The best concerts to see in Denver this week
TUES | POLICA at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/26/13
Polica, which hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, features former Roma di Luna vocalist Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson of Gayngs fame, a pair of drummers, Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson and bassist Chris Bierden. Formed in the summer of 2011, the act came together rather quickly and garnered enormous praise right out of the gate first with its full-length debut Give You the Ghost. With a fiercely seductive electro sound kindred to acts like Purity Ring, JJ and the xx, Polica, and particularly the vocals of Leaneagh, is patently irresistible.
THURS | PORTER ROBINSON at BETA | 11/28/13
Electronic dance music is charging forward with an unbridled force, and Porter Robinson, who recently signed with the Astralwerks label, is at the front of the pack. Still riding on the monumental success of 2011's Spitfire and the chart-topping single "Language," which was released last year, Robinson is about to put out an album that could usher in the next phase of dance music, offering something that's evolved beyond the status quo. In the past, Robinson has leaned strongly toward the melodic side of dance music and away from the grinding bass, so it's a safe bet that his new sounds will steer the genre in the direction of beautifully composed tracks.
WEDS | RUSKO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/27/13
Born in Leeds, England, as Christopher Mercer, Rusko has become one of the most sought-after dubstep producers in recent years. He inherited a love of music from his mother, a folk and country singer who performed in a band called Ventura Highway. She stopped being an active musician when he was still an infant, but being around guitars his entire life left a mark on Rusko, who learned how to play at a young age and who used two small tape recorders to record songs, radio shows and other sounds to fuel his creativity. Rusko later attended the Leeds College of Music, and that's when he focused his efforts on beat-making. Catch Rusko this time around with Roni Size and Dynamite MC.
MON | BLACK JOE LEWIS at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/25/13
Black Joe Lewis has earned comparisons to everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Muddy Waters, and the 2011 release Scandalous offers clear ties to roots cues based in traditional Chicago blues, gritty R&B and even vintage gospel. For his part, Lewis shies from such comparisons. The guitarist, who built up his chops playing in dive bars and clubs, insists he only plays what feels natural to him and hesitates to delve into any deep connection to the music of the past. (Read our full Q&A with Black Joe Lewis)