Andrea Stone’s sound advice 

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As a sound engineer, booking agent and host of the award-winning open mic at the Zodiac, singer-songwriter Andrea Stone is easily among the most well-respected and multi-hyphenated figures in the contemporary Colorado Springs music scene. A former tattoo artist, she also plays rhythm guitar and screams backup vocals in local punk band The Mostly Don’ts. “I’ve been in more bands than I can count in every genre you can think of,” she says, “mostly because I love to sing harmony, or ‘shoop the whoops,’ as I like to put it.”

The local musician is also one of the few among us who understands the deep connection between performance artist Poppy, British metallurgists Iron Maiden, and kids’ karaoke favorite Katy Perry.

Essential Saturday night song: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden. It’s the most epic and amazing classic heavy metal song ever. Probably my favorite song. Gets the blood going with monster vocals and intricate guitar harmonies. Dave Baumgartner and I love to jam it out at the end of the night at the Zodiac.

Essential Sunday morning song: “My Kind of Woman” by Mac Demarco as sung by Poppy. It has such a dreamy ethereal quality to it. While there really isn’t much of a difference between both versions, I like the sweetness in Poppy’s voice a little better.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Wreck of the Day” by Anna Nalick. I had never heard of her or this song until a friend of mine told me I should cover it. As soon as I heard it, I related so much and wished so hard I had written it. I was having a rough time of it at that point in my life and it said everything. It’s sad and haunting and a little bit country. I did end up covering it and it always went over well.

Favorite song to cover live:
“Siempre Hace Frio” by Cuco Sanchez. While Linda Ronstadt was the first to release it in ‘91, Selena brought the song into my life a few years later. I have been obsessed with Selena for years and that song is so beautiful I had to cover it. Every time I play it someone in the audience cries even if they don’t speak Spanish. It’s that powerful.

First record I bought with my own money: Cosmic Thing by The B-52’s. I bought this album because of the song “Roam.” I loved the harmonies. I think I was 11 or 12. Yes, they are campy and ridiculous, but the B-52’s are also quite talented musicians. Lots of fun!

My latest online discovery: Stromae. I can’t take credit for discovering him though. Alpha The Musical brought this glorious performer to my attention. Androgynous, bisexual, avant garde, theatrical, thoughtful, French dance pop?! Sign me up!

Artist more people should know about: Joseph Lamar. I’ve known Joe for years now, and watching him grow as a performer has enriched my life. He’s the ultimate triple threat and then some. His songs are powerful and funky and sexy and irreverent. It’s like if Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, and some kind of delightful alien had a baby. Truly an amazing performer.

Guilty Pleasure: Katy Perry. I have the unique pleasure of hosting kids karaoke at the Zodiac and I don’t think I would know much of her music at all if it weren’t for that. Watching the kiddos belt out her music is a real treat. Something about her music inspires them to sing big and bold. I quite like that.

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