Turkey aside, Denver’s own Paper Bird are coming home to roost at the Bluebird for a two-night stand. Tickets: $17-$30 via axs.com. Image courtesy of Autonomic Media. Evolving from synth pop group Planet Claire in the early ’90s, Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier disregarded what was popular in favor of expertly curated sonic collage, patching techno, disco and electro-funk together into a sweaty, functioning whole. In October, the duo marked 10 years since the release of “Movements,” the sophomore album that broke it to the world beyond the die-hard club scene in Berlin. Fresh off a new, self-titled album, the band has rarely sounded so dialed-in, as they at times push firmly into anthemic territory that has the sextet earnestly angling for prime time rather than just CPR’s OpenAir. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Merziger and Kammermeir play the Gothic Theatre on Nov. The hometown heroes will invite a different local favorite to join them on each night: Friday brings funk singer and trumpet player Wesley Watkins and Saturday sees them joined by Badlicks. 9.
Paper Bird and Booka Shade are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. 25 + 26
Provided you’re a folk-rock loving meat-eater, you could manage to nab three birds with one weekend this Thanksgiving. Booka Shade — Gothic Theater, Nov. 27. Paper Bird — Bluebird Theater, Nov. Berlin duo Booka Shade is a prime example. Paper Bird’s self-titled sixth album comes out on Sept. 27
Like wiener schnitzel or international soccer, no one does house music like the Germans. Tickets are $25-$28 via axs.com.