AMERICAN BLACKOUT-YEAH SO WHAT EP

ALBUM OF THE MONTH By: Jeremy Fleischer 4/5 STARS   American Blackout’s brand of alternative/punk rock will feel immediate familiar to any fans of the genre. The gritty yet melodic vocals, the high ping of a dry snare hit, the driving, aggressive guitars – there are countless bands with this sound, and American Blackout make little effort to personalize the music. So, why 4 stars for something hardly unique? Well, […]

THE SYMBOLS- SYMBOLIZED

By: Jeremy Fleischer 3/5 STARS In our culture, we tend to value the new over the old. After award seasons pass and end-of-the-year lists are ranked, we move on to new release movies and the next buzz album, sending last year’s hits to the dustbin. If a band is trying to build an audience, it’s an act of generosity to include a cover song in a set of unfamiliar originals. […]

13 Nails – American Grindhouse

By: Jeremy Fleischer 2 out of 5 stars Fort Collins horror rock band 13 Nails hope to scare the bejeezus out of you with their first LP, American Grindhouse. And to that end, they succeed. Songs with titles like “Screams From The Grave” and “Dead Girls Like to Party” are abrasive scream tracks that balance the line between all out noise and solid groove-riff punk. It’s chaotic, menacing, teeming with horror […]

ALBUM REVIEWS: WRITE MINDED- EYE ABOVE

BY: JEREMY FLEISCHER 3.5/5 stars There once was a term tossed around in Colorado: “hippie-hop.” It described a certain style of band – now largely extinct – that combined jam rock and hip-hop. It was a terrible sound; no one could pull it off. But it did contribute to some incredible live band hip-hop, like Peace Officer and The Flobots. Well, now we have Write Minded. The Fort Collins troupe, which traces origins to the Def Rhymes Divine […]

ALBUM REVIEWS: POST PARADISE- BRING IT TO LIFE (SIDE B)

BY: JEREMY FLEISCHER    3/5 STARS Since forming in 2009, alternative rock band Post Paradise has been one of the most popular bands in Northern Colorado. The radio-ready alternative rock featuring a cello has inspired loyal fans who flock to their electric shows. Now, the band is set to release the “Side B” companion EP to 2015’s Bring It to Life (Side A) release, and fans will likely be thrilled. As with previous albums, Post Paradise delivers alternative […]

ALBUM REVIEWS: JOHNNY & THE MONGRELS- YOU AIN’T READY

BY: JEREMY FLEISCHER  2.5/5 STARS Considering New Orleans is the birthplace of the vast majority of the music we consider uniquely American – jazz, blues, soul, etc. – and thus the music it inspired, like rock and hip-hop, one would expect a blues-based band inspired by the city to sound a bit stale. Yet, on the first release from Fort Collins’ Johnny & The Mongrels, You Ain’t Ready, they somehow breathe fresh life into […]

ALBUM REVIEWS: ROBBY WICKS BAND-“VICES IN DISGUISE” SINGLE

BY: JEREMY FLEISCHER 4/5 STARS In 2013, Denver’s Robby Wicks Band released Songs From The Biltmore, the band’s only album to date. The album featured a collection of songs that deserved way more attention than they got, which was minimal, for some unknown reason. Recently, however, the band released a single, “Vices in Disguise,” presumably from a forthcoming release. This track deserves the admiration of any fan of soulful, danceable Americana. Like other RWB releases, it’s full of heart yet […]

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Dirty D – Dirty But So Clean

4 Stars out of 5 With all due respect, the rap scene throughout Northern Colorado isn’t exactly a prevalent force. Admittedly, the beards, bikes and beer culture of our Vanilla Valley seems to demand more from the bluegrass and jam band genres. Local artist Dirty D, however, presents a new look at local hip hop with his recent release of Dirty But So Clean. The album is ridden with talent […]

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The Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters' Almanack

By Molly McCowan To classify The Honey Gitters’ music as “just bluegrass” would be to tell a giraffe it’s a jaguar just because it has spots. The Honey Gitters play much more than just bluegrass. These guys fuse jam rock and Americana together, goodheartedly poking fun at both genres while avoiding the cheesiness that plagues so many Americana-fusion bands. The album is eclectic, drawing from many influences and displaying the […]