The ten best concerts in Denver this week
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | WEDS, 7/10/13
Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music influences after exploring Americana the last few years through collaborations with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy.
- Win tickets to see Robert Plant at Red Rocks
- Robert Plant on his new band and how he likes the way his voice sounds now
- John Skehan of Railroad Earth on jamming and how playing is conversational
BAPTIST GENERALS @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 7/9/13
The Baptist Generals started in 1998 as a duo, with Chris Flemmons and Steve Hill performing on the street in Denton, Texas. The band's lineup increased when the two started playing parties and bars. By 2007, Hill had exited the outfit, and Flemmons and his new collaborators developed a more expansive sound -- something like the Flaming Lips from Hit to Death in the Future Head throughout the '90s with chamber-pop sensibilities. It's been ten years since the Generals put out the excellent No Silver/No Gold album. After scrapping an entire album recorded in 2005 and being involved in the 35 Denton music festival, the band eventually came back and recorded this year's surreal but organic Jackleg Devotional to the Heart.
STEVE EARLE @ BOULDER THEATER | FRI, 7/12/13
The idea of artists overcoming adversity is a modern theme du jour, with dreary storylines custom-made for television documentaries. Yet it's hard to imagine any comeback more unlikely than Steve Earle's. After busting out of the stale Nashville scene of the late '80s with ballsy, rocking albums like Guitar Town and Copperhead Road, Earle served time for heroin possession. He emerged clean and sober and expelled the sour air of prison life like poison gas on 1995's Train a Comin'. Offering a finely honed blend of blues, country and rock, Earle has released a slew of other albums, including his latest, The Low Highway.
RAILROAD EARTH @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | FRI, 7/12/13
The music of Railroad Earth isn't easy to classify, although most people are happy to label it "jam band" and move on. Still reading? Good, because while there's definitely some "jamming" going on in the live show, this is not some guitar-noodling Phish knock-off. Bluegrass lies at the heart of Railroad Earth, but it's a wide-ranging, omnivorous strain that isn't afraid to ditch tradition and have some fun. As a result, you get all the banjo, fiddle and mandolin you'd expect, but it's fused with electric guitars and drums, and prone to weird tangents that might touch on anything from Celtic to jazz. It's a frequently surprising and relentlessly upbeat sound that's at its very best live, regardless of what you call it.