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Weekend's best live bets: Lucero, Flipper, the Ting Tings, Say Anything, Jewel and more

Lucero kicks off a two-night stand tonight at the Bluebird Theater.
Lucero kicks off a two-night stand tonight at the Bluebird Theater.

Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store at Twist & Shout and an acoustic set at Illegal Petes, Flipper wraps its two-night run at the Lion's Lair, Raekwon's at the Fox Theatre, Blackalicious and Phife Dawg are at Cervantes', Say Anything's at the Summit, Greyboy Allstars are at the Ogden tonight and the Boulder Theater tomorrow, Jewel's at the Convention Center, the Ting Tings are at the Ogden and much more. Page down for the weekend's best live music bets.


FRIDAY, MARCH 29

LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER After a decade together, Lucero's starting mixing things up a bit with the addition of a horn section on 2009's 1372 Overton Park. That album -- the Memphis band's only with Universal -- sparked the tired debate amongst followers about what happens when a group signs a major-label deal and perhaps grows a bit tired of the same stylistic structure that has dominated its past albums. On the band's new album, Women & Work, Lucero takes more of a country-soul route a la Gram Parsons and Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones. Ben Nichols and company kick off a two-night stand at the Bluebird tonight, in addition to an in-store at Twist & Shout and a special acoustic performance at Illegal Pete's.

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS @ OGDEN THEATRE When the Greyboy Allstars released their debut, West Coast Boogaloo in 1995, they were lucky enough to have legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, who had a long stint with James Brown, on the album. The album helped the San Diego soul jazz act pave the way for a gradual climb to bigger venues until frontman Karl Denson and keyboardist Robert Walter took breaks to pursue solo projects. Nearly a decade later, the band reformed and released What Happened to TV? . Almost twenty years after originally forming the Greyboy Allstars return to their roots somewhat by performing West Coast Boogaloo in its entirety with Wesley on board as well.

FLIPPER @ LION'S LAIR Flipper got its start in 1979 in the creatively fertile arts and music scene in San Francisco. Formed after the break-up of Negative Trend and including two former members of that band, Will Shatter and Stephen DePace, Flipper didn't set out to be the godfathers of grunge or to write music that was pretty much the antithesis of the hardcore movement that crystallized after the turn of the decade. Rather, Flipper charted its own trajectory with dark, sometimes brooding, electrifying songs sometimes reflecting an exuberant desperation and a worldview cynical in so much as cynicism meant a skepticism of the rhetoric perpetrated by the Ronald Reagan administration and his notion of "morning in America." Continue reading our Backbeat Q&A with Stephen DePace of Flipper.

RAEWKWON @ FOX THEATRE Raekwon, a Brooklyn native and one-ninth of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan, is a gritty-voiced lyricist who sheds light with his distinctive descriptions of ghetto life. Quickly carving out his lane among the rest of the clan as the resident wordsmith and slang ambassador, Raekwon solidified his underground constituency with his solo release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Fashioning himself as "Lex Diamonds" and "The Chef," he built a cult following with tales of criminal activity and the illegal trade, crafted with a lyrical fervor unmatched by any other rapper. In concert, a Wu medley is inevitable, but it's the Chef's own stature that will bring down the house.

BLACKALICIOUS & PHIFE DAWG @ CERVANTES' As his handle suggests, Blackalicious' Gift of Gab is among the fraternal order of MCs included in most conversations that address the infamous "lyrical lyricist" canon. With highly mathematical rhyme schemes and syllable-packed lines, Gab has been able to effectively graft his technical, yet uplifting style to any beat put before him. The group's other half, producer Chief Xcel, has provided a quality assortment of approachable sample-flips and Cali-soul instrumentals over the years that has been as integral to their sound as Gab's crisp delivery. Look forward to classics like "Alphabet Aerobics" (which is roughly the lyrical equivalent of a gym rat cranking out one-armed push-ups on stage for the fuck of it) and singing along to "Deception" ("Dee-da-da-da-dee-da").

SAY ANYTHING @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL On March 13, Say Anything, the indie rock band that came of age in the 2000s, released its sixth album, Anarchy, My Dear. The band soon launched its tour, which will hit the Mile High City this Friday, March 30, at the Summit Music Hall. In advance of the show, we spoke with frontman Max Bemis about evolving beyond the band's genre. He name-checked his influences and talked about the album he's recording with his wife, Sherri Dupree-Bemis.


