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The Weekend Showdown: The (Andrea) Ball

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.

Andrea Ball's got a new album, which you can hear live tonight at the hi-dive. If you're looking for a little more raucous Friday, head to the Larimer Lounge for Woodhands, Air Dubai, The Chain Gang of 1974 and Animals At Risk. Plus, the most successful pop band from the last year, plays tomorrow at the Pepsi Center. And if Fergie isn't your thing, we've got you covered there, too.

1. Andrea Ball With O'Holloran and Cody Crump 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 @ the Hi-Dive $6.00

Why you should go: Andrea Ball is one of Denver's most captivating singer-songwriters, and her new album is set to get her some larger traction. O'Holloran is coming up more and more lately, a testament to the appeal of the group's particular brand of folk. Should be a fun evening.

Listen: Andrea Ball O'Holloran Cody Crump

2. The Hollyfelds With Hello Kavita and Casey James Prestwood 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27 @ Larimer Lounge

Why you should go Between the lovely Hollyfelds and the gorgeous music of Hello Kavita, this show will be the coziest Larimer Lounge has felt in a long time. We can't get enough of To A Loved One, still, by the way. What an album.

Listen: The Hollyfelds Hello Kavita Casey James Prestwood

3. Woodhands With Animals at Risk, The Chain Gang of 1974 and Air Dubai 9 p.m. Friday, March 26 @ Larimer Lounge

Why you should go: The vibe will be a little different on Friday night than Saturday at the Lounge, where a trio of Denver's most danceable join Canda's most danceable for a night of, well, dancing. Our esteemed editor saw Woodhands down in Texas on his recent SXSW trip, and he tells us they're pretty fucking awesome -- keytarded, is how he put it, actually. So check that out.

Listen: Woodhands Animals at Risk Chain Gang of 1974 Air Dubai

4. Xiu Xiu With tUnE-yArDs and Talk Normal 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27 @ the Hi-Dive $12.00

Why you should go: Xiu Xiu need no introduction, and Tune-Yards (or tUnE-yArDs if you're feeling proper and/or obnoxious) soon won't. The musical moniker of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs is one of the more interesting musical acts of the recent lo-fi revival. What sells her shows, however, has nothing to do with what's cool and everything to do with what a thrilling stage presence she is.

Listen: Xiu Xiu Tune-Yards Talk Normal

5. Black Eyed Peas With Ludacris and LMFAO 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27 @ The Pepsi Center $25.50-$79.50

Why you should go: Say whatever you want (we've said plenty), the Peas are unimpeachable pop royalty these days. So they're sell-outs -- that just means they can throw a million bajillion dollars at their stage shows. So demand fireworks of some kind. Plus, Ludacris is opening, and he is secretly having an awesome year (c'mon, he's down with Bieber!).

Listen: Black Eyed Peas Ludacris LMFAO

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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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