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Denver spring concert guide 2017: Too many shows?

Boogie, Kaiydo, Kemba and Michael Christmas), collective hip-hop, the Bluebird Theater, April 27, $15-$18
Brent Cowles (with Wildermiss and King Cardinal), prairie indie, Hi-Dive, April 28, $12-$15 
Joe Pug (with Anais Mitchell), Bob Dylan practitioner, the Bluebird Theater, April 30, $17-$20
May
Jamey Johnson (with Margo Price and Brent Cobb), new country, Ogden Theatre, May 3, $35-$50
Leif Vollebekk, Icelantic folk: That Lief Vollebekk’s rhythmic folk-blues are filling the tiny Lost Lake Lounge and not a 1,000-plus venue is an odd whim of fate. Ogden Theatre, April 20, $65-$75

Tim Kasher (with Allison Weiss and Terry Malts), indie singer-songwriter, Larimer Lounge, April 25, $12-$15 
No Ceilings (feat. Fillmore Auditorium, June 15, $39.50  Don’t be alarmed: The venue’s calendar looks as strong as always. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
As food trucks rear out from hibernation to sell us late-afternoon sandwiches and squirrels flitter from branch to branch, reaching out to steal those sandwiches, we know it must be spring. That’s a good thing. 26, $12-$14

Nikki Lane (with Robert Ellis and Jonathan Tyler), rattling country rock: Lane sounds like a preacher’s daughter who has been swallowed by the fire-and-brimstone the church warned us about. Related Articles

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It also marks the kick-off of Red Rocks season, but we aren’t going there just yet. Oriental Theater, April 8, $32

Chicano Batman (with SadGirl and the Shacks), retro soul pop: Dripping with style — particularly on “Freedom Is Free,” their next-level new album — this East Los Angeles four-piece has a habit of turning rock clubs into pressure cookers. Less than a year out of the slammer, he’ll grace Denver on its favorite day of the year on what’s somehow his first-ever tour. But really, she’s a pop star for this generation: brash, thoroughly tattooed and above all, fun. But seeing as it’s outside of Denver and a beast unto itself, we’re saving our look at the venue for another day. The Larimer Lounge, April 14, $10-$12

The Walters (with Summer Salt and Panther Martin), forlorn indie rock, Hi-Dive, April 17, $8-$10
Gucci Mane, trap rap: Ask most hip-hop heads and they’ll you that, ice cream face tattoo or not, Mane is a living legend. Lost Lake Lounge, May 8, $12-$14 

Kongos (with Mother Mother), Soweto electro-pop, Marquis Theatre, May 9, $23-$325
The Wild Reeds (with Blank Range and Izaak Optaz), harmonic stomp, Larimer Lounge, May 12, $12-$15
Kehlani (with Ella Mai, Jahkoy and Noodles), PBR&B: You could think of Kehlani as an America’s Got Talent star gone wrong. But there is one sure way to tell: Denver’s concert schedule explodes. Bluebird Theater, March 27, $17-$20

Jonathan Richman, free-verse folk, the Bluebird Theater, March 28, $17-$20
Big Sean (with Madeintyo and DJ Mo Beatz), Top 40 rap, Fillmore Auditorium, March 28, $49.50-$64
Andy Shauf (with Aldous Harding), diffident rock, Larimer Lounge, March 28, $13-$15
Maggie Rogers (with the Overcoats), preternatural indie pop: Rogers went from music student to phenom after moving Pharrell to tears with her song “Alaska.” The jury’s still out on her as a capital-A Artist, but it’s saying something to launch a sell-out tour on the power of one (admittedly entrancing) single. Count yourself lucky. After all these years, the reunion tour is on, with a new album to boot. It’s impossibly original and, even if you can’t understand a lick of Tamasheq, the band’s native language, affecting. You can change that. Like baby birds, bands crack out of their winter holiday hiatus to milk as many dates as they can out of the warm months. March
Kevin Abstract (with Romil), dissociative hip-hop, Larimer Lounge, March 21, $15-$18
Weaves (with Belle Game), bootstrap pop, Globe Hall, March 22, $10-$12
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (with Devotchka and Joe Sampson), charity benefit rock, Ogden Theatre, March 23, $32-$38
Xenia Rubinos (with the Other Black and Sur Ellz), alt-jazz, the Marquis Theater, Mar. Ogden Theatre, May 17, $25-$30

Soundgarden (with the Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan), seminal alt-rock, Fillmore Auditorium, May 22, $66.75
Matthew Logan Vasquez (with Bad Licks and Blake Brown & the American Dust Choir), full-bore rock, Larimer Lounge, May 27, $15-$17
June
Zakk Sabbath (with Beastmaker), metal tribute, the Marquis Theater, June 4, $25-$28
Modest Mouse (with Morning Teleportation), weirdo rock, Fillmore Auditorium, June 6, $39.75-$45
At the Drive In, scene rock: The punk world has been waiting years for feral vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala to return to the project that first gathered so many sweaty mosh pits around him in the late 1990s. This list is just the tip of the iceberg — you could botch a perfectly good credit score trying to catch every worthwhile show coming through town in the next few months. Nikki Lane is bringing “700,000 Rednecks” to the Bluebird Theater in March. The Bluebird Theater, April 10, $15

