The nine best 4/20 shows in Denver

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John Gilhooley for OC Weekly. Slideshow
Why yes, Snoop Dogg does travel with a dog mascot who smokes a cartoon-sized blunt.
Colorado has been under the microscope of international media since legalizing recreational marijuana. With that recognition comes the influx of tourism; people flocking to the mile high state to try out some of the tastiest ganja the world has ever seen. But, it also means our celebration on April 20 will be the biggest and best in the country. We picked the ten best shows in the Denver/Boulder area so you can prepare your weekend festivities accordingly.

Please note the new regulations regarding medical and recreational marijuana. It is against the law to smoke inside establishments, within public view, or generally anywhere there is live music open to the general public. We do not condone breaking the law, but we may or may not have done some informal field research and found it may or may not be possible that you can sneak a toke or two at some of these venues.

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The seven best concerts in Denver from March 14 to March 17

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Timothy Saccenti
Phantogram plays the Ogden on Tuesday.
There are some great shows this week. That new Phantogram record is excellent, and Shakey Graves is the Real Deal by most any definition. But let's not kid ourselves. The main event this week is Sunday. Why Sunday? I can't figure it out. Easter, I think. Must be Easter.

A few more of this week's highlights follow.

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The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

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Beats Antique plays Friday at the Fillmore.
Some stuff happens next weekend. We feel like you probably know.

And Denver seems to be laying somewhat low this weekend. Still, there are plenty of shows to for you, including Communikey's seventh installment and the spectacle of Beats Antique at the Fillmore. But wait! There's more. Such as:

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The nine best concerts in Denver from April 7 to 10

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Mike Brooks for the Dallas Observer. More photos here.
Peelander-Z plays the Marquis Theater on Wedensday
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.

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.

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The nine best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
Warpaint plays SnowBall Music Festival this weekend.
Hoo, boy, it's SnowBall weekend, here in Denver for the first time in the festival's young history. The dance-heavy lineup features reliable names like Pretty Lights and Griz as well as some curveballs, like Earl Sweatshirt and Warpaint.

There's more: In the Whale will spend two nights celebrating its new album at the hi-dive with Austin prodigy Residual Kid. And you can wind down your weekend with the great Brad Mehldau Trio in Boulder. The rest of our picks follow.

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Denver's best dubstep shows in the past seven years, according to Sub.mission

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Britt Chester
Mala swapping records at Sub.mission's 5 year anniversary
Sub.mission dubstep is arguably the most influential music authority in Denver. Consistently winning Westword's Best Of Denver awards for various shows and events, Sub.mission has been bringing the underground dubstep sounds to Denver for seven years. Thanks to founder Nicole Cacciavillano, and a crew of street teamers, resident DJs, loyal fans, and other creative types (graphic designers, photographers, video crews, etc.) the seven year anniversary will feature dubstep pioneers Mala, Goth Trad, Commodo, Khan, and Gantz -- some familiar faces from past anniversaries and Sub.mission shows. We asked the Sub.mission crew to reflect on its favorite shows over the years, and they are spread all over. Here is what they said:

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The nine best concerts in Denver from March 31 to April 3

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The Coathangers open for The Black Lips on April 2 at the Bluebird.
Maybe you saw Neutral Milk Hotel last night in Boulder; if not you have another shot at it tonight in Denver. If the line "putting fingers in the notches of her spine" sends ice through your veins as consistently as it does ours, we can strongly recommend finding your way there. The band's great these days, even if some of the mystique has faded.

But there's plenty more, if historical fiction indie ain't your bag. There are The Coathangers, these days having more fun that their historically fun-loving headliners, The Black Lips. There's K. Flay at The Black Sheep, and Araab Muzik at Vinyl. Fastest fingers in the West. The rest of our picks follow.

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The 9 best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Gary Isaacs
Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays tonight at the Bluebird
It is Texas time in Denver. All we'd need is the Geto Boys and Gary Clark Jr. to hit the spectrum of Lone Star exports: St. Vincent brings her shock of white hair to town tomorrow, the Toadies' Rubberneck victory lap hits Englewood and songwriting genius Joy Ely makes the Soiled Dove the perfect place to end up Sunday night.

There's more: the always worthwhile Slim Cessna's Auto Club, roots hero Charlie Parr and even another Texan. Learn all about 'em.

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The 8 best concerts in Denver from March 24 to March 27

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Schoolboy Q plays the Ogden on Thursday. Photo by Renata Raksha
Novelty had its moment in hip-hop; vision had its moment; abstraction had its moment. But thanks in no small part to Top Dawg Entertainment and its star, Kendrick Lamar, good old fashioned high-quality rapping is once again the standard of the day. And now, K.Dot's longtime running mate Schoolboy Q has a full-length equal to the challenge of the crew's history. Go see him on Thursday and try to remember why in the hell you bought Tha Carter III in the first place. There are other shows, too. Here, check 'em out:

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The 9 best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Timothy Norris for LA Weekly. Full review.
Lorde and Robin Thicke are playing the Fillmore this weekend. Oh! Not together. No, it's a Saturday/Sunday situation. But do you know who would make one exceedingly odd twerking couple? Those two.

Elsewhere, the great Tower of Power hits our neighbor to the south, D.R.I. will be yelling at Englewood and people will play dance music while other people dance to it. It is, as always, a wonderful weekend to live in Denver.

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