Playing Around 

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What can be said about music in print? It's not about the club in which it's played, the cleverness of the band's name or the quality of their promotional merchandise. Live music is really only about what it can do for you, which, in most cases, is to put you in a better mood than you started out in.

Which brings me to Atlas Hunter. The four-man band from Denver isn't particularly innovative or flashy; the main reason to see them Thursday night -- and really the only reason that you need --is that they are incredibly talented musicians who know their way around a song. Atlas' richly melodic guitars and deep, fluid harmonies are complemented with '70s rock nostalgia and a hint of Southern alt-country. Lead singer Randy Burke's sensuous voice is powerful alone, but it's perfectly exposed within the band's tight, clean arrangements -- sort of 34 Satellite, sort of Wallflowers, a little bit of Skynyrd.

Atlas Hunter plays their quality rock at The Underground, on the corner of Kiowa and Nevada. Word is the Underground is going progressive on us, so this might be one of the last classic rock anythings you'll have a chance to see at the landmark club. Call 633-0590.


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