The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Week

It's another big week for live music in Denver. Be sure to catch Esme Patterson at the Bluebird on Wednesday, and head back the next night for Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. The rest of our picks follow.

See also: 50 Ways to Support Your DIY Music Community

Battlecross Marquis Theater : 7:00 p.m. December 15 Michigan-based based Battlecross, which describes itself as "blue collar thrash metal," has only released three long players in the eleven years since the act was founded. But the last two discs, Pursuit of Honor and War of Will, both released on Metal Blade, both display the band's technical proficiency.

Peter Yarrow First Congregational Church : 7:30 p.m. December 15 Over the years, fans of all ages have enjoyed Peter, Paul and Mary's folk hits, from "If I Had a Hammer" to "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Even after the passing of Mary Travers in 2009, the world continues to celebrate the group's fifty-plus years in music.

In response to those still-adoring legions, Peter Yarrow will promote the new book Peter, Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life, tonight in Boulder. "Peter, Paul and Mary still have a huge following even after all these years," says Donna Spurlock of Charlesbridge Publishing. "People are still really into their music and into their activism."

3BallMTY Larimer Lounge : 8:00 p.m. December 16 What do you get when you combine three chamacos from Monterrey with a love for EDM and their Mexican patria? DJ crew 3BallMTY. Pronounced Tribal Monterrey, Erick Rincon, Sergio Lavala (Sheeqo Beat), and Alberto Presenda (DJ Otto) have been breaking beats since 2009. Two years ago the "Latino electronica" trio won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Augustana Bluebird Theater : 8:00 p.m. December 16 Throughout the past ten years, singer Dan Layus has been the only constant member of Augustana through a number of lineup changes. For some bands, this is is one of the toughest roads to travel, especially once more die-hard fans get involved. For Layus, however, it's been a chance to prove what he can do when left to his own devices.

So You Think You Can Dance 1STBANK Center : 8:00 p.m. December 16 Reality shows indulge wannabe wishes all the time, and that's why So You Think You Can Dance is so aptly named. But only a lucky, nimble-footed few actually get beyond the dancing-in-front-of-the-mirror stage and make it to the little screen to compete and be scrutinized in mid-foxtrot by millions of viewers across the nation. But you can imagine that if you really, really practice hard, you can be just like them. Not.

Whatever. Tonight you can catch the magic live (and maybe take home a few pointers) when the Fox series' splashy road edition leaps into the metro area with the top ten finalists from season eleven performing their best routines. "I am thrilled with the spectacular, fresh talent we have discovered this season," says SYTYCD co-founder and judge Nigel Lythgoe, a former dancer himself. "These dancers have inspired the choreographers to create remarkable dance numbers each week."

Blackalicious Aggie Theatre : December 16 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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