Andy Grammer Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center, 190 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs
Los Angeles popster Andy Grammer has taken inspiration from Colorado bands OneRepublic and the Fray, and also looked to Grammy darlings Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Coldplay when formulating his style. If you want joyful, soft-around-the-edges pop music that you can take the entire family to, this is it.
iamnotshane Monday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street
Also from L.A., iamnotshane makes pop music with EDM sensibilities, first gaining fame for his viral hit "Insecure." Keep an eye out for his dancing, too: His back-bending moves are reminiscent of Michael Jackson's in the "Smooth Criminal" video.
Whiskey Myers Monday, June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway
Whiskey Myers has the sound of a ’90s alternative band that was influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd rather than Black Sabbath. The band, which hails from a small, east Texas town, works comfortably in the Southern-rock genre, with a sincere quality to its sound.
Total Chaos Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.
HQ, 60 South Broadway
Total Chaos is one of those punk bands that dress up like street punks — Mohawks, studded everything, back patches, etc. — and sound like the Exploited, a Scottish band from 1979. And at $13, you get an actual punk show admission price — adjusted for inflation, of course.
Failure Wednesday, June 8, 8 p.m.
Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue
Failure's first album, the Steve Albini-produced Comfort, possesses hints of slower Nirvana songs, while its droning guitars carry a hypnotic quality. Its followup, Magnified, offers a slicker, more produced affair with a bit more of a poppy aesthetic. Catch the latest sound on Wednesday.
Sofi Tukker Wednesday, June 8, 8 p.m.
Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street
Florida duo Sofi Tukker makes fun house music to help you get your groove on. If one dance music show a day isn't enough, swing by Zeppelin Station at 5 p.m for a free Sofi Tukker pre-party with a set by DJ Audiblenoyz.
Old 97s Thursday, June 9, 8 p.m.
Gothic Theatre 3263 South Broadway, Englewood
Americana influencer Old 97s has released twelve full-lengths thus far. In the 2000s, the alt-country quartet from Dallas started leaning toward more of a power-pop sound. It's been heralded as a great band to see live, so here's your chance.
The Black Angels Thursday, June 9, 8 p.m.
Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue
Fuzz guitar reigns supreme with this Austin act. The Black Angels make psychedelic rock, some of which would totally not sound out of place on a compilation of ’60s psychedelic rock bands. But the group brings a modern touch to the well-worn genre that keeps things fresh. Have events you want included on this list? Send the details to [email protected] Looking for more to do? Visit the Westword calendar.
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