CD Reviews

DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH – THE DRAWING BACK OF CURTAINS

She is back and better than ever. This album is from the movie Packed in a Truck: The Lost Art of
Edith Lake Wilkinson. Each song is truly a piece of art in itself. “Change for the Better,” is so rich and
complex it is beautiful and soothing. The songs on this album are all inspired by the art of Edith Lake
Wilkinson. When you look at the paintings while you listen to the music, they fit so perfectly. It is
like they were always meant to be put together from the start. Danielle paints a perfect picture of
serenity to pair with these amazing works of art. “Morning Glories” is the most upbeat song on the
album and it is true to Danielle Ate The Sandwich’s happy sound. The album itself is a work of art,
and when it is paired with the works of art by Edith Lake Wilkinson, it is a match made in heaven.
You really feel like you are inside one of her paintings.









MANDY HARVEY – ALL OF ME

This album is a majority of covers from old jazz singers, however Mandy Harvey brings her own flair
to these classic songs. Harvey’s voice is smooth and comforting to listen to. I could listen to her sing
all day long. The original songs on the album are just as good as the covers. “Envy” is sexy from the
start; the little changes in tone in her voice give the song a little Buddy Holly vibe, like the Buddy
Holly of jazz. Her voice is so powerful; it takes hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. The other
original songs on the album are not as jazzy as “Envy” but they are still good. These songs err on the
more singer-songwriter side. It may be the floral pattern on the cover, but these songs give you the
feeling you are lying in a field of flowers in spring. This album overall is an amazing take on some
great songs with her own amazing work peppered in, living in perfect harmony.









MICHAEL KIRKPATRICK – KEY TO MY CAGE

When I first popped this CD into my drive, I noticed that there was a pair of thick-rimmed glasses
with a mustache under them on the CD. Under the CD in the case is Michael Kirkpatrick with those
same glasses and a well-groomed mustache. When I saw this I expected great things, and I was
not disappointed. The first song “Just Like You” comes out swinging with pounding beats that get
you out of your seat right away. Kirkpatrick’s voice is deep and inviting. “Young Man” has a driving
beat that is reminiscent of old-style country repurposed into a folk ballad. This song is what I would
imagine it would sound like to travel in the dessert in the middle of summer. “Cold Outside on the
Mountainside,” will warm your heart with beautiful vocals and catchy folk riffs. The entire album is a
folk dream; it is like a log cabin on the top of a mountain.









LIA MENAKER – ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

This is Lia Menaker’s debut album, and she definitely gives us all she has. Her soulful voice mixed
with her conversational vocals is soothing and very accessible. The scatting in “Instinct” is done very
well and not overdone. She has a sound like a classic acoustic singer-songwriter with the added
complexity of her vocal range and the piano. This album is like sitting at home with a nice bottle of
wine next to the fire. The album ranges from sexy and sultry to fun and upbeat. “Animal Behavior”
is the song you would hear in a underground bar in the middle of the city, the singer is sitting in the
dark corner singing her heart out. The music is mysterious-sounding and very sultry. Overall this
album will keep you interested throughout. Each song tells a different story and each story is so
complex.









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.







INDOOR DOG SWIMMING

INDOOR DOG SWIMMING

Advanced Animal Care of Colorado & DOG TALES Activity Center (AACC & DT) in Fort Collins features a heated, indoor, saltwater dog swimming pool – open year round! Splash Coach Becca LaPole is now offering first-timers free Splash orientations and assessments four days each week, and group doggie Pool Parties three times a month! Becca…Continue Reading

RARE ITALIAN

RARE ITALIAN

Rare Italian restaurant is open for business in the old Ingredient spot on Mountain and College. Renovated into a classy, open space, Rare provides a unique experience where people are the secret ingredient, and guests are treated like family. Why Rare? The name holds a double meaning for the dryaged steak and other divine meats…Continue Reading

TOTALLY 80S PIZZA

TOTALLY 80S PIZZA

Ready to get your pizza delivered to you in a Delorean? Well, now you can at Totally 80s Pizza! Or you can dine in and see a hoverboard cased in glass over your head while watching a Tiffany music video and eating totally fresh pizza and salad bar! T-shirts incorporating the Ghostbusters logo, Run DMC…Continue Reading

NICK’S HOMESTYLE

NICK’S HOMESTYLE

Looking for a fun place to go where you’ll find great food, spirits, games and a friendly atmosphere? Then come check out the neighborhood Italian fare at Nick’s Homestyle. Located at 1100 South College, Nick’s Homestyle is a new Italian-American style restaurant. Owner Nick Doyle and business partner Sam Slattery used local material like reclaimed…Continue Reading

ELECTION 2015 Q&A WITH THE CANDIDATES

ELECTION 2015 Q&A WITH THE CANDIDATES

SCENE MAGAZINE WANTED IT’S READERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FORT COLLINS COMMUNITY TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE FOLLOWING SEATS: MAYOR – WARD LUTHI & WADE O. TROXELL COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 – RAY MARTINEZ & NANCY TELLEZ COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 4 – ERIC KRONWALL & KRISTIN STEPHENS COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT…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

March Late Nights

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