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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 1/27

Monday, 27 January (Bluebird Theater, Denver C)
Tuesday, 28 January (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
White Denim

It's been a few years since I last saw White Denim (review), but at that time, the roller coaster ride of driving acid soul exploded their studio work into a rich world of tonal mayhem and evocative jams. Since then, they've added another guitarist, but maintained a stable line up. So the group has settled in and developed their "turn on a dime" arrangements to perfection.

Tuesday, 28 January (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Wednesday, 29 January (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)

Like jam-band royalty, Trey Anastasio is checking in for a two night residency at the Ogden. In theory, that would support a larger number of people to get their fix, but I'm guessing that the attendance will be about the same group over the two shows. Anastasio has not always translated his talents within the studio, but live shows are where he always shines. 

Wednesday, 29 January (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)

The benefits of living in a college town now include visits from agent provacateur Jello Biafra and his touring act, The Guantanamo School of Medicine. The outspoken frontman from the Dead Kennedys has roots in Boulder, so he's not such a stranger, but this is the only nearby stop on this tour. Biafra tackles controversial subjects and positions in a spoken-word context and while he often offends, it's important to note that he can be very thought-provoking to the open minded.

Friday, 31 January (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)

Denver's regularly scheduled Shredded Beats engagement generally offers up a fine run of artists, packing the hall with an eclectic mix of musicians, hip-hop performers, experimentalists, and visual artists. This winter's three night engagement features Swollen Members (night one), Deltron 3030 (night two), and Hopsin and Dilated Peoples (night three). The truth is that you should catch all three nights. But if you have to pick a single night, I recommend the Deltron 3030 show. Fresh on the heels of 2013's long awaited Event II, Dan the Automator and Del the Funky Homosapien are touring with a live backing band to fill out the sound. Get buried under that flow!

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