The nine best concerts in Denver from April 7 to 10
The shows continue, as always. Peelander-Z, which does crowd participation better than anyone on the planet, is in town on Wednesday. You have a chance to check out good-time local Pizza Time tonight at Larmier Lounge, or you can head to Boulder for Kate Nash.
Mike Brooks for the Dallas Observer. More photos here. Peelander-Z plays the Marquis Theater on Wedensday
It's OK if you're staying in tonight. It's Monday. It was a busy weekend. There are plenty of shows to be had later in the week. Here are our picks.
Kneebody at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge: Monday, April 7
Kneebody has had many labels thrown at it, but none seem to fit. Just the same, the members of the transcontinental quintet (saxophonist Ben Wendel, keyboardist Adam Benjamin, drummer Nate Wood and Denver natives, trumpeter Shane Endsley and bassist Kaveh Rastegar) haven't exactly gone out of their way to make it easy for folks to pin down their shapeshifting sound, which is rooted in jazz, funk and rock.
Kate Nash at the Fox Theatre: Monday, April 7
Back in 2007, Nash found fans outside of her native London with "Foundations," a track whose punchy keys and attitude-drenched vocals invoked Amy Winehouse and preceded Florence & the Machines. With a second album that channels both Diana Ross and Kathleen Hannah, the singer has slowly but surely help create a niche that takes hints from both pop and punk, and gives the audience much to both hairbrush-sing and fist-pump about.
Pizza Time at Larimer Lounge: Monday, April 7
David Castillo started Pizza Time, which will play the Larimer Lounge on Monday, April 7, to showcase songs he'd already been writing and performing as a solo act. When he brought in backing musicians, the project took on a buoyant and youthful vitality that recalled the late Jay Reatard. The songs themselves capture a charmingly naive wistfulness, which contrasts with the raw energy of the performance. In 2013, Castillo started writing more sonically ambitious songs, drawing a bit from the Jesus and Mary Chain and, perhaps unconsciously, from Black Tambourine. The newer Pizza Time songs, many of them in Spanish, are tenderly expressive and genuinely moving. The recently released U Wanna Pizza Me? reveals a fascinating new direction for the band, which now includes synth-pop keys. Castillo's work could never be dubbed merely garage rock.
Bombino at Larimer Lounge: Tuesday, April 8
Americans have plenty of Tuareg desert blues to chose from these days. That sounds really weird, even in an age where we've grown accustomed to digital abundance glutting our most niche musical tastes. But following in the wake of northern Mali's guitar-wielding rebels Tinariwen, the music of the Sahara's ethnic Berber nomads has become the biggest world music trend of the past decade. Even so, Omara Moctar stands out. The 34-year-old Niger-born guitarist, who performs under the single name Bombino, received an imprimatur from the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced his latest, most focused, and best-recorded album, Nomad, in Nashville. The raw edges of Saharan music are smoothed but not slickened; brittle tones are softened but their arid essence is preserved. He plays prettily, but he gets loud. Bombino clearly wants to lead a Tuareg rock band.
Okkervil River at Bluebird Theater: Tuesday, April 8
Okkervil River makes happy music for sad people. The act's lo-fi indie rock is alternately cheerless and hilarious, fragile and burly, beautiful and dissonant. With largely acoustic instrumentation, touches of Americana and a notebook full of reflections on love, loss and longing, primary Okkervil auteur Will Sheff crafts the kind of beautiful, unassuming pop masterpieces we've come to expect from the indie heartland.