Spring ush­ers in a bloom of mu­sic

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Dy­lan Owens

As food trucks rear out from hi­ber­na­tion to sell us late-after­noon sand­wiches and squir­rels flit­ter from branch to branch reach­ing out to steal those sand­wiches, we know it must be spring.

Or at least it sure feels that way. To be fair, it’s felt like san­dal weather off and on since early Fe­bru­ary. But there is one sure way to tell: Den­ver’s con­cert sched­ule ex­plodes. Like baby birds, bands crack out of their win­ter hol­i­day hia­tus to milk as many dates as they can out of the warm months. This list is just the tip of the ice­berg — you could botch a per­fectly good credit score try­ing to catch ev­ery worth­while show com­ing through town.

It also marks the kick­off of Red Rocks sea­son, but we aren’t go­ing there just yet. Don’t be alarmed: The venue’s cal­en­dar looks as strong as al­ways. But see­ing as it’s out­side of Den­ver and a beast unto it­self, we’re sav­ing our look at the venue for an­other day.

March

Kevin Ab­stract (with Romil), dis­so­cia­tive hip-hop, Larimer Lounge, March 21, $15-$18 Weaves (with Belle Game), boot­strap pop, Globe Hall, March 22, $10-$12 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night

Sweats (with Devotchka and Joe Samp­son), char­ity ben­e­fit rock, the Og­den Theatre, March 23, $32-$38 Xe­nia Ru­bi­nos (with the Other Black and Sur Ellz), alt-jazz, the Mar­quis The­ater, March 26, $12-$14

Nikki Lane (with Robert El­lis and Jonathan Tyler), rat­tling coun­try rock: Lane sounds like a preacher’s daugh­ter who has been swal­lowed by the fire-and-brim­stone the church warned us about. Blue­bird The­ater, March 27, $17-$20

Jonathan Rich­man, free-verse folk, the Blue­bird The­ater, March 28, $17-$20

Big Sean (with Madein­tyo and DJ Mo Beatz), Top 40 rap, Fill­more Au­di­to­rium, March 28, $49.50-$64

Andy Shauf (with Al­dous Hard­ing), dif­fi­dent rock, Larimer Lounge, March 28, $13-$15

Mag­gie Rogers (with the Over­coats), preter­nat­u­ral in­die pop: Rogers went from mu­sic stu­dent to phe­nom after mov­ing Phar­rell to tears with her song “Alaska.” The jury’s still out on her as a cap­i­tal-A Artist, but it’s say­ing some­thing to launch a sell-out tour on the power of one (ad­mit­tedly en­tranc­ing) sin­gle. Larimer Lounge, March 30, $15

Rain­bow Kit­ten Sur­prise, Ap­palachian alt-rock, Globe Hall, March 31, $15

April

Oath­breaker (with Khem­mis, Jaye Jayle and Of Feather & Bone), wail­ing Bel­gian metal, the Mar­quis The­ater, April 3, $12-$14

Clown­vis Pres­ley, send-up blues, Lost Lake Lounge, April 3, $5-$10 21 Sav­age (with Young M.A., Tee Griz­z­ley and Young Nudy), low-key rap, the Og­den Theatre, April 4, $32-$38

Dead Man Win­ter (with Erik Kosk­i­nen Duo), ru­mi­na­tive

folk, the Blue­bird The­ater, April 4, $15-$17

Jay Som + The Court­neys (with Shady El­ders), out­cast in­die, Lost Lake Lounge, April 6, $10-$12

Jackie Green (with David Lun­ing), pretty-boy rock, Globe Hall, April 6 and 7, $22-$25

Ti­nari­wen (with Dengue Fever), Sa­ha­ran spirit rock: This band of Mali mu­si­cians fil­ters tra­di­tional rock mu­sic through its own lens of sounds and ex­pe­ri­ence, which is largely af­fected by the plight of African di­as­pora. It’s im­pos­si­bly orig­i­nal and, even if you can’t un­der­stand a lick of Ta­masheq, the band’s na­tive lan­guage, af­fect­ing. Ori­en­tal The­ater, April 8, $32

Chi­cano Bat­man (with SadGirl and the Shacks), retro soul pop: Drip­ping with style -- par­tic­u­larly on “Free­dom Is Free,” their next-level new al­bum — this East Los Angeles fourpiece has a habit of turn­ing rock clubs into pres­sure cook­ers. That’s a good thing. The Blue­bird The­ater, April 10, $15

