The nine best concerts in Denver from April 28 to May 1

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Dillinger Escape Plan plays at the Marquis Theater Tuesday night.
There's plenty going on in the friendly confines of Denver this week, but if you're looking for a field trip, we advise going to see Warpaint at Belly Up Aspen or Gogol Bordello in Boulder. Of course, you could also just see the latter at the Ogden later this week.

There are some great ones in town, though. Dillinger Escape Plan has just about the most thrilling live show going, and Childish Gambino brings his excellent new record to the Fillmore. Danny Brown plays in Fort Collins this week, but that show's so great we just decided to include it here anyway. The rest of our picks follow.


Ingrid Michaelson at the Ogden Theatre: Monday, April 28This New York singer-songwriter has become an inescapable presence on TV, with her songs becoming background music on numerous morning and late-night shows alongside her many appearances and the inescapability of the warm, sweet "The Way I Am" from 2006's Boys and Girls. Over the last eight years,
Michaelson released another four discs, including the brand new Lights Out, which features the single "Girls Chase Boys."


We Are Scientists at the Larimer Lounge: Monday, April 28
On We Are Scientists' major-label debut, 2005's With Love and Squalor, the Brooklyn-based dance-rock trio proved that you don't have to be British teenagers to conquer indie clubs and dance floors. In any other context, guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray's angst-filled and lovesick lyrics might seem emo, but dorky danceability, a snot-nosed punk edge and a knowing wink inject more than enough helium to lift the mood. Since then, the act released another three discs, including TV en Français , released in March on the Dine Alone imprint.


Danny Brown at the Aggie Theatre: Tuesday, April 29 One of hip-hop's most distinctive (read: shrill) voices, Danny Brown ascended to the upper echelon of indie hip-hop following the success of his 2011 album, XXX. With a strong dose of humor and a stronger dose of psychedelics, the record got love from critics and fans alike for its absolute freshness. XXX might share unambiguous drug references with more mainstream hustler raps, but that's where the similarity ends. Far from being a new face in the game, the Detroit native had paid dues with mixtapes and albums, including collaborations with Black Milk and G-Unit's Tony Yayo, since 2008.


The Dillinger Escape Plan at the Marquis Theater: Tuesday, April 29
The Dillinger Escape Plan came out of the hardcore scene of Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 1997. Former members of Arcane -- including Dillinger's remaining original member, guitarist Ben Weinman -- got together and wrote songs with a savagely mathematical precision, adding a more adventurous sonic spirit than what was generally heard in hardcore. After the release of its debut album, Calculating Infinity, in 1999, Dillinger caught the attention of Mike Patton, who brought the band on board for what would be Mr. Bungle's final tour. Despite the inexorable forward momentum and chaotic clangor of the music, there are multiple rhythms that separate and come together, giving Dillinger a sound of amplified outrage.


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