Best Shows to See In Denver This Weekend

As the weather begins to get colder, and the nights begin to grow darker, we find our only refuge to be indoors. Fall/Winter tours have besieged us and there is no excuse to not attending a show on a nightly basis nowadays. We decided to pick the best shows this weekend and highlight them for you.

Friday:

Lost Lake Lounge: Mansions on The Moon | Doors at 8/Show 9 | $12 EARLY BIRD | $15 ADV | $20 DAY OF SHOW.

Single Release @ Hi-Dive | Nov 21 @ 8:30 pm | Doors 9 |
Kyle James Hauser 9:30
Glowing House 10:30
The Centennial 11:30

Hdynation Tour Feat. Flosstradamus, G-Eazy & more at The 1st Bank Center Friday, November 21st!  Tickets on-sale here: http://bit.ly/1tHU263

Saturday:

Vance Joy | The Bluebird Theater | Doors 7/Show | SOLD OUT

Sunday:

Void Tour Feat. RL Grime, Lunice & Branchez | The Ogden Theatre | Sunday, November 23rd

This should be a good one, last time we saw RL Grime he destroyed Red Rocks as part of Skrillex's Mothership Tour.

An evening with Glowing House and Oh Starling | Ticket Giveaway

Our good friends Glowing House are putting together a nice little intimate show with their friends Oh Starling (Dan and Jessica Craig). We love giving away tickets, so we want to send a winner and their guest to enjoy a night full of holiday music. Check our Facebook page for details.

On December 20th, we will be playing a headlining show at the Leon Art Gallery in Denver.  Opening the evening will be Oh, Starling, a duo consisting of Denver veterans Dan and Jessica Craig that specializes in gorgeous, contemporary arrangements of Christmas classics.  They will open the night, and we will subsequently end it.  This is an all-ages show so come one, come all.  Feel free to join the Facebook event.  See you then.

Glowing House EP Release | Photos

We had a chance to sponsor Glowing House's EP release a few weeks ago. Although it was a chilly snowy night, a exuberant crowd got to see some amazing sets from Anthony Ruptak, The Raven and the Writing Desk, and headliners Glowing House.

Great lineup (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Anthony Ruptak (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

The lovely The Raven and the Writing Desk (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Glowing House (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Glowing House serenading the Larimer Lounge crowd (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Glowing House playing songs off their new EP (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Glowing House with Anthony Ruptak and Exit Ghost | Unit E | August 29

If you haven't ever been to Unit E, it is a great little venue on Santa Fe and 12th.  It is a quaint, fun place to see some local music.  The owners got together and decided they wanted to create a venue-gallery space that they had complete control over, hosting a full range of music genres and the art hanging on the walls is just as dynamic. On August 29th I got a chance to see three bands play, two local and one from the midwest.  

Anthony Ruptak (Photo credit Matt Smith)

The opener was Anthony Ruptak and the Midnight Friends. They are a local group with an amazing Indie/ folk sound.  Anthony writes heartfelt folk melodies that make you bob your head along to the song.  His powerful lyrics and vocal range paint a wonderful folk picture in your mind as you listen along.  The fifth track on his album "C'est La Vie," he sings about better times/ "the grass is aways greener" and mentions the Wyatt Towing company and making a payment for having his car towed. Anthony new to the folk scene in Denver, but I expect to be seeing a lot more of him very soon.

Exit Ghost (Photo credit: Matt Smith)

Next up was Exit Ghost, they hail from Chicago and are on a Middle America Tour along side Glowing House. Exit Ghost is a indie pop rock band who's catchy tunes make you want to dance along. Their stage presence was fun and light hearted. The whole band seemed happy to be on tour and having a good time. Exit Ghost sounds a bit like My Morning Jacket combined with Wilco. The Indie pop sound along with lyrics such as "I don't want to move to another big city if it means I am going to move alone" make for very enjoyable songs. 

Glowing House (Photo credit: Matt Smith)

The last band to go on that night was Glowing House. This folk-indie group finished up the night with their slow melodic songs about life. The husband and wife combo that make up Glowing House work wonderfully together. Their folk sound and the wonderful harmonies drift through the air like an elegant bird in flight.  Steve Varney, the lead singer and guitarist, sings of new love and love lost.  "This is a song about heartbreak," was the introduction to the song "Any Part of Her".  Glowing House's current album, Days Run Out, is a needle in a haystack. It is hard to come by an album these days that almost every track is worth listening too. Days Run Out is the kind of CD that you take some time to listen it entirely because you just can't stop listening.  

Matt Smith

Glowing House | Days Run Out | Review

Glowing House is a breath of fresh air, it encompasses a passion for music that makes the listener interpret the lyrics word for word and chose their own musical voyage. It took me back to a time when I first listened to my mother's Patsy Cline albums and was introduced to a guy named Bob Dylan. The opening piano chords of “All That Matters” sets up the album from the get-go, the husband and wife duo of Steve Varney and Jess Parsons set up this soundtrack that takes us on a musical journey with twelve tracks that keep you engaged from beginning to end.

With a cast of some of Denver’s finest musicians, the album is a full array of tracks that come to life with carefully composed harmonies and instruments that keep you guessing what is being played.  We have guest appearances from Wes Watkins (seems like this guy and his trumpet are everywhere) from Air Dubai/Petals of Spain as well as the ever talented Jeanie Shroder of Devotchka on tuba.  The all-star ensemble cast is filled out with Phil Parker on cello and Patrick Kline on percussion as well as Jamie Mefford helping out with vocals and percussion.

On the lead single “Taming Lions”, the opening riffs of the accordion take us to a place where every note is full of passion and can be clearly felt within the chorus of the song.

 

My words give brand new meaning to the word defiance 

I find that getting them to behave is like taming lions..”


A rare gem among the Denver music scene Glowing House doesn’t miss a beat with the album Days Run Out.  Truly a listening pleasure I suggest you purchase the album, light a few candles, open the windows and let it take you away. You will not be disappointed.  You can catch Glowing House at their CD Release Party on June 9th at The Hi-Dive sponsored by our good friends at Concerted Effort.  You can purchase tickets here and the first 100 ticket buyers will get the CD free at the show.

Castro