The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend
SUNDAY | COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13
Colorado Rising is a fitting name for this benefit show. Aside from its obvious meaning, the title could also describe the homegrown acts on the bill, each of which has helped raise the profile of music being made in our state considerably. While many of these bands (the Fray, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, members of the Lumineers, DeVotchKa and Nathaniel Rateliff) have shared bills before, this is the first time that all of them are scheduled to perform on the same stage on the same night. Perennial Colorado favorite Dave Matthews is also on the lineup for this concert, which is being co-promoted by AEG and Live Nation, with all proceeds going directly to benefit flood victims.
SATURDAY | WALK THE MOON at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/26/13
Walk the Moon, a Cincinnati-based outfit founded in 2008 by a pair of friends while they were still in college, released its debut, i want! i want!, in 2010. With a propulsive rhythm and pace shrouded by hazy melodies and Nicholas Petricca's expressive vocals, the act's music resembles the synth-pop of bands like Passion Pit without the R&B elements, or MGMT without the psychedelic flourishes and grit. "Anna Sun," which appeared in commercials and the television series The Vampire Diaries, became a left-field hit -- and while the group's self-titled 2012 release includes some earlier songs, this year's Tightrope EP proves that Walk the Moon's early promise was far from a fluke.
SATURDAY | TAME IMPALA at BOULDER THEATER | 10/26/13
This band from Perth, Australia, started life as the Dee Dee Dums before lineup changes and an evolving sound resulted in a change of name in 2007. These guys always get called "psychedelic," and that's fitting enough -- if by that word you mean music that stretches out conventional song structures and warps melodies in interesting ways. Even a cursory listen to 2010's Innerspeaker reveals a group that's clearly influenced by the perfect harmonies of the Beatles and '60s garage psych, with a backbone of strong songwriting. But Tame Impala didn't stop where a lot of modern bands seem to, and its music enters that same uplifting, dreamlike space occupied by acts such as Black Moth Super Rainbow and prog weirdos like Super Furry Animals. Tame Impala is also at the Ogden Theatre on Sunday, October 27.
SUNDAY | BIG K.R.I.T. at CERVANTES | 10/27/13
Big K.R.I.T. has been making music since 2005, but the mixtape that brought him to a wide audience was 2010's K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The self-produced tape overflows with old-school soul, wisdom and the finest rapping to come out of Mississippi since...well, ever. But instead of immediately capitalizing on his newfound heat with a studio album, which he certainly could have done, K.R.I.T. kept putting out dope mixtape after dope mixtape. By the time he finally did release his studio debut, Live From the Underground, he'd already put out so much great music that the album sounded no better (and maybe even a little worse) than its predecessors. To K.R.I.T.'s credit, the album's not bad at all; it's just that the mixtapes are really, really good.