A lot can change in a decade. For Vanessa Carlton that’s meant transforming from a bubbly pop princess into a soulful songstress. Although Carlton's newest album doesn't come out until early 2014, her latest single, "I'll Wait For You," gives listeners a taste of what's to come. Carlton’s voice is ethereal, yet haunting—a welcome departure from the singer’s pop roots. Thu 8 p.m.
Keeping their self-proclaimed season of "new beginnings" alive, the Denver Philharmonic's latest show features pieces that were once nightmareish for their composers—such as Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5—but went on to become some of the most iconic compositions in classical music. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Hip-hop mastermind NAS will be taking Mos Def's place at this fall's Shredded Beats—the quarterly concert and event series held at Cervantes. With 20 years in the industry, NAS has never been one to play it safe. From politics to religion and race, it's his brutal, yet insightful honesty that makes NAS a lyrical legend. Fri 9 p.m.
Bouncing from indie-folk to experimental to art-rock, this Oregon-based band has finally landed on a label for its sounds: "Rocky Mountain Whoop-ass." Amusing at the very least, it's a handle that Blitzen Trapper attributes to their mountain folk fans. Wherever they play, you can rest assured there will be a whole lot of struttin', twistin', and hillbilly tappin'. Fri 9 p.m.
After a two-year hiatus, one of America's greatest live rock bands has released a new album—featuring 26 songs from their 2010 sold-out performances—and is back on the road. With legendary singer-songwriter Jackie Green joining the crew this year, the band is reaching deep into its songbook to make sure every city gets a different set-list. Wed 9 p.m.; Fri 9 p.m.; Sat 9 p.m.
With six albums in as many years and appearances at the country's biggest festivals, Portugal. The Man might be the most prolific band you've never heard of. Its newest album, Evil Friends, takes the band in a new lyrical direction while maintaining its psychedelic rock sound. Sat 9 p.m.
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