We are so lucky here in Denver that we get so many great bands coming through. Recently the band COIN blew the roof off Gothic Theatre, with great support from Utah band The Aces. I knew how great COIN was from their appearance at Westword…
The Faint has been together as a band since 1995 (what!) but I discovered them in the mid-2000's. I especially love the song "I Disappear" but there is plenty of great stuff from their most recent albums. I enjoyed them in concert too, although I will say the show was more fun to listen to than try to photograph. It was dark and electronic - pretty much what you want from a Faint show - and I was thrilled I finally got to see them live. I've always heard that Gang of Four was great live, even though they have a revolving door of band members. Andy Gill is the constant, and he showed it by walking on stage and throwing his guitar around - both literally and figuratively. I have never seen band members jump around and switch microphones with each other like Gang of Four (2016 edition) does - but they totally make it work. Check out their recent live album to see what I mean.
The Faint and Gang of Four Concert Photos
Gang of Four
I'm going to be honest. I wasn't sure how the genre "hip hop folk rock" was going to play out in a concert. But everyone promised me Judah & The Lion were killer live - and I should have trusted them. Judah Akers was all over the stage, full of energy and love for the crowd. All the other guys were right there with him, especially Nate Zuercher, who is from Colorado and was proudly sporting a Rockies jersey. It was tons of fun, great music, with banjos, mandolins, accordions, good old rock n' roll, with some rap on top. An incredible show. J+TL will be at festivals throughout the summer, go see them if you can.