The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

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Britt Chester

FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13
The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year as a group. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has figured out how to evolve its music and have a lot of fun doing it. BoomBox and Break Science share this bill.

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

SAT | EAGLES at PEPSI CENTER | 10/5/13
Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), a collection of the Eagles' biggest hits from that era, has been certified 29x platinum. That means the Southern California group has sold more copies of that record than Zeppelin, Floyd or AC/DC did with Led Zeppelin IV , The Wall or Back in Black, respectively. Yet by most, if not all, accounts, it's infinitely cooler to profess to being a fan of those bands than of the Eagles. What's with the incongruity? Put it this way: There are a lot more closeted fans of this act than you'd think; people evidently consider the music a guilty pleasure. Stigma aside, though, there's a reason the band has achieved its status: Eagles songs are timeless, anchored by sturdy melodies and sheathed in sublime harmonies. As for getting anyone to readily admit to that, well, good luck. Might as well wait for hell to...ahem, never mind.

SUN | GUITAR WOLF at MARQUIS THEATER | 10/6/13
Founded in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in 1987, Guitar Wolf puts on one of the most wild shows around. Inspired in part by guitarist Seiji's encounter with "Rumble," the Link Wray classic, the band crafted a sound that combines bits of old time rock and roll with punk, garage rock and noise. The outfit, which endured the tragic death of bassist Hideaki Sekiguchi (aka Bass Wolf), who died of a heart attack in 2005, is currently touring in support of its latest record, Beast Vibrator.

See also: Guitar Wolf on his love of noisy music

FRI | SISTER CRAYON at LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/4/13
Sister Crayon got its start in Sacramento, California, in 2010 when Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez met and bonded over '90s-era hip-hop. The pair teamed up with various bandmates in the past few years and produced music that sounded like the perfect fusion of soul and trip hop -- a darkly inflected, emotionally stirring soundscape. Currently a three-piece and based in Oakland, Sister Crayon made its recorded debut in 2011 with Bellow, and the album reflected the band's early organic sound elements and its increasing obsession with electronic beats. With the release of this year's Cynic EP, the group has expanded its sound while retaining a certain rawness of honestly articulated emotions, revealing a real and personal strength in being vulnerable. A outstanding bill, tonight's show also features Blue Sky Black Death and Denver's own BLKHRTS.

See also: Sister Crayon prefers to color in darker shades

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