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The best concerts in Denver this weekend

FRI | ONEREPUBLIC'S DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS at OGDEN | 12/20 Over the last few years OneRepublic has made its acoustic Christmas shows an annual event that helps local charities. This year's show, which also features Gungor, is a benefit for Colorado flood relief. VIP ticket includes ticket to the show, autographed OneRepublic photo, Denver Acoustic Christmas show poster, plus an after-party meet and greet with OneRepublic.

See also: All upcoming concerts in our constantly updated Denver concert calendar

FRI | KBPI LOCALS ONLY XMAS SHOW at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 12/20/13 Even though Lola Black's lineup includes former members of Blister 66, Snapstick Dynomite and the Eight Bucks Experiment, the band isn't entirely a punk affair. Sure, there's a punk spirit in revved-up cuts like "Hit the Road" and "Take Back," but the rest of the music is more rooted in refined hard rock and metal. Full of catchy hooks and riffs, cuts like "Better Left Unsaid" borrow from both worlds. Frontwoman Lola Black, who sounds like a grittier and more vigorous Gwen Stefani, is not afraid to belt it out when she needs to. Catch Lola Black at the Summit with Tattooed Strings, Flood of Souls, Inelements and Extreme Turbo Smash.

FRI | HOT CONGRESS HOLIDAY SHOWCASE at BLUEBIRD | 12/20/13 It's been a memorable year for Hot Congress Records. With nine releases this year under its belt and three new acts joining the roster, the Denver imprint has plenty to celebrate at its annual holiday showcase. This year's edition features a stacked bill that includes Princess Music, Shady Elders, the Blue Rider and Science Partner, all hosted by Chris Charpentier of the Fine Gentleman's Club.

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