Denver's Essential Concert Calendar

03/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Problem of Leisure: Denver's Essential Concert Calendar For the week of December 21 - 28, 2010.

Whether you prefer to escape January's chill by tending to the mind or the body, there is something for everybody this week in Denver. Those searching for a cerebral release can catch Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard resurrecting Jack Kerouac, while those with more visceral urges can take in Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and White Denim.

Jan 22: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake


This is very simple: Do not miss Snake Rattle Rattle Snake's EP release this Friday. Why? Because this band is going to start something big and pretty soon you will have to share them. Though they debuted live on stage less than a year ago, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake's sound is taut and well-honed. They also disprove the timeless adage that bands with two drummers generally suck. Prepare to shimmy and shake to darkly infectious rhythms while singer Hayley Helmericks unleashes throaty lyrics like, "Kafka and the milk / now your broken bottle / that must be a record, baby." If Bauhaus were fronted by Siouxsie Sioux today, they might be lucky to sound a little bit like Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.

- Hi Dive 7 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80223

Jan 26: Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard


Jack Kerouac probably never imagined his career would spawn an entire concert tour based solely on the soundtrack to One Fast Move Or I'm Gone, a film inspired by Kerouac's semi-autobiographical Big Sur. Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard take turns giving voice to Kerouac's own words, which cover a range of emotion that sounds just about perfect when sung over a lap steel guitar. Anything so explicitly literary runs the risk of drowning in its own pretense (maybe that explains Ben Gibbard's decision to go by Benjamin on this release), but fans who see the show are more likely just to get a night of beautiful music, as earthy as The Postal Service (Gibbard's collaboration with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello) was ethereal. This project is a well-executed one-off, reminiscent of the Billy Bragg and Wilco's Mermaid Avenue, which set Woody Guthrie's unrecorded lyrics to music. Don't miss the chance to hear it.

- Boulder Theater 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302

Jan 27: White Denim


Austin's White Denim make dirty, gritty rock guaranteed to make sure your white denims don't stay that way long. White Denim blend elements of garage rock, psychedelia, and pure chutzpah into a winning formula for music is neither too complex nor too simple. The trio possesses a seemingly endless supply energy that should be more than ample to fuel a memorable live performance. The gentle rootsy sounds of fellow Austinites Brazos should provide a palette cleanser between White Denim and the syncopated swagger of Denver's own Dualistics, who will open the show.

- Larimer Lounge 2721 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205

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