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The Weekend Showdown: 200 Million Years is worth the wait

We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

This week, 200 Million Years is releasing their CD at the Meadowlark with some of Denver's best in support. The fine folks at Bocumast are putting on a brunch show at the hi-dive before they head to Austin for SXSW, and the Knew have a CD of their own to release.

1. 200 Million Years CD Release With Achille Lauro, Sunset Curse and Andy/Kinsey Hamilton Meadowlark Friday, March 5. Doors open at 8pm.

Why you should go: 200 Million Years haven't played in about that long (OK, really it's only been a little over half a year, but still), and it's a good thing their back. Tom Murphy explains why this show will be so awesome, and that's just the headliners. Andy and Kinsey Hamilton are the front couple of the ever-popular Houses, and we're excited to see what they've got in store without the backup. Sunset Curse just released a very solid album of their own, and Achille Lauro ... are insanely good. Seriously. It's insane how good they are.

Listen: 200 Million Years Achille Lauro Sunset Curse Andy/Kinsey Hamilton

2. Bocumast SXSW Sendoff Brunch Featuring Astrophagus, Married in Berdichev, Iuengliss and Hideous Men The Hi-Dive Sunday, March 7. Doors open at 11am! $6.00

Why you should go: Denver is full to bursting with musical collectives and indie labels, but Bocumast is near the top of the pack. Just look at the talent in this lineup -- all four are doing interesting things, Hideous Men are one of the city's best new bands and Astrophagus is a persistent favorite here. Front man and Bocumast ringleader Jason Cain puts on a hell of a show, and we're lucky to have him here.

Listen: Astrophagus Married in Berdichev Iuengliss Hideous Men

3. The Knew CD Release With The Photo Atlas, Common Anomaly, Jonny Woodrose & The Broken Hearted Woodpeckers Bluebird Theater Saturday, March 6. Show starts at 8:30pm. $10.00

Why you should go: Subjects of this week's feature by Andy Thomas, The Knew just seem to stumble on success. But you know what they say about luck and who it favors. These guys are Denver through and through -- a roots rock staple of the scene for years.

Listen: The Knew The Photo Atlas Common Anomaly Jonny Woodrose & The Broken Hearted Woodpeckers

4. RootsFest Featuring Neko Case, Judy Collins, Jim Lauderdale, Paper Bird and Trace Bundy Ellie Caulkins Opera House Saturday, March 6. Show starts at 7pm. $35-$140

Why you should go: Neko Case is a performer you never forget. Her voice is surreally powerful. And Judy Collins is a living legend, a folk staple from the days when this kind of music was supposed to change the world. Yeah, it's expensive, but we're confident you'll find it's worth it.

Listen: Neko Case Judy Collins Jim Lauderdale Paper Bird Trace Bundy

5. Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames With Cataldo and Old Believer Larimer Lounge Friday, March 5. Show starts at 8pm. $12.00

Why you should go: On pretty much any other weekend (see above), Laura Veirs would be the most incredible singer rolling through the Mile High. As it is, she's still a remarkable artist -- listening to her music is like being wrapped in cocoon. She'll make the Larimer Lounge feel like your grandparent's house at Christmas.

Listen: Laura Veirs Cataldo Old Believer

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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