Field Di­vi­sion, folk-pop reverie, Lion’s Lair, April 11, $TBA

Other Worlds (with the Vel­veteers and Larry Nix & the Killer Gents), woke rock: A lit­tle

My Morn­ing Jacket, a lit­tle Band of Horses, this Den­ver band sounds way too pol­ished to lan­guish in ob­scu­rity. You can change that. The Larimer Lounge, April 14, $10-$12

The Wal­ters (with Sum­mer Salt and Pan­ther Martin), for­lorn in­die rock, Hi-Dive, April 17, $8-$10

Gucci Mane, trap rap: Ask most hip-hop heads and they’ll you that, ice cream face tat­too or not, Mane is a liv­ing leg­end. Less than a year out of the slam­mer, he’ll grace Den­ver on its fa­vorite day of the year on what’s some­how his first-ever tour. The Og­den Theatre, April 20, $65-$75

Tim Kasher (with Allison Weiss and Terry Malts), in­die singer­song­writer, Larimer Lounge, April 25, $12-$15

No Ceil­ings (feat. Boo­gie, Kaiydo, Kemba and Michael Christ­mas), col­lec­tive hip-hop, the Blue­bird The­ater, April 27, $15-$18

Brent Cowles (with Wil­der­miss and King Car­di­nal), prairie in­die, Hi-Dive, April 28, $12-$15

Joe Pug (with Anais Mitchell), Bob Dy­lan prac­ti­tioner, the Blue­bird The­ater, April 30, $17-$20

May

Jamey John­son (with Margo Price and Brent Cobb), new coun­try, the Og­den Theatre, May 3, $35-$50

Leif Volle­bekk, Ice­lan­tic folk: That Lief Volle­bekk’s rhyth­mic folk-blues are fill­ing the tiny Lost Lake Lounge and not a 1,000-plus venue is an odd whim of fate. Count your­self lucky. Lost Lake Lounge, May 8, $12-$14

Kon­gos (with Mother Mother), Soweto elec­tro-pop, Mar­quis Theatre, May 9, $23-$325

The Wild Reeds (with Blank Range and Izaak Op­taz), har­monic stomp, Larimer Lounge, May 12, $12-$15

Kehlani (with Ella Mai, Jahkoy and Noo­dles), PBR&B: You could think of Kehlani as an Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent star gone wrong. But re­ally, she’s a pop star for this gen­er­a­tion: brash, thor­oughly tat­tooed and above all, fun. Og­den Theatre, May 17, $25-$30

Soundgar­den (with the Pretty Reck­less and Dillinger Es­cape Plan), sem­i­nal alt-rock, Fill­more Au­di­to­rium, May 22, $66.75

Matthew Lo­gan Vasquez (with Bad Licks and Blake Brown & the Amer­i­can Dust Choir), full-bore rock, Larimer Lounge, May 27, $15-$17

June

Zakk Sab­bath (with Beast­maker), metal trib­ute, the Mar­quis The­ater, June 4, $25-$28

Mod­est Mouse (with Morn­ing Tele­por­ta­tion), weirdo rock, Fill­more Au­di­to­rium, June 6, $39.75-$45

At the Drive In, scene rock: The punk world has been wait­ing years for feral vo­cal­ist Cedric Bixler-Zavala to re­turn to the project that first gath­ered so many sweaty mosh pits around him in the late 1990s. After all these years, the re­union tour is on, with a new al­bum to boot. Fill­more Au­di­to­rium, June 15, $39.50

Nikki Lane sounds like a preacher’s daugh­ter who has been swal­lowed by the fire-and-brim­stone the church warned us about. She plays the Blue­bird The­ater on March 27. Seth McCon­nell, Den­ver Post file

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is back at the Og­den Theatre on March 23.

Lief Volle­bekk’s rhyth­mic folk-blues will fill the tiny Lost Lake Lounge on May 8.

Ti­nari­wen, a group of Mali mu­si­cians fil­ter­ing tra­di­tional rock mu­sic through an African lens of sounds and ex­pe­ri­ence plays Ori­en­tal The­ater April 8. Tara Davis, Spe­cial to The Know

Sem­i­nal alt-rock band Soundgar­den, fea­tur­ing Chris Cornell, will per­form May 22 at Fill­more Au­di­to­rium. Getty Im­ages file

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