For some bands, getting noticed takes years—even decades—of dedication to the craft. But for the bass-heavy synthpop group Chvrches, the journey from nobodys to the SXSW lineup only took a matter of months. Watch the trio, including a powerful female lead vocalist, play tracks from their debut album The Bones of What You Believe. Thu 8 p.m.
When life lays waste to your best laid schemes, you can wallow in your grief and pain, or you can build anew. SoCal metal quintet Of Mice & Men does just that with a growling, rumbling vengeance on Restoring Force, their latest release. Beneath the snarls, though, hides an emotional side at times softer than a Vaseline hand. Thu 7 p.m.
Fifteen years after their final album release, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the experimental indie-pop group is embarking on a worldwide reunion tour. Watch Neutral Milk Hotel's frontman Jeff Magnum and the band take the stage for what could be the last time in Denver, playing hits from their 1998 album. Mon 8 p.m.
Prepare yourself for an auditory adventure. This Canadian electronic dance duo will lead you through the highs and lows of EDM erudition. Take in the assumed sonic dissonance of high-pitched female vocal samples and convulsive bass drops as that discord becomes an elusive musical contradiction: a harmonious cacophony that actually works. Sat 9 p.m.
It’s time to break out your red leather jacket and dust off your zombiefied “Thriller” dance moves. In tribute to the late Michael Jackson, Who’s Bad keeps the king of pop’s hip-thrusting, chart-topping hits alive during this dynamic performance of robotic choreography and uncanny vocals. Sat 9 p.m.
DJ and producer Steve Aoki has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop—Kid Cudi, Will.i.am, and others—and he's remixed the work of many more. In addition to spinning records, Aoki also dabbles in crowd surfing, raft riding, and cake throwing during shows.Waka Flocka Flame and Borgore join him on tour in his attempt to "Aokify America." Tue 7:30 p.m.
Inspired by the story of two lovelorn elephants who met a tragic end, this Nederland-based acoustic indie quintet doesn't just make music, they make a difference. Through their music, they support a host of humanitarian causes and promote responsible stewardship of the planet. Aoife O'Donovan and Taarka will also perform. Fri 9 p.m.
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