Leonard Cohen, Big Gigantic, Big K.R.I.T. and Thurston Moore lead this week's new shows

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A lot of big concert news this week. Really big. Emphasis on big, both in stature and some literally in name: Leonard Cohen is coming back to Colorado this fall for a date at the 1STBANK Center. Before that, though, Big Gigantic is slated to make its Red Rocks debut in September, Big K.R.I.T. will be rocking the Boulder Theater in July, and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is stopping by the Larimer Lounge in June. Told you it was big. Page down for the full run-down, as well as this week's radio playlists and the week's top album sellers.

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This Just In: New Concerts and On-Sale Dates

This week's biggest show news can safely be filed under: Must-See! Leonard Cohen is coming to Colorado just before the holiday season starts ramping up in support of his latest album, Old Ideas. The iconic and highly influential singer-songwriter will be at the 1STBANK Center on Saturday, November 3. Tickets for this one go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

Another big concert announcement came down this week, with emphasis on big. Boulder's Big Gigantic is making is Red Rocks debut on Saturday, September 29. While general admission tickets for this show, the band's biggest to date, go on sale to the public 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, pre-sale tickets are available now through Big Gigantic's site.

And finally, rounding out this week's Big trifecta: Big K.R.I.T. will be holding things down at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, July 19. Tickets ($18-20) for this one go on sale this Monday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, meanwhile, hits the Larimer Lounge on Friday, June 29, and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. Ten finalists from American Idol team up for American Idol Live! at the 1STBANK Center on Saturday, July 14. Tickets ($29.50-$65) go on sale on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m.


Cash'd Out (The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute): Tue., July 3, 9 p.m., $12/$15. Epica: Wed., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., $23.50-$27/VIP $55. The Heavy: Sun., June 24, 8 p.m., $17.50/$20. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $20/$25. Russian Circles: Mon., July 2, 8 p.m., $15/$17. George Watsky: Mon., July 23, 8 p.m., $12.75/$15. The White Buffalo: Fri., July 6, 9 p.m., $12.50/$15. Youth Lagoon: With Father John Misty, Thu., July 5, 8 p.m., $16.50/$20.


Big K.R.I.T.: Thu., July 19, 9 p.m., $18/$20. Eminence Ensemble: Wed., July 4, 8:30 p.m., $10/$12. Lucero: Tue., July 3, 9 p.m., $22. Porter Robinson: Fri., July 6, 8:30 p.m., $26.50.


Aer & OCD: With Drop Switch, Thu., June 21, 9 p.m., $13/$15. Sweatshop Union & Leisure Gang: With Abstract Collective, Fri., June 8, 9 p.m., $12/$15. Victor Wooten Band: Sat., July 14, 8 p.m., $20/$25.


Juneteenth Music Festival: Featuring over twenty music artists and bands, food vendors, live art painting, kids area and more. June 16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Leonard Cohen: Sat., Nov. 3. American Idol Live!: Featuring Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine, Fri., July 6, 7 p.m., $29.50.


The Budos Band: Sat., Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m., $20/$23.


Iconocaust (CD release): With Smack Factor, Ploy For Extinction, Dead Lotus Society, Angelic Desolation, Sat., June 9, 8:30 p.m., $7/$10.


Danger: With DJ Shannon von Kelly, Sat., June 2, 9 p.m., $12.50/$15. Dragonette: Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., $20.75/$25. Hail!Hornet: With the Gates of Slumber, Mon., June 11, 9 p.m., $12/$15. Lower Dens: With No Joy and Alan Resnick, Tue., July 10, 9 p.m., $12/$15. MMOTHS: Wed., June 13, 9 p.m., $10/$13. Thurston Moore: Fri., June 29, 10 p.m., $15/$18. John Talabot: Tue., Oct. 2, 9 p.m., $15.75/$20.


Autoerotique: With Mustard Pimp, Sat., June 9, 7 p.m., $15. Mewithoutyou: With Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Thu., July 19, 8 p.m., $15/$17.


Arison Cain: With Blind Brilliance, Fri., June 1, 9 p.m., $5/$7. Melismatics: With Aim2Miss, Discount Cinema, Attic Attack, Fri., June 8, 9 p.m., $5/$7.


Big Gigantic: Sat., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., $39.95.


The Casualties: With Nekromantix, Down by Law, Lower Class Brats and the Sheds, Wed., July 11, 6 p.m., $17/$20. Demon Hunter: With Bleeding Through, Cancer Bats, the Plot in You and Willows, Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m., $15-$18. Prescription: With Valiomerda and the Trade Ins, Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., $3/$5. Retox: Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., $8/$10. The Rocket Summer: With the Scene Aesthetic and States, Tue., June 12, 7 p.m., $15/$17.

