The best concerts to see in Denver this week

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Steve Conry

Last year's Big Gigantic date at Red Rocks was the best EDM shows of the year in this state, and that speaks volumes, given how many stellar acts there were to choose from. The feeling of hometown pride, in both the band and the crowd, was simply unmistakable as Big G went into "Colorado Mountain High" and a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks. The crowd went bananas, and the duo ended up delivering its best set ever. Needless to say, this year's return of Rowdytown (which is being preceded by a show at the Fillmore the night before) is highly anticipated.

See also: Visit our Denver concert calendar for all this week's shows

FRI & SAT | SIDEWINDER, CRASH 45 | 9/27-9/28
In 2011, former Backbeat scribe (and former Foxy Digitalis contributor and current stringer for Decoder) Crawford Philleo founded the Goldrush Music Festival with his friends Jake Martin and Ryan Pjesky, aiming to highlight some of the most interesting underground music of the day. The following year, Philleo more or less booked the festival himself, and it included such noteworthy experimental musicians as Ttotals, Barn Owl and Panabrite. For this year's edition, Goldrush is bringing in an equally impressive selection of artists who are well outside the mainstream but respected by fans of creatively daring music. Noveller, Rene Hell, Scammers, MV&EE and Caddywhompus all bring completely different flavors to the festival (and to Colorado). In terms of local talent, Hideous Men makes a rare return appearance alongside Accordion Crimes, Paw Paw and many others.

Since 2008, Wavves has embodied both the excesses and the virtues of the current wave of garage/surf rock that has been plaguing -- or gracing, depending on your perspective -- stages across America and beyond. You can depend on Wavves, led by Nathan Williams, to either provide a solid performance or deliver something so off the cuff that you'll never fully forget it. The band has also released some surprisingly fine records, including 2011's King of the Beach, which received a great deal of critical acclaim, and its most recent effort, Afraid of Heights. The latter finds the band clearly coming into its own as artists with a batch of well-crafted, expertly nuanced songs that haven't yet lost the frayed edges that have become key to the group's appeal.

Based on its reputation in its home town of L.A., FIDLAR could just as well be named FUBAR -- though that would probably be a more apt description of the carnage left behind in its wake. Apparently these dudes are hell on wheels and just completely get everybody super-riled and then utterly fuck shit up every time they play. But then, would you expect anything less from a pair of brothers whose dad played in T.S.O.L.? As for the music, FIDLAR (which purportedly stands for "Fuck it, dawg. Life's a risk") plays a sloppy yet potent blend of primitive garage punk that you've heard at least a million times before but that rarely gets old when done well. And these cats do it well, which is probably what convinced Mom + Pop Music to pick them up.

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