TUES/WEDS | YELLOWCARD at BLACK SHEEP/AGGIE THEATER | 1/21/14 It's been ten years since Yellowcard (due on Tuesday, January 21, at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, and Wednesday, January 22, at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins) and released Ocean Avenue, and while jumping on the Anniversary tour train, the Florida-bred pop punkers decided to do things a little different. Instead of simply touring the album in its entirety, the act recorded a new one, Ocean Avenue Acoustic, as a way to reintroduce both itself and its fans to the thirteen-song collection that jump-started the outfit's legacy as pop-punk heavyweights.
THURS | THE TOASTERS at MOON ROOM SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 1/23/14 Rob "Bucket" Hingley has a simple motto: Don't let the bastards grind you down. It's fitting for the longtime champion of ska and leader of the genre's American flagship, the Toasters. Any preconceived notions and prejudices people may harbor against ska, however justified, are thrown out the door the minute the Toasters take the stage. The group distills ska music for neophytes and aficionados who know the difference between the real deal and bouncy MTV pop-punk vomit with horns. The band's pedal-to-the-dance-floor groove, tempered with just the right amount of surly edge, should convince even the most dedicated ska hater. (The Toasters are also due at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins on Friday, January 24.)
THURS & FRI | JONATHAN KREISBERG at DAZZLE | 1/23-1/24 Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's playing conjures the duality of New York. The guy's a badass, burning up the fretboard like Jimmy Bruno, with a swaggering bravado that's pure Gotham. At the same time, there's an evenness to his attack in which every note has clear and distinct resonance, lending the material an air of sophistication. And although he's quite good in the trio setting, he's just as compelling playing solo, as evidenced on his latest effort, One.