T his is pretty simple.
Boulder has good music venues. Denver has good music venues. There's also that huge, pretty amphitheater out in Morristown -- Red Rocks, is it? -- if you're into that whole outdoor concert surrounded by stunning rock formations thing. Sometimes even Broomfield gets in on the action, when the 1stBank Center goes big.
Wherever you go to get it, there's good music coming to the Front Range. But no one wants to endlessly scour concert calendars, and you've got limited money to drop on tickets. Wise choices need to be made, lest you waste precious booze money. We get it. Let us help you narrow down your choices.
Sept. 7 at the Bluebird Theater, $20-$25
The bizarre publicity enigma that is Bradford Cox and company released Monomania earlier this year, and it's generally considered some of 2013's best new music. The record packs more brawn and less brains than the standard Deerhunter fare. It sounds like the band has been living in a dive bar, which should add a grimier rock edge to the show.
Sept. 9 at the Fox Theatre, $15-$17
Trevor Powers and his crew extended their tour to include dozens more dates, and Boulder landed one of them. Youth Lagoon's latest, Wonderous Bughouse, got raves from critics when it was release in March, and it sounds like it's doing well enough for a serious tour extension.
Sept. 9 at the Ogden Theatre, $33.50-$35
Animal Collective had to cancel a slew of dates this summer due to illness, but they were nice enough to reschedule. If you've never caught the experimental pop rock band live before, well, prepare to get weird.
Sept. 10 at the Fox Theatre, $20
Ernest Green, the man behind Washed Out, releases his next album on Aug. 13 and promptly heads out on tour. He'll be in Boulder in the immediate wake of the Paracosm chillwave.
Sept. 10 at the Bluebird Theater, $15-$20
Dance, you bloody fools. Dance.
Sept. 15 at the Marquis Theater, $18-$20
The King of Partying will descend upon Denver and it will be glorious. Honestly, who even knows what Andrew WK does these days, but you can bet it rocks. Sadly, this is not part of his tour with Black Sabbath.
Sept. 16 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, $44.75
The Lonely Stoner -- who's been working on a rock career lately -- will be joined by Tyler, the Creator, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, Logic and King Chip. That's a lot of bang for your bucks.
Sept. 18 at the Larimer Lounge, $14-$16
By the time Titus Andronicus arrives at the Larimer Lounge, it will have been almost a year since the release of Local Business. The record did just fine, not spectacular, but the band's punkish-yet-friendly shows keep them on the road and killing it.
Sept. 20 at the Bluebird Theater, $15-$20
It's stunning post-punk updated for 2013, and while you might not dance too much, you'll be floored. But keep your phone in your pocket. As the all-caps note from the band at a show in Seattle demonstrated, raised screens are not welcome.
Sept. 24 at the Bluebird Theater, $15-$18
The psych-rock duo canceled a European tour in the interest of the "creative health of the band." It must be in tip-top shape now because they're back on the road in support of the great album with a great title, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.
Sept. 26 at the Larimer Lounge, $13-$15
L.A. punk band FILDAR, which stands for "fuck it, dog, life's a risk," will rock your damn face off and have a lot of fun doing it.
Sept. 28 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, $39.75
The Boulder duo is still hot, thanks to the Colorado-friendly blend of electronics and live instrumentation.
Oct. 2 at the Bluebird Theater, $15
The British producer (whose real name no one knows, still) is hitting the road in support of his latest, more danceable than usual Half of Where You Live.
Oct. 3 at the Larimer Lounge, $15.75-$20
Dominic Maker and Kai Campos probably deserve a bigger venue, but the smaller space of the Larimer Lounge should foster more dancing to their ambitious beats.
Gary Clark Jr.
Oct. 10 at the Ogden Theatre, $27.50-$30
Hear what the growing hype around this blues guitarist is all about. He might be relatively new, but the sound is seriously old school.
Oct. 15 at the 1stBank Center, $29.75-$36.50
Back so soon? Passion Pit was just in town this past March, when they sold out the 1stBank Center with Matt & Kim. This time, the electronic indie-pop crew is out with The Joy Formidable.
Oct. 16 at the Larimer Lounge, $17.50
Back with a sophomore LP, Pythons, Surfer Blood is out on tour and sure to drown the Larimer Lounge in reverb.
Portugal. The Man
Oct. 18 at the Boulder Theater, $25
Oct. 19 at the Ogden Theatre, $25-$30
Portugal. The Man's latest record, Evil Friends, was all over the indie-rock map, so these shows should something for Portugal fans of all stripes.
City and Colour
Oct. 23 at the Ogden Theatre, $32.50-$37
Dallas Green's City and Colour project is reliably lovely, which is extra delightful when you remember his old hardcore band.
Oct. 26 at the Boulder Theater, $28.50
Oct. 27 at the Ogden Theatre, $28.50
They'll blow your mind and melt your face. Trust.