The undisputed heavyweight champion of grunge, Pearl Jam, makes a stop in Denver this week. There will be some pop punk in Colorado Springs and some jazz in Golden. And more! The rest of our picks follow.Foxygen Bluebird Theater : 8:00 p.m. October 20
Jonathan Rado and Sam France met as teenagers and formed Foxygen in 2005. After releasing a handful of EPs on its own, the band, which plays a cross breed of collage sound art and psychedelic pop that recalls "White Album"-era Beatles andObscured by Clouds
-era Pink Floyd, signed with Jagjaguwar, which released its debut full length,Take the Kids Off Broadway
, in 2012 and the brand new disc, ...And Star Power.Jacky Terrasson Trio Mount Vernon Country Club : 8:00 p.m. October 23
Early on in jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson's career, he listened to a lot of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. While Terrasson says he doesn't listen to the three pianists as much as he did two decades ago, when he was starting out, he's taken what they've given him and moved on. From Powell, it was his energy, fire and passion. From Monk, he took the originality and the humor. From Evans, he absorbed an eloquent way of phrasing. All three of those jazz legends come through in Terrasson's playing, but he's carved his own distinctive sound over the past fifteen years on Blue Note albums likeReach, Smile and Mirror
.SBTRKT Ogden Theatre : 9:00 p.m. October 20
SBTRKT is all about masking identity to avoid the fame and recognition, it's difficult to imagine just how someone can create something so beautiful and not want to claim the fame for it. The music is worldly with solid drums, and could easily soundtrack a swanky lounge, or in this case, a big room club with a dance floor full of sweating dancers. Bring a date for this one fellas, because it's a pull-em-close kind of dance party, and you don't want to be alone when "Wildfire" gets dropped.Guttermouth The Black Sheep : October 20
For more than two decades, Guttermouth has been putting out a consistent brand of relentlessly taunting and taut SoCal pop punk. From a band with a name like Guttermouth, you get exactly what you expect: a tenable testament to truth in advertising in the form of lowbrow tunes, a seemingly exhaustive and endless catalog of songs with titles like "Pee In the Shower" and "Surfs Up Asshole," taken from nearly a dozen albums, including three live albums, issued on at least three prominent punk imprints (Nitro, Epitaph and Volcom). Oh, and lest you worry, age hasn't made these dudes any less cantankerous.Little Dragon Ogden Theatre : 8:00 p.m. October 21
The veteran Swedish group's sleek hybrid of esoteric synth-pop and futuristic R&B (as heard on the brand-new Nabuma Rubberband) is uniquely suited to their singer and budding style icon Yukimi Nagano.Yelle Gothic Theatre : 8:00 p.m. October 21
It's really hard to pick the best part of its GIF-happy video -- Brosnan as flautist? Jump-roping Chuck Norris? Kitty explosion?--so, instead, let's celebrate the richer, fuller sound that Yelle brought on "La Musique," the title single from her follow-up to 2008's eminently enjoyable Pop-Up. Where that record was one accompanying VHS tape away from being a workout program, now it sounds like Yelle (a.k.a. Frenchwoman Julie Budet) has recognized Europe's recently fun-ergized, thickly electronic pop product that's way remix-able. Which isn't to say hot pink hi-tops and a mainline drip of Four Loko and Pop Rocks won't be assets at this show.Aller vers,
motherbitches.Broncho Larimer Lounge : 9:00 p.m. October 21
Okalahoma band Broncho -- the name is a term used for a mustang that has yet to be broken -- plays back-to-basics rock and roll with an unvarnished sound that bears no affectation or appropriation of style. Frontman Ryan Lindsey is also the keyboard player and guitarist for experimental indie-pop act the Starlight Mints, but Broncho's sound is closer to the Fall embracing the punk rock that helped spawn it: The dispassionate yet intense vocals and disregard for conventional rhythms and song dynamics (unless they serve to propel the song forward at a near-reckless pace) would make Mark E. Smith proud. The music of Broncho is frayed and frantic in a way that more garage punk should be.Pearl Jam Pepsi Center : 7:30 p.m. October 22
The original king of flannel and growling, Eddie Vedder is still more than capable of inducing vigorous head-nodding with Pearl Jam, the band he's fronted since 1990. There have been some strange turns in there, including the folky foray of Riot Act in 2002 and some out-of-character corporate cross-promotion a few years later. But a renewed interest in the music Vedder and crew pioneered has put them at the top of festival lineups in recent years. And last year'sLightning Bolt
marks the most complete and competent embrace in more than a decade of the sound that made Pearl Jam a musical icon to begin with.The Widow's Bane Fox Theatre : 8:30 p.m. October 23
Falling somewhere between Tom Waits and the Misfits (with a generous helping of classic seafaring work-song influence), the debut album from Boulder zombie folk-punkers the Widow's Bane is arresting and addictive. These pitiless lads got their start performing in storefronts on Pearl Street, and their self-titled CD was recorded partly in Gypsy Jewel, an Asian craft store owned by guitarist-vocalist-pianist Mortimer Leech's mother-in-law. Leech's love for harrowing old-time chanteys shines through (darkly) on this thirteen-song trip through death, un-death, debauchery and abuse. Yes, the bandmembers dress up in full zombie garb at their shows, but there's also the combination of outstanding burlesque, impressive musicianship and imaginative, tradition-wise songwriting.
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Since releasing his debut album,Lookout Farm
, on ECM over four decades ago, saxophonist Dave Liebman performed with jazz heavies like Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and Chick Corea while also leading his own groups. More recently Liebman recruited a younger generation of players -- pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, drummer Alex Ritz -- as well as his long-time cohort and bassist Tony Marino to form Expansions. The group's debut, Samsara , features dynamic and, at times, highly charged playing from Liebman and crew, whether they're delving into free jazz or re-imagining tunes by Davis or Thelonious Monk.