03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denver's Essential Concert Calendar

The Problem of Leisure: Denver's Essential Concert Calendar for the Week of December 17 - 23, 2009

Get ready to make things merry and bright this week with some great local shows and a visit from the inscrutable James Pants.

Dec 18: Flashbulb Fires


Flashbulb Fires, the Denver-based foursome formerly known as Fiance, perform Friday to celebrate the release of Glory, their new CD. While Glory stand outs "Pyramid Scheme," "Ambulance" and "Brunette" alone make the show worth attending, the evening will be MC'd by Magician Norman Ng. Not to be outdone, Flashbulb Fires have a little trick up their collective sleeve: classic male/female vocal harmonies sung by two guys, Patrick McGuire and Tyler Reschke. And don't go knocking Reschke's vocal appropriation of the girly bits. He's following in a great tradition that includes Metric's Jimmy Shaw on "Rock Me Now" or anything by the Silversun Pickups. When McGuire sings lead he is, like Freedy Johnston was back when "he sold the farm to feed the band," the perfect mix of tenacity and naivete.

Hi-Dive 7 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80223

Dec 19: Gangcharger EP Release / Weather Center / Donnybrook Writing Academy Holiday Mixer


Psst. Want to know the real reason for the season? People like to get dressed up and drink too much when it's dark and cold outside. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than by attending a holiday party thrown by none other than the Weather Center and the Donnybrook Writing Academy? Local ne'er-do-wells Gangcharger will perform to celebrate the release of a new EP, Metal Sun, which is laden with feedback and ferocity. Weather Center residents, the Overcasters, will be there as well to bring their revolving, ever-evolving, shoe-gazey psychedelia to the evening. Donnybrook's own DJ Guido Sarducci and DJ Cyren will be spinning tunes to round out what should be a night of revelry for the ages.

Weather Center Zuni St. Denver, CO 80204

Dec 23: James Pants


Except for his mentor Peanut Butter Wolf, there's no one quite like James Pants (a.k.a James Singleton). Singleton's musical make up is heterogeneous in the extreme, fusing hip-hop, soul, electro, and pretty much any other plugged-in sub-genre from the last two decades. Hot on the heels of the excellent mix tape Psychik Almanack, Singleton just released Seven Seals, his proper follow-up to 2008's Welcome. Not one to take a break, ever, he clearly thinks nothing of bringing his one-man dog and pony show to Denver when most artists are bringing it all home for the holidays.

Larimer Lounge 2721 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80204