The best concerts in Denver this week

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MURS @ FOX THEATRE | FRI, 3/8 Although the "alternative hip-hop" tag is an utter failure as a marketing tool, it actually fits MURS, a performer who embodies much of what's best about the music and very little of what's worst. This L.A. veteran's style is based on hyper-articulate rhymes that are spring-loaded with surprises. Recently, MURS surprised quite a few folks with his unabashed assault on the effects homophobia with "Animal Style," complete with a gripping video that got people's attention for all the wrong reasons: a kiss between MURS and another male actor, thus revealing yet again that not everybody is ready for the normalization of homosexuality.

GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS @ WALNUT ROOM | THURS-SUN, 3/7-3/9 The lineup for this year's edition of the Gathering of the Clouds has been revealed. The three-day festival, kicking off this Thursday, March 7 and running through Saturday, March 9, is being headlined by the Warlocks, Wovenhand, Gliss and the Black Ryder and features a slew of kindred locals like Land Lines, the Morning Clouds and Hindershot. Tickets for the festival, taking place within the much more intimate confines of the Walnut Room, are on sale now and range from $50 for a three-day pass to $17 for single tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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