There's enough live music going on in Boulder and Denver to keep you permanently broke. (Unless you have a trust fund, which, hey, share!)

This spring is looking particularly well-rounded, genre-wise, which means tons of jam bands and cover bands, but still enough of the other stuff to make everyone happy. So far, the coming months can boast some psych rock, NOLA jazz, indie pop, folk rock, electro pop, avant-garde weirdness and more.

Here's what's on our radar.

Rob Drabkin

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

Jan. 17

$14-$16

It's Drabkin's annual birthday show, and it's hard not to want to celebrate with the dude. As many Coloradans already know, his shows are reliably fun and full of warm and fuzzy fun. No, we're not talking about the hair. It's just that kind of singer/songwriter rock that makes you smile. Last year, there was cake, if that helps.

White Denim

Bluebird Theater, , 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

Jan. 27

$13-$15

Fox Theater, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095

Jan. 28

$15-$17


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If you're into psych-ish Souther-ish rock (labels are hard, sometimes), but you haven't heard of White Denim yet, now's your chance to rectify it. Two chances, in fact, since they have two days in Colorado. The band's latest record, Corsicana Lemonade, won't be super fresh any more, but that doesn't matter. This band can tear it up.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030

Feb. 27

CHVRCHES plays Denver’s Ogden in April.
CHVRCHES plays Denver's Ogden in April. (Cindy Ord / Getty Images North America)

$20-$30

The New Orleans jazz legends had to cancel their last show at the Boulder Theater, but they're back, as promised. It hasn't been the same group of musicians forever, but the band has been active since the '60s at its namesake venue in the French Quarter. It's pure NOLA jazz goodness.

Xiu Xiu

Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1107

March 1

$5-$20

This will get weird. For the uninitiated: Xiu Xiu is the avant-garde, shape-shifting project headed up by Jamie Stewart. This is a band whose album titles include, Dear God, I Hate Myself and Creepshow. The recent record of Nina Simone covers was a bold choice that turned out a bit "meh," but the band's other work has been impressive and totally worth seeing in a dark little room like the Larimer Lounge.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

March 8

$15-$17

Fun fun fun. That's what's going down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in the house. The Detroit indie-pop duo makes music that could give you a toothache and there is not a thing wrong with indulging in a sugar binge. This kind won't give you diabetes, anyway.

Dr. Dog

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030

March 8

$20-$23

Colorado just really, really loves Dr. Dog. Don't miss some rollicking rock packed with stunning vocal harmonies when it comes, once again, to Boulder. Because it's exactly what Boulder wants and you can't fight it.

Delta Rae

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

March 21

$19-$24

More feel-good and beautiful vocals harmonies for your ears this spring. Delta Rae is coming back to town to break your heart and then build you back up with their passionate indie folk rock.

The War on Drugs

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

March 26

$15.75-$19

The U.S. War on Drugs stinks. The band War on Drugs does not. The indie rockers will be on the road in the wake of their third record, Lost In The Dream. It drops just a few days ahead of the show, on March 18.

Local Natives play the Ogden Theatre on April 26.
Local Natives play the Ogden Theatre on April 26. (Courtesy photo)

St. Vincent

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 303-832-1874

March 29

$25.75-$30

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, has a new album and a tour on the way. The nervy experimental rocker has impressed again and again, with Actor and Strange Mercy, not to mention her captivating live shows. Her third, self-titled album is due out Feb. 25.

Neutral Milk Hotel

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030

March 30

$36.75

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 303-832-1874

March 31

$36.75-$45

Calm down, April Ludgate, and brush up on your "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" lyrics. Just kidding, we know you've had them memorized since they graced your hearts in 1998. Neutral Milk Hotel doesn't really need an excuse to tour because they're indie-rock royalty. That simple. Grab a ticket if you can.

MS MR

Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

April 9

$20-$25

What do you call MS MR? The duo itself goes with tags like "Tumblr Glitch Pop, Soul Fuzz, Electroshock." It's confusing, but, whatever. The buzzy New York band is a surefire fun time.

CHVRCHES

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 303-832-1874

April 24

$25.75-$30

CHVRCHES is still riding out the success of its debut, The Bones of What You Believe. It's a beautiful chunk of electro-pop and Lauren Mayberry's voice is just so damn pretty. Even months and months after that album's release, CHVRCHES is still a must-see band.

Local Natives

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 303-832-1874

April 26

$20.75-$30

Hummingbird sort of got lost in the madness of 2013 album releases, which is sad because it was a gorgeous record. Local Natives are still taking those sunny indie rock vibes on laps around the country

Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109 or dean@coloradodaily.com. On Twitter: twitter.com/AshaleyJill.