CD Reviews

WIREDOGS – KILL THE ARTIST HYPE THE TRASH EP

This is the third EP release from Denver-based Wiredogs. The band is fairly new, having just formed in late 2013,
but their sound is very established. This EP is full of in-your-face-punk-rock. Each song showcases a different
strong point of the band. The first song, “Violence,” slaps you in the face with high-energy guitar riffs and strong
vocals. It gets you on your feet and will have you running for the pit to rock out. “Witness” showcases Dan Aid’s
vocal range and ability to scream and control his voice. “Two Ghosts” is a slower song that is very drum-heavy
with soaring guitar riffs. The album as a whole is a punk dream; it is so complex and shows how diverse the band
really is.







THC – THE HOTBOXED EP

THC is a new MC in Fort Collins. His EP The Hotboxed EP was released in November of 2014. He blends rap,
reggae and rock into this EP. The sound of this album is more on the rap side rather than reggae. By the name of
this MC you can get the gist of what many of these songs will mention. Classic weed-rap is what comes to mind
when putting this album into a category. THC blends rap with reggae in a new way by making it seem like a DJ
set, blending them together with various transitions and hype sounds. The stand out song on this EP is “Do The
Right Thing.” This song is the closest to classic reggae on the EP. It starts with classic reggae beats and hooks
you in the end.







WASTELAND HOP – SYMBIOTIC CLOCK EP

Wasteland Hop has been a staple in the Fort Collins music scene for years now. This new 6-song EP is proof that
they are here to stay as a force in the local music scene. They brand themselves as “hip-hop,” but they are so
much more complex than simple hip-hop and this album shows that. There is a darker quality to this EP that is
very intriguing. The rapping and the vocals work in perfect harmony with the music to create a soundscape that
will transport you to a world with dark and beautiful melodic tones. “Cold World” is one of the sexiest songs on
the album and Steph’s voice is so alluring and beautiful. Mixed with the tone of the song and Mickey’s rapping, it
makes for the perfect song on the album.







BEN GALLAGHER – HEART SHAPED ROCKS

- By Rebecca LaPole

Ben Gallagher has been making art rock, playing mountain country, accompanying ballets and avant garde art
performances, as well as playing Abraham Lynch, the pianist from the dark, zombie-death-polka band, The
Widow’s Bane. Recently, he has branched out on his own and created a solo masterpiece called Heart Shaped
Rocks. Released in January 2015, Ben Gallagher’s album is brooding, poetic genius. It’s a perfect album to lose
yourself in and the intriguing, thought-provoking lyrics and unique sounds pull you back to a different era;
a simpler time. Dogs howling in the background, songs fading into the ice cream man’s tune, a Green Bullet
microphone, and several other talented musicians including drummer Jon Mouser and trumpeter Tung Pham (of
the Widow’s Bane) add to the complexity and depth of this album. “Beleaguered” has a simple, repetitive lyric
that is driven home with a building crescendo of instruments. “What My Father Told Me” has been performed
by Ben with the Widow’s Bane, and has an up-beat break similar to some of their other songs. “Missing Pieces”
is a great look at a relationship, and “College” is an ironic tale about what it takes to get a degree. All in all, this
album is an incredible journey to take with a talented, old soul.












Qbala – Dark Side of the Rain

Qbala – Dark Side of the Rain

Hip-hop emcee Qbala has released Dark Side of the Rain, the follow up EP to 2011’s My State of Dementia and the re-released Unfinished Business. The five-song EP is full of depth, hooks, fresh beats and a mastered flow and articulation that is signature Qbala, with cuts backed by DJ Dominic Deadbeat and DJ Sync3re. The delivery, lyrics and production are beyond anything we’ve heard from Qbala in years past, and matched with a live show that is energetic, the intensity Qbala is known for has gone up a notch. The standout track by far on this EP is “She Said.” Qbala’s guest, Michael Kirkpatrick (lead singer of The Holler!) offers rich falsetto hooks as the backing for a memorable track that freely moves from track one, “We Ride,” and is then followed by the fierce aggression and contemplative nature of “News.” Purists of Qbala’s freestyle and punctuated spoken word tracks may need to evolve into hearing actual singing at times on the tracks, but overall, the EP is a cutting-edge deliverable from NoCo’s fastest rising hip-hop star.

- By Silas Rowe

NYX & NOX

NYX & NOX

Looking for something sizzling and exciting to do on Valentine’s Day? Du’Tell Events is hosting the Hottest Salsa Valentine Party in the Fort! The largest dance club and venue on the south side of town is under new ownership, had a newly-stocked full bar and is proudly showcasing new entertainment where everyone is welcome! On…Continue Reading

EINSTEIN’S LIGHT

EINSTEIN’S LIGHT

Combining music, film and science, Project Youth and Chamber Music (PYCh) presents the second annual Off the Hook Winter Music Festival. On Monday, February 16 at 4 p.m., clips from the upcoming film, Einstein’s Light, will be shown in Fort Collins. Einstein’s Light: Illuminated Minds, a performance event, will be held at the CSU Natural…Continue Reading

COMEDY BREWERS

COMEDY BREWERS

Who said being 2 was terrible? Comedy Brewers, the hilarious Fort Collins improv troupe, has been around for two years now! In the true vein of a toddler, they’ve got tons of energy they bring to each monthly show at the Bas Bleu Theater (401 Pine Street). Their 2015 line up can be found at…Continue Reading

SLAMMIN’ FAMINE

SLAMMIN’ FAMINE

Be part of the solution to stop worldwide hunger. On Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, Feed My Starving Children will be hosting an event in Northern Colorado at The Ranch in Loveland to pack up to 500,000 meals. You can make a difference by contributing financially, signing up for a 2 hour packing…Continue Reading

MARTI AND THE DADS

MARTI AND THE DADS

Four men in a band and their long lost greyhound. It sounds like the premise of a strange Indie film, but this is the best way to describe Fort Collins newest band, Marti and the Dads. Marti and the Dads is Nic Turiciano (guitar), Jake Robinson (guitar), Tommy Austin (bass) and Matt Bombard (drums.) This…Continue Reading

“WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING MUSICIANS?”

“WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING MUSICIANS?”

JON THURSDAY Lead Vocals Rowdy Shadehouse “Keep Your Chin up, eyes open, music raw, friends close, business in front of you, bad times behind you, ears peeled, body ready, chicks satisfied, money saved, plans in plain sight, dick out, mind sharp, wit sharper, smile white, resolve golden, show unique, lyrics edgy, and above all keep…Continue Reading

Late Nights – February15

December Late Nights