The best concerts in Denver this week
MONDAY | ANIMAL COLLECTIVE at OGDEN THEATRE | 9/9/13
Animal Collective's unconventional rhythms and effervescent guitar sound can be heard in the music of countless indie acts that sprang up after the band formed in 2000. The band's latest record, 2012's Centipede Hz, is hailed as a return to form, further cementing the band's reputation for being able to seamlessly combine disparate musical forms, Western-based or otherwise.
THURSDAY | CODY CHESNUTT at HI-DIVE | 9/12/13
When funk-soul commander Cody ChesnuTT was asked about his metal helmet, he shared the larger raison d'être inside the small story of his trademark accessory: "I'm really trying to fight to keep the soul alive." That fight's not going anywhere, and neither is ChesnuTT, though fans were worried for a while. After releasing his low-budget, high-impact, 36-song debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, in 2002, ChesnuTT took more than eight years to produce a follow-up. On that second release, last year's Landing on a Hundred, he channeled both ambition and oddity to create a captivating, if potentially alienating, blend of God, gospel and guts. Perhaps it's a holy war that ChesnuTT's waging. Perhaps he's fighting his own demons. Whatever the case, it's rewarding to witness him entering into battle armed with smooth croons, soulful lyrics and DIY idiosyncrasy.
TUESDAY | WASHED OUT at FOX THEATRE | 9/10/13
The modern tale of Washed Out's fame isn't an uncommon one: Musician makes bedroom tracks and nonchalantly posts them online, the blog world picks up on the idea, and the rest is music-festival-circuit history. But when Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) began creating his down-tempo, lo-fi synth brilliance within the confines of his parents' rural Georgia home a few years ago, it was just one of many musical incarnations he'd been working on. Greene braved the hype, producing a handful of EPs released in digital and limited-edition physical form before being signed to the famed Sub Pop label. Washed Out's first full-length bore an uncanny sonic resemblance to the work of friend and fellow chill waver Toro Y Moi, but with a glittering and slowed aesthetic all its own.
MONDAY | RA RA RIOT at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 9/9/13
Nothing about this Syracuse-based band is particularly riotous; in fact, it uses classical instrumentation in its songwriting. What's more, those instruments never seem like a fashionable affectation. When you hear Ra Ra Riot's winsome, gently affecting pop songs, you get the feeling that everyone in the band was in on the act of creation and that they spent time learning to play and write together and developed their style as a group instead of being in a hurry to impress anyone else.
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