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The Pixies, Goon, and Stephen Malkmus: This year’s albums are truly great

And just like that, here we are. Summer seems to be upon us, with temperatures and tourist numbers in our corner of Colorado on a steady incline.

According to the solstice-ers and my trusty oversized calendar, the official start of summer is Friday, June 21, as per usual. June is the sixth month of the calendar year,...

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Urochromes, Lust for You, and Julia Shapiro: Bands and albums you should see live and living in color

Editor’s note: There was some confusion last issue (May 9, 2019) and an incomplete version of Jon Lynch’s column made it onto our pages. We missed some good ass information, so we’re repubbing the entire column this issue for your musical information...

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Upcoming albums and bands you should be seeing live

A friend and musical confidant recently relayed to me a reoccurring frustration about an artist. We were discussing albums that have already been released this year, albums he had already listened to a little bit of and rightly enjoyed. The mention of that one artist led to another as the discourse turned to a conversation...

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Mac DeMarco, Filthy Friends, and other record releases we’re looking forward to

It is hardly a surprise that album release dates are jockeyed and shuffled around so often these days. In an era of advance singles, surprise(!) track drops, and literal snippet teases on “fill in the social media platform blank of choice,” it is debatable, or at least worth the conversation to some music fans and music...

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Record Store Day is going to kick ass this year

As a resident of this particular corner of the Southwest, I have enjoyed the last few months, one of the most precipitous winters I’ve seen in the two decades I’ve lived here. Unlike many of you, I’m not quite ready for the cold, blustery winds and white-out snows of winter to abate. I say keep them coming. I may be sick of...

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’90s nostalgia bands are back with new albums, and they’re awesome

Nostalgia is a funny thing. Just the notion resonates differently with different people, dependent on whom you ask. Some look upon that sort of remembrance of the 1990s fondly, with the soft golden yellow glow and haze of idealized, if not fuzzy, memory. Others may prefer that the past stay the past while insisting that...

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The loss of Durango’s video store is sad but not unexpected

When Southwest Sound, the last of Durango’s local independent record stores, closed its doors on Saturday, July 14, 2018, I made mention of it, but did my very best not to harp or dwell on the personal devastation, sadness, anger, disgust, and dissatisfaction I felt, week after week after week. Leading up to the store’s...

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There’s a ton of badass live music coming to Meow Wolf

Last Friday (February 8), Loma Vista Recordings, the label that’s home to a diverse roster of artists like St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, and Iggy Pop, along with Local Natives, Sylvan Esso, and Manchester Orchestra, released the fourth proper studio album from Los Angeles electro art noise punkers HEALTH.

The record, “VOL....

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Welcome, winter: From Beirut to Orville Peck, here’s what’s ahead for new music albums

Well, winter is very much here. I mean HERE, here and not going anywhere anytime soon. With early morning getting-to-work temperatures hovering somewhere in the single digits to early teens, the cold arrived along with the snow and is most definitely sticking around. It’s cold, no matter which Southwestern town you call...

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From Malibu Ken to FIDLAR and Deerhunter, these are the albums we’re looking forward to in January

As we rub the bleary fog from the earliest hours of 2019, now is a great time to eagerly – annoyingly – and with a far (FAR) off twinkle, begin to look ahead to the releases that are forthcoming. A handful of artists and bands had hoped to release new somethings in 2018, but whatever happened, happened, and now we can assume...

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From Wimps to Father John Misty: The best albums of 2018, part two

OK, here’s the thing about compiling a year-in-review or Best Of list: If I write this article next week...well, shit. If I write this article later tonight or even tomorrow, it could likely – nay, certainly – look different than it does today. Not all of it would change, mind you. Seven or eight of these records are the...

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The best albums of 2018, ranked

OK, here’s the thing about compiling a year-in-review or Best Of list: If I write this article next week...well, shit. If I write this article later tonight or even tomorrow, it could likely – nay, certainly – look different than it does today. Not all of it would change, mind you. Seven or eight of these records are the...

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