Over and Under
One big show, one smaller
Some bands stumble over their smarts; others use them as fuel. New Jersey’s Pinegrove is emphatically in the latter category. A highbrow album about how painful it is to vocalize your feelings (see single “Aphasia” in particular) doesn’t sound like it’d make a show capable of wringing out your weekday worries, but tell that to the hundreds who join them in mosh pits and scream along night in and night out of the band’s tours. A classic rocker at heart with a sharp tongue, frontman Evan Stevens Hall packs the punch of a pop song with the lasting sting of a slippery love poem. And with just two albums to his name, he’s just getting started. The band plays the Gothic Theatre on Oct. 14. Tickets: $16-$19 via axs.com. “Powerplant,” the latest effort from Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s lax L.A. punk band Girlpool, feels like thoughtful company in thoughtless times. “I faked global warming just to get close to you,” the duo sings on “It Gets More Blue.” Were Alex Jones to cite the line as a political gotcha, even he would have to admit it’s pretty darn sweet. Over ramshackle rhythms and diary pull quotes (“I just miss standing next to you / Wearing matching dresses before the world was big”), the duo turns the agony of life into fuel for the fire of their live shows. Feel it for yourself when Girlpool lights up the Larimer Lounge on Oct. 18. Tickets to the show are $15-$17 and are available via ticketfly.com.
From left, Linnea Johnson, Violet Mitchell and Matthew Mitchell take a break during the Denver Zombie Crawl at Skyline Park.