Stevie Wonder, the Disco Biscuits, the Decemberists Shows Announced

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Eric Gruneisen
The Disco Biscuits return to the Ogden in April.
Stevie Wonder brings his Song of Life Performance tour to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, March 17. Tickets ($39.50-$149.50) for the show, which is a live adaptation of his Songs in the Key of Life album, go on sale on Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m.

The Disco Biscuits return to the area for three nights at the Ogden Theatre on Wednesday, April 15, Thursday, April 16, and Saturday April 18 and also headline Red Rocks on Friday, April 17. The Red Rocks show will feature Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Tickets for the shows ($44.75/four-day packages $142.40) go on sale on Saturday, January 24 at 10 a.m.

The Decemberists and Spoon co-headline Red Rocks on Wednesday, May 27, and tickets ($39.50-$49.95) go on sale on Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m.


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Instant Empire is Previewing a New Album Recorded With Jon Low and John Vanderslice

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Katy DeJong
Instant Empire
On Saturday, January 17 at Larimer Lounge, Instant Empire will be performing some of the unreleased material from its forthcoming debut full-length, Lamplight Lost, due for release this Spring. Sharing the stage with the Royal and Montoneros, the "aggressive indie rock" outfit will end the night on unique interpretation of a song. "There might be some David Byrne involved," says bassist Aaron Stone. Is it some Talking Heads, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne solo or St. Vincent or something even more obscure? You'll have to go and find out, but in Instant Empire's able hands it'll certainly be worth checking out.

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Former Hi-Dive Doorman Aaron Mersmann Returns as the Bassist for Varma Cross

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Varma Cross
Varma Cross from Lawrence, Kansas is playing Friday, January 16th, at Carioca Café with Joy Subtraction and Hooper and on Saturday, January 17 at The Oriental Theatre with Photo Atlas and Holy Fear. Though the guys in Varma Cross are Kansas natives, the shows will be a homecoming for bass player Aaron Mersmann, who spent five and a half years in Denver immersed in the local music and art scene even though he never actually played in a band while living in Denver. He had been a member of legendary Lawrence bands like Jumbo's Killcrane and Panel Donor and had done tour managing with Appleseed Cast and the Anniversary. While in Denver, the affable Mersmann made strong connections, in part thanks to a job manning the door at the hi-dive.

See also: Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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Zola Jesus Gave a Short, Physical and Powerful Performance in Denver

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Bree Davies
Zola Jesus played just long enough in Denver.
The show was exactly an hour in length -- it may not have been intentional, but Nika Rosa Danilova snuck onto the stage at the Bluebird Theater last night at 9:15 p.m. sharp and tumbled her way off at exactly 10:15 p.m. It felt short, but it was enough -- Danilova's Zola Jesus project is the perfect exercise in operatic darkness-meets-R&B, but one too many songs began to sound the same. The sameness wasn't a detriment at all; Danilova's voice is a wonder, and being able to watch it come out of her as she exercised ritualistic movements with her arms was plenty engaging.

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Tweedy, Foxygen, Scott Weiland Shows Announced

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Piper Ferguson
Tweedy and son come to Denver in March.
Tweedy, which features Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, headline the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Saturday, March 28 in support of their debut, Sukierae, which was released last September on Wilco's dBpm imprint. The first part of the show includes songs from the new album and Tweedy will perform solo acoustic songs from Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. The Minus 5 open. Tickets ($39.95-$59.95) go on sale on Friday, January 16 at 10 a.m.

Foxygen will be at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, March 31, and tickets ($15) are on sale now.

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland brings his band The Wildabouts bring their Master Blaster tour to Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom on Tuesday, February 24. Tickets ($25/meet and greet package $150) are on sale now.

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The Ten Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

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Chip Kalback
Swallow Hill will host a tribute to Paul Simon on Sunday.
After a slow week following the New Year's Eve festivities, this weekend brings a solid slate of shows to Denver. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight, and you've got two chances to see the legendary Rosanne Cash. The rest of our picks follow!

See also: Ten People Who Belong in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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Musicians Have Until Sunday to Apply for the Music Festival FoCoMX

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Carlton Pride and Mighty Zion perform in at Foco MX last year.
FoCoMX, a massive annual music festival in Fort Collins, will stop accepting applications for bands hoping to play the 2015 event on Sunday, January 11. The festival takes place over two days in April.

The 2014 festival brought out some 130 bands, including The Yawpers, Wiredogs, Wendy Woo band, The Patti Fiasco, Sarah and The Meanies, Ark Life and more. The 2015 event is the 7th annual FoCoMX.

See also: FoCoMX Proved Fort Collins's Potential As A Music Hub

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Infected Mushroom, Karl Denson, Riff Raff Shows Announced

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Riff Raff returns to Denver
Infected Mushroom brings its new Animatronica stage production to the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, April 11. General admission tickets($28) go on sale on Friday, January 9 10 a.m. and there are limited number of early bird tickets available this weekend for $20.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe returns to the Boulder Theater on Saturday, February 28, but this time around he's bringing the great pedal steel player Roosevelt Collier. Tickets ($22.50) are on sale now.

Riff Raff will be the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, February, 11, and tickets ($25) are on sale now.

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Meet the Denver Company Behind Decadence's Igloo Silent Disco

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Scott Lentz
In the midst of three DJ stages filling the Denver Convention Center with massive sounds at Decadence over the New Year's holiday was a blow up white igloo. It was frequently packed with dancing fans and DJs, but there was no sound coming from it.

The EDM.com Silent Disco felt as intimate as being at a small club. The sets were broadcast through radio waves into fans' headphones, which were provided by Sound Down, a Denver based Silent Disco company.

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club Rang in 2015 With a Gothic Sermon

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Adam Roy
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In a New Year's concert filled with country-gothic murder ballads and tent-revival doomsday sermons, Slim Cessna's Auto Club singer Munly Munly put on the creepiest performance of the night. Duded up in all black, Munly played the slightly unhinged sidekick to Slim Cessna's country preacher on Wednesday, stalking around the stage at the Summit Music Hall and growling his verses like a warning to the audience. As the band played "Jesus Is In My Body, And My Body Has Let Me Down," he crouched down and sang directly to the band leader, proclaiming "His anger it be a-rising, slaking out wise mens' stars," as Cessna sat and nodded along.

See also: Munly Talks Slim Cessna's Auto Club's New Album and Seeing Billy Bragg for the First Time

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