The ten best concerts in Denver this week
DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13
Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on similarities. With DeVotchKa's sentimental landscapes and the Symphony's climactic rises and powerful, sweeping descents, performances make for epic storytelling, supplanted with enough heart to afford the grand housing of so many instruments without sounding bombastic.
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GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | FRI, 6/14/13
When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it got major distribution and released We Can't Be Stopped -- that the outfit turned heads on a national level. The Geto Boys' success was the blueprint for virtually any Southern hip-hop success story until the Dungeon Family featuring Goodie Mob and OutKast paved a different path mid-decade.
SUPERHUMANOIDS @ LARIMER LOUNGE | THURS, 6/13/13
Superhumanoids makes pristine synth-pop that's utterly irresistible. When Sarah Chernoff takes the lead on tracks like "Black Widow" and "So Strange" from the outfit's new album, Exhibitionists (out this week on the Innovative Leisure imprint), she instantly recalls Lights-era Ellie Goulding and Poliça's Channy Leaneagh at their best. Meanwhile, when Cameron Parkins does the heavy lifting on tunes like "A Ghost," his sturdy vocals make you oblivious to the absence of Chernoff's bewitching voice, which would otherwise be glaring. The biggest selling point of this L.A. group thus far has been that it hails from the same Silver Lake scene that gave us Silversun Pickups and Local Natives. Give it some time: As Superhumanoids makes a name for itself, that information will become trivial.
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS @ GOTHIC THEATRE | FRI, 6/14/13
Michael Fitzpatrick, the "Fitz" in this band's moniker, was a bit of a late bloomer. After graduating from college, Fitz worked as a sound engineer for several years in record producer Mickey Petralia's stable until one day when he randomly acquired a church organ. That led Fitz to write a song on the instrument, "Breakin' the Chains of Love," which revealed a knack for writing energetic, exuberant, soul-inflected pop-rock songs. Fitz then assembled a band, and within a week of its first rehearsal, the outfit played its first live show, and the rest, as they say, is history. The recently released More Than Just a Dream is a welcome reminder that rock, R&B and electronic pop need not be mutually exclusive creative inclinations.