Concerts

The Nine Best Concerts in Colorado This Week

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Suicidal Tendencies Summit Music Hall : December 8 With a controversial name, rumored gang ties and often violent fans, Suicidal Tendencies, which formed in the early '80s, went from being voted Worst Band/Biggest Assholes in punk fanzine Flipside one year to Best New Band the next. Though recording was spotty at best, Suicidal Tendencies did make seminal hardcore track "Institutionalized," which appears in the cult classic Repo Man, an episode of Miami Vice (of all places) and, more recently, Iron Man. The band eventually embraced thrash metal -- angering punk's purists -- with future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo performing on a pair of stellar albums, Controlled by Hatred and Lights...Cameras...Revolution! Suicidal returns to Denver armed with material from last year's 13, its first in more than a decade.

Blue October Summit Music Hall : 7:00 p.m. December 9 Blue October has been building a loyal fan base for the last two decades with its haunting lyrics and energetic alt-rock style. The band is touring in support of its latest effort, last year's Sway, which the follow-up to the 2011's critically acclaimed album Any Man in America.

Flogging Molly Ogden Theatre : 8:00 p.m. December 9 If your cheesy, green-beer-swilling, American version of Saint Paddy's Day got a mohawk and a few tattoos, then did a fat line of blow along with its usual bucketfuls of Jameson, it would look a lot like Flogging Molly. This band, which appears Sunday, May 5, at the Ogden Theatre, with the Casualties and Avoid One Thing, turns traditional Irish music on its drunken ear, incorporating a foin wee bit o' fiddle and sweet Emerald Isle melodies, then hammering them into rude, cymbal-bashing, distortion-heavy punk songs. Actually, they're too nice to be considered hardcore and too nasty to be traditional Irish -- but, by God, they're a fun buncha sods.

Blackalicious Cervantes' Other Side : December 10 There are easier ways to make a hip-hop living than the one chosen by Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab, the duo behind Blackalicious. These longtime partners, who've been together since the early '90s, have plenty of charisma, and if they employed obvious samples and slung the usual crime rhymes, they'd probably be mainstream stars by now.

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Kiernan Maletsky is a former Westword intern.
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