Summer has finally started and what better way to celebrate freedom and warm weather (hopefully, since it's Colorado and all) than with some kick ass concerts this month? Although Red Rocks shows are selling out fast, there are still plenty of great shows across the city and state to check out, and we've got quite a few that we think you need to see, whether you want get intimate and sweaty at Larimer Lounge, chill with Chon at Summit Music Hall or even get rowdy at this year's Vans Warped Tour!
What shows are you excited to catch in June? Who should we check out this summer? Let us know in the comments!
6/2 - Free Throw @ Larimer Lounge
Just last week, Free Throw celebrated the release of their mature sophomore album, Bear Your Mind, and they’re kicking off the month of June in Denver with an intimate headlining show at Larimer Lounge. Along for the ride are Homesafe and fellow Triple Crown Records band, Heart Attack Man (who released their new album, The Manson Family back in March) with Colorado locals Montoners opening up the Denver date. If you’re searching for a good way to spend one of the first weekends of the summer, look no further!
6/7 - Phoenix @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
On June 9th, Phoenix will be releasing Ti Amo, their first album in four years, but two days beforehand, the band will be headlining the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre alongside Miike Snow and The Lemon Twigs. Along with brand new music, the band is also bringing with them a stunning live show that you won’t want to miss.
Produced by the band and recorded at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin, Ti Amo is - in the band’s own words – "an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues."
6/8 - Gang Of Youths @ Larimer Lounge
This list of shows may as well double as a list of killer new music to check out as well, and Australia's Gang Of Youths are no exception. The band, who will be releasing their new album, Go Farther in Lightness later this summer just released a new single, “Let Me Down Easy” and will be performing at Larimer Lounge on June 8th. Alongside them are Denver locals, The Solid Ocean, who recently opened for Fenech-Soler at Lost Lake and easily won the crowd over.
6/9 - Chon @ Summit Music Hall
If you didn’t get the chance to catch Chon earlier this year at The Black Sheep, you’re not going to want to sleep on this show. Back in February, the band easily sold out the Colorado Springs venue alongside Dance Gavin Dance, and with a stacked lineup this time around, we wouldn’t be surprised if they manage to fill Summit Music Hall as well, especially with their new album Homey dropping on the 16th. If you can, show up early for a mind-blowing performance from openers Little Tybee. Last year, the band released their self-titled album, an incredibly ambitious release that further explored their diverse sound by blending elements of folk, psych, jazz and more.
6/10 - Shatterproof @ The Marquis Theater
Denver locals Shatterproof shocked fans late in May by debuting their new sound with their single, “So Punk” and announcing their signing to Revival Recordings, and in June, they’re embarking on the Best Summer Ever tour alongside Never Let This Go. On the 10th, they’ll be playing an exciting hometown show at The Marquis Theater, with The Coast Is Ours and Overslept hopping on as well.
6/15 - At The Drive-In @ The Fillmore Auditorium
Do we even need to tell you why you should be seeing At The Drive In when they come through Denver this month? On May 5th, the band released in • ter a • li • a, their first new album in nearly two decades, and this run of shows marks their triumphant return. This is an iconic band that you don’t want to miss.
6/16 - Goodbye June & Badflower @ Globe Hall
If you’re in the mood for summer vibes and good old fashioned, groovy rock 'n' roll, look no further! Nashville’s Goodbye June and LA’s Badflower have come to kick summer off in style. Goodbye June just celebrated the release of their explosive new album, Magic Valley in May, while Badflower are still riding the waves of success from their recently released EP, Temper. Get there early for some good bar-b-que and stay for the stellar music.
6/22 - For The Love Of Locals @ Moon Room
For The Love Of Locals is always a great opportunity to discover some great new local music and this show is no exception. Headlining this month’s show is The Cold Fire, the acoustic project from Kill Paradise’s Nicholas Cocozzella, who will be celebrating the release of his new Woodlawn EP. Joining The Cold Fire is The Real Me, Kyle Coy, Roy Catlin and Abigail Rose, making for a laid back summer night.
6/23 - Day Wave & Blonder @ Larimer Lounge
Day Wave and Blonder are two more artists that you’re going to want to keep an eye on in the future, and what better way to start than catching their show at Larimer Lounge this month? Blonder’s post-punk infused brand of indie rock coupled with the dreamy sounds on Day Wave’s new album, The Days We Had makes this the perfect summer lineup.
6/23 - H2O @ The Marquis Theater
If dreamy indie rock isn’t your thing, then maybe hardcore legends H2O are more your speed. It has been quite some time since the band has visited Colorado, and with a headlining gig at The Marquis, this show is bound to get rowdy. Making things even better are the all-local opening acts, The Burial Plot, Wake The Bat & Serial Killer Sunday School.
6/25 - Vans Warped Tour @ Pepsi Center
This year’s Vans Warped Tour promises to be bigger and better than ever. With a revamped lineup of both classic Warped veterans and rising newcomers, this year promises to draw fans both young and old, which is what Warped Tour is all about! Show up for some of your old school favorites like CKY, Hatebreed, GWAR or Sick Of It All, but stay for some up and coming acts like Creeper, Knocked Loose or The Gospel Youth.
We highlighted some great new artists to check out at Warped Tour this year HERE.
6/30 - Deftones & Rise Against @ Pepsi Center
Rock heavyweights Deftones and Rise Against are teaming up for a massive co-headlining tour this summer, which takes them through Denver at The Pepsi Center on June 30th. Although it might not be the most preferable venue to catch bands like these two, it's bound to be an incredible show if Deftones' performance at last year's Riot Fest is any indicator. Rounding out the lineup for the Denver show is Frank Iero and the Patience, who recently played to a packed house at The Marquis Theater. With a stacked lineup, this is the perfect show to bring June to an end.