In case you hadn't noticed by such recent Reverb entries as "My new USB turntable rules" (latest rip: 1960s Japanese chamber-pop legends Jackey Yoshikawa & His Blue Comets!), it's been a little slow on the music front. With the cold comes fewer shows, true, but even the harshest of winters must succumb to spring's imminent seduction. And speaking of the spring's imminent seduction, there are some pretty wonderful things to look forward to in the Springs this spring.

Our beloved Haunted Windchimes have put the wraps on their latest chronicle of the 21st-century American folk song. By the name of Honey Moonshine, this future treasured artifact was engineered by the great Butch Hause (best known for his work with the great cowboy crooner Don Edwards) at the equally great Western Jubilee, and will first become available at a gala release event March 20 at Stargazers Theatre. Until then, you can visit hauntedwindchimes.com for a free download of their wonderfully melancholy rendition of the early 1930s Huddie Ledbetter masterpiece "Goodnight, Irene," as well as a video of the group performing the title track at Western Jubilee.

El Toro de la Muerte is scheduled to record its latest "bag o' hammers" next month at Denver's impeccable 8 Houses Down studios, but has, in the meantime, put together a fairly fantastic online exclusive. For $16 you get Toro's first two EPs (Atop the Bell Isle and Blood on Their Tongues) plus bonus demos and a T-shirt. It would be well worth your time to look into it at bullofdeath.com.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 6, as local musician and concerned citizen Tommy Dorr has organized a much-needed "Hail Mary" attempt to stop, or at the very least, delay the budget-induced demise of the City Auditorium. Expect the music of Jeremy Facknitz and the Charlie Milo Trio, Molten Audio Experience and Dorr's own Sound Shop, not to mention between-set ragtime entertainment by historic chamber organ player Tom O'Boyle. All proceeds will go directly to saving the City Aud, which, over the years, has walked the line of American music legends from Johnny Cash to Jimi Hendrix, Snoop Dogg to Danzig.

Making the night all the more interesting: A limited-edition poster by pop-art god Jermaine Rogers will be available to commemorate the event! Assuming its success, Dorr plans to make it the first in a series bringing new life to a true Springs landmark. For show, volunteer or sponsorship information, give him a call at 640-0003.

In the meantime, and without even the slightest hint at sarcasm, you can get a little taste of what the City of Angels has to offer over at the Redstone Room on Saturday night. On tour in their "Big Black Bus," Los Angeles' Kelli & the Shadowmen, led by Kelli Lidell, daughter of the late country singer Johnny Lidell (best know for "Primrose Lane"), and childhood regular on the late '70s NBC drama The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, will tear into a "grizzly" set of their own dusty "outlaw" country blues.

What else was I gonna tell you? Oh, that's right! If you aren't going tonight (Thursday, Jan. 21) to check out blues royalty Cedric Burnside at the Music Street Tavern, which you should, then you should definitely Google Sargent Boots' Harbor to find out where Laura Goldhamer, the Changing Colors and Mount Righteous are playing tonight ... I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Smell you soon, springtime in the Rockies ...

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