Hey there, Boulder. Do you know what you're doing this weekend? Well, if you don't, we got some ideas for you. They're diverse (as they can be in Colorado) and they're pretty damn fun. So fork over the cash, get out of those house parties you frequent, and rock out in some of the best venues this state has to offer.
Conor O'Neill's, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922
10 p.m. Thursday
This band is called Casual Sinners. That's pretty appealing on its own, no? Their band interests, according to Facebook, are "Throwing objects, burning things, and whiskey." Isn't that exactly what you want from your standard Boulder band at your standard Boulder bar? Of course it is.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
9 p.m. Friday
Let's let Dax Riggs' bio do some of the work on this one: "An alchemy of all roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry. It sounds like voodoo, feels like redemption and puts off heat like a burning oil rig." If that doesn't intrigue you, what will? Seriously, go get your voodoo and Louisiana funk on. This is going to be the show where you grind up on your lover.
Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
9 p.m. Friday
All right, singer/songwriter fans, here's the show for you this weekend. Mason Jennings is heading up a show at the Bluebird Theater, and he'll make you sway. His latest album, Always Been, is just two months old, so the material will be fresh and interesting for him and the audience. Plus, the small-but-big vibe of the Bluebird Theater is absolutely perfect for this kind of show.
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. Boulder, 303- 786-7030
8:30 p.m. Saturday
You know these guys. Elephant Revival is a Front Range staple and one of the most successful staples at that. The Boulder Theater is the place for you on Saturday night if you'd like some homegrown folk rock.
hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
9:30 p.m. Saturday
Griff Snyder of Denver folk band Dovekins was feeling restless when he started Inner Oceans. Snyder and his band deliver plenty of beautiful. ambient and reverb-drenched indie rock. It's not the wildest party around, in a live setting, but it's completely worth checking out.
A Silent Film
Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9 p.m. Sunday
Mmmm, UK talent. They always have that certain something that appeals to Americans. A Silent Film is no different. The Oxford-based band is doing the modern alt-rock thing with a heavy dose of charm, and they're bringing those talents to Boulder. If you'd like to be wooed and swayed and all that, here's our Sunday night plan.
Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874
9 p.m. Sunday
The '90s alt-rock revival of 2013 is magnificent indeed. Among the comebacks is Mazzy Star, with a solid new album and a tour that's bringing them to Denver this Sunday. The new album, Seasons of Your Day, even includes a guest appearance from another big comeback band, My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig. If you're unfamiliar with Mazzy Star, go and educate yourself, and expect some lovely, smokey vocals backed by some mesmerizing guitar work.
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: twitter.com/AshaleyJill.