There is so much great music to be seen live in 2016. To help guide you to the best shows this semester, here are 10 concerts you don't want to miss in the coming months.

Male Blonding

Jan. 15

Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway, Denver; physicopera.com

Local post-punkers Male Blonding are finally releasing their debut EP Tiny Death. Playing alongside local gems Normal//Eyes and Oko Tygra, this show will be one of the top local shows this year.

Inner Oceans

Jan. 29

Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave, Denver; lost-lake.com

Diane Coffee will perform in Denver in February.
Diane Coffee will perform in Denver in February. (Courtesy)

After a long break from shows, Denver group Inner Oceans will be bringing its unique style of experimental pop to Denver's Lost Lake at the end of the month. After kicking off the new year with this rad show, 2016 is looking pretty great for the local scene.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Feb. 8

Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood; www.gothictheatre.com

Canadian post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor are finally returning to Denver for an intimate, life-changing show. After the 2015 record Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, this show is guaranteed to be one for the ages.

Hop Along

Feb. 11


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Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver; www.larimerlounge.com

Returning to Denver after the 2015 summer tour, Hop Along will be coming to Denver's Larimer Lounge in February. The Pennsylvania-based indie folk-rock group has made a name for themselves for their masterful live shows and unique lead vocals. This will be one hell of a show.

Diane Coffee

Feb. 16

Hop Along will play Denver’s Larimer Lounge in February.
Hop Along will play Denver's Larimer Lounge in February. (Courtesy)

Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave, Denver; lost-lake.com

After the dissolution of Foxygen, drummer Shaun Fleming ventured into a psychedelic style of soul music with his new project Diane Coffee. February will be the first time that the group will be coming to Denver.

STRFKR/Com Truise

Feb. 25

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; www.bouldertheater.com

Synth-dance group STRFKR will finally be returning to Colorado including a stop right here in Boulder. In February, the Boulder Theater will be the place to get down with Portland's STRFKR and East Coast synthwave musician Com Truise, who is also on the bill.

Joanna Newsom will be in Boulder in April.
Joanna Newsom will be in Boulder in April. (Courtesy)

Animal Collective

March 1

Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; www.ogdentheatre.com

Pop experimentalists Animal Collective have not only announced a new album in 2016, but also a tour including a date in Denver. If the lead single is any hint to how the rest of the album will sound, Animal Collective's Denver date will be wild, chaotic and fun.

Ty Segall & The Muggers

March 11

Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood; www.gothictheatre.com

The garage rock juggernaut Ty Segall is back for more with his new tour that includes a Denver date. This time, Mr. Segall will not be joined with his usual band, but with the mysterious backing band "The Muggers."

Alex G/Porches

March 21

Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave, Denver; lost-lake.com

This spring, Alex G and Porches, two of Brooklyn's best bedroom-pop acts, are touring together and will be coming to Denver. Both acts have been gaining attention for making emotive indie pop and will most definitely be acts to look out for in the new year.

Joanna Newsom

April 3rd

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; www.bouldertheater.com

Without a doubt, Joanna Newsom is one of the most important folk artists of our time. And finally, the harpist, keyboardist, vocalist and lyricist is on tour supporting her 2015 record Divers, and will be stopping in Boulder in April for a once-in-a-lifetime intimate performance.

James Calvet is the music director at CU-Boulder's Radio 1190. Read his weekly "On-air next" column in the Colorado Daily on Thursdays. Catch up here: coloradodaily.com/columnists.