The best concerts in Denver this week
TUES | MANOWAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 2/18/14
Manowar is powered by lyrics crowned in fantasy-flamed swords, armor, and everything having to do with metal warfare clashing into Norse mythology. Eric Adams's powerful vocals are steeped in wordy wizardry that really drives home the aggressive themes. "Man o' War" was a heavy firepower warship used from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth, and just like the warship, Manowar is bringing its own massive armory to the Mile High City to explode eardrums.
MON | MAN MAN at FOX THEATRE | 2/17/14
Since the band's inception in 2003, the music produced by Philadelphia-based foursome Man Man has defied easy categorization; if anything, it suggests that the bandmembers have listened to a whole lot of Captain Beefheart. The act's album titles, often seemingly surrealistic, make interesting and creative cultural references. The title of Man Man's 2004 debut, The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face, for instance, is a nod to Nostradamus's description of the modern-day Antichrist, while 2006's Six Demon Bag is an allusion to the film Big Trouble In Little China and its focus on Chinese mythology. (Man Man is also due at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, February 18.)
FRI | SUPERHUMANOIDS at OGDEN THEATRE | 2/21/14
Superhumanoids formed in Los Angeles in 2009 when friends and multi-instrumentalists Cameron Parkins, Sarah Chernoff and Max St. John convened based partly on a mutual interest in R&B and '80s pop music. Though much has been made of the group's connection to the first wave of synth pop, the music the group actually makes synthesizes that era's footing in R&B and soul, with modern production sensibilities and techniques that one more often associates with hip-hop. Within a year of forming, the trio released its debut EP, Urgency, with the Parasite Paradise EP following in 2011. The outfit then spent some time honing its sound in developing the material for 2013's Exhibitionists. Though possessing the gentle, shimmering dreamlike quality of yesteryear's electronic pop music, Superhumanoids' sound has the energy and urgency of present tense.
FRI | JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14
Blues lead man JJ Grey headlines an all-star gathering at the Fillmore, and it's sure to be a bluesy, rocking showdown. With a Southern-tinged flavor that adds extra authenticity, Grey commands attention with his big voice, singing songs about cheating hearts and the usual blues fare. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers bring their own brand of soul-filled blues to the stage, and looping singer-songwriter Keller Williams rounds out the bill.