Adam Leech 
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Adam Leech is the Independent’s music columnist. He is the owner of the Leechpit vintage clothing and music emporium, and has played in numerous bands… More »

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    Best Of 2013: Local Venue for Live Music

    Perhaps it's just standard stage-speak, but it seems to me that touring acts who play the Black Sheep — and the Sheep excels at bringing them here, from Son Volt to Capital Cities to KRS-One — more often than not take a moment to say how much they've enjoyed visiting not only the Springs, but this particular all-ages, live-music venue. And as funky a sparse, brick-walled location as this is on Platte Avenue, there's something kind of magical about a place where the bands regularly drip as much sweat as their madly gyrating fans. Mad props to general manager Chris Huffine and his whole crew for their eighth consecutive Best Of award. — Kirsten Akens

    Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Restaurant: West

    Best Of 2013: Barbecue

    No surprise here. This is the 10th year in a row that Front Range has placed first in barbecue. It's also had a lock on best west-side neighborhood restaurant since the category's debut back in 2011. Front Range's rabidly loyal clientele is drawn to an alluring combination of down-home cooking and live performances by local and national touring acts. Owner Brian Fortinberry is enthusiastic about offering a "great little music venue" to the town, along with a new rotisserie smoker and an ever-expanding schedule of "Meet the Brewer" and other craft beer events. In the aftermath of disasters that have ultimately drawn people together, Fortinberry says he's proud to be part of this community and looks forward to a "return to normality and growth" in the years ahead. — Bill Forman

    Bites 2013: Riblet Plate

    Think of Front Range's riblet offering simply as a big-ass plate of Southern goodness. Tender, slow-cooked St. Louis rack ends sport a light char but copious hickory and mesquite flavor. They're served naked (got your attention) so you can choose your own house sauce tableside: Mustard Wine, Sweet n' Spicy or our favorite, the Original Tangy. ($16 includes choice of two sides)

    Best Of 2012: Vintage Clothing Store

    It's not been two years since Adam Leech's Pit moved to its current North Nevada Avenue location, closer to Colorado College and its throngs of post-ironic retro-chic hunters. Too close, perhaps — apparently Leech will be relocating again in the near future, as Colorado College doesn't intend to renew the lease on the property. It hasn't seemed to damage his confidence, though, as he notes that his store doesn't only sell clothes: "I would challenge anybody to an arm-wrestling contest who claims there's a better stock of vinyl in Colorado Springs." And Leech doesn't stop there. "I'd contend we've got Denver beat, too," he adds. "On a good day." — Wyatt Miller

 

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