Over and Un­der

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - Seth McCon­nell, The Den­ver Post — Gra­ham Am­brose —Dy­lan Owens

One big show, one smaller After the ebb of grunge in the mid-’90s, the Goo Goo Dolls man­aged to keep alive the emo­tional in­ten­sity of the Seat­tle rock scene with bal­lads that held ap­peal to an older, post-angst au­di­ence. Since its hey­day in the early aughts, the 31-year-old band has had a tough run em­brac­ing mid­dle age with­out giv­ing up on the foun­tain of youth from which rock ‘n’ roll draws its vigor. The Goo Goo Dolls will work that bal­ance on July 18 at Fid­dlers Green Am­phithe­atre in Green­wood Vil­lage, where they’ll be joined by Amer­i­can Idol win­ner and mil­len­nial mag­net Phillip Phillips. Tick­ets start at $25-$70 on axs.com. Los An­ge­les-based KOLARS (gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Rob Ko­lar and per­cus­sion­ist Lau­ren Brown) has a knack for buff­ing a weary world­view to a glint­ing sheen. (The world isn’t on fire; it’s glow­ing!) With a rous­ing 1980s rhythm, “One More Thrill,” the band’s call­ing-card sin­gle con­sid­ers if the com­pro­mises of the work-a-day adult — namely, grind­ing it out to live com­fort­ably — are worth putting your dreams on ice. The duo’s an­swer to that ques­tion plays out with glam con­certs punc­tu­ated by Brown’s unique rhythm set-up, which has her tap danc­ing atop a bass drum. Catch KOLARS at the Larimer Lounge on July 15. Tick­ets: $5-$12 via tick­et­fly.com.

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