The best concerts in Denver this week

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THURS | OF MICE AND MEN at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/13/14 More musical structure doesn't mean less intensity for Of Mice & Men. The quintet's latest full-length album, Restoring Force, features precise guitar hooks and complex arrangements. Songs like "You're Not Alone" and "Feels Like Forever" offer a more mature dynamic than did earlier work by the Costa Mesa-based metalcore rockers. That said, these dudes are still metalheads at heart, and the group's latest material features all the low tunings, speedy solos and frenzied vocals that marked albums like 2012's The Flood and the band's self-titled debut from 2010. Even so, those elements now come with a push toward an even more polished brand of metal.

THURS | WINTER WARMER PRE-PARTY at CERVANTES | 2/13/14 Previously, this was a two-night event at the Denver Marriot Tech Center, but due to unforeseen circumstances, that has all changed. Wick-It The Instigator will now kick off the pre-party alongside RumTum, Samples, Lotus Drops and 2Nutz at Cervantes. Tickets dropped down to only $10, which means you don't need to skimp on the big V-Day bash you better have planned for the following night.

FRI | WINTER WARMER FESTIVAL at FILLMORE | 2/14/14 Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won fans over with his galactic spaced out grooves, which draw heavy influence from the golden eras of soul, funk and hip-hop, and he's proven he can move a massive room. On the heels of a great show at the venue this past November, Menert returns to the Fillmore for the Winter Warmer with the Polish Ambassador, Mikey Thunder, Late Night Radio, Krooked Drivers.

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