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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Front Range recommended shows 3/24

Taking March out like a lion...

Tuesday, 25 March (Larimer Lounge, Denver CO)
Team Spirit

033 Team Spirit I saw Team Spirit and Skaters together at Viceland during SXSW last year. Two completely different bands, but they shared a hard driving edge and a similar sense of abandon. It's nice to have Team Spirit coming through again -- Ayad Al Adhamy and his confederates always put on a hell of a show (review) and the synergy between them and Skaters will be strong. You'll need plenty of energy (and hearing protection) to keep up, but Larimer Lounge will definitely rock out.

Thursday, 27 March (The Roxy Theatre, Denver CO)
Smile Empty Soul

Continuing in the hard rock vein, Smile Empty Soul will be headlining at the Roxy. They have a good grind and some solid shred, along with tight harmonies. I can hear a bit of Soundgarden in there, but they're anything but retro and they have a better sense of dynamics.

Saturday, 29 March (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
St. Vincent

Fresh on the heels of her new eponymous album, St. Vincent is making the rounds and the word is that her show is just as powerful as her new release. St. Vincent embraces a personal darkness with a beautiful economy; if she can tap that on stage, it will be stunning.

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