From the Who’s Tommy and Quadrophenia to Green Day’s American Idiot and Beyonce’s Lemonade, the pop music world has produced more than its fair share of rock operas and concept albums. But unless you count Muddy Waters’ Electric Mud ­— a psychedelic blues project that producer Marshall Chess…

Robert Plant has been so fixated on avoiding nostalgia, it’s extended beyond a reluctance to reunite Led Zeppelin, to include a return engagement with bluegrass star Alison Krauss. Recording executives talked for years of reprising 2007’s Raising Sand album by the duo, but it took prodding b…

When Chvrches released their 2013 debut album The Bones of What You Believe, they were immediately labeled a synth-pop band, which is what happens when you have three musicians who play synthesizers and dress nicely.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 24, Stargazers will host a thoughtful fundraiser for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. What’s being billed as a Holiday Kickoff Party features the driving bluegrass of local supergroup Red Mountain Boys — including Alan Begley on flat-top guitar, Lewis Mock a…

Much like Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Palms vocalist Ben Rothbard’s singing is an acquired taste. In the case of Newman, not everyone acquired it — the “People Also Ask” questions that turn up in an Alt-J Google search include “what is the band everyone hates?” and “why does Alt-J sound like that? —…

It’s hard to say precisely what makes The Dodos’ new album Grizzly Peak (Polyvinyl) superior to the San Francisco duo’s previous seven studio releases. When The Dodos played Colorado Springs’ short-lived Side Door venue in 2019, the signature precise percussion and angular guitar licks alrea…

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Sometimes bands can get caught up in the little things, so it’s important to take a step back and realize why musicians (like myself) perform in the first place — to have fun. And step back is exactly what One of These Nights did. David Gashaw and Daniel Oglesby played together in local indi…

There are many paths to success, but one of the more unusual ones was traveled by the Guyanese American singer/rapper SAINt JHN. For three years, his achingly infectious “Roses” single had gone relatively unnoticed, until a 19-year old amateur deejay named Imanbek Zeikenov — who at the time …

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Hip-hop is about finding yourself, overcoming struggle and being the dopest person you can be. This is most certainly the case with Orlando MC E-Turn. Turning to hip-hop was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

It’s that holiday season when established writers want to display their most powerful works, and Tori Amos, Marissa Nadler and Lana Del Rey all succeed admirably. Amos’ Ocean to Ocean (Decca) was initially planned for early 2020, but significantly reworked as a lockdown response. The resulti…

Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, had spent nearly as many years strumming her toy guitar as she had an adult-sized electric when she graduated from self-described “chill but sad” bedroom recordings to touring as opening act for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Liz Phair and Wilco. 

Pop queens Adele and Taylor Swift may juggle November schedules to avoid each other, but women avant-garde composers ended October with simultaneous strong releases. Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) led the pack with -io (Matador), almost four years to the day from the release of her stunning R…

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All Hallows Eve is upon us. The candy apples, the goblins, the ghouls, and the sweet scent of candy and sin. There are several awesome “treats” this Halloween weekend that will make your evening!

A powerhouse singer, guitarist and road warrior, Ana Popović is one of the hardest-working artists on the contemporary blues scene. So it’s no surprise that, after a year of being off the road, she’s making up for lost time with a marathon national tour that’s already taken her to more than …

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R&B and so much more comes to mind when listening to Denver artist Joseph Lamar. He incorporates experimental elements with soulful, passionate vocal deliveries and a unique live performance that pulls from theater. When combined, they deliver the perfect vibe.

In the world of K-pop, girl groups and boy bands are two sides of the same coin; for every BTS, there’s an equally polished and choreographed Blackpink, and vice versa. But here in the U.S., that’s very much not the case. If there was a female equivalent to ’N Sync or The Backstreet Boys, th…

Pure Energy, Industrial Nation, The Darkside — those are all venues that have once occupied the building that is 2106 E. Platte Ave., now known as The Black Sheep. Loud music has been gracing/disgracing that building for almost three decades. The Black Sheep will be celebrating its 16th year…

Some artists like Illuminati Hotties and Wet Leg still value keeping comedy and absurdity in the forefront of musical statements. It’s particularly challenging for Sarah Tudzin, recording as Illuminati Hotties, whose mother died during the composing of her latest album Let Me Do One More (Sn…

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Colorado Springs has a jam-packed weekend ranging from album release shows to indie rock shows and hip-hop mega bangers! We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s stop talking about the weather and get to the good stuff!

Otep Shamaya is a formidable force, both onstage and off. With an octave-defying vocal range that’s been known to blow out PAs, she and her band Otep can be counted on to deliver an onslaught of feral screams, roiling guitars and pummeling beats. But what sets Shamaya apart from the pack is …

When Dar Williams visited Colorado Springs in 2018, her Fine Arts Center concert was as much about her new book on community planning as on her 2015 studio album Emerald. In short, it’s been a while. But the bard of New York’s Hudson Valley has been writing and collecting newer gems, and I’l…

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Fire is burning, the image of skulls is making its way into your brain, crunching bass hits you in the chest — and then all is calm. Is that the feeling of hell, purgatory or pure bliss? Is it all of these at the same time? That sound is none other than Portland stoner rock outfit Hippie Dea…

In some well-hidden parallel universe, Texas Hippie Coalition are widely celebrated as heirs apparent to the Lynyrd Skynyrd legacy. In this one, that’s clearly not the case. But while the Denison, Texas outfit hasn’t gotten the attention they arguably deserve, they’ve soldiered on anyway, wi…

British modern jazz ensembles like Sons of Kemet and Black Midi have brought back the heady days of Sun Ra-style free jazz, but it’s been missing women’s lush touch of funk, in the manner of Alice Coltrane. Unexpectedly, Leeds-based bandleader Emma-Jean Thackray arrives with her debut Yellow…