Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13, Timberline
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Taking the Timberline to new heights

  Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13 By Steve Graham Terran Hause celebrated passing the California bar exam by making a pop-punk album with his band, the Timberline. One year, three singles and a few high-profile gigs later, the Timberline will celebrate its CD release with an Aggie Theatre show on Saturday, July 13. “Faulty Wires,” the band’s full-length debut is clearly and unabashedly influenced by Blink-182 […]

“Tell Everyone” South to Cedars
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CD review:South to Cedars

“Tell Everyone” South to Cedars     South to Cedars sound both more relaxed and more polished on their sophomore album, “Tell Everyone.” The difference is clear from the first notes. The debut album, “Sunny State,” opened with some frantic fiddle and an urgent warning about “young love.” The new release begins with relaxed acoustic guitar over lyrics about work-life balance — kind of a more folky and less cheesy […]

David Michael Boyd is reversing that process, playing a public concert of songs he wrote with real Colorado inmates. His band, Davey and the Blu Dog, is performing a free concert with special guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Music District building on South College Avenue. The show is part of the Blues Behind Bars project.
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Redemption songs

Blues Behind Bars writes songs with, for inmates By Steve Graham David Michael Boyd regularly performs for a literally captive audience. “They really are attentive to the content of the songs,” he said of playing for inmates at the Larimer County Jail. “I have the feeling that it actually matters to somebody and that the content of the songs can actually bring hope and bring encouragement and help them think about their […]

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“Welcome to Trash City” by Trash Cat Album Review

Watch while you read — “Robot Girlfriend” on YouTube “Welcome to Trash City” Trash Cat By Steve Graham “You’re the greatest, and that’s one thing that I could never be,” sings Mary Claxton on “The Greatest,” a witty, salsa-influenced track in the middle of “Welcome to Trash City.” The album is the full-length debut from Mary’s new trio, Trash Cat, and the line couldn’t be further from the truth. Mary is […]

Bevin Luna
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Bevin Luna crosses styles, cultures

By Steve Graham Bevin Luna flavors every show with a broad mix of styles. Her two studio albums pack short punches of grunge-influenced rock. Her songs sound like a mashup of the Pretenders and the Runaways being performed by the Heartless Bastards and Mudhoney. However, her live shows might include at least as much country, folk or soul as roots rock. The diversity of sounds reflects the diversity in her […]

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From Estes Park to Nashville … and back

Shannon LaBrie returns from Music City as Stanley Hotel’s first artist in residence By Steve Graham Shannon LaBrie grew up listening to James Taylor and Lauryn Hill. These seemingly disparate artists, along with some intense childhood struggles, influenced her ‘deep Americana soul.’ Shannon brings her personal and beautiful soul songs to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park this month as the first artist in residence at the hotel. LaBrie and Australian singer-songwriter […]

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“Alchemized” by Nancy Just

“Alchemized” Nancy Just By Steve Graham Nancy Just occasionally posts a meme on her Facebook page that reads “Music is my painkiller.” She must be serious, and she has to need a powerful dose. The Loveland psychotherapist and folk-pop singer dedicated her second album, “Alchemized” to her two sons and their father, who died unexpectedly during the recording of the album. Four months later, her brother also died of a […]

David Michael Boyd is reversing that process, playing a public concert of songs he wrote with real Colorado inmates. His band, Davey and the Blu Dog, is performing a free concert with special guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Music District building on South College Avenue. The show is part of the Blues Behind Bars project.
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Blues Behind Bars brings inmate-penned tunes to Music District

By Steve Graham Johnny Cash famously sang “Folsom Prison Blues,” a fictional prisoner story, for real inmates in California. David Michael Boyd is reversing that process, playing a public concert of songs he wrote with real Colorado inmates. His band, Davey and the Blu Dog, is performing a free concert with special guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Music District building on South College Avenue. The show […]

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Head for the Hills 15th Annual Pickin’ on the Poudre

By Steve Graham Head for the Hills has come a long way from bluegrass jams in a dorm room at Colorado State University. The group has been throwing musical parties in northern Colorado for a decade and a half, and the 15thannual Pickin’ on the Poudre show on May 11 is no exception. But Lessard and his bandmates are bringing more guests and blending more genres than ever before — […]

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River Rat Gang plays Pickin’ on the Poudre

By Steve Graham Staci Foster jokingly nicknamed her trio the River Rat Gang for their shared compulsion to jump into natural bodies of water. “We swam in every hole I could think of,” she said of their first tour as a trio. “Needless to say, we’re stoked to play Pickin’ on the Poudre. We will be jumping in the river.” After cooling off in the canyon, they will open for […]