Tuesday, July 15
The gang's all here: With its even division between three-part harmonies and folksy power pop by the Thorns -- a super-trio featuring Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins -- and the alt-countrified Jayhawks, a cult favorite led by Gary Louris, tonight's 7 p.m. double bill at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, is an unfancy match made in pop-music heaven. For tickets, $20, call 303-825-TIXS or log on to www.ticketweb.com. Meanwhile (coincidence or karma?), former Jayhawk Mark Olson and his acclaimed, warbling singer-songwriter spouse, Victoria Williams, will be settin' a while on stage at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street in Boulder, to share songs, together and apart, from various musical projects. Tickets for that show are $10 to $12; call 303-830-TIXS to get yours.
Wednesday, July 16
Every show by Elvis Costello is a winner: The guy's smart and cultured, with a truly original set of pipes and a catalogue of exemplary tunes that stretches from here to Timbuktu. And back again. His band, the Imposters (that's most of the Attractions), will accompany Costello on a trip up and down an eclectic memory lane tonight at the airy outdoor Universal Lending Pavilion in the Pepsi Center parking lot; Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson opens the show at 7 p.m. For tickets, $35 to $42.50, call 303-830-TIXS or log on to www.cc.com.