Kicking off last night, Titwrench Fest 2011 is now in full-swing at the Mercury Cafe tonight with bands, dance performances and informational workshops running through the weekend. The four-day festival brings avant-garde, experimental and (mostly) female musicians and performers from across the country front and center for a weekend of audience-participatory fun. Married in Berdichev, Marlo Eggplant and Christina the Hun are some of the performers set to take over tonight, with dozens more playing at the legendary Denver venue and eatery through Sunday. (6 p.m. doors, all ages, $15-45).
Also this evening, Cass McCombs comes to the Larimer Lounge with locals Porlolo and Miss America. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter has been making records for over a decade, carrying the ability to sometimes sound like the Velvet Underground and sometimes channel Hall & Oates. (8 p.m. doors, 21 & up, $10-13).
Saturday, Cold Cave comes to the Bluebird Theater with Austra and Overcasters. Beginning as the solo project of New Yorker Wesley Eisold, the vocalist incorporates a rotating cast of musicians in the band's live shows, which are punchy attacks of synths and drum machines. (8 p.m. doors, 16 & up, $15-18).
Sunday afternoon, Larimer Lounge will be host to another edition of its BBQ series, this time featuring The Epilogues. With the rock and pop quartet's star on the steady rise, this show might be a good time to catch the band while it is still able to play more intimate venues.Traitors To The Queen, Cobraconda, The Photo Atlas, American Tomahawk, My Body Sings Electric, The Foot, E.V.S., Della and Common Anomaly will also be on this massive late weekend bill, with DJ J3rr0me spinning between sets. (2 p.m. doors, 21 & up, $9.33-15).
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Sunday night, Torche and Big Business co-headline a sure to be heavy show at the Bluebird Theater with Helms Alee. A strictly bass and drums duo, Big Business has been cranking out the droney, sludgy hits since 2004, and for a while, was picked to be Dale Crover's rhythm section for his historic punk act, The Melvins. (7 p.m. doors, 16 & up, $15.50-18).