It was about a year ago that word got around the hiking community that a landowner was threatening — via a ridiculously and obnoxiously large sign — to close the popular Horsethief Park Trail #704, due to the trail crossing a sliver of private property. How the trail ended up on private prop…

At the intersection of glitter, punk, sweat and aggression lies an inclusive space to blow off some steam: roller derby. “It’s not just for a certain age group or a certain profession,” says Pikes Peak Roller Derby President Natalie Wirt, known on the track as “Cherri Springer.” “One of our …

It’s been great seeing The Broadmoor World Arena have big production rock shows again. I get to visit the same place I frequented as an adolescent now that I’m an adult and watch others make the same memories I have. It’s great seeing younger kids experience their first big show and watch th…

Jonathan Meiburg had temporarily shelved his Austin, Texas, Shearwater band well before the pandemic, working with Emily Cross on the Loma project through two albums. Shearwater’s 10th studio album The Great Awakening (Polyborus) is the first new work since 2016, not counting several live an…

While he’s been described as a “living legend” and “national treasure” countless times, Charlie Musselwhite would probably prefer to be known as a down-to-earth Delta bluesman. With 40 albums, 14 Blues Music Awards and a couple of Grammys under his belt, the masterful harmonica player, South…

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After a couple of particularly trying weeks, I was looking for a way to lift my spirits, so I thought I’d check out a new dispensary. When I’m visiting a place for the first time, it always feels like an opportunity for adventure. So in this quest, I set forth to explore Elevations on the no…

Juneteenth — which commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865 — is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Despite the right wing’s efforts to prevent schoolkids from learning about America’s slave past, President Joe Biden made June 19 a feder…

June 19, 1865, is an important date in American history, one that for too long went unnoticed by a big chunk of the country. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on New Year’s Day 1863, it took 2½ years for the news to spread to all states where slavery was allowed. June 19, 1865 …

Post Malone (Austin Richard Post) has been one of the most difficult to characterize of modern R&B/pop singers. Though often tagged as a rapper, his first three albums have been largely melodic affairs with little spoken street poetry. His 2019 release Hollywood’s Bleeding began a proces…

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Waking up from a dream drenched in perspiration, my mind could only think of one thing — sweets, especially vintage candy. Abba-Zabas, wax cola bottles, rock candy, candy buttons, Mary Janes. My noggin was awash in the nostalgia of old-fashioned confectionery and I knew I’d have to shimmy on…

‘God’s wounds! It’s a ‘rock’ version of the myth of Hermaphroditus!” sniped the self-professed “Dean of American Rock Critics” Robert Christgau in his review of Nursery Cryme, an early-’70s Genesis album that helped birth Britain’s much-maligned progressive rock genre. Rolling Stone reviewer…

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It was May 26, 1999 — Oh wait! I mean May 26, 2022. Music often has a way of acting as a time machine in our lives. When we hear a certain song or album, it can transport us back to where we were when we first heard those tunes. On May 26, 2022 in Loveland, the nostalgia was deep as Limp Biz…

Nard Claar met his future wife, Sheary Clough Suiter, at an arts conference in New Mexico. At the time, they were living in different states, thousands of miles apart. Today, the couple shares a studio in the Springs. Both are prominent local artists.

Shed no tears for drummer Janet Weiss, who left Sleater-Kinney three years ago, because she can still rely on her long-standing duo Quasi with former husband Sam Coomes and her status as a member of Jon Spencer’s new band HITmakers. Now, she’s unveiled the debut album of yet another new band…

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Revisiting the Westside recently, I found myself wandering down memory lane as I landed at TweedLeaf’s West Colorado Avenue location, where I used to be a member. This was a particularly potent trip (not only for the dank flower I procured but for the nostalgia it produced too) as I found th…

While writing this column or producing my podcast (or just to satiate my own curiosity), I often pull out a trail map, look for something new and then check it  out. If I find it particularly interesting — or challenging, or scenic, or new or whatever — I'll share it here. Sometimes, as I wr…

At The Black Sheep on East Platte Avenue last week, it took less than 20 minutes for GWAR’s lead singer, Blothar the Berserker, to "decapitate" their President Joe Biden onstage, and you’d be surprised how much blood spurted out (some of which narrowly missed our camera). But it’s a routine …

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If a foot of snow the week before Memorial Day weekend doesn’t say Colorado summer, I don’t know what does. But now that the white stuff has pretty much melted, minds are turning to the dog days. As usual, we at the Indy are doing our part to ensure your June, July and August are packed with…

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Annie Jacobsen is a nonfiction writer I’ve been perusing a lot this year. As someone who’s totally fascinated by extrasensory perception, I read her book Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis, and after that, I wa…

‘There’s a lot of talent in this town and not a whole lot of spaces to hold up that talent,” says Brian Tryon, an instructor at Community Prep, an alternative high school. The Garfield Art Gallery, founded by Tryon in March, is a way to accommodate our growing arts community.