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Monday, April 2, 2012

Front Range - Recommended shows, 4/2

Dreams, beats, or jams, this week offers some great concert choices.

5 April (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Explosions in the Sky


Explosions in the Sky's richly evocative music is a sonic treat. Their instrumentals follow a carefully architected flow with a strong narrative sense. Where some post rock bands take a somewhat intellectual approach, Explosions in the Sky digs deeper and creates an instinctive emotional response. Rather than just nodding with the beat, their music makes you nod with recognition. Their show at the Boulder Theater should be both moving and memorable.

Nick Zammuto of the Books has joined EITS on this tour.

6 April (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
7 April (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
Method Man & Redman

Even though Method Man and Redman regularly make it to the Front Range, there's no excuse to wait til next time. Like any long-lived crew, they've polished their sound and their flows mesh like a fine tuned machine. Both rappers can work a crowd, so be ready for a good time.

4 April (Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins CO)
7 April (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
8 April (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones


With a new album out (review here) featuring the original Flectones lineup, Béla Fleck and his band are making the rounds. As great as their early albums together were, their live show always eclipsed the recordings as each player pulled the music in surprising directions. This tour should offer much the same experience. All of the players have impressive chops and they also know how to show off for an audience. I still remember my amazement at the sounds Victor Wooten could coerce out of a bass.

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