New York underground, local hip-hop, the infamous Kenny Rogers,
emo and the Rastanauts fit the bill for this coming weekend. Then
Blind Boys, a trippy simulcast and some proof that heavy metal
lives fills out the following week. Put your books down and put the
earplugs in, here’s the Weekly Buzz.
Tonight features a couple hip-hop acts and the Western rocker
who also sells fried-chicken Roasters. Aesop Rock with Mr. Lif
& Akrobatick performs at the Aggie tonight. Aesop Rock is an
underground hip-hop artist hailing from Manhattan and currently
pushing his sound to the Front Range. Then at the Starlight we have
some local hip-hop performed by 3 Peas with college-rock group The
Mercury Project. If those shows don’t satisfy your hunger then go
to Safeway, buy a Kenny Rogers Roaster and then check out his show
at the Budweiser Events Center. I can’t guarantee the show, but the
Roaster should be delicious.
Friday night Opie Gone Bad, called “Denver’s hottest band” by
Norm Clark of the Rocky Mountain News, is performing at Herman’s
Hideaway in Denver. But if you are feeling rowdy and would like to
hear some punk, check out Alkaline Trio at the Ogden.
There are two very different directions you can take Saturday
night. For a night of music and good vibe check out Rastanauts at
Rasta Pasta. Eric Parthum, a 21-year-old graphic design major
describes the ‘nauts as “rocked-out Rastafarian.” However if you
want to saturate yourself in pop consumerism then definitely get
tickets to the KISS 95.7 Snow Ball featuring Jessica Simpson,
Hilary Duff and Nick Lachey. Although, if you’re truly into the
giving holiday spirit and happen to have tickets to this Ball, give
them to a high school girl, it’ll make her day.
Monday night belongs to the Deftones with Thrice & Thursday
at the Fillmore in Denver. The Deftones rock, hard. If you rock,
hard, you should make perfect harmony with this group.
Tuesday night also offers two distinctly different performances.
The Boulder Theatre plays host to The Blind Boys of Alabama, a
group formed in the late 1930s at the Alabama Institute for the
Negro Blind. The group has recently released a Christmas album,
which Scene Magazine said has “a lot of heart and soul, not to
mention originality.” If you’re feeling a little more experimental
Woody’s is having a Dark Side of OZ Simulcast the same night. If
you haven’t checked out how Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
album crazily collaborates with The Wizard of Oz movie you
definitely need to give this a try.
The middle of the week is perfect for either kicking back and
feeling the groove or kicking ass and feeling the burn. On
Wednesday if the groove suits your mood you should check out
Questlove from The Roots performing with DJ Idium at the Fox
Theatre in Boulder. On the other hand if you’ve had enough and just
want some good angry music then Superjoint Ritual is performing at
the Starlight and continuing to show that heavy metal is alive and