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Our top record picks of 2018, part 2

The year 2018 saw the release of a lot of music. The following is the second half of what this writer thought was the best of the year. Full disclosure: I don’t care about album sales. I don’t care about concert-ticket sales. If everything in the world was judged by the amount sold, you’d have a hell of a lot of chefs in high...

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Travis Scott and his massive new record are headed to Denver

If mainstream hip-hop is your jam, it’s been a pretty solid year for you when it comes to mainstream releases. Kendrick Lamar got that Disney movie and curated a very good “Black Panther” soundtrack, Kanye West’s mixed bag of releases gave us Pusha T’s “Daytona” and the Kids See Ghosts release, Drake put out two records worth...

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What’s new: Claw Marks, “Hee Hee”

PNKSLM (aka Punk Slime) Recordings is a label out of Stockholm, Sweden, that recently celebrated a fifth year of churning out a slew of great records from an artist roster that includes Swampmeat Family Band, Al Lover, Spice Boys, Holiday Ghosts, and Beach Skulls, just to name a mere few.

The latest release from their...

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Tea with Cinnamon

Patty Templeton believes in making tea, not war. Chat with her on Twitter via @PattyTempleton.

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Screw Insatiable – watch these coming of age tales instead

You’ve only got one life to live, so try not to waste it by watching Netflix’s new dark comedy, Insatiable. It’s the tale of Fatty Patty, played by Debby Ryan, an overweight, bullied teen trapped in the throes of a high school pecking order in which she is at the very bottom – that is, until she gets punched in the face, has...

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Time to get a little hot at Meltdown on the Mesa

There are two kinds of music festivals. There’s the listening festival, which attendees go to for the music. The fans are generally well-behaved and respect when bands are on stage. Then there’s the hoot and holler festival, which adds to the music a grand social aspect, making the event about much more than just the acts...

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Art meme to micro fiction: the visual art of David Holub

David Holub’s got one fist of whimsy and the other of steel, if the right one don’t getchya the other one will. The former editor of DGO has gone rogue; he’s now a member artist at Studio &, creating visual art anchored in narrative. Holub’s work wants to pleasantly provoke you into being present, and it will.


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What’s new: Tomberlin, “At Weddings”

Tomberlin is the shortened recording moniker of Louisville, Kentucky-based musician Sarah Beth Tomberlin. “At Weddings” is Tomberlin’s debut full-length under the Omaha, Nebraska-based indie record label, whose roster includes Hop Along, Bright Eyes, Big Thief, Rilo Kiley, and Cursive, along with recent additions like Stef...

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If I Had a Hammer

Patty Templeton believes art can be revolutionary even when not overtly political. America needs art. Hit up Templeton on Twitter via @PattyTempleton or over by instagram.com/pattytempleton.

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Asleep at the Wheel ain’t been gettin’ no sleep

They’ve been a band for 48 years. Not an on-again, off-again outfit that has broken up numerous times amidst tabloid-worthy squabbles and an overdose or two, only to reform to play underwhelming sets at an overwhelming price, but an outfit that writes the songs, releases a record every couple of years, and is consistent when...

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The best concerts in and around Durango, August 9 to 15

Aaron Copeland, August 10Texas native Aaron Copeland is nothing if not country through and through. He grew up with a guitar in hand and his fingers on the piano keys. He first made the rounds as a teenager playing honky tonks with his dad and brothers before landing a prime spot playing keys,...

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We the People

Patty Templeton believes art can be revolutionary even when not overtly political. America needs art. Hit up Templeton on Twitter via @PattyTempleton or over by instagram.com/pattytempleton.

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You would never guess Dan Groth’s bizarre misshapen watercolor figures come from a mind born out of the same gene pool as his mother, Sheila Maynard. Her dreamy pastel landscapes are worlds away.

“Our styles are so far North Pole/South Pole,” Maynard said. The two clearly share a natural talent in the arts,...

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