Tuesday, 5 November (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Nature vs. nurture? It's hard to say for sure, but many of Bob Marley's progeny have shared their musical gifts with the world. Ziggy Marley is perhaps the most well-known, but Stephen and his sisters rounded out his band, The Melody Makers. When Ziggy and The Melody Makers first appeared, many people dismissed the siblings as trying to capitalize on their father's name. Over time, though, they've proven their talent, time and again. Stephen went on to show off his own talents as a singer and producer. Aside from producing his brothers' projects, he's been impressive on his own, with a Grammy last year for Best Reggae album.
Saturday, 9 November (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
I'm only recommending this to the people who have no idea who Roger Clyne is. I'm aiming this at people who didn't know about his work with the Refreshments, the ones that don't even remember "Banditos". If that's you, then you need to catch this show. Clyne and his band provide a "perfect-storm" concert experience. His bittersweet songs of lovable losers and Southwestern rock jams are all the therapy you could ever need.
As for the rest of you -- those in the know -- I'll see you at the Gothic for sure. Maybe the newbies will join us and we'll celebrate a world of heart, from Mexico to the Mekong.
Sunday, 10 November (Hi-Dive, Denver CO)
Walk the line between chaos and structure, noise and pop. Deerhoof is one of those bands that influence the hell out of the indie hipster scene without often being widely experienced. This is a great chance to check it out and see what the fuss is about. Their tight, bouncy pop moments have plenty of intriguing details to lock into. About the time you find an angle on the song, they're ready to show you that everything you know is wrong. Where some scenesters just want to inflict themselves on the audience, Deerhoof has an internal logic that's worth tapping into.