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The Weekend Showdown: Crank that Old Radio

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.

Celebrate love and presidents all you want -- we're taking the long weekend to honor live music. Hot Congress members get things started tonight at the Skylark, or else there's Snake Rattle Rattle Snake up at the Larimer Lounge. Joshua Novak heads a great lineup at the Meadowlark on Saturday, and a pair of seriously kick ass national tours will be spending Valentine's Day Eve here in the Mile High. Get yourself some.

1. Old Radio
Vitamins live @ the Bluebird Theater Denver, Co

Vitamins | MySpace Music Videos
(No clips of Old Radio are to be found on the internet, so alas here's supporting act The Vitamins)

With Fellow Citizens, The Vitamins The Skylark Friday, February 12. Show starts at 9pm.

Why you should go: Whenever Hot Congress convenes (har har), good things happen. The bands involved are of such an overwhelming good nature that their shows are never anything but fun. Old Radio are something like a supergroup within the collective. Tom Murphy does a good job of breaking down their sound in this week's paper. Suffice it to say, this show will leave you feeling warm about your fellow man.

Listen: Old Radio Fellow Citizens The Vitamins

2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake With Bleach Bloodz, Bad Weather California Larimer Lounge Friday, February 12. Doors open at 8pm. $8

Why you should go: Maybe you think we spend too much time plugging these guys. It's hard not to -- they're such a remarkable band, especially live, and this bill is even better than the (excellent) last one they played on. If anyone has discovered a method for being in two places at once, we'd really appreciate knowing how tonight.

Listen: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Bleach Bloodz Bad Weather California

3. Joshua Novak With A Mouthful of Thunder, Le Divorce, Lifeboat Etiquette Meadowlark Saturday, February 13. Doors open at 8pm. $6

Why you should go: You should go because, if you're going to do the Shins thing, you might as well do it right. And Joshua Novak is certainly doing it right. If you aren't humming within twenty seconds, something has gone horribly wrong. Those other guys are no slouches, either -- among the best of the region's acoustic-driven indie will be on display.

Listen: Joshua Novak A Mouthful of Thunder Le Divorce Lifeboat Etiquette

4. St. Vincent With Wildbirds & Peacdrums Bluebird Theater Sunday, February 13. Show starts at 9pm. $13.50-$15.00

Why you should go: Annie Clark (read full Q&A here) is beyond compelling -- enrapturing seems closer. Her songs are so stark and striking. She has a powerful voice, capable of lullaby and vitriol with equal conviction. This will be the sort of affair that involves a lot of dumbly open mouths in the crowd. Again, take it away, Tom Murphy.

Listen: St. Vincent Wildbirds & Peacdrums

5. Editors With the Antlers, the Dig Ogden Theater Saturday, February 13. Show starts at 9pm. $15.00-$20.00

Why you should go: Jason Heller thinks you shouldn't. And what a boring world it would be if we all agreed: Call me a bandwagon-hopper, but I think these guys would be a hell of a lot of fun live. Warm stuff, the sort of show where you want to stand as close to the stage as possible to receive the magic offering of chamber pop.

Listen: Editors The Antlers The Dig

Also, be sure to check out additional show previews from this week's print edition Gov't Mule Holy Ghost

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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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