Fast forward a decade later, and those singer-songwriters’ concerns have domesticated, even if their outlooks are just as bleak. That it released the mid-oughts albums “Crack the Skye” and “Blood Mountain” for a major label was impressive enough; but when the albums gained status as modern classics, the Atlanta-born four piece earned a spot on a short list of bands that are still pioneering the genre into exciting territory. Photo by Tina Hagerling, The Know. “Emperor of Sand,” its seventh album, is in many ways a departure, with wildly melodic songs and a conceptual conceit grounded in sobering reality: the onset of cancer. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Take Cursive’s Tim Kasher, for example, whose third solo album “No Resolutions” tears the house of adult life down brick by brick. Mastodon, Fillmore Auditorium, April 24
Metal behemoths Mastodon are possibly the last band to achieve mythic status in the genre. Tim Kasher, Larimer Lounge, April 25
The heyday of emo-acoustic music revolved around the label mates at Saddle Creek, an Omaha-based record company that saw the likes of Bright Eyes and Cursive sing their voices ragged with the concerns of the sensitive twenty-something in the harsh, modern world. Mastodon performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3rd, 2015. Mastodon and Tim Kasher are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Tickets: $32.25-$52.25 via livenation.com. Tickets are $12-$15 and available via ticketfly.com. Kasher’s suburban catharsis will be on display at the Larimer Lounge on April 25. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. The band will play Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium with Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles on April 24.