It’s as much for the artist as it the audience, a release valve for overwhelming heartache that doubles as a nice show for the Thursday night rock club crowd. Catch the band at the Hi-Dive on April 5. Tickets: $15-$17 via axs.com. Dead Man Winter
An authentic break-up album is a funny thing. Cutting a figure of Pixies’ Kim Deal, frontwoman Claire England is in charge of the Seattle band’s head and heart, staking the band’s gruff pop through its chest and threading verse after chorus of catchy melodies through the ears. Written about the dissolution of his decade-long marriage, Simonett deemed the material too personal to perform as his well-known alt-bluegrass project Trampled by Turtles. Dude York plays the Hi-Dive next week. Still, Simonett is most convincing on odd songs like “Weight of the World,” where he’s acoustic, lonesome and convalescing. Tickets are $10-$12 and available via ticketfly.com. Dude York
Underneath the typical trappings of ratty 2010s millennial rock, disparate pulses courses through the three-piece of Dude York. Catch the band on April 4 at the Bluebird Theater. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. As Dead Man Winter, his former band’s speedy banjo runs are swapped out for lithe electric guitar, which despite the subject material, isn’t always mired in slow minor chords. Songs like “Tonight,” the triumphant single from its breakthrough sophomore release, “Sincerely,” source their pep in equal part from guitarist Peter Richards, whose melody-driven riffs are in practice trace its roots closer to heavy metal rather than expectant indie rock. (Sam Gehrke, provided by Hardly Art)
Dead Man Winter and Dude York are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Dave Simonett’s “Furnace” follows suit. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram.