Funkwerks Summer Concert Series


By: Ali Owens It’s summertime and the living is easy, as long as one has a supply of refreshing local microbrews (and possibly a kiddie pool to sit in whilst drinking said microbrews, because despite the limiting name, you are NEVER too old for a kiddie pool, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). Pretty much the only problems I can see with this scenario are A) prune-toes, and B) deciding […]


Colorado “Ones to Watch” Bohemian Nights 2016

By: Ainhoa Palacios With every new month that approaches in Northern Colorado, exciting events do so as well. August marks one of the best weekends of the year in Fort Collins —Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest—the annual free three day, free to the community music festival. For the first time in its history, the music lineup will feature only Colorado bands, including the three national headliners that all got their start in […]

The Blind Alley Troubadours —Color the Clay

By: Jeremy Fleischer 3 stars If Fort Collins’ The Blind Alley Troubadours weren’t so damn good at what they do, they would easily get a foot trapped in the snare of cliché alt-country. Instead, on the debut LP, Color the Clay, they are clearly working to create their own place in that legacy. While the band describes itself as “folk n’ roll,” the country influence is high in the Americana mix. John-Erik Priegel’s vocals strikes a nice balance between the hard life […]

The Ugly Architect —The Ugly Architect EP

By: Jeremy Fleischer 2 Stars This is the first recording we’ve heard from The Ugly Architect, the work of Fort Collins’ singer-songwriter William S. , and it shows great promise. Perhaps that sounds like a back-handed compliment, but it’s meant to be taken at face value. This album has some real strengths, most notably the lyrics. The title “singer-songwriter” comes with the implication that lyrics are tantamount to any other element, and The Ugly Architect […]

2016 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 

2016 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest DeVotchKa

2016 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest By Dawn Duncan I first saw DeVotchKa at Bohemian Nights in 2014. Although I had followed the band for a few years on social media, downloaded their music, and learned a bit about them from friends who are raving fans (and who have been since the band’s start), I didn’t really “get” DeVotchKa until I watched them perform live. It was a blistering hot day and as I roasted […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Undoing Pink—Bang Bang Von Loola

BURLESQUE DARLING RISING TO THE TOP By: Avalon Clare In 1993 Kalia Motley was learning pointe technique at a ballet class in North Hollywood. She was just five years old then, and by age 12 her family had moved from California to Manitou Springs. In Colorado, she continued ballet into her late teens until a health problem promptly ended her career. Thankfully, her inability to continue ballet couldn’t quell her creativity. It was […]

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Food Trucks Becoming Fort Collins Cultural Staple

By: Doug Usher It seems the food truck scene is growing even faster than the brewery scene in NoCo these days. With new trucks starting up constantly, it can be overwhelming when you’re confronted with a row of options and limited room in your belly. And with the festival season in full swing, we now have to save room for funnel cakes and turkey legs on top of it all! Food trucks are relatively new […]

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Local Culture, Arts & Community

Stamp’s Benefit Concert

Please join STAMP (Sustainable Touring for Artists, Musicians, and Performers) for a benefit concert on Friday, August 12th at the Downtown Artery after Bohemian Nights—New West Fest. The music continues with Fort Collins’ favorites—The Seers Electric Quintet, Colony Funk, and Tyler T! This will be a fantastic night of music in Fort Collins. By attending this benefit concert you will help local bands by supporting STAMP’s Road Scholar Program. Come to the Artery and boogie down with us! STAMP is the 501(c)(3) arm of Biodiesel for […]

The Patti Fiasco- Saved by Rock and Roll

By: Jeremy Fleischer  4.5/5 Stars Picture it: You and your BFF on a long summer drive. The windows are down, and you’re holding your hair from your eyes, squinting out over a country landscape. It’s too loud to talk —not because of the wind, but The Patti Fiasco. This is the ideal scenario to dive into the new album, Saved by Rock and Roll. Truly, this is an album of rock n’ roll salvation for […]


RIOT FEST 2016—The Wild Ride Continues

By: Avalon Clare Riot Fest returns to Denver this September, and the lineup is as eclectic and mind boggling as ever. This year’s fest boasts the return of the original Misfits as well as Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, NAS, Death Cab For Cutie, Ween, Deftones, and Julian Marley as additional headliners. This is the third year Denver has been privy to hosting the independent music festival. Originally started as a multi-venue festival in Chicago in […]