ALSO TONIGHT


- Octopus Nebula and Heyoka at Boulder Theater

- Paul Wall featuring Hurricane Chris and DJ Michael 5000 Watts at Casselman's Bar & Venue

- 40 oz. to Freedom at Larimer Lounge

- Pete Kartsounes Band with Dorian Vibe and Chordis Bell at Cervantes' Other Side

- Lost in the Trees with Poor Moon (featuring Christian Wargo from Fleet Foxes/Crystal Skulls) at hi-dive

- American Mourning with Naked Bowlers, Dirty Divine at Old Curtis Street Bar

- Boogie Wonderland at Grizzly Rose

- Bop Skizzum with Made Fresh Daily, SF1, the Messers, Calder's Revolvers at Herman's Hideaway

- Brian Hornbuckle at Jake's Roadhouse

- Chad Freeman and Redline at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

- Club Sanctuary with DJ Rob at Bender's Tavern

- DJ Hipczech with Fallen G.O.D.Z., Birdz of a Featha at Meadowlark

- Doc Brown's Blues Band at Zephyr Lounge

- Free Radt with Squidlick, I Hate Jane, This Apparatus at The Walnut Room

- The FTP Band at Rock-A-Billies

- Ghost-towners at D Note

- Harmonious Junk at Highland Pacific Restaurant and Oyster Bar

- Hot Gun at Continental Room & Lounge

- Ken Walker Sextet at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

- Mad Dog & the Smokin J's at Cactus Jack's Saloon

- Moreland & Arbuckle at Toad Tavern

- Vices I Admire with Lexigram, Take it the Oars, All Capitals at Marquis Theater

- The Vindicators at The End Pub & Grub

- The Claire Lynch Band with Finnders & Youngberg at Swallow Hill Music Hall

- Ian Mahan (CD release) with Mister Mistress, A Strange Country, Geregory Bauer at Moe's Original BBQ & Bowl

- Hazel Miller at Jazz@Jack's

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 31

THE TING TINGS @ OGDEN THEATRE The Ting Tings were one of the first bands to emerge from the Apple iPod commercials in 2008. Thanks to the overnight exposure of "Shut Up and Let Me Go," the band went from being a blogged-about British import to becoming a major player in American pop music, creating a sound as tightly crafted as its corresponding lyrics. But multi-instrumentalists Katie White and Jules De Martino slowly grew weary of the touring, the commercialism and the industry machine itself, and ultimately ended up disappearing just as quickly as they had arrived. The two moved from Manchester to Berlin and prepared to record the followup to their worldwide debut titled Kunst, a club-oriented and radio-friendly record their record label loved. The pair just couldn't see themselves going through the motions of touring behind it, and so they ended up scrapping the album and starting over instead, this time moving in a more alt-rock-pop direction for their sophomore release, Sounds From Nowheresville. Continuing reading the full Backbeat Q&A with the Ting Tings.

JEWEL @ THE COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER Since having her son, Kase Townes Murray, last summer, Jewel might have taken time off the road, but she's still busy at home with a number of things, including working on a new Christmas album. Her free solo acoustic show this Saturday night at the Colorado Convention Center as part of the Women's Final Four Tourney Town is the only gig she has lined up so far this year. We spoke with her about taking guitar and painting lessons, mentoring singers on The Voice, what she learned from Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and her affinity for the poetry of Charles Bukowski. Read the full Backbeat Q&A with Jewel.

IAN COOKE @ L2 ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER Ian Cooke is one busy boy. Since dropping Fortitude, his second album, this past November, the despondent dreamboat has been busily weaving himself in and out of video projects, mini-tours and a gig recording songs for a local play about online dating -- all while keeping his fashionable feet on the ground with his job at the Esquire Theater. This Saturday, March 31, Cooke will join Shenandoah Davis and the Cenntennial at the L2 Arts and Culture Center for an intimate, no-distractions evening of finely cultivated music -- a vibe Cooke is looking to focus on more in the future. "I'd say the detail of my music sometimes gets lost in a bar setting -- with all the glasses clinking and the drunk people talking louder than they need to," Cooke says. Continuing reading the recent Backbeat blog item about Cooke and listen to a pair of new covers.

RAEWKWON @ CASSELMAN'S Raekwon, a Brooklyn native and one-ninth of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan, is a gritty-voiced lyricist who sheds light with his distinctive descriptions of ghetto life. Quickly carving out his lane among the rest of the clan as the resident wordsmith and slang ambassador, Raekwon solidified his underground constituency with his solo release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Fashioning himself as "Lex Diamonds" and "The Chef," he built a cult following with tales of criminal activity and the illegal trade, crafted with a lyrical fervor unmatched by any other rapper. In concert, a Wu medley is inevitable, but it's the Chef's own stature that will bring down the house. Concept One will also be celebrating the release of his new album, Beautiful Disaster, at this show, along with performances from Freddie Gibbs, JD Era & Kofi Black and 2MX2.

LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER After a decade together, Lucero's starting mixing things up a bit with the addition of a horn section on 2009's 1372 Overton Park. That album -- the Memphis band's only with Universal -- sparked the tired debate amongst followers about what happens when a group signs a major-label deal and perhaps grows a bit tired of the same stylistic structure that has dominated its past albums. On the band's new album, Women & Work, Lucero takes more of a country-soul route a la Gram Parsons and Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones. Ben Nichols kick off a two-night stand at the Bluebird tonight, in addition to an in-store at Twist & Shout and a special acoustic performance at Illegal Pete's.

