Denver holiday concerts: Five best rock shows to celebrate the season

Nathaniel Rateliff & Night Sweats @ Hi-Dive

Sick of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol”? Think Trans-Siberian Orchestra is too expensive and kind of lame? Here five holiday concerts to see in Denver this season that are actually cool.

4/20 Denver 2015: Method Man, Redman, Cypress Hill to play Cervantes

4/20 Celebration at Cervantes

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom has announced one of the first 4/20 Denver 2015 concerts with Method Man, Redman, Cypress Hill and more.

Vance Joy at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos)

Vance Joy @ Bluebird 11/22/14

Vance Joy played a sold out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on Saturday.

J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night two (photos, review)

J. Mascis@ Larimer Lounge, 11/22/14

Armed with only a couple of guitars, a pedal board, a microphone and an amplifier, J. Mascis all but blew the roof off the Larimer Lounge in Denver.

J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, night one (photos)

J. Mascis@ Larimer Lounge, 11/21/14

Denver music fans had the chance to see a different, quieter side of J. Mascis at the Larimer Lounge this weekend.

Flying Lotus, Thundercat at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (photos, review)

Flying Lotus @ The Fillmore Auditorium

On the last night of his tour with Thundercat, Flying Lotus brought his experimental production to the Fillmore Auditorium.

American Music Awards 2014 photos: Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and more

American Music Awards 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories.

Judas Priest at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield (photos, review)

Judas Priest

Veteran metal gods Judas Priest brought a righteously eardrum destroying show to the 1stBank Center Wednesday night.

Jane’s Addiction at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review)

Jane's Addiction @ Ogden Theatre

Jane’s Addiction was in top-form on Wednesday night for an intimate show at the Ogden Theatre, unfortunately Perry Farrell’s voice was not.

First Aid Kit at the Ogden Theatre in Denver (photos, review)

First Aid Kit at the Ogden Theatre 11/18/14

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit has the poise, the looks and, most importantly, the songwriting talent to back up its sold-out crowds.