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Denver's Essential Concert Calendar

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The Problem of Leisure: Denver's Essential Concert Calendar
For the week of October 1-7, 2009

Not through with being cool? Look no further than Donnybrook Writing Academy's hand-selected crop of musical performances, which are guaranteed to make all of your Rock and Roll dreams come true.

Thurs, October 1: Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions

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Don't miss Hope Sandoval (ex-Mazzy Star) and the Warm Inventions when the Berkeley-based band swings through town on Thursday in support of Through The Devil Softly, their first full-length release since Bavarian Bread Fruit (2001). Though Sandoval may keep a low on-stage profile, concert goers will not only enjoy her dusky voice live and unmediated, but will also be treated to Colm O'Ciosoig, a.k.a. My Bloody Valentine's drummer. Expect Sandoval and O'Ciosoig to offer fans a range of dark and moody songs from mostly acoustic ballads ("Lady Jessica and Sam") to twangy torch songs ("Trouble"), which should make the night more than just a chance to indulge in a little nostalgia for early '90s shoegaze.

- Bluebird Theater 3317 E. Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80206

Fri, October 2: Paper Bird

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If you're still pining away for that next Watson Twins release, look no further than Paper Bird. The septet, who formed after a night of busking on a corner in Breckenridge, is performing in support of A Sky Underground, their live five song EP, which the band released as they prepare to record their full-length follow-up to Anything Nameless and Joymaking, their self-released debut. Paperbird blend a trio of fetching female vocalists, two of whom are sisters, with guitar, banjo, trumpet, trombone, and stand-up bass. Their slightly unorthodox configuration gives them the freedom to blend tried-and-true Americana with gorgeous harmonies that defy categorization.

- Boulder Theater 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302

Mon, October 5: The Postmarks

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The Postmarks, are a Florida-based band whose music combines sophistication, effervescence and intoxication, not unlike the perfect cocktail. The band arrives in Denver in support of Memoirs at the End of the World, which was recently released as a follow-up to a covers record, By the Numbers. Their set list is likely to include songs such "Go Jet Setter" and a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice," making their live show an ideal venue to try out that new-to-you vintage cocktail dress inspired by Mad Men's Betty Draper. The trio is helmed by another beautiful young woman, with a voice to match, who goes by the unusual name of Tim Yehezkely. The lovely Miss Y is ably backed by Christopher Moll on guitar and Jonathan Wilkins on drums.

- Hi-Dive 7 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80223

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