CD Reviews

Wendy Woo Band – Tipping Point

tippingpoint1400x14004.5 stars out of 5

Fort Collins’ powerhouse Wendy Woo, has released yet another fantastic album. This ten-song album is complex and full of many different music styles. Wendy Woo is known for her soulful and powerful vocals, and this album is no exception. The majority of the album has a country rock feel, but she adds reggae, Latin and blues influences as well. “Takin’ Pills” is the perfect anthem for a wild night out. It has a honky tonk sound. “Mile High Blues” blends blues and country in perfect harmony while painting a picture of current events in Colorado. “Backbone Road” is perfect for driving that empty dirt road alone at 1 am. The stand out track on this album is “Picture Frame.” It has a reggae sound throughout with a beach-y tone that goes along with her easygoing attitude. Overall, the album is full of musical twists and turns and is so much fun to listen to.

- Mikaela Antonelli

Vertical Arrays – Absence of Light and Sound

vertical-arrays3 stars out of 5

Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, this four-piece alternative rock band is bringing back the low-key alternative rock sound. On their new EP “Absence of Light and Sound,” each song starts off slow and soft and eventually builds to an intense guitar driven crescendo. This album was released last month on May 9. They had a CD release party at Hodi’s Half Note with Cobary Jam.  The album is reminiscent of ‘90s alternative rock, when alternative rock was soft and mysterious. The first song on the EP, “Escape Plan” sounds similar to Tickle Me Pink. The guitar riffs are similar to early pop punk bands with distorted guitars and gritty monotone vocals. The title track on the album is a faster paced song, with distorted vocals and heavy riff driven music it is a perfect rock song. It transitions from slower to fast paced within a chorus. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of rock and roll. The last song finishes off the EP with soaring vocals and an amazing electric guitar riff. Overall, this EP is nostalgic of early alt. rock with gritty vocals and is just what local alternative fans have been waiting for.

- Mikaela Antonelli

Red Fox Run – Red Fox Run

Red-Fox-Run3.5 stars out of 5

From just a few miles south, we are met yet again with innovation from Denver’s ever-growing plethora of musicians. Red Fox Run’s third release reflects on the maturity gained after years of playing together at everything from festivals to house parties. The production is clean, though the self-titled album still holds the grit that often accompanies authenticity. It is rock and roll in the indiest of senses. However, the accessibility of Red Fox Run still holds true, creating an indie-pop rock hybrid baby, capable of holding the attention and appreciation of many. “I Am a Fox” encompasses the legitimacy of the group itself, the lyrics “I am a fox I need to run,” acting as a catalyst for an underlying energy that pervades each album and each live show. Catch Red Fox Run this summer at a string of shows in the Mile High City or along the Front Range, including a June 6 show at the Mish.

- Charlie Anderson

Genetics – Dr. Spookymuffin

Genetics_DrSpookymuffin_FrontCover_WEB4 stars out of 5

I’ve never met Dr. Spookymuffin, but he certainly seems to be a funky fellow. The debut album from locally based Genetics is impressive to say the least, displaying foremost their wide range of influences and versatility in an instrumentally-driven sound. Guest appearances from Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters on banjo and Chuck Morris of Lotus on saxophone, add to the depth of the jam-based album. The level of comfort between the band members themselves, however, is evident in seemingly effortless and smooth transitions. Displayed especially in such tracks as “Toss N’ Wash” and “Once Again”, exuding the confidence of a band well in to their career. Dr. Spookymuffin is a funk-laced creation, melding together the incredible talents of four artists and their jam companions. Look out for Genetics during some local album release shows, and don’t miss them at the Mishawaka for the July 2 Everyone Orchestra.

- Charlie Anderson

Luna Sol – Blood Moon

luna-sol4 stars out of 5

Now hailing from the mountains just west of Denver, frontman David Angstrom leads Luna Sol through an ominous, mind-bending journey through his high-altitude highways on two wheels. The band’s debut album careens ever upward, slowing only for brief moments to explore bits of bluesy psychedelia before pushing onward again, exploding with dark, heavy guitar-infused rock. Angstrom is backed by a crew of Colorado locals (Pat Gill, Shanda Kolberg and Shannon Fahnestock) and hosts a number of guests, including bassist Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keys. Luna Sol’s self-proclaimed ‘high mountain stoner rock’ is exemplified in Blood Moon, drawing perhaps upon Black Mountain for a sinister yet massive overtone, or Soundgarden for some fuzzy grunge. Be on the lookout for Blood Moon’s release on 4/20 and a slew of release shows earlier this month along the Front Range.

-Charlie Anderson

The Rickshaw Live

The Rickshaw Live

Fort Collins has its very first mobile stage, the Rickshaw Live or “Starship Rikki.” Starship owner and one of Rikki’s captains, Tim Ryschon, has modified and redesigned an authentic bicycle pedicab from India into a one-of-a-kind amplified and illuminated mobile stage. Rikki, propelled by a single bicycle pedal pusher, carts around live performers such as…Continue Reading

DENVER POST UMS

DENVER POST UMS

Come out and commemorate one of the largest indie music festivals this side of the Rocky Mountains, the 15th annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, or UMS. The UMS is a four-day event that starts on Thursday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 26, and features over 400 performances by Colorado musicians playing on…Continue Reading

Lagoon Concert Series

Lagoon Concert Series

The Lagoon Summer Concert Series, located on the West lawn of Colorado State Univerity’s Lory Student Center is in full swing. A free, family friendly event, the Lagoon Series runs Wednesday nights starting at 6:30 pm now through August 5. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic gear, and spend your evening with NoCo acts,…Continue Reading

FoodTopia Food Truck

FoodTopia Food Truck

Looking for a new and delicious food adventure? Stop by and check out the FoodTopia food trailer located at Kennedy Auto on 424 Maple Street. Owned by Paul and Nenita Pellegrino, FoodTopia is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm and offers “worldly” cuisine for “all food lifestyles.” There are vegan entrees like the French…Continue Reading

SpokesBUZZ Welcomes Class of 2016

SpokesBUZZ Welcomes Class of 2016

by  Dawn Duncan Non-profit organization and music incubator, SpokesBUZZ, turned five in 2014, and recently announced their new class of 2016 at a graduation party sponsored by SCENE. Six bands made the cut for the new class: Red Fox Run, Slow Caves, Chemistry Club, American Blackout, Grim&Darling, and The Burroughs. This month, Sarah Slaton, Director…Continue Reading

SLOW CAVES ON FAST TRACK

SLOW CAVES ON FAST TRACK

by  ANTHONY CROSS  The Front Range boasts a very exciting amount of genres and bands that defy and redefine them every day. One of these bands is Slow Caves, a group of well-spoken, polite punks who decided to stop by my bungalow on a mild June evening to catch up and talk about their first…Continue Reading

FCMOD offers interactive music experience

FCMOD offers interactive music experience

by  Mikaela Antonelli When construction began on the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in 2009,  Fort Collins received a gift in the form of a brand new museum to expand and replace the former Discovery Science Center. Spearheaded by previous Executive Director, Annette Geiselman, and supported heavily by corporate sponsors and individual donors, the Fort…Continue Reading

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