Friday, 10 January (Larimer Lounge, Denver CO)
Okay, so this is completely speculative. This Friday, the Larimer Lounge is hosting a tribute band lineup. Normally, that wouldn't wake us up here at JJM, but this looks to be something very special. The opening acts, Fool For a Day and Skulls, covering Rage Against The Machine and The Misfits respectively, are probably just fine, but the wildcard is Metalachi. They bill themselves as the "Ultimate Metal Mariachi tribute band." Their cover of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" alone fills my heart with joy!
Sunday, 12 January (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Monday, 13 January (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
Earl Sweatshirt is making his victory lap after his great 2013 album, Doris. Solid rhythmic flow, great beats, and deeply personal and gritty lyrics caught the ear of numerous critics last year. At the same time, he can also draw on his work with Odd Future to offer a good mix of styles. He'll be hitting Ft. Collins and Denver on this arm of the tour.
Sunday, 12 January (Moe's Original Bar B Que, Englewood CO)
The A-Oks won me over when they opened for Skyfox and Discount Cinema last November (show review). Their set was over-charged with ska-punk energy. Nearly getting hit in the head by a trombone slide didn't deter me in the least. This show at Moe's marks the release of a new live album. Come out and hear exactly why you need to add it to your collection!