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Surreal R&B singer SZA and throwback emo posse The Hotelier are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. SZA

SZA, real name Solána Rowe, embodies the dissociated on “CTRL,” her major-label debut with Kendrick Lamar’s label imprint, Top Dawg Entertainment. But it’s Thick Business — the undercard band from Boise — that sets this lineup apart. The best part? The record has a hardscrabble snarl that lends it a lo-fi charm that both of those aforementioned bands have flirted with at some point. “Racing, Chasing” wisely cribs notes from a handful of venerable sources. Related Articles

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Globe Hall is hosting a “secret” show this weekend. 6. Rowe brings that world to the Gothic Theatre on Sept. The death of the party, cheating with your friend’s lover, reflexive self-examining poetry — it’s all rooted in the quotidian pain and penchants of millennials in a metro area. Review: The Guestlist, “Racing, Chasing”

The Denver’s The Guest List has been a dependable if predictable barroom act since it formed around frontman Josh Moorehead circa 2014. …and, a review of “Racing, Chasing,” an album from Denver’s workingman funk-rock band The Guestlist. Take the one at Globe Hall on Sept. While Moorehead’s linoleum-stomping jams may not move you beyond last call, there are enough highlights here to blow out the band’s own guest list when it plays the release show for “Racing, Chasing” at the Hi-Dive on Sept. 2. But no amount of spit shine can cover up this effort’s smatterings of lyrical placeholders (“I found a way of living / that’s taking and not giving / That’s wrong”). The show is just $5 with an RSVP via redbullsoundselect.com. On “Racing, Chasing,” its sophomore effort, the band makes an evolutionary leap to a worthy studio project. Tickets: $25.50-$30 via axs.com. The Hotelier, an angsty rock band out of Massachusetts, will bring its boot-strap emotional cherry bomb up last. 6, which packs three promising up-and-comers into one of Denver’s smaller, hipper rooms. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Best shows: Santana and Rozwell Kid

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The Hotelier

Some bills are just better deals than others. “Lonely” echoes Nathaniel Rateliff’s success under his soul-rock project the Night Sweats; “Back to the Dream” and “Stone,” the latter its rightful single, sputter with the bluesy dust of the Black Keys. The band made an invigorating Denver debut at last year’s Underground Music Showcase, thanks to frontwoman Sarah Pincock whirly-gig take on indie. Denver’s own Overslept, an angular rock band who relishes in upending expectations, represents the local scene. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. On it, the 26 year old’s voice surfs on vaporous R&B, booming rhythms crashing down like cannonballs in the mist. Fans of Frank Ocean will recognize the allure — a dance party for the mind more than the body — of Rowe’s ethereal songwriting. But it sounds like it’s from a parallel universe where the world moves a little slower. SZA performs at the Gothic Theatre on Sept. We have some ideas what it could be. 6.