In The Whale – Cake

By Erik Myers

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Singer Nate Valdez and drummer Eric Riley have had a strange, genre-blending journey as In The Whale; Cake being their hard rock affirmation. The Denver duo achieve an impressive intensity, but the songwriting tends to cop material from influences instead of developing on their cues, like the Eagles of Death Metal chorus on “34-28-32.” Cake is more compelling for its tongue-in-cheek Christian subtext. Valdez sings of being distracted from “the Lord’s work” by a bad news beauty, described first as “an affliction,” then as “an addiction.” In the end, he becomes the temptress, borrowing a chorus line –”Like a tree that’s standing by the water, I shall not be moved” – from a gospel hymn. But considering the full context, it’s more like he’s giving in to temptation, skewing the phrase to justify his less-than-holy pursuit.

Illegal Pete’s

Illegal Pete’s

After surviving the tremendous controversy over the name “illegal” in its name, Illegal Pete’s in Fort Collins is soaring into the hearts and stomachs of many. It’s here to stay with the original name intact and in a prime location at 320 Walnut Street. The vast interior and raised alcove help make it our town’s…Continue Reading

Indian Music

Indian Music

Om Ananda Yoga Studio in Old Town Fort Collins is hosting a very special and rare concert event with tabla master Ty Burhoe and grammy-winning flute master Steve Gorn! Mark your calendars for Friday, January 16, 8-10pm, admission is $16 in advance and $20 at the door; purchase at omanandayoga.com/events or call 970-488-9192. The venue…Continue Reading

A new year? Try new beer!

A new year? Try new beer!

With the holidays wrapping up and New Year’s resolutions being made, it might be time to try some new things. For the cooking-inclined, this just may be your column. Chef Ricky Myers of Jax Fish House has been experimenting with local brews and food, and has offered to share some of his inspiration with us.…Continue Reading

Sex and the Choice City: Save the Tablas!

I just turned 40. I feel it’s a good time to reflect and write about the things I’m really proud of. Seriously, I was not expecting to look this good at the “half way point” of my life… unlike TONS of women that are walking around our Choice City streets, I have had absolutely NO…Continue Reading