The best concerts to see in Denver this week
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | THURS, 8/15/13
A six-year hiatus hasn't made Queens of the Stone Age forget its roots. The earnest full-length album ...Like Clockwork, released earlier this year, is a long-awaited return to the spotlight, and it proves that the band hasn't lost its flair for '70s glam-rock cues or unfiltered sadness. Founder, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Josh Homme remains dedicated to driving, fuzz-drenched guitar work, unpolished vocals and a bleak, stark approach to lyrics. Despite attention-grabbing cameos by high-profile guests such as Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, the rest of the band -- Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore -- is in top form and shines brightly on hypnotic tunes like "I Appear Missing" and "I Sat by the Ocean."
PRETTY LIGHTS @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 8/16/13
Returning to the Mile High City for his now-annual two-night run at Red Rocks, Pretty Lights maestro Derek Vincent Smith is bringing an album's worth of new music and a talented cast of characters to entertain the hometown crowd. On Friday, Pretty Lights will be illuminated by hip-hop companions Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death, and on Saturday, August 17, a roster of hand-picked artists form the Pretty Lights Music imprint will get their chance to shine. Smith will undoubtedly be playing cuts from his acclaimed new record, A Color Map of the Sun, in addition to digging deep into his back catalogue for a choice blend of groove-driven tracks.
CHIMAIRA @ MARQUIS THEATER | WEDS, 8/14/13
Lengthy attention-grabbing solos are the cornerstone of any great metal band, and Chimaira upholds that quality and provides a backbone of harsh vocals that gradually dirtied itself from earlier in the band's career. Multiple lineup changes have stalled the band in the past, but the outfit has kept moving forward, producing a progressively aggressive sound for its listeners. Chimaira has a new album in hand, Crown of Phantoms, to clean out your ears with a spanking new metal Q-tip.