Field Division, folk-pop reverie, Lion’s Lair, April 11, $TBA
Other Worlds (with the Velveteers and Larry Nix & the Killer Gents), woke rock: A little My Morning Jacket, a little Band of Horses, this Denver band sounds way too polished to languish in obscurity. Or at least it sure feels that way. Larimer Lounge, March 30, $15

Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Appalachian alt-rock, Globe Hall, March 31, $15
April
Oathbreaker (with Khemmis, Jaye Jayle and Of Feather & Bone), wailing Belgian metal, the Marquis Theater, April 3, $12-$14
Clownvis Presley, send-up blues, Lost Lake Lounge, April 3, $5-$10 
21 Savage (with Young M.A., Tee Grizzley and Young Nudy), low-key rap, Ogden Theatre, April 4, $32-$38
Dead Man Winter (with Erik Koskinen Duo), ruminative folk, the Bluebird Theater, April 4, $15-$17
Jay Som + The Courtneys (with Shady Elders), outcast indie, Lost Lake Lounge, April 6, $10-$12
Jackie Green (with David Luning), pretty-boy rock, Globe Hall, April 6 and 7, $22-$25 
Tinariwen (with Dengue Fever), Saharan spirit rock: This band of Mali musicians filters traditional rock music through its own lens of sounds and experience, which is largely affected by the plight of African diaspora. To be fair, it’s felt like windows-down weather off and on since early February.

Download “Human Frailty” by Whiskey Autumn, only in Steal This Track

As the band puts it, it is “aspiring to write songs that get listeners on the dance floor while striking an emotional connection.” The dance floor is easily recognizable with hip-hop beats and production inspired by Dr Dre and J Dilla. The emotional connectivity is mainly found in the vocals, with some R&B keys along the way. Follow the band’s Facebook and website for related news. The EP is set to be released in April, followed by a midwest tour. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Below, download “Human Frailty” to get a sense of what all this means, debuting here in Steal This Track. It’s not that we seek them out or have a particular preference for the sound; there just seems to be so many Americana artists working in Colorado. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. In April, Whiskey Autumn will release its third EP, “Ice Cream in the Sun.” With it, the Boulder three-piece will complete its transformation from an Americana band to an electro-pop rock outfit. Whiskey Autumn may have figured out how: Just abandon the sound altogether. As a result, it’s very difficult for Americana-leaning Colorado bands to stand out from the pack. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. Regular readers of Steal This Track have probably noticed how often we cover Americana and alt-country artists. Add to this mix electro-pop synth hooks and you have a sound that’s a bit nostalgic, yet wholly original. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings.

Best shows: Head for the Hills and Weaves

Catch the band at Globe Hall on March 22. Catch them at the Bluebird Theater on March 17 and you’ll also get the pleasure of stomping along with the amazingly fun Railsplitters. Head for the Hills plays the Bluebird Theater on Friday. Tickets: $12-$15 via axs.com. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. Weaves

Listening to the oddball Toronto pop project Weaves, its impossible to predict how a song will start or where it will end. Live on stage, it could spark a dance floor revolution. The question instead is “What makes you stand out?” The band has answered that with a smart mix of alternative influences (think forlorn 1990s rock lyrics) and a knack for driving down-home rhythm that gets their crowds to ground their heels in. Head for the Hills

Given the thickets of competition that crowd the Colorado bluegrass scene, the question for bands like Fort Collins’ Head for the Hills isn’t “Can you play?” In the homeland of Hot Rize, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain, prowess is a given. (Photo courtesy of the band’s website)
Head for the Hills and Weaves are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. With enigmatic frontwoman Jasmyn Burke as its emblem, the band prides itself on taking chances: Punk choruses are softened and stretched over funky basslines; melodic lines sing-song up and away, like a butterfly caught in an updraft (“Coo Coo”). Tickets are $10-$12 via ticketfly.com. The four-piece’s verve for performance is catch, even over computer speakers.

2 Chainz to headline Denver’s 2017 4/20 rally

Last year’s 4/20 rally was initially set for April 16, but a snow storm forced organizers to push it back to May 21. Per usual, Denver’s Civic Center Park will host a rally to mark the high holy day, complete with a performance by a mega-sized rap star. Walter said he hopes the combination of free admission and its April 20 date will see a turnout that exceeds what the previous organizer pegged as an annual average of around 50,000 attendees. 2 Chainz will headline Civic Center’s annual 420 rally. The concert portion of the event will go from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Additional performers have yet to be announced. Other big news: This year’s event will be totally free to the public, and will actually take place on April 20, which has not always been the case. “We have no doubt that our event will be the largest 4/20 festival in the country.”  The 2017 4/20 rally will open its doors at 10 a.m. Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne performed at the event. and close at 8 p.m. Related Articles

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More than 250 vendors will set up throughout Civic Center Park, featuring booths offering everything from cannabis products to specialty food trucks. While it was free to enter, it cost $50-$150 to get premium seating for the event.  
“I look forward to seeing the thousands of cannabis enthusiasts flooding the park to do the 4:20 pm countdown with 2 Chainz,” Walter said. (Image provided by festival organizers)
April is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for 4/20, that hallowed day of marijuana observance. That’s been done away with by the festival’s new producer-turned-owner, Santino Walter.  
Grammy award-winning rapper 2 Chainz will headline this year’s 4/20 rally. An organizer said fans could expect “Colorado’s finest local artists” to join the lineup.