Poor Me – Cosplay

by CHARLIE ANDERSON 3 stars out of 5 Released December 15, Cosplay is the sophomore release from the five-piece punk act, Poor Me. The concept album examines the idea of heroism, exploring our own realm of impact as humans as well as the effect of our indifference, using the mythology of comic book characters to illustrate their reasoning. As Poor Me explains, these characters shoulder the responsibility of entire communities as […]

King Cardinal – Once a Giant

by CHARLIE ANDERSON 4 stars out of 5 Once a Giant, King Cardinal’s follow-up to the self-titled debut EP, sees Brennan Mackey transform from solo singer-songwriter to confident and earnest frontman of a four-piece outfit. The addition of the pedal-steel, bass and subtle percussion completes a full-hearted sound throughout the album, portraying a familiar authenticity as Mackey laments his bitterness and praises his redemption. Where Once a Giant distinguishes itself from the […]

Best of 2015 – Album Reviews

In looking back over the year in music, I am reminded again of my good fortune to be involved in a Northern Colorado scene that continues to prove wrong those who attempt to define it. It is an ever-changing realm, developing on a daily-basis from the help of incredible organizations, non-profits, individuals, and of course, the support of its fan base. So, thank you to those involved, thank you to […]

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Serpentfoot: Psych Rock on the Front Range

by Avalon Clare | It’s early Sunday afternoon, and Jordan Twiggs, Michael Ross, and Philip Shellabarger are lined up on a couch in a house on a dead end street in west Fort Collins. American flag guitars adorn the walls as the three members of the psych rock band Serpentfoot bop around, barely able to sit still. They’re watching a video, pulled up on Twigg’s phone, of T-Pain’s Tiny Desk […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Enigma Escape Rooms

by Carie Gueswel There is a new, enigmatic trend popping up in the United States, and that trend is real-life escape rooms. Popular in Europe, Asia, and Australia for about a decade now, the Sherlock Holmes-like puzzle rooms have finally made their way to Colorado. So what is an escape room? Escape rooms are theme-based puzzle rooms filled with clues and obstacles that require critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork […]


Los Lobos: Brand New Song and Dance

by Rebecca LaPole Steve Berlin, saxophonist and keyboardist for Los Lobos, took time out from working with a couple Colorado bands; Leftover Salmon, and Greensky Bluegrass to talk with Scene about Fiesta Mexico Americana, a multi-media production of film, song and dance coming to the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins for a one-night only presentation on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30pm. He has been part of the Los Lobos family […]

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Homeless Gear Offers a Hand Up

by Rebecca LaPole The holidays are over, but there is still much to be thankful for and more to give. The weather doesn’t suddenly get warmer now that December has passed, and there are many less fortunate who need our help. Homeless Gear has a family of six programs, which help support those in need with survival and get them back on their feet and into self-sufficiency. Executive Director of […]


SHATTERPROOF: Strong and Ready for More

by Dawn Duncan Bands today realize that there’s more to making it big than just being talented or having an appealing visual image. The competition is fierce, with thousands of artists vying for attention and technology offering the infinite platform to distribute music to the masses through social media, videos, and messaging. One band that has clearly understood the need for commitment and hard work from day one is Shatterproof, […]

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U2: February 28, 1982 Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

by BRYAN RAYBURN This tour was in support of the band’s second studio album, October, which was released on October 12, 1981, and consisted of five legs (3 Europe, 2 North America) and 102 shows between August 16, 1981, and August 7, 1982. The fourth leg ran from February through April and was made up of 32 shows and was the longest stretch of the tour. On the weekend of […]


New Year, New Beer! A peek inside Ft. Collins’ latest addition to the brewery scene

by Ali Owens I know – we all know what we like. But what’s a new year for, if not to try new things? Do yourself a favor and surprise your taste buds by checking out Ft. Collins’ new kid on the block: Jessup Farm Barrel House. Your inner beer enthusiast will thank you. In a city already rife with micro-breweries, the Barrel House sets itself apart right at the entrance. […]