The best concerts in Denver this week
WEDS | JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at PEPSI CENTER | 1/22/14
Last year was a busy one for Justin Timberlake. For starters, the pop god released The 20/20 Experience, his first album in seven years, and despite its profusion of six-minute-plus songs and baroque flourishes, the album was a huge hit -- "Suit & Tie" even topped the Billboard charts. He then released a second album, which unfortunately sounded like a collection of B-sides best left on the cutting-room floor. His reputation remains untarnished, just the same. Timberlake guested on Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail, and then the hip-hop icon returned the favor. JT also co-starred in the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, and lately he's appeared on Saturday Night Live often enough to make you wonder how he has time to make music. To say the man hustles is an understatement. This week the *N Sync alum descends upon Denver to remind us that at least one good thing came out of the boy-band era.
DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25
Jamtronica pioneers the Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists: They invert portions of jams into each other, surprising audience members again and again while shining a mega-ton of lasers in their faces for an overstimulation extravaganza. The Biscuits will take over the Ogden for two nights, then expand for a big finale on Saturday night at 1STBANK Center. The Philly band always shows Colorado lots of love, even when its touring schedule winds down to allow for work on other projects.
FRI | MURS at GOTHIC THEATRE | 1/24/14
A prolific artist and collaborator, rapper spent a dozen years grinding before scoring a major label deal for 2008's Murs for President. Since then, he's released nearly half a dozen albums, and the flurry of activity is typical of Murs (born Nick Carter), who's always been a hard worker, inspired in part by his single mother. Throughout his career, Murs has proved equally capable of grim street-level reality and heady consciousness -- without resorting to the often preachy elements of "conscious hip-hop." Often, he'll rhapsodize about the banal, like hanging on the porch with homies smoking weed, and like a chameleon, he'll adapt to any situation. He partially credits a nomadic childhood that never found him in the same place for more than a few years at a time. (Murs is also due at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, January 22.)
THURS | LADY ANTEBELLUM at PEPSI CENTER | 1/23/14
Lady Antebellum's star has risen in an unparalleled way over the last half-decade; conquering both the country and pop-music worlds, the trio's three records have garnered Grammy, Billboard and CMA nominations and awards along the way. All three members -- Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott -- pen and contribute vocally to the group's glossy pop-country sound. Lady Antebellum channels Fleetwood Mac with genre-crossing hits like 2010's "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss" while still carrying a sound as uniquely Southern as the architectural style the band was named after.