The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend
FRI | NATHANIEL RATELIFF at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/29/13
From his recent stint making music backed by the Night Sweats, to the incredibly moving songs he's crafted on his own, to his cinematic work with Born in the Flood, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble -- his reputation precedes him. His work with the Night Sweats feels like a fresh and glorious reintroduction to a songwriter we all thought we knew. Rateliff has one of the most silken voices around. On these vintage-flavored, horn-bolstered soul songs, he sings with a fervent abandon that adds an unexpected but completely gratifying layer of depth and expressiveness.
SUN | CHANNEL 93.3'S NOT SO SILENT NIGHT at 1STBANK | 12/1/13
Grouplove was formed in 2009 when Hannah Hooper met Christian Zucconi. After getting together in New York, the two went on to do an artist residency in Crete. That's where they met their future bandmates, drummer Ryan Rabin (son of Yes's Trevor Rabin), guitarist Sean Gadd and bassist Andrew Wessen. Fast friends, the quintet recorded a self-titled EP in Rabin's Los Angeles studio, and it was an immediate hit with critics and fans. Grouplove's upbeat and atmospherically expansive melodies resonated at a time when fans of electronic pop music were looking to ditch the genre's self-referential narcissism for something with more emotional substance. Catch Grouplove at Channel 93.3's annual Not So Silent Night, with New Politics, Bastille, Saints of Valory and My Body Sings Electric.
SAT | MOWGLI'S at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/30/13
A quick listen to the Mowgli's latest effort, Waiting for the Dawn, might misplace them among '90s-era alternative rock circa 1997, when TRL seemed to have a strict no worrying policy. Maybe these peppy southern California Jungle Book-loving rockers didn't get the memo about the pity party that followed, but it's refreshing to hear crackling pop with a love conquers all aesthetic and a propulsive beat.
SAT | FLOSSTRADAMUS at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/30/13
It was only a matter of time before someone brought Dirty South beats into the world of EDM, and Flosstradamus has certainly set the precedent for what a good trap show is supposed to be like. It's like Flosstradamus slipped drum and bass tracks in a potent cup of lean. Trap music has been around for awhile, but in this new era acts like Flosstradamus are bringing chopped beats and bangin' kicks to the dance floor.