Son Little Brought His Blue Magic to Swallow Hill

Son Little “That swag, though,” a woman said in the silence at Swallow Hill’s Daniels Hall before Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Son Little–born Aaron Earl Livingston–began his set of soulful acoustic tunes on Sunday night. Blessed with a velvet voice and dressed in a snap-brim cap, tan jacket, purple shirt, auburn pants, and maroon leather Chuck Taylors, Little–who recently moved to Los Angeles–brought serious swag to one of Colorado’s most gentle venues. […]


Death Knell for the Widow’s Bane?

By Steve Graham Widow’s Bane frontman Mortimer Leech claims his upcoming Halloween shows in Estes Park and Fort Collins may be the swan song for his band of undead “God willing, it will be the last show I will ever play in my life,” said Leech. “There’s too many low-life scum-sucking swine in the music business.” With tongue always in cheek, Leech spoke by phone in a gravelly, spooky accent […]

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Lake Street Dive’s Soulful Storm at Lake Dillon

Dillon Amphitheater, about an hour and a half from Denver when there’s no traffic, is a hidden jewel among Colorado music venues, sitting right along sparkling Lake Dillon between Dillon and Frisco. Concertgoers may be gouged when it comes to concessions (like a tiny $11.50 gyro) but the mountain views are breathtaking, the sound is incredible everywhere in the 5,000-capacity venue – and even outside the gates along the water […]

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi's Half Note. by Nicholas Stock All Rights Reserved

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi’s Half Note

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi’s Half Note Redner is known as a ball of light and positive energy with every project he touches. He was the fiery fiddle player in Hot Buttered Rum for 13 years before giving up their extensive touring schedule for a different approach. His latest project The Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a celebration of the music that has inspired Redner for his […]


Cannabis Corner

Otiel’s Egyptian Kush Dead & Company’s own two-time Grammy winning bassist, Otiel Burbridge, is a musical fountain who has created remarkable art with many of the greats. On the band’s debut trip to Denver last year they stopped in dispensaries, which sparked up an idea that led to Otiel’s collaboration with GroundSwell Dispensary, and the holy union of the two created what we now know as Otiel’s Egyptian Kush. GroundSwell […]



By: Dawn Duncan Photo by  Kirsten Cohen Photography It was three years ago that Chris and Emily Winters tied the knot and embarked on their journey as a married couple, as well as beginning what is now known as the band Last Call Romance. Prior to their meeting, Chris was a “one man band,” heavily influenced and reflective of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, and myriad artists harkening from the […]

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By: Jack Tallgrass Spicoli. That dude from Dazed and Confused. Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Yes, we all are familiar with the “TYPICAL” stoner. We Coloradans also know that thousands of people are migrating here to do nothing more than use this state as their parents’ basement……to get high. So, you get high, good for you. But being high, consuming cannabis, and how you represent yourself is a big deal. A […]


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, […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

The HillBenders Take on “Tommy”

By: Rachael E. Worthington “Anyone convinced that bluegrass is backwoods music has had their head in the sand of commercial radio these past few years,” says Nolan Lawrence, The HillBenders mandolinist. His band is taking an unconventional approach to The Who’s classic rock opera and performing “Tommy” in its entirety with their own bluegrass swing at the Lincoln Center on January 22. The bluegrass-based, Springfield, MO. band consists of Lawrence, […]

Music News


  By: Jakob Mueller Editor’s Note: Prior to CRX’s November 7 show at Larimer Lounge in Denver, Scene had Colorado musician and writer, Jakob Mueller, do an interview with CRX front man, Nick Valensi. The two discussed CRX’s current projects, The Strokes, guitars, and more in this intimate exchange. Read on for the interview and check out CRX’s website (crxmusic.com) for tour, band, and project information, including their new video […]