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Monday, April 23, 2012

Front Range - Recommended shows, 4/23

It's a busy week with some great music. My current plan is to catch Todd Snider and Frankenstein Brothers at the very least.

25 April (Hodi's Half Note, Ft. Collins CO)
26 April (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Todd Snider

Todd Snider's latest album, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (review), takes on economic inequity (New York Banker), strangely successful pairings (Brenda), and pigheaded optimism (The Very Last Time) among other themes. They're all good stories and Snider is the master narrator. His albums make for fun listening, but his live show captures the real lightning.

25 April (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
26 April (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
27 April (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Frankenstein Brothers (Buckethead & That 1 Guy)

I know that Buckethead and That 1 Guy have been collaborating for a while, but this show will be my first time to see them live. I'm excited to hear how That 1 Guy's frenetic, one-man-band style will fit with Buckethead's shred-meister guitar work. Both of these guys are talented musicians with unique perspectives.

26 April (Hi-Dive, Denver CO)
28 April (Surfside 7, Ft. Collins CO)
Alone at 3AM

I'll warn you now that Alone at 3AM's upcoming album, Midwest Mess, is already in my review queue. Their bluesy country rock sound is well grounded. A first listen gave me a taste of Replacements, X, and maybe a hint of Roger Clyne's more earnest side.

27 April (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Real Estate

I mentioned Real Estate's Easy in my January Singles post earlier this year. They have a cool, Fountains of Wayne style relaxed indie rock vibe. Assuming you're not on an irony-free diet, this show should be great.

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