Blame it on the Super Bowl.
Maybe it's not football's fault, but for some reason, touring bands are scarce this weekend. That means the locals are dominating their territory more than usual. We already have you the scoop on the You Me and Apollo EP release show at the hi-dive this Saturday, but below are a bunch of other shows worth the ticket price.
Paul Basic with SuperVision
Bluebird Theater, Saturday at 9:30 p.m., $16-$20
Fort Collins-based producer Paul Basic (Paul Brandt) is well-connected in the Colorado electronic scene. Back in high school, he was in a band with his Pretty Lights labelmates Michal Menert and Derek Vincent Smith.
He continues to team up with other Colorado producers and rappers, and Saturday night, he's at the Bluebird with another labelmate, SuperVision. Let the beat drop.
hi-dive, Friday at 9:30, $6
This Denver new-folk (and husband-and-wife) duo met before a songwriting class at CU-Denver in 2008, and they were soon making music together (that's not a euphemism, you pervs). Steve Varney and Jess Parsons are both singers, and Varney is usually on guitar while Parsons plays accordion. They're joined by a rotating roster of other Denver musicians to fill in the gaps.
Also, Glowing House's bio info offers this: "Not as loud as MegaDeath" -- Two time Grammy Award winning mastering engineer David Glasser.
Man Mantis opening for RJD2
Bluebird Theater, Friday, 9 p.m., $20-$25
This Denver beat-maker is getting in on the masked DJ game in the creepiest possible way, and we like it. Yeah, he wears a praying mantis mask. Much like other masked men before him, the gimmick -- and, we would think, partially obstructed vision -- doesn't stop him from revving up a dance floor.
Man Mantis is opening for RJD2, so get there on time to catch him.
The Yawpers open for Reverend Horton Heat
Aggie Theater, Friday at 8 p.m., $20
This is a match made in hell. That's a good thing. The Aggie is going to get loud, hot and alt-country raunchy. The Yawpers have expanded their tours beyond the Colorado boundaries, but they're one of the best acts calling Boulder home.
They're opening for Reverend Horton Heat, the gnarly psychobilly trio from Dallas.
Pete Kartsounes Band and Monocle
Conor O'Neill's, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
If you want to hear something local and stay physically local, too, drop into Conor O'Neill's this weekend for some homegrown tunes.
On Friday night, it's the Pete Kartsounes Band. The Boulder singer/songwriter and guitarist enlists the help of Ryan Sapp on drums and Kevin Malone on bass, plus one or two more players from a long list of talent that includes Leftover Salmon's Andy Thorn and Bill McKay, Greensky Bluegrass' Anders Beck and Hot Soup's Matt Flaherty.
Saturday night's entertainment comes courtesy of local acoustic indie-folk band Monocle. Monica Whittington heads up the group on lead vocals and guitar, with bass, guitar, fiddle and drums making it a band. Check them out, and you might hear some bluegrass, too.