The ten best shows in Denver this weekend
Eric Gruneisen Catch Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and more at the Mayhem Festival this Sunday at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre.
MAYHEM FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | SUN, 7/7/13
Established in part by Kevin Lyman, one of the founders of the Warped Tour, this traveling showcase features a stacked lineup that caters to metal fans, with side activities for your downtime throughout the day. With a roster including acts as diverse as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Children of Bodom, Mastodon and Job for a Cowboy, among others, Mayhem offers a fine slice of metal from across the genre's spectrum. Mayhem lets you see all these acts in one place without going broke in the process.
- Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch grew up here and still has a love for Colorado
- Achille Lauro on what it's really like to be a struggling musician in Denver
- Kimya Dawson on balancing motherhood with making art
AVETT BROTHERS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | FRI & SAT, 7/5-7/6
The country is awash in Americana fever as scores of rock-radio favorites dabble in the sounds of yore. It's part of a search for authenticity when so much pop is heavily synthesized, and partially a need for the warm, fuzzy blanket of an imagined yesteryear. Though it might be cute, many of the current banjo-picking types fail to elevate their style beyond gimmick. A huge exception is the Avett Brothers, a North Carolina act helmed by, yes, brothers Scott and Seth. Sure, they're nominally folk-influenced, with their relatively stripped-down, deeply earnest sound and penchant for things like harmonicas. But what sets the Avetts apart is a serious, genre-defying talent for songwriting. Their melodies soar and stick, regardless of the folksy window dressing.
ACHILLE LAURO (FAREWELL SHOW) @ WALNUT ROOM | SAT, 7/6/13
Over the past seven years, Achille Lauro has become a band that's essentially synonymous with the Denver scene. A founding act in the Hot Congress collective, the quartet has been witness to an exciting evolution in the scene, watching fellow acts rise and fall while its own sound has evolved in eclectic directions. But now the outfit has decided to permanently dock its musical vessel.
UNCLUDED (AESOP ROCK & KIMYA DAWSON) @ MARQUIS | FRI, 7/5/13
Aesop Rock has always had a twinge of darkness to his lyrics and sound. If his twisted tone and often abrasive melodies aren't enough to scare the delicate away, his convoluted vocabulary and abstract speech probably are. So you can imagine the hip-hop world's surprise when we learned that Aesop Rock would be collaborating with the whimsical and child-sounding Kimya Dawson as the Uncluded. The result is an intriguing tension of innocence and the dreadful feeling of I've-seen-too-much.