As ever, it's time for us to tell you what to do this weekend.
No gentle suggestions here. If you're not seeing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Saturday, you should check out one or more of these shows. Don't be a party pooper.
The Lyons Project
7:30 p.m. Friday
Yes, this is a little bit on the pricier side. No, you shouldn't skip it.
As the name suggests this is for a good cause. It's a fundraising event for the Lyons Community Foundation. The project itself narrates September's flood in Lyons using live music from Lyons musicians, visual art and recorded interviews.
Maybe you just don't have that much cash to spare. Instead, drop into Shine and the Bohemian Biergarten after 9:15 p.m. to check out the after parties. The Railsplitters and members of Rapidgrass will be playing at Shine. Monocle Band and Jami Lunde and Eben Grace will be at the Biergarten. If you already have a ticket to the eTown Hall (1535 Spruce St.) show, it's free. If you don't, it'll be $10.
9:30 p.m. Friday
Denver's Shady Elders are relatively new on the scene. The indie rockers released their debut EP, No Favors, last year. It's a darker kind of dream pop (nightmare pop? anxiety-dream pop?) and it earned them a spot opening for Mazzy Star. Not too shabby for a debut EP.
They've got another one on the way, but first, a West Coast tour. This hi-dive show is their send-off party, so do it right.
9 p.m. Friday
Detroit rock band Electric Six admires wild horses. Wild horses do whatever the hell they want. "The wild horse...gets hard whenever he wants. And nobody laughs. And he loves that about himself," reads the band's bio. They believe American men are born with Wild Horse Cards they get to play three times in life.
This is all you need to know. Go see them perform at the Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer St.) tonight and run free, or whatever.
Blue Sky Black Death
9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Sky Black Death — producers Kingston and Young God — team up with vocalists, but the real appeal is in their production work. The dense layered instrumentals fall somewhere between ambient and hip hop. It nicely embodies their name, which is a skydiving term that refers to the beauty before the jumper's possible death.
Check out the duo's 2013 EP, Glaciers, to hear what that means, and then catch them at the Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer St.) on Saturday night.
9 p.m. Sunday
Fresh off a successful album release this week, Real Estate is coming to the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St.)
The record, Atlas, is the band's best yet. It's a little bit sad and very beautiful. Real Estate has a knack for seamlessly intertwining lovely guitar and vocal melodies. So, no, this won't be a rager of a show, but it's Sunday. Chill out and enjoy some sweet sounds.
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: @AshaleyJill.