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CD review: “Different Light”

Listen while you read — soundcloud.com/brian-david-collins/   CD review “Different Light” Brian David Collins Elton John may retire after his current tour, but don’t fret. We have our musician channeling a bit of Elton John (minus the flamboyant costumes) by way of Randy Newman and Leon Russell — in the best possible way. Brian David Collins has Elton’s ivory-tickling bombast, Randy’s casual songwriting and vocal delivery, and Leon’s musical chops. […]

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CD review: “Music for Minors (Ages 3 to 300)”

Listen while you read — Watch a video for “Flexible Cowboy Man” or link to streaming services at wolfvanelfmand.com. CD review “Music for Minors (Ages 3 to 300)” Wolf Van Elfmand Although he titled his new album “Music for Minors,” Wolf Van Elfmand wants to focus on the broad age recommendation in the subtitle. It’s for the young, but also the young at heart, and it’s hard not to enjoy […]

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A funky birthday bash at Hodi’s

    Dave Watts brings friends to celebrate his own birthday and a club anniversary By Steve Graham It’s all come full circle for Daniel Mladenik. On Jan. 24, 2010, he celebrated his new ownership of Hodi’s Half Note with a show by Dave Watts and Friends. A decade later, to the day, the supergroup of local funk and jam players returns to Hodi’s to celebrate ten years of Hodi’s […]

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Maddy O’Neal planting a new electro-soul flag

z     Electronic producer breaks down gender, genre barriers By Steve Graham Maddy O’Neal doesn’t consider herself an artistic visionary or a gender warrior. She’s just making music that she likes to hear, and she’s getting noticed. The electronic producer moved to Colorado just as the homegrown electro-soul scene was exploding. Now that some of the scene’s founders have moved on or moved away, O’Neal is a new torchbearer […]

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CD review: “Cover More Ground” Chandler Holt

  Listen while you read — Stream tracks from “Cover More Ground” at chandlerholtmusic.com CD review “Cover More Ground” Chandler Holt Chandler Holt opens his debut album with something of a manifesto. “I’ve Been Around” is a classic road song that pays homage to Johnny Cash and other country troubadours who clearly inspired him with their road-weary tales of woe. It also is a simple and explicit reminder that he […]

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CD review: “Piglet” People in General

  Listen while you read — Stream Piglet at peopleingeneral.bandcamp.com CD Review “Piglet” People in General As a guy who could barely tie his shoes and pass geometry class to get through high school, I admit to being a little jealous of teenagers who can competently play music in creative time signatures — in one of their many distinct musical projects. But as a dad and a Fort Collins booster, […]

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Classic literature series goes caroling: Rekindle the Classics

Rekindle the Classics still taking book groups to the next level By Steve Graham You’ve probably seen the Muppet version or the Bill Murray movie “Scrooged,” or countless theatrical adaptations. But when was the last time you actually read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, perhaps the second most famous Christmas story of all time? It might be time to revisit the classic tale or rekindle it. CSU Assistant English […]

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Ho ho ho-edown

 Bonnie & the Clydes Mark 10 years of holiday hoedowns By Steve Graham Bonnie & the Clydes will pull out all the stops for a Dec. 12 concert at Washington’s. “It is gonna be a show like none of our fans have ever seen,” said Bonnie Sims, leader of the raucous quintet. “We’ve been working on some of the out-of-the-box holiday tunes, and on making it into a legit hoedown […]

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Lifting up the Matthews House

Uplift FoCo: All-star show a major community fundraiser By Steve Graham Andy Whilden has been giving his time to the Matthews House for about three years, volunteering to help kids with homework when he’s in town between tours as an audio engineer. This month, he will seriously ramp up his commitment to the local non-profit by raising thousands of dollars and staging the first Uplift: FoCo concert. The all-star showcase […]

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Wasteland Hop “Erosion Osmosis”

  Note: The new album is not on Bandcamp and such, but folks can find it on their favorite streaming platforms. The new Wasteland Hop album is all over the map in every sense of the phrase. The music draws on a vast range of influences from the Pharcyde to A Perfect Circle. To call it rap-metal is reductive and potentially off-putting, but think System of a Down more than […]