Even with the Boulder Theater taken over by the Boulder International Film Festival and the Ogden Theatre strangely quiet, this is going to be a fun weekend of music.
Some hometown heroes are returning to Boulder, while Philly, Indiana and Canada are shipping out EDM, indie folk and experimental rock. Plus, one Denver band calls itself a "bubble gum doom pop outfit." How can you resist?
9 p.m. Thursday
Here's a nice reminder that not all Canadian musicians are as tantrum-y as Justin Bieber or as emotional as Drake (the dude needs to take a day off). EDM duo DVBBS — brothers Chris and Alex Andre — will be in Boulder to pump up your Thirsty Thursday with some house music. You might know them for their recent hit "Tsunami." Grab your tickets at foxtheatre.com and go get high on beats.
9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
$16-$20, two-day pass $30
It's not often the Larimer Lounge books a band for two nights in a row, so you know this will be good. (And, likely, popular. Get your tickets in advance at larimerlounge.com.) Houndmouth is a band born of drinking and tinkering in Indiana. The musical pieces just fell together among friends. Now, they've got a soulful indie folk LP, From the Hills Below the City, to their name and a big tour on which to show it off.
7 p.m. Friday
Don't be fooled by the misinformation on the Fillmore Auditorium's website. Playing on Friday night is the EDM Savoy, not the indie rock Savoy. You know, the one originally from Boulder. Your chest will be rattled by thudding bass lines, not guitar riffs. Also, there will be lasers. So many lasers. Plan accordingly, and get your tickets at fillmoreauditorium.org.
This is the one you've been waiting for, isn't it? Denver's "bubble gum doom pop outfit," Somerset Catalog. It's tempting to just copy and paste the band's whole bio, which includes phrases like "shimmering guitar," "loud resignation" and "creating music with a bit of a (welcomed) personality disorder." If that hasn't hooked you, check out Somerset Catalog's catalog (sorry) at somersetsounds.bandcamp.com and let the synth hooks do the work.
9 p.m. Monday
Extend your weekend into Monday for this one. Philly-based experimental group Man Man is going to shake things up at the Fox Theatre. If you're unfamiliar, expect a little bit of everything, but not in the jammy way. This stuff sits most firmly in bouncy piano-driven pop melodies and wigged-out guitar. The band will still be touring on its 2013 record, On Oni Pond, which incorporates some fun on horns and strings. This show will get danceably weird. Tickets are ay foxtheatre.com.
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