The best shows in Denver this weekend
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS @ JAZZ ASPEN | SUN, 9/1/13
Like David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Edward Sharpe is the mythical creation of singer Alex Ebert (also of Ima Robot). Originally taken from an unfinished novel written by Ebert, Sharpe is a messianic character whose mission to save mankind is constantly interrupted by his falling for cute girls. Ebert teamed up with Jade Castrinos to make Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, a band that distracted us all in 2010 with the hopelessly infectious "Home." Typically a more underground, folk-boogie band, the Zeros garnered tons of notoriety with the song, including stints on Letterman and NPR. (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are slated to perform on the final day Jazz Aspen Snowmass, which kicks off on Friday, August 30, and features Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Keith Urban, Train, Little Big Town and more.)
JANE'S ADDICTION @ FIDDLER'S GREEN AMPHITHEATRE | SUN, 9/1/13
Surviving intense drug addiction, poor fashion choices, several breakups and a revolving door of celebrity bassists (Flea, Duff McKagan and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek), Jane's Addiction continues on. Like musical cockroaches, the band is immune to the bug spray of age and a changing music industry. As a link between the thrashing alt-punk of the 1980s and the explosive grunge revolution of the early 1990s, Jane's Addiction captivated a burgeoning music scene with songs like "Jane Says," "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing." And though the band ultimately imploded before it could reap the rewards of the money-fame orgy that was the early-'90s alt revolution, it left behind one of the movement's most treasured institutions: Lollapalooza. (Jane's is performing on the first day of KBPI's two-day Locura Festival at Fiddler's Green. Other acts include Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Volbeat, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive and more.)
BLUE RIDER (VINYL RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE | FRI, 8/30/13
Since releasing its debut seven-inch in August 2012, the Blue Rider has not refined its sound so much as honed its edge a bit. A chaotic energy marked its earliest efforts; the band has since found a way to maintain that level of excitement while channeling its vigor more directly into its music. The live show is a cathartic affair that has its roots in garage rock -- you can hear the soul and R&B that influenced these guys growing up in their songwriting and presentation -- but the group isn't going for a stylized genre sound.