The best concerts in Denver this weekend
FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14
If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virginia in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded the outfit, thanks in part to the struggles its frontman (and sole core member) Bobby Liebling has faced over the years. Thankfully, "last days" is merely the title of the film focusing on the band. Pentagram, which has existed for decades in various forms on the fringes of obscurity, beloved by pretty much any metal fan who's come across its music, is still a going concern.
FRI | THE PHARCYDE at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 2/28/14
The Pharcyde is made up of a bunch of weirdos. The act's jokes are off-kilter, the observations are surreal, not to mention Bootie Brown's cartoonishly high rapping voice. At its best, the group has a chemistry that transforms four odd pieces into a cyclone of dynamic whimsey. Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is and has always been an underappreciated West Coast classic with more replay value than you can shake a stick at, but 1992 was a long time ago. Considering the troubled past of this outfit, it will be interesting to see if they show up to Denver in full force. If so, the show will be one that rap fans do not want to miss.
SAT | RUSSIAN CIRCLES at GOTHIC THEATRE | 3/1/14
The music of Russian Circles goes down like high-quality hard liquor: The filtered precision of the act's progressive instrumental metal floods the sensory system with intensity, making the listener more elated. Russian Circles may appeal more to a metal-music buff than a casual listener, but you don't have to be a genius to understand what these smart rockers are doing. As instrumental metal continues to grow stronger, so will this Chicago trio.
FRI | DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/28/14
As one of the top acts from the bustling New Orleans scene, Dirty Dozen Brass Band throws down hard. The act's Dixieland brass-heavy jazz sound is infectiously joyful, with each horn player getting to shine on his own and as part of the collective. Opener Pimps of Joytime are also steeped in New Orleans influences, which gives its funk sound an extra sense of urgency and celebration.