Over and Un­der

One big show, one smaller

The Denver Post - - FEATURES -

If you couldn’t get tick­ets to that sold-out Lady Gaga show on Tues­day, Lind­say Ster­ling could scratch that itch for a col­or­ful, rau­cous show of songs you know by heart. The Ari­zona na­tive looks like a first-chair orches­tra mem­ber gone rogue, mar­ry­ing sinew-bend­ing mod­ern dance with ef­fer­ves­cent, elec­tric vi­o­lin work and play­ful cos­tumes. Ster­ling’s lat­est string of dates — the Warmer in the Win­ter Christ­mas Tour — has her pulling her bow across hol­i­day clas­sics like “Carol of the Bells” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” up­dat­ing them with splashes of hip-hop and elec­tron­ica. Ster­ling sprin­kles 21st-cen­tury magic on Christ­mas stan­dards at the FirstBank Cen­ter on Dec. 9. Tick­ets are $35-$70 via axs.com. What’s Well, But what’s a re­ally the the next ded­i­cated next best best thing The thing next Strokes af­ter to see­ing cover that? The band, Catch­ing Strokes prob­a­bly. Den­ver’s live? the ras­cally Pan­ther four-piece Martin, of has course. cap­tured For the the “Gui­tar past three Hero” years, wor­thy riffs that gui­tarist Al­bert Ham­mond ham­mered out into the sound of New York City in the 1990s. In Septem­ber, the band re­leased its lat­est EP, “Drats,” a tight 3-song trib­ute to young spite and trou­bled hearts that de­serves all the love it can get. Catch the band at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 12. San Fran­cisco’s Couches, fel­low Den­verite Male Blond­ing and God­child will per­form in sup­port. Tick­ets are $10 and are avail­able via tick­et­fly.com. Dy­lan Owens

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Ju­lia John­son checks out art prints at the Arse­nal Ware booth dur­ing the Den­ver Hol­i­day Flea at Sports Cas­tle on Nov. 2.

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