Over and Under
One big show, one smaller
Yeah, “Smooth” was OK. But to box guitar hero Carlos Santana in with that single, which was as much a vehicle for Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas than anything, is to miss out one of the great guitar players of many in psych’s golden age. A buzzband from the original Woodstock, Santana has cranked out feverish variations on Latin rock ever since. Last year saw the release of “Santana IV,” a sequel to an album he released with his original Woodstock band back in 1971. Red Rocks Amphitheatre recognizes the return to form on July 10, when Santana will take to the venue nearly 40 years after he first played there, sans opener. Tickets: $49.95 - $129.95 via axs.com. Leave it to indie rock — a genre that traffics cool points from the crevices of cast-aside unknowns — to make Kearneysville, West Virginia, sound exotic. That’s the hometown of Rozwell Kid, a fledgling indie band happily floating in an early 1990s alt-rock eddy that links them to outfits like Silversun Pickups and Modern Baseball. The band wears its small-town trappings lovingly on its (presumably tight) sleeve, singing about the third season of the Simpsons and fantasizing about leaving the Appalachia’s suburban environs behind in a Wendy’s trash can. Catch Rozwell Kid at the Moon Room on July 12. Tickets: $12-$14 via ticketfly.com —Dylan Owens
Rise Against performs at the Pepsi Center on June 30 in Denver.