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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 12/2

There are a few interesting choices this week, all very different: groove, skank, or slam, depending on your preference.

Friday, 6 December (Casselmans Bar and Venue, Denver CO)

062 GovindaI recently caught Govinda when he passed through Colorado (review). His laid-back, charismatic performance was a treat. I've been a fan of his world music flavored electronica for some time. Whether he's mixing beats or layering in a gypsy violin riff, his music is a rich offering: soulful, trippy, and danceable. If you missed him in October, be sure to catch him this week.

Govinda will be performing with Birds of Paradise on this bill.

Saturday, 7 December (Marquis Theatre, Denver CO)
The Dendrites

Regional ska enthusiasts, The Dendrites have a solid grasp on 2-Tone ska and the horn section to get you up and at it from start to finish. This is a special show as they celebrate their new release, Fly Casual. The band has a killer set of opening acts as well, including 12 Cents For Marvin. Come out and support some fine local musicians.

Sunday, 9 December (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
Suicidal Tendencies

It's been a long time since I first heard Suicidal Tendencies, but Mike Muir's alienation and rage fueled that early music with a powerful intensity. Equal parts serious and smart-ass, the band's thrashy blend of metal and skate punk were a cathartic, cleansing wave. I'm not sure what incarnation the band is on right now; they risen from the ashes a number of times. But this year they dropped a new album, 13, and reports indicate that they have no problem tapping back into what made them great!

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