The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week
HAVOK @ MARQUIS THEATER | FRI, 6/21/13
Hot on the heels of its European tour with Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation and Fallujah, Havok is preparing for the release its new album, Unnatural Selection, next Tuesday, June 25. The ten-track album, the band's fourth release overall and the followup to 2011's Time Is Up, was produced by Havok frontman David Sanchez, mixed by legendary metal maestro Terry Date (Pantera, Soulfly, Unearth), with kickass cover art by Rafal Wechterowicz. Havok is slated to celebrate the release of its new album with a trio of local shows, including this one at the Marquis, as well as the Black Sheep and Aggie.
TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ THURS, 6/20/13
Among the most noteworthy acts scheduled to perform at the fortieth annual four-day Telluride Bluegrass Festival (taking place Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23, in Telluride) are, most prominently, local heavyweights String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Rize, semi-locals Dispatch and local faves such as the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and more. There are also some wild cards, such as Feist, in the mix.
FATHER JOHN MISTY @ GOTHIC THEATRE | TUES, 6/18/13
Father John Misty is the product of Josh Tillman's identity crisis. After making gently plucked acoustic guitar music with hushed, depressed, tortured vocals for a number of years, Tillman eventually got sick of his own creative persona. And so he hopped in his van with a bunch of mushrooms, hit the road, wrote a novel and ended up in Los Angeles. Once the dust settled, he made Fear Fun, an album released by Sub Pop under the name Father John Misty. Unlike J. Tillman, Father John is a badass: The world's ending, and all he can think about is abusing his lungs by smoking everything in sight with every girl he's ever loved and riding around the wreckage on a horse knee-deep in mud. When he drinks too much, he expects to be punched in the face, and he tries to wake up corpses just so they'll party with him.
RICHARD THOMPSON @ CHAUTAUQUA | FRI, 6/21/13
Richard Thompson probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when listing the greatest guitarists of all time, but it should be. In his seventh decade of existence, Thompson is a respected figure among those who appreciate superb musicianship informed by a rich imagination. Thompson first came to prominence as a member of the influential folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention. After parting with the band, Thompson played on the first two Nick Drake albums. As a solo artist, his recorded output has been as critically acclaimed as anything he did previously.