Five things to do in Denver and Boulder
Vail CO, Colorado
It sounds worse than it is: Murder By Death isn’t some grimy metal band covered in blood and wailing about Satan. They’re sort of like an indie rock version of Johnny Cash … with a cello player. Sure, they have murder ballads here and there, but the Bloomington, Ind. quartet gets by on dusty rock instrumentation, Nick Cave melodies and old-west poetry to get their message across. Poetic, epic, and only a little bit loud, Murder By Death will kill you … but in a good way.
What: Murder By Death performs.
Where: Bluebird Theatre, Denver.
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Info: http://www.bluebirdtheatre.net or 303-322-2308.
Mark Eitzel is one of indie rock’s most volatile songwriters. He’s been crafting hoarse narratives about a heartbroken homeland for nearly 30 years, and picking up and ditching band members with practically every album. But his band American Music Club’s latest, “The Golden Age,” sounds like exactly that. Eitzel has lived raucously and well, and those chickens come home to roost in the form of songs dripping with wisdom, heart, and melody. Check out American Music Club, and you’ll be checking out one of indie’s unsung greats of the past and present.
What: American Music Club performs.
Where: Larimer Lounge.
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Okay, so Mother’s Day and boobs might not seem like they go together at first, but think about it: Your mom kept you alive with those things. And now that you’re older, they give you so much joy ” whether you’re a girl or a boy! Show your appreciation with the excellently named Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails as they wait tables at Hot Cakes diner. All proceeds from the night will benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. Contrary to what you might think, this is a family event, so bring mom, chow down, and help save a boob or two.
What: Breakfast For Boobs breast cancer benefit.
Where: Hot Cakes Diner, Denver.
When: Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Info: http://www.myspace.com/lupecdenver or call 303-949-9302.
Moms can be sexy, too ” photographer Jim J. Narcy knows this, so he convinced several Colorado moms to put on their best kitten face and pose for a series of Bettie-Page-style pinup photos. The winners will be crowned at 3 Kings Tavern’s Friday night Naughty Mambo Party, which features comedy, music, dance performances, a fashion show, gift-bag giveways and an art show. If that’s not enough, VIP tickets with dinner and all the Flying Dog you can drink are only $25.
What: Paper Dolls’ Mother”s Day Pin-up Contest.
Where: 3 Kings Tavern.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission, $25 VIP.
Info: 303-777-7370 or http://www.letbeautyloose.com/paperdolls.
I know, Murder By Death, Dead Meadow ” trust me, these are bands you can take your mom too, especially Dead Meadow, who’ve graduated from fuzz-soaked stoner metal to Americana-tinged psychedelia, folky blues and straight-up rock. Though their latest album “Old Growth” deals with topical subjects like lamenting the ravages of the Bush administration, it’s done in such an oblique and timeless fashion that they could be singing about hard times anytime, anyplace. Classy rock never gets old.
What: Dead Meadow performs.
Where: Larimer Lounge
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
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