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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 […]

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Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way

The debut album from Daniel Rodriguez, guitarist/vocalist of Elephant Revival is a journey of the heart. Produced by Elephant Revival bandmate, Darren Garvey, and jack-of-all-trades. The soothing sounds of Rodriguez voice mix with some interesting music dynamics and stellar musicianship transport the listener into the storyline. The meridians of sound are substantially a traveling record with dreamscapes of other lands, deep experiences, and subtle endings. Your Heart The Stars The […]

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Con Brio with Dirty Revival at Hodi’s

It’s not often that you see two powerhouse funk n’ soul bands on the same night, let alone in the same room. Con Brio recently teamed up with Portland soul outfit Dirty Revival for a series of shows including a Friday night stop at Hodi’s Half Note. San Francisco’s Con Brio has been on a rapid ascension to the big leagues since vocalist Ziek McCarter took the reins from founder […]

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Tim O’Brien Band with Masontown at The Armory

Words and Photos by Nicholas Stock The legendary Tim O’Brien is fresh off the heels of his 40th-anniversary tour with Hot Rize and almost instantly he’s reemerged with a new album and a new band. The aptly named Tim O’Brien Band consists of Mike Bub, Shad Cobb, Jan Fabricius, and Patrick Sauber all pitching in on new and reimagined material. For the self-titled album released in March Tim sat down […]

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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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“Death or Devotion”

  CD Review “Death or Devotion” The Motet The opening notes of the first track on the new Motet album drop you straight into a classic blaxploitation film with a bass line reminiscent of “Shaft.” Take a look at the psychedelic rainbow of curves on the album cover. The 1970s vibe is no accident. Denver’s Motet has been funking up its home state since 1998, but the group has rarely […]

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“Don’t Make Her a Mixtape Yet You Idiot”

Listen while you read — Sugar Britches “Don’t Make Her a Mixtape Yet You Idiot” on Spotify   Brian Johanson and Josh Long perform as Sugar Britches, northern Colorado’s answer to the Old 97’s. Both groups take roots music far more seriously than they take themselves. Both groups can write hooks that stick like flypaper. And both groups benefit from versatile guitarists and clever songwriters. The Old 97’s named its […]

Courtney Whitehead (Vocals, Guitar) of Bison Bone
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“Take up the Trouble”

  Album Review “Take up the Trouble” Bison Bone By Steve Graham I miss the golden era of alt-country, after Uncle Tupelo started playing punk rock on the back porch. And when the Jayhawks threw Big Star and the Byrds in a blender. And when Ryan Adams first started breaking hearts on Whiskeytown duets with Caitlin Cary. I know I’m not alone because Colorado’s own Bison Bone draws on the […]

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“Days of Sleepwater”

    Monarch Mtn. is unaffiliated with the Salida ski area, and it’s not a mountainous presence. It’s the stage name of Logan Farmer, a prolific Fort Collins singer-songwriter who has recorded six albums of experimental folk music since 2013. Still, the name suits his epic and sometimes towering soundscapes. “Days of Sleepwater” sounds so intimate and personal that it could only be a solo project, but it also is […]

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Local band Race to Neptune remains hard at work

Fort Collins-based alternative/indie rock outfit Race to Neptune released a new single, “The Phantom Deep,” in early November. This latest effort, which has garnered airplay on radio stations throughout the country and overseas, bears a distinct ‘90s-alt influence. The song opens with gain-heavy power chords, which a cymbal part parallels on the second pass of the intro. A second guitar part thickens the distortion as the first verse begins, and […]