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Songwriter Willow Welter's sound advice 

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Willow Welter is a songwriter and performer who lives in Colorado Springs. She has been part of several music projects over the years and currently sings and plays guitar with a punk band and is half of a comedic piano duo.

Essential Saturday night listening: Saturday nights are for rowdy music, preferably live. And after a long week of listening to white men in power, I’m craving Bleached, Warpaint, Le Tigre or other fem-fronted bands. I know, I know: “Can’t you just say ‘band’ instead of ‘woman-fronted band?’” But sadly, in rock ‘n’ roll you still have to be intentional about seeking out the perspective of someone other than a white man. Next time you’re listening to Spotify or Pandora radio, just pause every now and then to notice how long it’s been since you heard a song written by a woman, person of color or member of the LGBTQ community.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Pretty much everything annoys me in the morning, so it has to be something chill like Kurt Vile, one of my favorite songwriters. He’s an amazing guitar player and has such a range in topics and tone. His album Smoke Ring for My Halo is my favorite, but I also love the cleverness of Wakin on a Pretty Daze. When I saw a video of Kurt joining Warpaint onstage to perform their song “Baby,” swooning may have occurred.

First record I bought with my own money: Hmmm... when I first started making my own paychecks from working at Chuck E. Cheese’s as a teenager, I was listening to a lot of pop punk. So I think the first album I bought with my own money was probably Punk in Drublic by NOFX.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Give Out” by Sharon van Etten is haunting and lovely. It’s on her album Tramp, which is one of my all-timers. When she opened for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Ogden in Denver a few years ago, she commanded the audience’s attention in a way that’s often difficult for singer-songwriters to do live. Everyone was mesmerized.

My latest online discovery: “Office Musical,” a music video about cats who work in an office and find a way to make music when the boss isn’t looking. It stars this internet cat celeb named Prince Michael.

Artist more people should know about: If you’re in the mood for something on the chill side, Brandon Henderson is a singer-songwriter who plays around town regularly. He’s got talent for miles — a soulful voice and enviable guitar skills. He plays originals and covers. If you’re in the mood for energetic rock ’n’ roll that channels indie of the 2000s, check out Pout House; for Halloween last year, they played as The Strokes.

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