The seven best concerts in Denver this week
We hope your long weekend was as full of smoked meats and assorted outdoor activities as ours was. And now we're back and ready to talk about Denver concerts some more.
Myriam Santos Rickie Lee Jones plays the Oriental this Thursday.
Obviously the selections are a little lighter in this week's show round-up given that we lost a day. But there are still plenty of good options, including tUnE-yArDs touring in support of a delightfully strange new album, Rickie Lee Jones touring in support of a lifetime of unbelievably great songwriting and Colorado's greatest recent pop success story OneRepublic playing two nights at Red Rocks. Enjoy:
The Naked and Famous at Boulder Theater: Tuesday, May 27
The goofy name and Gossip Girl associations seem to have prevented this New Zealand synth-rock outfit from being taken seriously by American indie types. But onstage the Naked and Famous come as close as anyone in reproducing the sexy-aggro rush of late-period Nine Inch Nails; they're pretty, but they're also kind of reckless, too.
Blitzen Trapper at the Bluebird theater: Wednesday, May 28
Like Midlake, Cotton Jones and Sub Pop labelmates Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper was a key player a few years ago in the outpouring of poignant lo-fi rock influenced by '70s legends like CSNY, the Band and Neil Young. However, spearheaded by the quixotic lyrics and vocals of Eric Earley, Blitzen Trapper stands out among its more folk-rock-inclined peers by throwing prog rock into the mix.
Cher at the Pepsi Center: Wednesday, May 28
It is difficult to believe that when Cher first topped the charts, LBJ was in the White House and America was taking its first steps into the quagmire of Vietnam. She is one of an elite few in the annals of pop history who aptly deserves to be called a survivor. Her recent album, Closer to the Truth, reached the higher echelons of the Billboard charts, and she performs 49 dates across North America on her current tour. The recent deluge of pop diva darlings is mere perfumed farts in the wind compared to Cher. This lady was rocking it when Lady Gaga was a dystopian nightmare no one had thought of yet. She's won an Emmy, a Grammy, three Golden Globe Awards, and an Oscar and was the first woman to show her navel on national television.
OneRepublic at Red Rocks: Wednesday and Thursday
Ryan Tedder is arguably one of the most commercial successful musicians in Colorado. Aside from having a string of hits with his own band, OneRepublic, he's penned blockbusters for some heavyweights, and he made $2.5 million in 2013 on royalties alone. The lion's share of it came from songwriting credits on songs performed by Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, The Fray. He's performed at the White House, he's got a Grammy, he's toured the world, he's shared stages with U2 as well as work on the act's forthcoming album.