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All hail the under-appreciated sound people

The sound person: they are the unsung heroes of the music scene, and an under-appreciated aspect of the live and studio music experience. In the studio, you could have many people, along with the musicians, all working on making that final product just right. On stage, it’s sometimes just one person tucked away in another...

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What’s new: Various releases

One of my favorite ritual pastimes, which began as a preteen, was loitering after school in one of a handful of local records stores each and every Tuesday to celebrate new release day. For those of you who are too young to remember, new release day was the weekly influx of new stock, new PHYSICAL music releases, at your...

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Life advice from ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Let’s talk Jane Austen, mothereffers. Why? Because the Merely Players, Durango’s innovative found theater company, are performing Kate Hamill’s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” Catch it and you’ll see a witty, romantic tale of people falling in and out of love, set against gossipy aristocratic aholes of the 18th...

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What’s new: Black Belt Eagle Scout, “Mother of My Children”

“Having this identity – radical Indigenous queer feminist – keeps me going. My music and my identity come from the same foundation of being a Native woman.” Katherine Paul, also known as KP, grew up on the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in northwest Washington state. She was raised on her family’s influence of Indigenous...

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The punk-inspired bluegrass of La La Bones

The road to become a lover of bluegrass music is, for some, a road that weaves and winds its way through a punk rock neighborhood. The genres, believe it or not, have their similarities.

In both punk and bluegrass, you’ll find an aggressive and direct instrumentation, often paired with wrenching lyrics and a revved-up...

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Don’t miss Dwayne Dopsie or these other acts at Telluride Blues & Brews Fest

Telluride will be transforming from ski town to blues haven this weekend, thanks to an influx of killer blues musicians making their way to the top of the mountain for Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. You can catch dope blues acts for three days straight, and we recommend that you do. Just call in sick or something....

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What’s new: JEFF the Brotherhood, “Magick Songs”

“Magick Songs” is the 13th(!) record from Nashville, Tennessee band JEFF the Brotherhood, and it’s the culmination of time and energy well spent. Some current fans of the band may find the sonic departure in this collection to be striking, but striking in a positive way. I had to double check a number of times while listening...

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Check out these 10 atmospheric autumn albums

The gray clouds are coming. The red trees will be. Soon, pumpkin spice will coat everything. Decorative gourds are gonna flood from Walmart, and a cinnamon cider scent-cloak will wrap the world. That’s right, goblin gals, fiendish fellas, and every glorious ghoul between, AUTUMN’S ALMOST HERE! To celebrate, drop a needle on...

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Murder by Death: exploring isolation and possible solace

Everything is overwhelming and the world feels like a gloombucket of doomflowers. But hope dies last. Murder by Death is hollering into the void that though the road is hard, at least we’re not wandering the weeds. Their melancholy Western roots is filled with the yearning for better times and the conviction that they’ll...

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The Nuns of Brixton bring The Clash to Ska Brewing

Joe Strummer has been dead for 16 years. In the years since the founding member and frontman of The Clash passed, society has created plenty of fodder to stand up against and sing about, with much of it produced after November 2016. The world needs someone to critique and sing about the state of the world, and Strummer was...

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Impromptu lap dances and drunk amateur DJs

Being a DJ in the midst of the nightlife chaos, with the booze and bodies flying about on the dance floor, can lead to some seriously awkward – and seriously funny – moments. The DJs from this week’s cover story – DJ Hakan, DJ Castro, DJ Spark Madden, and DJ Ralphsta – shared with us some of the craziest things that have...

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Music lives here

It’s not terribly easy to play music with one hand, but Durango DJ Fidel Castro manages to do so with ease. He learned how after a stroke rendered his left arm and leg paralyzed a little over two years ago. All it took was persistence, and perhaps a bit of stubborn pride, to figure out how to take on the turntables once...

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What’s new: William Elliott Whitmore, “Kilonova”

It’s fitting to me that the debut release from Lee County, Iowa musician William Elliott Whitmore (W.E.W.) for the iconic Chicago-based Bloodshot record label is a collection of covers. I first met Whitmore while he was opening a string of dates for Lucero, with Rocky Votolato and Charly “City Mouse” Fasano, back in the fall...

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