The best shows in Denver this weekend
SAT | ARTOPIA at SOCO CLUBS | 2/22/14
Artopia is always a blast, and this year's lineup includes a cornucopia of producers and bands handpicked from the local scene, including Shady Elders, Confluence, FaceMan, Colfax Speed Queen, the Outfit, the Royal, Pruitt, Mikey Thunder, Decadon, Lotus Drops, Pan Astral and much more. It's basically, a showcase of local talent that is making big moves. Oh, and did we mention there is a ton of food and art? You don't want to miss this.
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 came together over 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 it makes is actually based in R&B and soul, using modern production sensibilities and techniques more often associated with hip-hop.
SAT | THE LAWRENCE ARMS at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/22/14
The Lawrence Arms started in 1999 when former members of the Broadways, Brendan Kelly and Chris McCaughan, decided to do a more melodic punk band focused on often startlingly detailed and personal but emotionally vibrant music that didn't wax into the melodramatic mode of turn of the century emo. The band's earliest releases came out on respected indie label Asian Man Records, but it was 2002's Apathy and Exhaustion that propelled the group into a higher echelon of the public consciousness. Famously kicked off the Warped Tour in 2004 for making remarks critical of the festival from stage, the Lawrence Arms continued to make poignant, melodic punk records informed by a sharp sense of humor.
FRI | JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14
Blues lead man JJ Grey headlines an all-star night at the Fillmore, and it's sure to be a bluesy, rocking showdown. With a southern-tinged flavor that adds extra authenticity, JJ Grey commands attention with his big voice singing songs about cheating hearts with the usual blues fare. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers bring their own brand of soul-filled blues to the stage, as looping singer/songwriter Keller Williams rounds out the bill.