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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 6/10

 Summer is upon us. It's perfect weather to catch some live music!

Tuesday, 11 June (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
The Dandy Warhols

Garage rock, psychedelia, power pop -- The Dandy Warhols have serially reinvented themselves since their start in the '90s.While they're sometimes too clever for anyone's good, they have an uncanny skill for catchy songs. The band is promoting their reissue of 2000's Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, so expect them to lean more towards their power pop sound.

Friday, 14 June (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO)
DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony

Special guest: Amanda Palmer

Last year, DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony teamed up for a couple of successful shows that spawned a live album. The Denver-based gypsy ensemble was already unclassifiable enough with their mix of cabaret, Eastern European folk, and rock elements. Augmenting the band with lush, orchestral arrangements is just a cherry on top. By the same token, adding ex-Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer seems obvious as well. Expect a host of rich arrangements and flourishes of minor-key flash.

Friday, 14 June (Bluebird Theater, Denver CO)
Camper Van Beethoven

When Camper Van Beethoven was on the rocks, singer David Lowery connected with Johnny Hickman to form Cracker, which found a slightly better formula for popular acclaim. These days, CvB is active again with a new album, La Costa Perdida (review), Cracker is still a going concern, and Lowery balances his commitments to both his bands. While both projects take advantage of his laid-back sarcasm, the two groups have distinct sounds and interests. I haven't caught the two acts on the same bill yet, but either band alone would be a recommended show. I've seen CvB most recently at SXSW this year and they were still going strong.

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