Five Can't-miss December 2016 Concerts in Denver

December is a notoriously tough time to catch a show from your favorite band. It's almost like musicians are actual humans and want to spend the winter holidays with their friends and families. I know, super selfish.

But there are still plenty of shows around Denver this December that are worth layering up for. Here are five you should strongly consider attending:

12/2 & 12/3 Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Lion's Lair

Mike Watt. F#$%ing Mike Watt! At the Lion's Lair. The f$%#ing Lion's Lair! This is the one time you'll have to pay more than $6 to see a band at Lion's Lair, but catch a glimpse of a rock legend at one of the most legendary (and last remaining) punk rock dive bars in the country. Tickets

12/8 Diane Coffee, Marquis Theater

This Foxygen drummer's solo project is making a pretty large splash in the hipster pool. And for good reason, as the music is pretty enjoyable. This is a Red Bull Sound Select show, so you can get in for only $3. Make sure to RSVP and get their early to claim your spot. Tickets

12/17 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Ogden Theatre

Denver's prodigal son is playing two nights at the Ogden, but we suggest Saturday night as you'll obviously be attending the premier of Rogue One on Friday the 16th. The Night Sweats always crush it live, and nothing will warm you on a cold December night like seeing Nathaniel's luscious beard in person. Tickets

12/31 Colfax Speed Queen, Lost Lake

Close out 2016 with Denver's favorite neo-post-psych-rock-garage-named-after-a-street band. Colfax Speed Queen will undoubtedly have what little space there is at Lost Lake packed and grooving, especially coming off the recent release of their newest album, "Talk to Your Doctor." Tickets

12/31 Itchy-O, Summit Music Hall

I know, it's going to be tough for you to attend two shows on New Year's Eve, but dammit, let's live a little. Or you might just have to choose between the two. Itchy-O isn't so much a concert as an experience where strangely masked people surround and play drums at you. If you're up for something unconventional, get there. Tickets

James has lived in the Denver area for the last 17 years.