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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 4/21

Wednesday, 23 April (Pepsi Center, Denver CO)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's most recent outing, Reflektor (review), saw the band pushing into danceable synth-pop territory, but still the depth that they're known for. And it turned into a great move for the band because the public is ready for an album that spans retro chill funk (title cut) and taut ska grooves ("Awful Sound (Oh, Euridice)"). The group has long been more popular than some of their base would like, but they're still delivering great music.

Saturday, 26 April (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Local Natives

Speaking of great music, one of my favorite acts from 2009, Local Natives, had a long break before last year's Hummingbird, but their richly layered sound picked up more nuance and shadow. While their studio work is exemplary, their live sound should not be missed.

Saturday, 26 April (Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO)
The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob's Love Death Immortality (review) showed that the electronic band has developed a stronger rhythmic drive. Songs from the new album, like "Skullclub", are perfectly arranged to create a disco rave experience in real life, so be prepared to sink into the insistent beats.

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