The ten best shows in Denver this week
G-EAZY @ BLACK SHEEP | THURS, 8/22/13
G-Eazy is an up-and-coming rapper born in Oakland but based in New Orleans who is currently riding with fellow NOLA stalwart Lil Wayne on the America's Most Wanted tour. G-Eazy stands out thanks to his Dapper Dan appearance, gravelly voice and self-made production. He broke out in part thanks to his Endless Summer mixtape, which featured a remix of Dion's "Runaround Sue." Must Be Nice, his independently released album from 2012, is a huge step forward in every way for the MC, and out of all the new rappers who have emerged in the past few years, he seems destined to make some serious noise in the coming years. (G-Eazy is also on the bill at America's Most Wanted Tour with Lil Wayne and more this Friday, August 23.)
FRAMPTON'S GUITAR CIRCUS @ TUES, 8/20/13
Peter Frampton's long, luscious locks may now just be a thing for the history books, but without his '70s sex symbol looks people can finally focus on the fact that he's a highly underrated guitar player. Tonight, he'll play alongside fellow six-stringers like the legendary B.B. King, David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) and Louisiana slide player Sonny Landreth for what he's dubbed Frampton's Guitar Circus.
WATT? @ DAIRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS | FRI, 8/23/13
Victoria Lundy is best known as the theremin player for experimental-rock weirdos the Inactivists. But she's also been a participant in Denver's avant-garde music scene, playing with acts like the Carbon Dioxide Orchestra and Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory. For the Watt? show, Lundy is set to collaborate with Mark Mosher and Darren Kramer. The former is known nationally for his synthesizer music integrated with visuals; the latter has toured internationally with the likes of Tom Jones and Matchbox Twenty, playing trombone and, in recent years, mastering the integration of that instrument with electronic sound manipulation and composition. Running the gauntlet between analog electronics and fully digital electronic instruments, Watt? will demonstrate how the resulting music can be a visual, tactile and aural experience for both performer and audience.