Ted’s Picks: Fun things to do in Denver
A contemporary of DJ Shadow and progenitor of the Bay Areas fertile DJ scene, Peanut Butter Wolf (aka Chris Manak) has been at it for a long time. But hes crafted a signature style that favors organic beats and soulful samples over blatant electronica. What you get is dance music that feels perfectly authentic dance music for people who dont like dance music (and those who do). Even bits of experimental jazz wind their way into his deep funk, providing unexpected twists and turns on the dance floor. Like contemporary DJ Shadow, he doesnt release albums often; his latest was 2003s Big Shots. But when he does, theyre instant classics. Manak has also managed to keep his incredible Stones Throw record label alive, supporting underground hip-hop luminaries like Madlib, the late J Dilla, and twisted genius MF Doom. Go to listen to a night of incredible electronic/hip-hop, go to dance, or just go to support the incredible Stones Throw. Just go.What: Peanut Butter Wolf performs.Where: Vinyl.When: Friday, 9 p.m.Cost: $10.Info: http://www.coclubs.com.
Metal maniacs have something to revel in this weekend, as three great bands share one bill. Opeth are darlings of the prog-metal kingdom, bringing deft musicianship and epic sweep to their knotty metal compositions. Theyre from Sweden of course and have been pushing the boundaries of extreme metal since the late 80s. Chicagos High On Fire, meanwhile, excel at taking stoner rock and doom-inspired riffs and waking them up with a bit of punk aggression and speed. The real stars here, though, are upstarts Baroness, whove taken the world by storm after the release of their first full-length, The Red Album. Though theyve lost guitarist Brian Blickle to law school (wha?), theyve already picked up a new one to fill in their spiraling, intricate solos. Baroness take classic metal, sludge it up with doom and a bit of chicken-pickin southern-rock, and spice it up with sing/scream choruses so catchy theyre almost … poppy. Just dont tell the kids in the black t-shirts that.What: Opeth, High On Fire, and Baroness perform.Where: Ogden Theatre.When: Saturday, 8 p.m.Cost: $25.Info: http://www.ogdentheatre.net
Colorado isnt really awash in fashion shows, but when they do happen, they often seem like paler imitations of their NYC/LA brethren. The organizers behind the Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! fashion show at Boulders Dairy Center for the Arts know that to stand out, youve got to go for the gusto: This benefit fashion show features drag queens modeling the latest in womens and mens fashions, and making a mockery out of the ridiculousness of a fashion show while theyre at it. In between modeling clothes from Kinsley & Company and Starrs Clothing Co., the gals will perform 10 drag numbers to keep the audience on their toes. Bud Coleman, director of theater at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will emcee the whole show, and all proceeds benefit Atlas, the Boulder County AIDS Projects HIV-prevention program. Youre guaranteed not to see a more fun fashion show all year.What: Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! drag fashion show.Where: Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder.When: Saturday, 8 p.m.Cost: $18-$25.Info: 888-512-7469 or visit http://www.thedairy.org.
Since departing the seminal quirk-rock band Talking Heads, David Byrne has been a busy man. In addition to a lengthy solo career, hes served as a sort of informal archivist for world music everywhere, digging up lost instruments and deep traditions in the far-flung places of the planet. Hes so connected to that activity that The Simpsons even lampooned him for it. But his latest solo album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, finds Byrne re-teaming with super-producer Brian Eno to focus on Byrnes songwriting, rather than all the world-music experimentation he collects like a vacuum cleaner. The result is the most cohesive, personal, and occasionally Talking Heads-like work hes done in years. One Fine Day and The River povide moments of deep introspection, while Poor Boy finds some early 80s spark and bounce in this now white-haired pioneer. Expect a mix of old and new Byrne during his live performance at the Temple Buell Theatre.What: David Byrne performs.Where: Temple Buell Theatre, Denver.When: Sunday, 8 p.m.Cost: $35-$85.Info: 866-464-2626 or http://www.denvercenter.org.
Oh, Seattle, when will you stop producing groundbreaking bands? The latest of the lot is Fleet Foxes, a band whose folksy psychedelia owes a debt to groups old and new, but takes little influence from the iconic music of the rainy city they call home. By turns youll hear Beach Boys oohs and aahs and rich harmonies mixing with the barnyard-spaceship grooves and shimmering reverb of My Morning Jacket. The strongest influence, though, might come from the multi-guitar, multi-singing outfit Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who mirror both the bands ragamuffin aesthetic and their sound. Coasting on rave reviews from sources as diverse as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, Fleet Foxes have already entrenched themselves in the indie-rock scene and shot to the top of CMJs radio chart, and their self-titled CD is an excellent representation of their sound. All the attention virtually ensures theyll be around for a while, but this might be the best chance to catch their soaring harmonies and pastoral melodies in a smaller environment.What: Fleet Foxes perform. Where: Oriental Theatre.When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.Cost: $13-$15.Info: http://www.theorientaltheater.com.
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