This week's best concerts include a headlining set from hometown hero Gregory Alan Isakov, as well as a showcase of our city's finest MCs at the Bluebird on Wednesday. You can also see guitar wizard country superstar Brad Paisley in Colorado Springs; the rest of our picks follow.
Motionless In White
$16/$18 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, Summit Music Hall
The best ever death metal band out of Scranton comes to Denver with For Today and Ice Nine Kills.
$33.50-$359:00PM Wednesday, March 4, Ogden Theatre
Every pocket of music is always looking for its next golden child, and by all accounts, 23-year-old Jeffrey Williams, aka Young Thug, is hip-hop's next big kid. The Atlanta rapper bubbled up to the mainstream with the 2014 hit "Lifestyle," where he was featured alongside other Southern stars in the supergroup Rich Gang. But on his own, Young Thug has quickly become a fascinating character, dribbling bizarre and profound verses about weed and a no-fucks-given approach to life as art. He's collaborated with big-timers like Birdman and Lil Wayne, and though he hasn't yet released an official full-length record, the buzz surrounding his mixtapes and allied musical projects with present-day hip-hop legends is enough to ensure that his young career will continue to rise. With Metro Boomin.
Taking Back Sunday
$27.50/$306:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Summit Music Hall
When Taking Back Sunday debuted in 2002 with Tell All Your Friends, there weren't a gazillion emo bands competing to express the overheated feelings of the nation's adolescent populace. Instead, only about half that many existed — but of the new acts that have emerged since, most sound remarkably like (mmm-hmm) Taking Back Sunday.
The 3hree Project Soundstage
$15/$207:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Bluebird Theater
The 3hree Project, which showcases some of Denver's best MCs, continues its rapid and promising evolution. See where the group is with a showcase this week at the Bluebird.
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SHOW ME HOW
$49.50-$757:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Broadmoor World Arena
When Brad Paisley isn't writing and performing sweet, tender songs that make women melt into a big pile of love — or even haunting songs about death — he's writing some hilarious, off-the-wall, kind of stupid songs about the things happening to or around him. That's the charm of Paisley, though: He's the perfect balance of sweet and salty. While other country crooners might be singing about a woman's tight jeans and lipstick (not that Paisley doesn't sing about that, too) Paisley's strength is observing his surroundings and singing about them with some, or a lot of, humor sprinkled in. With Parmalee and the Swon Brothers.
Gregory Alan Isakov
$25.759:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Ogden Theatre
Whatever size room he's playing, there's something about Gregory Alan Isakov's voice — which feels like not much more than a whisper at times — and his engaging songs that demand attention. He creates an unmistakable intimacy with both. Recorded over a year and a half on analog gear and mixed to tape, The Weatherman captures the familiarity and rawness of his live shows. Jamie Mefford's lush, reverb-laden production makes some of the cuts — like the gorgeous opener, "Amsterdam," "Second Chances" and the buoyant "Living Proof" — feel more expansive than those on Isakov's previous two full-lengths, while "She Always Takes It Back" proves that he can also craft a lovely ballad. Bob Dylan once sang, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows," and you don't need to be a singer-songwriter to realize that Isakov has created something truly stunning here. With Mandolin Orange.