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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 4/28

This week, I've seen two of the three artists I'm featuring and each one brings something special to their performances.

Tuesday, 29 April (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Wednesday, 30 April (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Gogol Bordello

Let's have a show of hands: how many of you have already seen Gogol Bordello in concert before. If you didn't raise your hand, you're lucky enough to have a chance to correct that mistake (if you have seen them, you should already have your tickets for this tour). Gypsy road show/multi-cultural circus/cathartic thrash/kult of personality - Gogol Bordello offers all of this and more.

Wednesday, 30 April (Marquis Theatre, Denver CO)

256 Anvil
When I first saw Anvil, I was only familiar with their portrayal in the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Seeing them in real life (review), their humor, charm, and shredding ability drove all Spinal Tap comparisons out of my head. This was a seriously fun show. Steve "Lips" Kudlow could play the goof, but their songs were all solid headbanging perfection.

Saturday, 3 May (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Zoë Keating

Where Gogol Bordello is full of chaotic exuberance, Zoë Keating is much more focused as she loops and layers her cello. But don't expect some kind of snobby, intellectual noodling; Keating's pieces are evocative and exciting. By taking advantage of cool signal processing toys, she creates powerful worlds. As her songs vary from ballads to cinematic soundscapes to progressive flights of fancy, her work defies simple classification.  She's a musical genius that knows how to connect emotionally with audiences around the world.

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