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- BABYMETAL @ The Ogden Theatre ; With Avatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, check ticket prices and availability at ogdentheatre.com.
When Psy’s infamous “Gangnam Style” video went viral back in 2012, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong derided the South Korean dance-pop artist as “the herpes of music.” Whether or not you agree with that assessment, there’s no question that the horsey-dancing one-hit wonder paved the way for massively successful K-Pop acts like BTS and BLACKPINK. That level of notoriety has largely eluded Japan’s J-Pop industry, but not for want of trying.
One of the stronger contenders is BABYMETAL, who have just embarked on their first American headlining tour. The tongue-in-cheek girl group’s candy-coated death-metal drew considerable attention thanks to their breakthrough video, “Gimme Chocolate!!,” which has now surpassed 100 million views. With their matching KISS-meets-Powerpuff Girls outfits, high-pitched vocals, and synchronized dance steps, BABYMETAL’s career half-life is still anyone’s guess. But for now, at least, they’re a tour de force to be reckoned with.