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Ten best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

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DRAGONETTE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 5/18/13 Dragonette has been hot on the underground pop scene for years, but it wasn't until 2011 that the band came charging onto the radio with global party-starter "Hello," a collaboration with Martin Solveig. Almost overnight, the outfit -- lead singer Martina Sorbara; her husband, multi-instrumentalist Dan Kurtz; and drummer Joel Stouffer -- went from being pop's best-kept secret to playing sets at Coachella.

TECH N9NE @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 5/18/13 Tech N9Ne is here so often you'd be excused for thinking he lives here. He's doesn't of course. His mail is delivered to Kansas. But that's just where the rapper hails from, really. He lives on the road. And that's precisely how he's risen up through the independent ranks to command the same level of attention and acclaim as his much higher profile counterparts. You can be sure that anything he's gained along the way, he's earned the old fashion way. With his Strange Music empire, Tech has paved his own road and amassed a legion of fans whose devotion is second only to perhaps ICP. All of that would mean nothing, however, if Tech couldn't bring it. Needless to say, he can spit with the best of them.

KNOWN PLEASURES @ HI-DIVE | SAT, 5/18/13 On May 18, 1980, Joy Division's enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide by hanging. Before his death, he had reportedly been listening to Iggy Pop's quasi-nihilistic, dark-glam masterpiece The Idiot and had just watched Werner Herzog's surrealistic sub-cinema verité comedy Stroszek. This show is not a reminder of Curtis's death, but rather a reminder of the fragility and significance of life: In addition to serving as a tribute to the genius of Curtis and company, Known Pleasures -- as this show at the hi-dive has been dubbed -- is a benefit for Mike Marchant, a songwriter whose music and presence has enriched Denver and who's currently battling Hodgkin's lymphoma. Emerald Siam, Hindershot, Flash/Cub, The Royal and Violent Summer will all perform Joy Division songs, turning what could essentially be a grim reminder of death into an affirmation of life.

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