Over and Un­der

One big show, one smaller

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - —Dy­lan Owens

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.

Den­ver Post file

From left, Lin­nea John­son, Vi­o­let Mitchell and Matthew Mitchell take a break dur­ing the Den­ver Zom­bie Crawl at Sky­line Park.

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