- Omar Apollo @ The Bluebird Theater, with Mk.gee, Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, $18.50/adv, $20/door, 16+, 303/322-2308, bluebirdtheater.net
Omar Apollo began making waves at the age of 20 with last year’s Stereo EP, which the Latin culture site Remezcla hailed as a collection of “buttery R&B for a new generation of Chicanos.”
The Indiana-raised, L.A.-based artist’s carefully crafted debut was also met with praise from the more mainstream music press, while his camera-ready image and commercial sensibility positioned him as an up-and-coming contender in the teen-pop market. But last month’s release of his follow-up EP Friends is a more eclectic affair, ranging from the high-energy Prince homage “Ashamed” to the hypnotically inviting “Trouble,” a moody track that’s more James Blake than Justin Bieber.
At this point, Apollo’s future direction is anyone’s guess. But at least for the moment, it looks like Teen Vogue’s loss is Pitchfork’s gain.