PHOTOS: Interpol Ogden Theatre show in Denver (review)

It would have been easy for Interpol to wallow in its awkward adolescence. Between lackluster response to the band’s eponymous 2010 album, which corresponded with the departure of their longtime bassist, and a shift in the alt-rock landscape away from moody, synth-driven atmospherics and toward foot stompin’ and banjo pickin’, Interpol could have simply rested on its reputation for bespoke menswear and fan adoration of their first two releases.

Watch: Interpol on Letterman Interpol, the quintessential NYC art rockers of the 2000s, reconvened on Wednesday with a morose performance of "All the Rage Back Home" from the new album, "El Pintor." Paul Banks appeared front and center with a well slicked mane and gold accents to compliment his signature baritone voice.

LISTEN: The best Interpol lyrics

Since the band's critically acclaimed 2002 debut hipsters have spent lonely nights decoding the dour beauty of Interpol lyrics. You can analyze them, take them literally or just get them tattooed on your body in a type writer font.

This Week: Interpol, Avi Buffalo, Dr. Dog, Mumford & Sons

[caption id="attachment_23535" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="New York rockers Interpol will play the Ogden Theatre on Monday night."][/caption] Interpol landed back at respected indie label Matador for its fourth album, a self-titled affair that finds the band in fine (if typically dour) shape but down a member: the iconic but apparently unhappy bassist Carlos D., who left shortly after the record was finished.

News: So, I guess we won’t sleep during October, either

[caption id="attachment_21877" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Muse, seen here playing the Pepsi Center a few days ago, was only the start of Rocktober. Photo by Dan Petty,"][/caption] While “Rocktober” is usually a baseball term in these here parts, this year it takes on a new spin.

Laylights @ the Bluebird Theater

[photopress:lay07.jpg,full,pp_image] Laylights' Tyler Hayden leads his band through "You" from the "Auricle" EP Saturday at the Bluebird. Photos by Doug Beam. One of the more encouraging things about the Denver music scene lately has been not just the amount of bands calling the city home, but the fact that an increasing chunk are playing at a national level.

Interpol @ the Fillmore Auditorium

[photopress:Interpol.jpg,full,pp_image] Hey, you, nice shirt! Photo by Laurie Scavo. One has to wonder if Interpol feels a bit cornered these days. The band continues to crank out respectable, darkly-melodic post-punk, but its lack of stylistic variance rivals its same-y NYC brethern the Strokes from album to album.