We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down three of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.
This week, we're all about the hi-dive: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and The Still City will both be releasing CDs at the South Broadway venue. There's more local goodness to be had with Green Typewriters, who have three great supporting bands in tow. And this week we're expanding our recommendations to include a pair of out-of-towners -- Alberta Cross, who will be at Larimer Lounge, and Nick Jonas, because Backbeat does not discriminate against against puberty.
1. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
With Treeverb (members of Moonspeed), Cannons Hi-Dive Friday, January 22. Show starts at 10pm. $6
Why you should go: Everything about Snake Rattle Rattle Snake screams great live show. A pack of veteran musicians, two drummers for extra impact, and music that is both engagingly rough and danceable. Expect the A-Game tonight for the EP release, and expect awesome things from Treeverb if they are even half as powerful as Moonspeed, of which this is a side project.
2. The Still City
With Churchill, A Mouthful of Thunder Hi-Dive Saturday, January 23. Show starts at 9:30pm. $6
Why you should go: Because The Still City will probably play "We Will Explain Everything," which you can find on their myspace by following the below link. And that song isn't just good, it's make-you-believe-in-stuff-again good. Another CD release should make for another night of bands feeling especially motivated, so you might want to just set up a tent in the Goodwill parking lot next to the hi-dive for the weekend. Damn.
3. Green Typewriters
With Old Radio, I'm A Boy, Eric Sanders Larimer Lounge Friday, January 22. Doors at 8pm.
Why you should go: Green Typewriters are working through a lineup change and working well. Go for the erratic nature of the music, which lends it urgency. The vocal combinations make a powerful mismatch -- we'll see how they're handling things these days. And Old Radio might well play their highly acclaimed cover of The National's "Apartment Story."
4. Alberta Cross
With Hacienda Larimer Lounge Saturday, January 23. Show starts at 9pm.
Why you should go: Good old fashioned rock and roll comes to Larimer Lounge via Brooklyn, and via London from there. This is the sort of show you don't need to do any prior listening to enjoy -- just get a drink and rock your head. Alberta Cross are no neanderthals, however. These guys are so in control of space and noise that we wouldn't be surprised to see them in an arena someday.
5. Nick Jonas & The Administration
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With Diane Birch Saturday, January 23. Show starts at 8pm. Paramount Theater $39.50
Why you should go: Honestly? We're not going. But lots of people will because, even solo, the Jonas Brothers (brother, in this case) is one of our biggest cultural phenomenon. The music sounds a little painful -- he's blatantly jacking bad idols of easy listening. But seriously -- the scene at this show will be electric, and we can't blame our preteen readers for digging these sounds.