A love-struck playlist, and all of this week's local music 

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Valentine's Day is a stupid holiday, isn't it? According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $19.6 billion on the holiday in 2018. That's basically the annual budget of a small country. Our opinion: it's probably better for your heart, your conscience and your pocketbook if you stick to the basics this year and spend a quiet night inside.

The best part about that? You don't even have to make a mixtape. Should you need the perfect soundtrack for your V-Day evening, we've got you covered. These quiet acoustic and ukulele tunes provide ambiance for cuddling, homemade dinner, and whatever other modest celebrations you have in store.

Meanwhile, here are some notable shows taking place across Colorado in the weeks ahead:

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  • The Pretenders will join Def Leppard and Journey at Denver’s Coors Field July 21.

  • Shaggy 2 Dope, Black Sheep, Feb. 13
  • Grindmother, Black Sheep, Feb. 14
  • Ren Thomas, Black Sheep, Feb. 26
  • Altan, Daniels Hall, Denver, March 3
  • Black Pegasus, Black Sheep, March 3
  • Shoreline Mafia, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 13
  • Act of Defiance, Black Sheep, March 20
  • Adelitas Way, Black Sheep, March 24
  • Roy Wood$, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 27
  • Thirdstory, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 31
  • Shawn James, Black Sheep, April 9
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Black Sheep, April 15
  • Chaos & Carnage Festival, featuring Carnifex, Summit Music Hall, Denver, April 29
  • Satyricon, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 18
  • Minus the Bear, Summit Music Hall, Denver, May 30
  • Lettuce & The Floozies, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, June 8
  • Tech N9ne, Black Sheep, June 21
  • Luke Bryan, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 4
  • Chris Stapleton, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 10
  • Elton John, Pepsi Center, Denver, Feb. 7, 2019

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 2/7

Historic Ute Inn, Open Mic hosted by Dan Carlisle, 7 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
Stargazers, An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October (acoustic), 8 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 2/8

Black Sheep, 10 Years, with From Ashes to New, Iridium A.D. (metal), 7 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Café, La Baraka with David Hemersbach and Gerard Mali (jazz), 6:30 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Service Industry Night with DJ Chris Diablo (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Stargazers, Woodshed Red (acoustic), 7 p.m.

Friday 2/9

Back East Bar & Grill, Zac Charles and the Red (country), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Fonda Cash Band (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Forest Community Center, Aaron Walker Quartet, Emily Barnes (jazz), 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Tatanka, Offbeat Revolution, Chivalry (dance), 7 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Café, Valentines by Candlelight with Rick Blessing and the Tripp Ziegler Jazz Trio, 7 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Exit West (country), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Manitou Springs City Hall, Roosevelt Dime (Americana), 6 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Acme Bluegrass, 6:45 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Soulsmith Unlimited (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Sacred Grounds, Nick Davey (acoustic), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, Mardi Gras Dance Party with Tribe (jazz), 8 p.m.
Swirl Wine Bar, John Drew Petersen (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Wyatt’s Pub & Grill, Playing with Smoke (rock/pop), 9 p.m.

Saturday 2/10

Axe and the Oak, Playing With Smoke (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill - Monument, Chute Nine (Americana), 8:30 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, GhostRADIO (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Lost Junction (Americana), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, The Toasters, The Knock Blockers, Autonomous (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Café, Flamenco Valentine with Natalia Perez and Flamenco Underground (world), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Mo Mungus (blues), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, The Ruxton Railsplitters (bluegrass), noon.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Legends Rock Bar, Cold Brew’d 40 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Levi & Rifkin (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, One From None, Had I Known, Cloud Temple (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Street Envy Mothers MC (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, Vibes Saturdays with DJ Luchy (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m.
Shining Mountain Golf Club, Dallas Alley (country), 8 p.m.
Stargazers, Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Buzz, DJ Dance (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
Wooglin’s Deli & Café, Frank Moore (acoustic), 7 p.m.

Sunday 2/11

Black Sheep, Drain, Resonate, Lonely Bones, faim (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Karaoke with Big Boss Entertainment, 9 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, DJ Night (dance), 7 p.m.

Tuesday 2/13

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Shaggy 2 Dope, Lyte, Psycho Act, Hex Rated, Seenloc, #PressPlayDoe, Falli, DJ DontGivAFuk (hip-hop), 6 p.m.

Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

Submit your live music event by Wednesday at noon for the following Wednesday's paper via our Submit a Listing page. If we don't receive a confirmation of ongoing events on a monthly basis, they won't run. Questions? Email livemusic@csindy.com.

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