Phoebe Bridgers, KALEO and the Best Concerts in Denver This Week

Phoebe Bridgers performs at Red Rocks Unpaused on Wednesday.
Phoebe Bridgers performs at Red Rocks Unpaused on Wednesday. Frank Ockenfels
KALEO rocks Red Rocks tonight, while Sir Chloe comes to Meow Wolf.

On Tuesday, Phoebe Bridgers drops by Red Rocks. The Slackers bring ska to the Oriental Theater on Wednesday, while Daryl Hall will be at the Paramount.

Round out your week on Thursday with Bruce Cockburn at the Boulder Theater, or catch Liontortoise at Lost Lake.

Monday, May 16, 7:30 p.m
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
KALEO started off making foot-stomping rock reminiscent of bands like the Black Keys and the classic rock of the late ’60s and early ’70s, very Delta blues-influenced. The group's 2021 album, Surface Sounds, veers further into indie-rock territory. It's definitely music for getting one's boogie on.

Sir Chloe
Monday, May 16, 7 p.m
Meow Wolf (The Perplexiplex), 1338 First Street, Denver
Sir Chloe's music sways back and forth between whispery indie with notes of Elliott Smith and dynamic, shifting, saturated fuzz guitar alternative rock. Indie popster Luke Wild comes along for the evening.

Phoebe Bridgers
Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Phoebe Bridgers's lyrics are immediately attention-grabbing. She knows how to paint a portrait, which elevates her music beyond what is still pretty good mellow indie. Also, we hope she smashes another guitar. That would be awesome.

The Slackers
Wednesday, May 18, 8 p.m
Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue

The Slackers have been cranking out a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, soul, garage rock and jazz since 1991. The band released its fifteenth studio album, Don’t Let the Sunlight Fool Ya, last month. We Are the Union and Kill Lincoln are also on the bill.

Daryl Hall and the Daryl's House Band
Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver
Daryl Hall just released Before After, a thirty-song retrospective of his blue-eyed soul-inflected rock music that includes several live tracks from his long-running web series, Live From Daryl's House. Progressive rock overlord Todd Rundgren opens the night.

Bruce Cockburn
Thursday, May 19, 8 p.m
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder

Bruce Cockburn is kind of like an angrier, more acerbic and more political Warren Zevon. He's apparently taking a break from playing "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," his best-known song in the United States, so maybe play that one in the car on the way to the show.

Bear and the Beasts
Thursday, May 19, 9 p.m
Skylark Lounge (Bobcat Club), 140 South Broadway

Bear and the Beasts is part of the Salt Lick Denver collective of bands and creative people. The band creates soul-tinged, roots-rock music that has drawn comparisons to Black Pumas, Bruce Springsteen and My Morning Jacket.


Thursday, May 19, 8 p.m
Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 East Colfax Avenue

Denver trio Liontortoise fuses jazz, progressive metal and post-rock into laboriously constructed instrumental pieces. On this bill, you also get a ton of avant-garde metal sounds, including Narcissa, Pilot the Machine and Intrinsic Gray.

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