Over and Un­der

One big show, one smaller

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE -

Given the thick­ets of com­pe­ti­tion that choke the Colorado blue­grass scene, the ques­tion for acts like Fort Collins’ Head for the Hills isn’t “Can you play?” (In the home­land of Hot Rize, Left­over Salmon and Yon­der Moun­tain, prow­ess is a given.) The ques­tion in­stead is “What makes you stand out?” The band has an­swered that with a smart mix of al­ter­na­tive in­flu­ences (think for­lorn 1990s rock lyrics) and a knack for driv­ing, down-home rhythm that gets crowds to ground their heels in. Catch the group at the Blue­bird The­ater on March 17 and you’ll also get the plea­sure of stomp­ing along with the amaz­ingly fun Rail­split­ters. Tick­ets: $12-$15 via axs.com. Lis­ten­ing to the odd­ball Toronto pop project Weaves, it’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict how a song will start or where it will end. With enig­matic front­woman Jas­myn Burke as its em­blem, the band prides it­self on tak­ing chances: Punk cho­ruses are soft­ened and stretched over funky basslines; melodic lines sing-song up and away, like a but­ter­fly caught in an up­draft (“Coo Coo”); gui­tar so­los are req­ui­sitely teeth-picked. The four-piece’s verve for per­for­mance is con­ta­gious, even over com­puter speak­ers. Live, it could spark a dance floor rev­o­lu­tion, if only for a night. Catch Weaves at Globe Hall on March 22. Tick­ets are $10-$12 and are avail­able via tick­et­fly.com. — Dy­lan Owens

From left: Reed McCoy, Micah Far­four and Zach Gilula par­tic­i­pate in the cof­fin pa­rade dur­ing Frozen Dead Guy Days on March 11 in Ned­er­land. Jeremy Pa­passo, Daily Cam­era

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