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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 […]

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Hip hop shares spotlight at festival

By Steve Graham About two years ago, hip hop and R&B became the dominant music genre in the United States. Listeners are buying and downloading more Drake than Disturbed and more Kendrick Lamar than Greta Van Fleet. But you couldn’t tell from the Fort Collins music scene. A typical Saturday night in northern Colorado doesn’t bring much live hip hop. The Fort Collins Music Experience attempts to rectify that. “Hip […]

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There’s no place like home

By Steve Graham Colorado has no shortage of music festivals, but there are few gatherings quite like the Fort Collins Music Experience, or FoCoMX, as it is widely known and loved. With nearly 400 artists at dozens of venues, it’s one of the largest festivals in the state that focuses exclusively on homegrown talent, and certainly one of the biggest without a marquee draw.   “There is no headliner. There […]

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EDM will come to the fore at FoCoMX

  The Aggie’s alien invasion   Festival includes two DJ showcases By Steve Graham FoCoMX is made for a guy like Chris Weller. To paraphrase talk-radio callers, he’s a long-time listener and first-time artist. “I’ve been attending FoCoMX for years, and I love that we have this local, multi-day, take-over-Old-Town festival dedicated to local musicians in Northern Colorado,” Weller said in an email interview. “This is my town and I’m […]

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“Sunday” CD review

    “Sunday” is Late Night Radio’s uplifting and funky answer to “Check Your Head.” Ironically, both albums open with retro-style vocal samples, but thereafter they mostly shun samples in favor of live guitars and drums. In 1992, the Beastie Boys moved away from the mind-boggling sample stew of “Paul’s Boutique” and adopted more instrumentation. Likewise, the latest LNR album forgoes the musical samples of earlier records and uses a […]

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“Abandon Fashion”

  Race to Neptune “Abandon Fashion” Race to Neptune isn’t shy about loving the ’90s. They proudly proclaim their debt to the alternative era, and they wear some of their influences on their sleeves. “Departure” has some Ride-worthy shoegaze guitar swirl and the soaring melody of an early Smashing Pumpkins track. Elsewhere, “Mortal Melody” opens with minor-chord Soundgarden fuzz in a long, confident and slow-building instrumental intro. Then singer Brian Maier […]

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Bethel in the balance

  Singer-songwriter struggles to juggle work, music By Steve Graham Bethel Steele almost gave away the gig of a lifetime. As a production assistant at Bohemian Foundation, Steele helps care for artists at the Armory, and he helped seek out other musicians to open for famed singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky at the venue this month. Steele has stepped back from a full-time singing career and is excited to support, book and […]