The best concerts in Denver this weekend
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.
SAT | THE MOTET at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/25/14
The Motet is ubiquitous in the state of Colorado, with a show at the Fillmore being extra special because it's also the band's new album release party. While Motet shows that cover other bands are fun, the outfit's real talent lies in the original funk it creates and the psychedelic improvisations. The night will be jam packed with new material sure to have the dance floor bumping and bringing something different and new to its hardcore fan base.
SUN | EYEHATEGOD at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 1/26/14
Eyehategod was formed in New Orleans in the late '80s by guitarist Jimmy Bower and original drummer Joey LaCaze. Though the group is often lumped in with sludge-metal acts, its earliest efforts clearly had one foot in punk, with singer Mike Williams's forceful, seemingly unhinged vocals matching the music's dynamics in waves of emotional outbursts. Openly drawing inspiration from the Melvins and Saint Vitus, Eyehategod also had a bit of raucous Flipper sensibility, as evidenced during the recording of the band's third album, Dopesick, when Williams reportedly bled all over the studio after cutting himself on glass he'd smashed for sound effects. Despite the band's history of setbacks and splits, Eyehategod's shows remain a powerful live experience.
SUN | TRACTORBEAM at FOX THEATRE | 1/26/14
If three shows of the Disco Biscuits (two at the Odgen Theatre and one at the 1STBANK Center) wasn't enough, the group will play a rare instrumental show under the name Tractorbeam at the Fox Theatre the day after the Biscuits three-night run. Word has it that these Tractorbeam sets were conceived as a different concert experience -- more like a DJ set than a traditional rock show.