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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 6/3

This is the kind of week you wish you could split in three for a night...

Monday, 3 June (Larimer Lounge, Denver CO)
Team Spirit

I caught Team Spirit live twice at SXSW in Austin this year and I've been looking forward to their visit here. Playful high energy, irreverent attitude, and screaming twin guitars make for a perfect set of music. On this tour, they'll be opening for Peace, a British indie rock band I'm not as familiar with. From listening online, Peace has a slicker post-punk sound than the raw abandon that I enjoy from Team Spirit. The two bands do seem to reflect something of their native countries, but both sets should be dynamic and fun.

Friday, 7 June (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

Charlie Hunter is a phenomenal player. I've watched him several times, slack-jawed, as he casually interleaved bass lines, rhythm guitar, and lead melody simultaneously on his signature seven and eight string guitars. This tour, he's partnering with jazz drummer Scott Amendola. If you've never seen him, you really need to catch Charlie Hunter and prepare to be astounded.

Friday, 7 June (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO)
Umphrey's McGee

Progressive jam band Umphrey's McGee chews up a feast's worth of musical styles and celebrates them all. Each show has its own flavor as they dig through a stack of their own songs as well as countless surprising covers. It's easy to find concert recordings of the band online, but Red Rocks is the quintessential venue to see them in living majesty.

Friday, 7 June (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
They Might Be Giants

In late 2011, TMBG came through town with two new albums out (Join Us and Album Raises New And Troubling Questions). They sampled both albums for the show, but the highlight was the reverse order runthrough of their classic record, Flood (review). This year, the new album is Nanobots. Reminiscent of 1992's Apollo 18, many of the songs are fairly short, which should give their show even more manic energy.

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