The six best shows in Denver from May 12 to May 15

Categories: Concerts

Shervin Lainez
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays Larimer Lounge on Tuesday.
Now that our bonus day of winter has ended, the week's show schedule awaits. There are some good ones, including the debut of Ark Life at Greater Than Collective's Social Club at Lannie's this Tuesday. It's also the band's first show since announcing a partnership with the local label. Elsewhere, Paganfest returns to Summit Music Hall and noisy pop master the Pains of Being Pure at Heart play Larimer Lounge. The rest of our picks follow.

Greater Than Social Club at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret: Tuesday, May 13 The sassy and cheap music-and-comedy platform Greater Than Social Club, sponsored by Illegal Pete's and others, has made a smooth move to a new second-Tuesday schedule at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret with a new host, local favorite Kristin Rand. What else is new? The price -- which was sawed in half to $5 -- as well as the perks, which now include collectible pinback buttons celebrating each month's entertainers, handed out at the door and with drink purchases.

How much fun can you handle? Tonight's event features music by Ark Life and an album-release spot by Kyle James Hauser; on the comedy end, Mara Wiles and Denver expat Ben Kronberg will be on stage making funny and burning down the house.

Nickel Creek at 1STBANK Center: Tuesday, May 13 Chris Thile and siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, collectively known as Nickel Creek, have been widely embraced by the bluegrass and acoustic-music communities, even though their music makes a habit of stretching or ignoring genre boundaries. The trio, which has been on a hiatus since 2007, headlines the 1STBANK Center in support of its brand new album, A Dotted Line.

Hellogoodbye at the Marquis Theater: Tuesday, May 13Though palatable pop outfit Hellogoodbye rose to fame at the height of MySpace's social-media reign, the band has somehow managed to outlive the days of bulletins and scene-kid swoop haircuts. Fronted by Forrest Kline (also the only consistent member), the group that penned the 2006 platinum single "Here (In Your Arms)" transitioned from message-style lyrics and heavily Auto-Tuned vocals (2004's "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn" features an AIM sent-message sound effect that now feels about as modern as dial-up tones) to cutesy folk-pop songs on 2012's Would It Kill You? Last year's Everything Is Debatable takes the band even further from its roots, incorporating Passion Pit-style danceable synths and sweeping vocal choruses that seem engineered to sound-track Target commercials. But underneath the marketable, trend-riding sheen, you'll find what Hellogoodbye has always been best at: super-catchy love songs sung in Kline's smooth, totally edge-less sensitive-boy lilt. And while there may not be much relevance left for a site like MySpace, there's always a place in the world for saccharine tunes designed to make preteens swoon.

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