It's a good weekend for live music in Boulder and Denver, and there's a lot to choose from. We thought we'd help you out with a quick roundup of the good sounds that will fill up the local hotspots. Happy rocking.
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Bluebird Theater, Friday, 9 p.m., $17-$20
The totally nuts-o experimental rockers from Pittsburgh weirded everyone out once again with last fall's Cobra Juicy LP. For all the madness of the music, it's instantly likeable and makes for a live show that will draw you into a psychedelic maze and leave you disoriented, but happy, when you finally escape.
hi-dive, Friday, 10 p.m., $6
The Jekylls are something of a Denver supergroup, made up of two members of the Hollyfelds, two members of the Railbenders and one of the Sunday Girls. Together, they're pumping out ‘60s pop rock with a modern edge. Their record, The Sweet Factory, sounds as yummy as the name, but this is a band you need to experience live for the real sugar rush.
The James Hunter Six
Boulder Theater, Friday, 8 p.m., $20-$25
Grammy-nominated soul singer can certainly draw a crowd based on his own long history and talents, but he comes to the Boulder Theater backed by a killer band. If you're feeling like an old soul (who still wants to dance), Hunter alone is worth the price of admission. Opener Nathaniel Rateliff, a Denver mainstay, only adds value.
The Zimmermans and Deadphish Orchestra
Fox Theatre, Saturday, 9 p.m., $10-$12
There's nothing wrong with a little nostalgia trip. That's why we have tribute bands like The Zimmermans and Deadphish Orchestra. They're both at the Fox Theatre on Saturday night to bring Boulder a somewhat unlikely -- but sort of just right -- pairing of Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.
Bluebird Theatre, Saturday, 9 p.m., $15-$18
Brit singer/songwriter Kate Nash is on tour in support of her latest record, Girl Talk, which is still hot and fresh off its March release. As the album title suggests, she's overflowing with some excellent femme angst. It's not off-putting, it just rocks.
Monroe Monroe BBQ Show
Larimer Lounge, Sunday, 2 p.m., $5-$10
The Larimer Lounge's barbecue shows are in full swing now that the warm weather is here to stay. This Sunday, the headliner is local rock group Monroe Monroe. If you're looking for some emotion-packed, anthem rock, this is the barbecue for you. They go on at 6 p.m., but there's a huge lineup before and after Monroe Monroe's set that includes Brainbox Pollution, Calder's Revolvers, Post Paradise, Rachel & The Kings, Medic, Common Anomaly, Attic Attack and Chemistry Club.