Click through for this week's Local Radio Playlists

We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only*, The Colorado Sound, an independently produced show that is broadcast all over Colorado, and The Colorado Wave, which is syndicated on a number of stations across the country. Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week.



My Body Sings Electric - "Doctor" Eldren - "Sleepy Walker" Della - "Anymore" Calibrate Me - "Just Listen" Elliot Paul - "Silver Sky" Novus Folium - "Knights on Fire" Dubskin - "Warrior Stomp" Chain Gang of 1974 - "Hold On" My Starvin Lion - "Delerium" El Toro de la Muerte - "Records" Instant Empire - "Canyon" Dimmer Switch - "The Closure"



Poco "A Good Feeling To Know" Todd Adelman & the Love Handles "Sorry" Katie Herzig "Free My Mind" Bad Weather California "I'll Reach Out My Hand" The Apples in Stereo "Dance Floor" Flashbulb Fires "Dark Ghost (I've Got Arms)" The Epilogues "The Fallout" Flobots "White Flag Warrior" Tennis "Origins" Swing Hero "Basement" Leftover Salmon "Walkin Shoes" The Blue Canyon Boys "I Want You To Want Me" Lindsay & the Lost Caravan "You Don't Know Me" Jim Stranahan "I've Got No Rhythm In My Feet" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" Danielle Ate the Sandwich "Faith In a Man" Achille Lauro "Hard Pressed" Instant Empire "Without Wires" El Toro de la Muerte "Things In My Head" Katie Glassman "Bye Bye Boise" Acoustic Junction "Goodbye World" Dave Sonner "Come Clean" Longest Day Of The Year "Change Our Ways" Rob Drabkin "You Can Call Me Al" Coles Whalen "Go Child" Brad Goode "Tight Like This"



Rebecca Folsom - Will Of A Woman Raz - This Is How The World Goes Round Cynthia Del'Aria - Stopped Peter Lacey - Surround Sound Katoorah Jayne - Trip Double Down - Naked In My Mind Grandpa Griffith - Mustache Man Robert Alan Kirby - 10 Gallons Bland and Wicks - Asian Eyes Roger Holzheimer - I Saw You Wild Blooms - Dancing Alone Aloft In The Sundry - Little Miss Opportunity The Smackers - Fixer Upper John William Davis - Defying Gravity

Click through for this week's Top Sellers

Top Local Sellers - Albums & Downloads

Jack White's Blunderbuss stayed on top at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout for the second week in a row and moved up to first slot at Wax Trax. The album slipped down to the third spot at Independent Records where Marilyn Manson's Born Villain, released last week on Downtown, came in first.


01. Jack White - Blunderbuss
02. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
03. The Lumineers - The Lumineers 04. Tinariwen - Tassili +10:1 05. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself 06. Levon Helm Band - At Merlefest 4/26/08
07. Black Keys - El Camino
08. Pennywise - All or Nothing
09. Nanci Griffith - Intersection
10. Anders Osborne - Black Eye Galaxy


01. Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
02. E-40 - Block Brochure Volumes 1, 2 &3
03. Jack White - Blunderbuss
04. Hurt - Crux
05. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds
06. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded
07. Tyga - Careless World Rise of the Last King
08. Gotye - Making Mirrors
09. Drake - Take Care
10. Santigold - Master of My Make Believe


01. Jack White - Blunderbuss
02. The Lumineers - The Lumineers 03. Trampled By Turtles - Stars & Satellites
04. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
05. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
06. The Shins - Port of Morrow
07. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
08. Gotye - Making Mirrors
09. Aretha Franklin - Gospel Greats
10. Warren Haynes - Live at the Moody Theater


01. Jack White - Blunderbuss
02. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
03. Xiu Xiu - Always
04. Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
05. Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair 06. Spiritualized - Sweetheart, Sweetlight 07. Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis 08. Speedwolf - Ride With Death 09. Various Artists - Rocky Mountain Low 10. Sun Araw & Congos - Icon Give Thank


01. Thomas Gold - "Sing2Me" (original mix)
02. TJR - "Funky Vodka" (original mix)
03. Mark Knight - "Alright" (original club mix)
04. Sean Finn, Crazibiza - "Show Me Love 2K12" (Crazibiza remix)
05. Mark Knight - "Together" (original club mix)
06. Manuel de la Mare, Luigi Rocca - "Opa-Locka" (original mix)
07. Swedish House Mafia - "Greyhound" (original mix)
08. Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso - "Calling (Lose My Mind)" (extended mix)
09. Cicada, Third Party - "Feel" (original mix)
10. Fedde le Grand, Deniz Koyu - "Turn It" (original mix)


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