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS @ BOULDER THEATER When the Greyboy Allstars released their debut, West Coast Boogaloo in 1995, they were lucky enough to have legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, who had a long stint with James Brown, on the album. The album helped the San Diego soul jazz act pave the way for a gradual climb to bigger venues until frontman Karl Denson and keyboardist Robert Walter took breaks to pursue solo projects. Nearly a decade later, the band reformed and released What Happened to TV? . Almost twenty years after originally forming the Greyboy Allstars return to their roots somewhat by performing West Coast Boogaloo in its entirety with Wesley on board as well.

GWAR @ FOX THEATRE The ghoulish costumes and masks, the freaky-deaky stage show, the spewing geysers of blood and bodily fluids, the molten metallic grindcore -- all of it started with GWAR. Well, okay, it probably all started with Kiss and Alice Cooper, but GWAR brought rock-horror showmanship to new highs (or lows) and paved the way for monster moshers like Slipknot. But unlike that self-flagellating ensemble, GWAR (which stands for God What an Awful Racket) has maintained a black-comedic streak that runs through its musical heart. Though the band has a fairly sporadic recording schedule, it remains a touring machine, which makes perfect sense given that GWAR records are really just vehicles for the band's unforgettable concerts. Bring a raincoat, and check your indie-rock snobbery at the door.


ALSO TONIGHT

- Amphibious Jones at 3 Kings Tavern

- The Babysitters at the Lion's Lair

- Caravan of Theives at Swallow Hill

- Chad Freeman and Redline at Toby Keith's

- Combustion Mechanism at Toad Tavern

- Covergeist at Moe's BBQ & Bowl

- Darol Anger & Friends at Cervantes' Other Side

- Howler at the hi-dive

- Josh Blackburn at Platte River Bar & Grill

- Jesse Manley Band at The Laughing Goat

- Kort McCumber at Tasty Weasel Tap Room

- Kristin Kay at Cactus Jack's Saloon

- Lion Souljahs with 19th Pl, DJ Chad I, Gypsy Fit, Offbeat Revolution at Herman's Hideaway

- Nolan McInnis at Historic El Rancho Restaurant

- Otic with Cult Of The Lost Cause, Young Analogs and RSM at Bender's Tavern

- Papa Juke at Zephyr Lounge

 


SUNDAY, APRIL 1

MIKE DOUGHTY @ FOX THEATRE Mike Doughty's story isn't uncommon: Guy falls in love with alcohol and drugs, pushes through a major-label music career while still abusing alcohol and drugs, recovers and survives to tell the tale. But what is special about Doughty's experience is how he tells it. In The Book of Drugs, the memoir from which the author and musician will read tonight at the Fox Theatre, Doughty unearths his dangerous and depressing past and lets his audience dig deeper. He will read from the collection of anecdotes, play songs from his latest solo album, Yes and Also Yes, and then give the audience free rein to ask questions about his dark musical past. "I came into it wanting to tell an addiction story without any bad-assery to it," Doughty says, noting that when it comes time for the Q&A portion of his show, the audience usually wants the dirt on the decimation of his mid-'90s radio-friendly band Soul Coughing. The author promises to indulge the gossip; just don't ask him to sing any songs from his Soul Coughing days.

KEVIN SECONDS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL After leaving behind his days as the frontman of legendary hardcore band 7 Seconds, Kevin Seconds has done a bit of growing up. Since 1990, Seconds has offered an introspective look at life through song, trading in his clenched fist and youthful aggression for an acoustic guitar. Emotive, honest and springing with unassuming positivity, his songs exhibit fearless maturation, making him a kindred spirit with the likes of Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba and Far's Jonah Matranga. Brandishing sincere inner monologue through acoustic punk ballads, Seconds bridges the gap between his Salad Days and the man he has become.

"LATIN QUARTER" WITH MANUEL LOPEZ LATIN JAZZ TRIO Colorado native Manuel Lopez discovered a fondness for Latin music after he stared playing congas in his early teens, and then found his way to the drum kit. Together with pianist Peter Ellingson and bassist Eduardo "Bijoux" Barbosa, Lopez's trio delves into a variety of repertoire from old Cuban standards to more modern arrangements. The trio plays at Dazzle every Sunday evening.


ALSO TONIGHT

- Acoustic Meat at Jake's Roadhouse

- The Dinosaur Squad at The Walnut Room

- Fiction is Fun with Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes at Lion's Lair

- Gumbo le Funque at Mercury Cafe

- Rehab at Aggie Theatre

- The Symbols at Herb's

- Jesse Garland at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

- eTown with Young the Giant and Civil Twilight at Boulder Theater

- Set Your Goals with Cartel, Fireworks, Mixtapes, Super Prime at Marquis Theater

- Amy Ray at Bluebird Theater

- Electric Six with Aficionado and Andy D at Larimer Lounge



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