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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 11/18

Three very different flavors this week. What's your favorite?

Wednesday, 20 November (Summit Music Hall, Denver CO)
The Misfits

The Misfits stood out for creating the horror punk sub-genre back in the mists of time (i.e. the late '70s). They still hanker for horror, but their sound leans more to metal than the cathartic punk crotch-kick they used to deliver. That said, their sense of theater is still strong.

Friday, 22 November (Moe's Original Bar B Que, Englewood CO)
Sleepy Sun

073 Sleepy Sun The first time I saw Sleepy Sun (review), they were looking for shelter from the storm. They arrived in Denver on the heels of a big snow dump. It was a great set. Since then, singer Rachel Fanning left the band, but last year's show (review) demonstrated that leader Bret Constantino has plenty of presence to anchor the band through their lazy jams and trippy grooves. I'm psyched to catch up with one of my favorite bands.

Saturday, 23 November (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Sunday, 24 November (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)

Last year's Building An Ark (review) introduced me to Groundation. They caught me up with a blend of heartbeat rhythmic sense, expressive ornamentation, and conscious lyrics. Their approach to reggae is granite solid, but their music flows like a loving ocean. I'm glad to see they're making a couple of stops here in Colorado.

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