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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:casiotone.jpg,full,pp_image] Owen Ashworth's set lived up to his bands name at the Hi-Dive on Wednesday. Photo from ACertainRomance.com. When I went to go see Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at the Hi-Dive on Wednesday, I was half-heartedly expecting to see Owen Ashworth's one-man-band beefed up by some of the formidable folks who occasionally join him on strings, flutes or organs.

Liam Finn, Laura Veirs @ the Walnut Room

[photopress:liamfinn06.jpg,full,pp_image] Liam Finn played (nearly) every instrument at his Friday-night show at the Walnut Room. Photos by Doug Beam. As hard as it was, tearing ourselves away from the Walnut Room’s majestic pizza on Friday night, we did it.

Elbow @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:elbow.jpg,full,pp_image] Elbow's Guy Garvey (above) could hardly believe the size of the crowd at the Bluebird Theater on Friday. Photo from The Pop Cop. Despite having just flown in from England, Air Traffic opened its Friday night set with three energetic songs.

Raconteurs @ the Fillmore Auditorium

[photopress:rac9.jpg,full,pp_image] Brendan Benson & Co. projected the vibe of a friends jamming at the Fillmore on Monday. Photos by Laurie Scavo. It was desperate times, and apparently, desperate times call for a … theater critic.

Kimya Dawson @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:kimya11.jpg,full,pp_image] Cynics need not apply at a Kimya Dawson show. Photos by Laurie Scavo. Kimya Dawson's Tuesday night set at the Bluebird Theater was refreshing in its playful wordplay, pulling out the child in damn near all of us in the audience.

Nick Lowe @ the Boulder Theater

[photopress:nicklowe1.jpg,full,pp_image] Sorry, the best look at Nick Lowe we can give you is a picture of his concert poster. His tour manager imposed a 50-foot, no-flash, two-song limitation on all photographers (and Reverb's John Moore was the only one).

Fleet Foxes, Porlolo @ the Hi-Dive

[photopress:fleet11_1.jpg,full,pp_image] Fleet Foxes' soothing, retro sounds blanketed a packed Hi-Dive last night. Photos by Laurie Scavo. Harmonies ruled at the Hi-Dive on Monday, with locals Porlolo and Seattle bands Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper bringing their "honeyed voices" (as my friend Jim put it) to the small stage on South Broadway, providing a welcome change from the march of aggressive guitar-and-drums acts that are that venue's bread and butter.

Live review: George Lopez @ Comedy Works

The prisms through which we view entertainers always seem to determine their hue, as I learned last week with George Lopez. I'd never been a fan of the L.A.-born-and-based comic, but in the process of researching him for a Denver Post piece I gained a new respect for what he's done for other Latino entertainers, whether highlighting their lack of representation in the media or making it safe for others to follow.