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Colorado Born: Race to The Top

Indie rockers Race to Neptune build fan base mixing wide range of styles By Steve Graham Guitarist Zach Berger likes the freedom of playing in Race to Neptune. “The most fun thing for me about playing in this band is that there is no genre or idea that is off the table, unless it’s a bad idea,” he said. “If it’s a really sick metal-sounding riff, it’s like ‘let’s go, […]

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EP Review: Double Funeral by Last Call Romance                                                    

  Watch and listen while you read — lastcallromanceband.com “Double Funeral, Vol. 1” Last Call Romance Our two music reviews this month are about releases designed to get you dancing, but in very different ways. The other album, from the Great Salmon Famine, will make you feel like you are tapping your toes in a spaceship. The new EP from longtime Fort Collins band Last Call Romance feels more like […]

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Album Review: Kelp by Great Salmon Famine

Listen while you read at soundcloud.com/user-77760089  “Kelp!” Great Salmon Famine My other album review this month is about Last Call Romance, which seems to be swinging onto the dance floor from another century. On the other hand, the equally danceable Great Salmon Famine (GSF) might be from the future, or perhaps a faraway planet. Drummer Camden James has said he wants GSF to be the house band on a cruise […]

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Top 5 Winter Weekend Getaways

  You can tell from the traffic on Interstate 25 that plenty of Colorado couples skip town every weekend in the summer for some kind of adventure, whether it’s a challenging hike, some alpine solitude or an urban festival. But you don’t have to wait for June and fight the crowds. There are plenty of romantic weekend getaways in the winter around northern Colorado, and even just across state lines. […]

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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, […]