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click to enlarge MeadowGrass Festival favorites Free the Honey will bring their harmony-driven folk to the Gold Room Friday.
  • MeadowGrass Festival favorites Free the Honey will bring their harmony-driven folk to the Gold Room Friday.

If you were in attendance at this year's MeadowGrass Music Festival, you'll probably remember Free the Honey, who impressed with their harmony-rich Americana stylings. This Friday, Oct. 14, fans will get another chance to soak up their sound when the Gunnison Valley-based group returns to Colorado Springs with a show at the Gold Room.

Aside from the warm, driving harmonies of band members Jenny Hill, Lizzy Plotkin and Katherine Taylor, Free the Honey's vintage acoustic sound is steeped in the styles of old-time gospel, blues, country, gypsy-folk and jazz. But rather than covering the familiar ground of a myriad of O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack-aping folk acts, Free the Honey's songs are filled with fun turns of phrase and vitality. The breezy bluegrass yarn "Take Me Home" bristles with an amiable energy; the fiddle textures on "Honey Blues" add a spacey tinge to its Appalachian spiritualizing; "Wabbit Time" puts a western swing on Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz; and one could imagine the bluesy strut of "Dark and Muddy" emanating from the background of a 1930s radio show.

Free the Honey's 2015 LP, Fine Bloom, was the top-played album in November of that year, according to radio playlists compiled by FOLKDJ-L, and the band maintains a robust touring schedule that has included appearances at Gunnygrass, the Crested Butte Arts Fair, Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, the Mountain Harvest Festival and the John Hartford Memorial Festival.

Meanwhile, although the managers of the Flux Capacitor, brothers Bryan and Sean Ostrow, are currently on tour with Blighter, the Flux is still hosting a wide array of shows every night this week to suit nearly every taste: Thursday, Oct. 13, brings an evening of melodic hardcore punk with Arizona's Lifelink, joined by locals Dead Set and Denver's Fist Thrower. On Friday, multiple touring bands will give you your fix of shoegaze, math rock and indie rock with Loveland's Gleemer, Nevada's Alaska, Minnesota's Infinite Me and locals You Never Were.

There's more: Manitou Springs' psychedelic black metal duo Helleborus takes the Flux stage Saturday, while Sunday brings grindcore assaults from Washington's The Drip, Denver's Hapless and Pueblo's Piojos and Sonic Vomit. Monday brings us Minneapolis punk/metal act Nanashi, South Dakota metalcore band Wolf Skin, Enlighten the Masses and Sleeping In, and you can cap things off on Tuesday by catching Missouri pop-punk bands Hold Close and Strikes Back along with locals Why They Fight and Vase Vide.

Meanwhile, if you don't want to spend every night of the week at the Flux, here are a few more notable shows to choose from.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, freak-folk singer-songwriter and occasional actor Sean Hayes performs at Ivywild School, joined by Utah roots-rockers Cory Mon and multi-instrumentalist/former HAIM drummer Tim Carr.

Swedish-born electronic artist Martin Stääf, better known as Liquid Stranger, hits Rawkus with his "Weird & Wonderful Tour" on Friday the 14th, bringing Bleep Bloop, Perkulator and Shlump in tow.

Connecticut-based emcee Chris Webby, who recently put out his ninth mixtape, Webster's Laboratory 2, plays Sunshine Studios on Oct. 15 with local rapper Eli Kelly as support.

Finally, Mountain Fold Books hosts Austin "dark folk" artist Julia Lucille, who has recently garnered much positive attention from media outlets such as NPR for her sparse yet intense sound. Joining Lucille are Cult of Personality and Salt of Sanguine's Andy Tanner.

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