Elvis Perkins in Dearland Friday and Saturday

May 2009
Singer/songwriter Elvis Perkins and his band (who go by Elvis Perkins in Dearland) should fit nicely into two intimate local venues this weekend: the Hi-Dive, Denver's cozy, PBR-friendly, hipster enclave, and the more classy, up-close-and-personal backroom of the b. side lounge in Boulder. Perkins' literate lyrics, nasally voice, harmonica rack 'round the neck, and acoustic strums recall late-'60s/early '70s countrified folkies. Romantic, waltzy songs like "While You Were Sleeping" (seen here performed on Letterman) and the new single "Shampoo" are accompanied by rustic instrumentation--trombone, stand-up bass, and hand-held percussion--that's perfect for close quarters. Friday, May 8, 8 p.m. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 720-570-4500 $10, 21+ Saturday, May 9, 9 p.m. the b. side lounge, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 303-473-9463 $12, 21+