DFW spring 14 banner So much music, so little time. Fear not, gentle readers. We, the music snobs at 303 Magazine, have compiled another monthly round-up of the Top 10 Not-to-be-Missed Concerts in Denver (and Boulder) this month. Oh darn, I forgot to include the Miley show… can’t let that little attention whore steal the show from the following artists, sorry. March brings us a whole smorgasbord of other various twerk-less entertainment, though. From indie rock to funk and soul to electro and avant-guard, 303 has narrowed down your concert options for you so you can focus on more important decisions this month: whether or not to participate in “Mustache March,” which “March Madness” teams to bet on, and how to appropriately layer your wardrobe to best suit our sunny afternoons and evening snow showers. 1. Dr. Dog: March 8, Boulder Theater, $20-23 Philly’s Dr. Dog plays 1960s influenced indie-rock. Lots of bands play this type of music- but Dr. Dog has a signature sound that inspires a tidal wave of fans, selling out shows throughout the nation. Something about their sound- the lo-fi grungy, yet refined tracks- allows Dr. Dog to take precedence over Indie Nation. Their music is dark, but translucent- the light still shines through. Catchy, but not kitchy. Fun and cheery, but not pop. Sort of like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros meets the Black Keys. Give their latest EP, Wild Race (2012), a listen here and/or catch them in Boulder this weekend. 2. Galactic & Robert Randolph: March 8, Fillmore, $41.50-54 The epitome of the New Orleans funk-jazz-jam scene, Galactic is mind blowingly good. Every time. They blend hip-hop, world music, and blues with traditional organic NOLA funk to create a fusion of musical genres that can be summed up as bad-assed and slap happy. One of the most talented drummers of all time, Stanton Moore, rat-a-tat-tats away through a frenzy of horns and back-breaking groovy bass. Primarily an instrumental group, Galactic has a rotating cast of singers that tour with them. Most recently, Corey Glover (Living Colour) has been touring with them as their main vocalist. Since 1996, Galactic has recorded about 10 albums and is notorious for their live collaborations with other NOLA funk fiends such as Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, and the Rebirth Brass Band. This weekend, they’ll be playing in Denver with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. 3. Break Science: March 8, Ogden, $17-22 Brooklyn’s electronic duo produces dance music, infusing hip-hop with jazzy beats, layering sounds and frequencies to create a rich texture and organic feel-good music. Drumstep, glitch, soul, trip-hop, dub- Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee do it all. Their new album (released October 2013), Seven Bridges, was highly anticipated and warmly received by EDM fans and features vocals and horns by Redman and Lettuce, respectively, as well as lots of other collaborations and cameos from various artists. The guys of Break Science truly put a dynamic spin on electronic music production, ranging from sultry and seductive to heavy-hitting and old school.  Don’t miss them this weekend at the Ogden. https://soundcloud.com/break-science/sets/7-bridges-do-not-share 4. The Ataris: March 15, Summit Music Hall, $16-18 Good old fashioned Indiana punk-rockers, The Ataris, have been a house-hold name on the underground scene since the mid-1990s. With five studio albums under their belt, these guys are sure to put on a boisterous and upbeat live show that will have you bouncing ’round the room. 5. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: March 17, Gothic Theater, $25-30 They’ve got no major radio singles, nor do they have any major label support. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have remained independent super stars over the past decade and they continue to grow in popularity. Performing at festivals nationwide, starring on every Late Night show, opening for Prince and singing backup for Beck, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings hold the title as the World’s #1 Live Soul Act. This year, unfortunately, Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 57- just three months before the scheduled release of their new album, Give the People What They Want. She sings hard, and she fights hard. Sharon Jones took off several months for treatment and is now back on the road and coming to Denver. If you’ve got soul- and you want some more- this show is for you. 6. Lake Street Dive: March 21/22, Bluebird Theater, SOLD OUT Rolling Stone dubbed Lake Street Dive “the year’s best new band.” If you venture over to their website, you’ll see all of their shows in every venue- large or small- across the country is sold out. Rachael Price, the band’s soulful singer, has been complimented by The New York Daily News as having “the soulful howl of a young Etta James.” The Boston-based quartet has received lots of mega-media attention lately, but their first (million) views were spawned from a YouTube video that the band had posted of themselves covering Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back,” filmed on a street corner in Brighton, Mass. Their new album, Bad Self Portraits, is described as ranging from “weird alt-country jazz group to pop-soul juggernaut.” Catch them if you can. 7. Lorde: March 22, Fillmore, $42.50-55 You know Lorde. We all know Lorde. She’s only seventeen and is the first New Zealand solo artist to ever have a #1 song in the United States. She won two Grammys this past year: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Lorde, a self proclaimed feminist, is endearing in her awe of her sudden fame and financial gain. Let’s hope that she doesn’t turn out like Miley or Beiber, the crotch flashing and stripper biting youth of the music industry. Catch her at the Fillmore while she’s still good and wholesome- oh and did I mention her voice? And how about that hair? 8. ODESZA: March 23-24, Larimer Lounge, $10-15 Seattle’s electro-duo ODESZA can’t get enough of the Mile High. In the past, they’ve toured with Colorado’s resident DJs, Pretty Lights, and they were just in town ringin’ in the New Year at Decadence. 303 even had the pleasure of interviewing Harrison Mills and Clayton King about their latest EP, My Friends Never Die, which you can read here. Well, they’re coming back to Larimer Lounge- and even added an additional show- to bring us more of that exotic and bass fueled stuff we love so much. https://soundcloud.com/odesza/sun-models-feat-madelyn-grant 9. St. Vincent: March 29, Ogden, $25-30 St. Vincent is a wild child. She runs around in the woods naked for inspiration. She thrashes about on stage with David Byrne: the female yin to his yang. Their genius absurdity complimented each other perfectly while touring together for the last year. And since then, she’s put out a new self-titled album chock full of bizarre and magical tracks. She is one of those fearless and powerful women that are captivating to watch and a pleasure to listen to. 10. Neutral Milk Hotel: March 31, Ogden, $36.50-45 Neutral Milk Hotel is an experimental indie rock band. They are well-known (mega-understatement) for their obscure and eclectic tendencies. As with most bands, they took a brief hiatus during the early 2000s, with each of the band’s original members taking part in various side projects. But now- they’re back. And not to be missed. Stay tuned for further 303 coverage on each of these concerts, including upcoming interviews and photo galleries. And another friendly reminder, Denver Fashion Week is coming up. So if you’ve got any spare change left after catching all of these March shows, don’t forget to PURCHASE YOUR DFW SEATS TICKETS BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

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