The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week
ALICE COOPER & MARILYN MANSON @ RED ROCKS | MON, 6/3/13
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks. Sweet Jesus! How this totally obvious and sure-to-be-awesome pairing has not happened before now is anybody's guess. The music world's O.G. shock rocker and his direct artistic descendent are slated to share a bill at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! Brace yourself for the apocalypse!
- Alice Cooper on how Tiger and Elvis are probably, definitely, aliens
- Alice Cooper on partying with Moon, Morrison, Hendrix and Lennon
- Manson on Hunter S. Thompson being the worst father figure in the best way
THE XX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | MON, 6/3/13
Formed in 2005 by a group of classmates in Putney, England, the xx came to the attention of wide audiences in 2009 with its self-produced and self-titled debut album. Bringing together a moody, post-punk musicianship with hip-hop beats and down-tempo sensibilities, the band struck a chord with music that recalled acts like Portishead and New Order. The xx's follow-up album, Coexist, from 2012, revealed the increasing influence of dance music heard in U.K. clubs and elsewhere. The results reflected a clear attention to a depth of atmosphere and texture tied subtly yet masterfully to rhythm. This is dark R&B imbued with warmth and a sense of romanticism.
FOALS @ OGDEN THEATRE | TUES, 6/4/13
Foals's 2008 Sub Pop debut Antidotes, produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, is filled with electro-clash beats, passionate soccer-chant-style vocals and sprightly, interwoven guitar melodies influenced equally by Graceland and Megaman 2. Total Life Forever, the deep-lyric, dance-party phenoms' 2009 release, which delineates the Theory of Singularity and was recorded in Sweden, explores more My Morning Jacket-esque vocal and musical territory than its fun-filled predecessor, but the band's live shows are still more Super Mario than Yim Yames.
BORGORE @ BETA | FRI, 6/7/13
Whether you're a fan of the whomp or not, Dubstep is here to stay. Borgore is definitely on the newer end of the movement, but the Tel Aviv-born producer and DJ has already carved out his own style within the genre. Former drummer of the Israeli metal band Shabira, Borgore incorporates a similarly sharp sound to his drum-and-bass reworkings, as evidenced on his remix of Britney Spears's "Womanizer."