Tuesday, 8 October (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
I accidentally discovered Matt Nathanson while killing time in Borders. His live album Live at the Point (review) proved to be a nice introduction to his solo, singer/songwriter sound (he often has a backing band on his live albums). He's a clever writer with good stage presence.
Thursday, 10 October (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
Friday, 11 October (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Saturday, 12 October (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang
Les Claypool can be accused of many things, but predictability is not one of them. The Primus bass maestro has paired up with guitarist/singer Marc "Mirv" Haggard for a tangy, twangy experimental duo. Low notes will be slapped and tortured all across the Front Range.
Friday, 11 October (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Gary Clark Jr.
Some people have called Gary Clark Jr. the savior of the blues. I won't add to that burden, but I will recognize that, while he's been hyped to the max, he largely delivers on his reputation. His sense of blues is rooted in classic sounds, but he brings his own strong voice to bear.
Saturday, 12 October (Soiled Dove, Denver CO)
As one of the three lead singer/guitarists for Gomez, Ben Ottewell has developed that bands rich, indie psychedelic sound. I've only heard a little bit of his solo work, which is a bit melancholy, but his voice is like worn flannel: every note is a soothing comfort.