Music News

Leftover Salmon’s Winter Run Mini-Tour Includes a Stop at the Aggie

By Lindsay Nichols Leftover Salmon has been an exceptional part of the Colorado music scene since 1989. Through the years, they’ve truly grown into themselves as a band. They are an admired, well-oiled machine, which in turn has earned them a huge, adoring fanbase. Leftover formed in Boulder as a result of a merger between Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt and Mark Vann. For 15 years the band toured relentlessly and […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Potter's Guild: Not Just 'Kiln' Time

By Crystal Campbell The Northern Colorado Potter’s Guild (NCPG) has only been around for five years, but their impact on the community suggests otherwise. Located at 209 Christman Drive (close to the intersection of East Mulberry Street and South Timberline Road) in Fort Collins, NCPG has provided support to nearly 30 organizations. “We were founded to try and foster a community for ceramic arts and the arts in general in […]

Chad Golda – Book of Songs, Volume One

  By Devin Morse Chad Golda’s Book of Songs sounds a little like The Shins might if they played a coffeehouse set after drinking a bottle of cough syrup. Dreamy, lackadaisical and basic, this singer-songwriter creates vocal drones over a spaced-out, acoustic guitar-driven backdrop of G, C, and A Minor chords. With little-to-no melodic input, the songs would be nearly indistinguishable from one another if they didn’t involve a few […]

Act So Big Forest – Triton (Compilation Vol. 1)

By Devin Morse Triton (Compilation Vol. 1), the first album from local music collective Act So Big Forest, is a showcase compilation of the label’s various acts. The collective, whose mission is to create community and inspire creativity in Northern Colorado’s music scene, seems to be making headway on a few goals. Featuring a diverse group of Fort Collins acts, Triton touches on musical styles ranging from ambient electronic to […]

True Aristocrats – Zikkurat Thaurmatuge

By Dusty Ray It takes a certain amount of daring to release an improvised EP that consists of only one eighteen-minute track. True Aristocrats take on this task with impressive gallantry and amazing instrumental talent, creating an aesthetic gesture complete with the decadence of aristocracy. Zikkurat Thaurmatuge opens with a frantic conversation between Tyler Lindgren’s machine gun drumming and Will Wayland’s virtuoso guitar playing. This sets the vague and paranoid […]

Music News

Common Anomaly: Musicians, Friends, Fellow Travelers

By Dusty Ray With a fresh new sound and a good amount of creative ambition, Common Anomaly has been spreading their music across the Front Range and Denver for a solid three years. Consisting of members Sean Joyce (bass), Nick Lofaro (vocals/guitar), Paul Simmons (vocals/guitar/violin) and his brother Adam Simmons (drums), the band has a work ethic and writing style that is all about inclusion. “We’re all friends,” says Lofaro, […]

Space Indians – [sounds of]

By Dusty Ray Houston, we have a problem. There is no better phrase to describe the sense of discomfort brought on by listening to Space Indians’ new release, [sounds of]. This album is very uncertain of itself; it swings from lulling acoustic ballads into cacophonous noise, it buries itself in distortion while revealing light phrases of trumpet. Space Indians can be described as folk-deconstructionists, taking familiar melodies and comfortable harmonies […]

Cualli – Quantum

By Brady Smith A quantum is defined as the smallest unit of matter in an interaction. As such, it is a well-suited title for Cualli’s debut album. Aaron Holsapple leads us in a masterfully mixed journey through wildly fresh musical varieties by giving fine attention to the smallest elements. Cualli blends several types of electronic music punctuated by improvised guitar licks that illuminate it with stingingly prudent novelty. Hints of […]

Jim Bradford – Redraw The Line

By Brady Smith Bob Dylan was the poster child for folk artists with mediocre vocal talents. As a matter of fact, it is not the vocal qualities of most folk artists that draw in their fans. In keeping with this tradition, Jim Bradford’s artistic talent can’t be judged by the vocals. Classical folk tale playfulness and the use of horns create a fresh addition to his sound. The sax solo […]