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Monday, June 18, 2012

Front Range - Recommended shows, 6/18

From mainstream reggae stars to local band CD release parties, this week promises some great musical moments.

19 June (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Jimmy Cliff

From his acting and singing in The Harder They Come to his cover of Cat Stevens' Wild World, Jimmy Cliff is one of the few reggae stars to make a big mainstream impact. This is a great chance to catch a legendary performer as he comes through the Front Range.

19 June (Larimer Lounge, Denver CO)
Cadence Weapon

I'm not that familiar with Japandroids, but for a drum/guitar duo, their big rock sound packs a surprising punk punch. I hear that their live shows are energetic. This time, though, my recommendation comes for Cadence Weapon. I recently reviewed his album, New Hope in Dirt City and I really enjoyed his lyrical flow. This Canadian pairing should be rewarding.

20 June (Hi-Dive, Denver CO)
Ramona Falls

This was another recent review. On Prophet, Ramona Falls offer an interesting blend of pop/electro pop veneer and progressive rock depth. I'm looking forward to seeing how Brent Knopf brings these songs to life.

22 June (Moe's Original Bar B Que, Englewood CO)
Blind Brilliance

I caught Blind Brilliance when they opened for Convalescents earlier this month. Their solid stage presence and tight power trio punk arrangements were a treat. This show is a CD release party. Check out the music and buy their new CD to support a strong young band.

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