garage in the late '90s with buzzing guitars, and nearly fifteen years into its career, the band continues to shift gears effortlessly when it feel like dialing back the drone. While the band hasn't given itself over solely into a more subdued sound by any means, it has cultivated an impressive degree of depth. The outfit still conjures up plenty of bombastic moments on tunes like "Teenage Disease," from Specter at the Feast, its latest effort, but those fiery moments of fury are tempered by more downtempo ditties like "Fire Walker" and the aptly titled "Lullaby."
OPETH @ FOX THEATRE | MON & TUES, 5/20-5/21
Starting out with a technical death-metal sound, Opeth has evolved since its inception into the kind of progressive metal band that is more concerned with atmosphere and mood than with using multiple time signatures in a song just for the sake of being technical. The group's debut album, Orchid, came out in 1995, but it was 2001's Blackwater Park that proved to be its breakthrough effort. The songs on that album revealed a knack for subtle dynamics and melodies that crossed well outside the usual boundaries of death metal, or metal in general. With each subsequent release, Opeth has proved itself willing to color even farther outside genre lines.