The best concerts in Denver this weekend
FRI & SAT | DEVOTCHKA at MERCURY CAFE | 2/14-2/15
DeVotchKa is for lovers. So is Valentine's Day. An absolutely ideal pairing, the two have been making beautiful music together for years, and the former is celebrating the latter with a three-day run, the second night of which is slated for tonight. What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with Nick Urata and company as they bring their sultry sounds to intimate confines of the Mercury Cafe.
SUN | DEAFHEAVEN at MARQUIS THEATER | 2/16/14
George Clarke and Kerry McCoy performed together in grindcore band Rise of Caligula before forming Deafheaven in early 2010. The band's 2010 demo was well-received by critics, and the duo became a five-piece in time for the writing and recording of 2011's Roads to Judah. At that time, the outfit's lineup included members of the more shoegaze-inclined Whirr, and Roads to Judah expanded the band's instinct for densely dynamic and downcast atmospheres and melodies. But Deafheaven didn't just stick to that aesthetic betwixt post-rock and transcendental metal; during the writing of material for its latest effort, the acclaimed 2013 album Sunbather, the group's lineup changed again, and the songwriting became brighter and more accessible, yet more experimental. Although its music is akin to that of Explosions in the Sky, Deafheaven is far more heavy and haunted.
FRI | DARK TRANQUILITY at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/14/14
When metal outsiders think of the massively influential Swedish death metal scene, Dark Tranquillity co-founder and vocalist Mikael Stanne is probably not be the type of person they'd expect. Stanne is not intimidating,abrasive or angry. Instead, he has a very positive attitude, which is difficult to reconcile with the stereotype of death metal as a violent genre of music. Stanne doesn't even have an attitude about being frontman in such a well-established band, and perhaps that's because he acts like he's been there. Dark Tranquility is currently touring in support of its latest effort, 2013's Construct.
FRI | ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA at OGDEN THEATRE | 2/14/14
Dweezil Zappa is on a mission, and it's a pretty personal one. Since 2006, the son of the late guitarist/composer/bandleader Frank Zappa has toured the world, playing his father's music in an effort to attract and educate a new generation of listeners. In leading the Zappa Plays Zappa project, Dweezil Zappa has covered songs from all phases of his father's nearly forty-year career. He's delved deeply into a catalogue that numbered more than sixty official albums at the time of Frank Zappa's death in 1993.