Monday, 9 September (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Trippy excess and full on sonic intensity are business as usual for Animal Collective. Last year's Centipede Hz hit densely packed with thick textures and mutated sounds. My recommendation is probably pointless; either you already know the band and you're up for their frenetic, acid Kool-Aid jams or you need to dip a big toe into You Tube first. Take the challenge!
Wednesday, 11 September (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Thursday, 12 September (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
Rebirth Brass Band
The New Orleans ambassadors of brass jazz are swinging through Colorado, offering a couple of shows. The show at the Aggie is free, so that's almost a no-brainer. Over the years, this group has maintained the highest standards of musicianship and entertainment. 2011's Rebirth of New Orleans (review) served up a bodacious mix of Dixieland, funk, and bluesy jazz. Count on their show to explore all this and more.
Friday, 13 September (Larimer Lounge, Denver CO)
The Octopus Project
The Octopus Project's eclectic mix of electronica and indie rock made a strong impression on me with their recent release, Fever Forms (review). Like Animal Collective, they have a pretty wide range of sounds they can pull out, but their blend of experimental side-trips warrant a visit back to art-school at a nice, intimate venue.