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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 5/20

If it doesn't rain, it pours. Everything interesting this week is on Tuesday. Go figure.

Monday, 20 May (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
Tuesday, 21 May (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)

Opeth's more recent work may favor progressive rock exploration over straight-on metal, but they are by no means soft. 2011's Heritage (review) showcased the change with a fairly engaging album that took some real chances. Fans can decide for themselves whether this was positive, but their two night residency at the Fox shows the popular demand for the band.

Tuesday, 21 May (Moe's Original Bar B Que, Englewood CO)
Igor and Red Elvises

The Red Elvises introduced their mash-up of retro rock and Russian culture back in the '90s. Their more recent billing as Igor and Red Elvises recognizes founder Igor Yuzov, but maintains their fun, cross-cultural exchange. Moe's is a nice intimate venue to enjoy their show..

Tuesday, 21 May (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Yo La Tengo

Cult favorites Yo La Tengo have been hanging around the edges forever. Their new album, Fade, leans toward a softer sound, with the slight exception of the noisy "Paddle Forward". Still, with a deep back catalog, their shows can be hard to predict, depending on what aspect of their music they want to emphasize that night. The band is also known for their interesting selection of cover tunes. Come on out and be surprised!

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