The Fourth of July has come and gone (did you listen to our mix tape?) and the summer is seemingly flashing before our very eyes. And while Reverb’s Ricardo Baca has already offered his choices for the season; here’s the verdict on the ten shows I think you’d be a fool to miss from now through Labor Day.
The Avett Brothers – July 9 — Red Rocks – There’s been a palpable bend by the Avetts towards less challenging terrain, but the group’s vulnerable yet sturdy folk-rock is tailor-made for a summer night in Morrison.
Liturgy – July 12 – Hi-Dive — If you haven’t been to a metal show in a while, here’s a good place to start. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s growl can be a lot to take but the crew’s black metal chord progressions are riveting.
Battles – July 19 – Bluebird Theater — I’ve already lauded the new record, but Battles excel live; John Stanier’s drumming the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The UMS – July 21 through 24 – South Broadway — Bands like Panal S.A. De C.V., the Knew, Gauntlet Hair and Timber Timbre have already been announced. This is going to be one kickass block party.
Cass McCombs – July 29 – Larimer Lounge — The mysterious singer-songwriter makes a rare appearance. It would be advisable to catch him — up close and personal — in this relatively intimate space.
Cults – August 1 – Larimer Lounge – Any way you label it — vintage-pop, dream-pop, indie-pop — Cults craft substantial popular music. Madeline Follin’s throwback vocals should be a joy live.
Flaming Lips – August 3 – Red Rocks — Sure they’re covering “Dark Side of the Moon” but, hey, any chance to catch Wayne Coyne & Co. is worth a trip (on several levels). Primus’ place on the bill doesn’t hurt matters.
My Morning Jacket – August 4 — Red Rocks – The new tunes from MMJ’s “Circuital” should fit in nicely with the rest of the Kentucky band’s canon.
Andrew Bird – August 9 — Arvada Center, August 10 – Chautauqua — It’s been a hot minute since we got any fresh recorded material from Mr. Bird, but no matter: this man’s whistles alone should have you venturing to the ‘burbs.
Phish – September 2-4 — Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — A three-night, tour-closing, last-shows-of-2011 Phish run is the perfect coda for the summer. Never seen ‘em? Go and feel any enmity dissolve more quickly than the surrounding pot smoke.