Music gossip-mongers have been expecting an album battle between Lizzo and Beyoncé, who dropped Renaissance (Parkwood/Columbia) at the end of July. Normally, the two artists wouldn’t be lumped together, though Beyoncé’s turn from the serious politics of Lemonade to the dance mélange of the n…

It’s hard to draw a lot of attention when you’re on the same stage (or in the same studio) with Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips frontman has been the focal point of his band since the dawn of alt-rock, with longtime producer Dave Fridmann coming in a distant second.

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Mike Pettiford was a treasure to the 719 punk community. With “Ideas are bulletproof” proudly tattooed across his chest, he lived his life his way, and his way was punk as fuck! Pettiford was most commonly known up here in the Springs as Pueblo Mike, and in his hometown of Pueblo, his monike…

The summer of 2021 belonged to young artists in the emerging genre of pop-punk, exemplified by Olivia Rodrigo and Pom Pom Squad. This year, Beach Bunny and The Linda Lindas take the bold sound up a notch. Emotional Creature (Mom + Pop), the second full-length by Beach Bunny (founded by Lili …

The words “Afrobeat” and “Afrobeats” may not sound all that different, but the music they describe definitely does. The former dates back decades, to a time when the politically strident Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti, universally recognized as the “King of Afrobeat,” combined West African rh…

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Colorado Springs Post-hardcore band Castele is embarking on a two-week West Coast tour with fellow 719 metalcore group Mnmlst. They’re playing shows out west with California’s He Films in the Clouds on the first half of the tour, and down through Montana/Wyoming/Colorado on the second half w…

In the seven years since Charley Crockett’s self-released debut album reached No. 11 on Billboard’s blues chart, the Texas honky-tonk soul musician has covered a lot of ground, both musically and geographically.

The tearful expression in the cover art of Lizzo’s latest, Special (Nice Life/Atlantic), combined with the album’s opening lines, might mislead the uninitiated into thinking Lizzo is offering a grief-filled confessional. But within minutes, savvy and well-produced cuts like “The Sign,” “Abou…

The son of parents with Czech and Mexican roots, Ryan Flores’ eclectic music embodies his multicultural identity. He calls it “Chex-Mex” — the Gypsy-Latin flair of his songs uniquely reflect Flores’ identity, history and personality. Flores, who will be playing the next show in the Music at …

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I’m currently sitting in a van while driving through Kansas while on tour. The smell of body odor, chips and the open road rises through my nostrils. Being on the road allows me to appreciate the music scenes in other towns. Touring especially makes me appreciate the incredible music scene w…

‘It’s hard to emerge from the shadow of a successful parent in any walk of life, and it seems to me particularly hard in the arts,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Larry McMurtry once observed. “Those who are wise, I think, generally don’t stay in the same art.”

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This expert says there must be something like 72 different subgenres of metal, and so many artists have been combining elements to create  different and newer sounds. It just so happens, there are several genre-defying events this week showcasing that outside-the-box artistry — and it ain’t …

Kentucky roots songwriter Joan Shelley has often expanded her repertoire with guest producers and engineers, like Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. But her new album The Spur (No Quarter Records) reaches great heights without fancy production tricks or guest stars. She relies on Nathan Salsburg and James…

Look up “All-Star Band” in the dictionary of live music and the first entry you’ll find is Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, the former Beatle’s perpetually touring supergroup with a rotating cast of veteran pop stars taking turns covering their own hits. James Taylor & His All-Star …

Back before the dawn of ’80s electro-funk, horn sections played a major role in the world of R&B, and none more so than Tower of Power. While best known for their mid-’70s work with vocalist Lenny Williams, the Oakland band has broken the Top 100 no less than eight times with singles lik…

It seems almost a crime to have Regina Spektor be just the opening act for The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks July 10. The Russian-born singer-songwriter wrote some of the finest personal pop tunes of the 2005-2015 period, but remained largely silent after 2016 until the release of Home, Before…

East Bay, California, singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm has released both solo albums and ensemble efforts with her band, The Gramblers, since the early 2000s. Her new album Avondale Drive (Little Knickers/Compass Records) clicks with near-perfection — slide guitars in opening track “Learn to Lo…

It’s been great seeing The Broadmoor World Arena have big production rock shows again. I get to visit the same place I frequented as an adolescent now that I’m an adult and watch others make the same memories I have. It’s great seeing younger kids experience their first big show and watch th…

Jonathan Meiburg had temporarily shelved his Austin, Texas, Shearwater band well before the pandemic, working with Emily Cross on the Loma project through two albums. Shearwater’s 10th studio album The Great Awakening (Polyborus) is the first new work since 2016, not counting several live an…

While he’s been described as a “living legend” and “national treasure” countless times, Charlie Musselwhite would probably prefer to be known as a down-to-earth Delta bluesman. With 40 albums, 14 Blues Music Awards and a couple of Grammys under his belt, the masterful harmonica player, South…

June 19, 1865, is an important date in American history, one that for too long went unnoticed by a big chunk of the country. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on New Year’s Day 1863, it took 2½ years for the news to spread to all states where slavery was allowed. June 19, 1865 …

Post Malone (Austin Richard Post) has been one of the most difficult to characterize of modern R&B/pop singers. Though often tagged as a rapper, his first three albums have been largely melodic affairs with little spoken street poetry. His 2019 release Hollywood’s Bleeding began a proces…

‘God’s wounds! It’s a ‘rock’ version of the myth of Hermaphroditus!” sniped the self-professed “Dean of American Rock Critics” Robert Christgau in his review of Nursery Cryme, an early-’70s Genesis album that helped birth Britain’s much-maligned progressive rock genre. Rolling Stone reviewer…

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It was May 26, 1999 — Oh wait! I mean May 26, 2022. Music often has a way of acting as a time machine in our lives. When we hear a certain song or album, it can transport us back to where we were when we first heard those tunes. On May 26, 2022 in Loveland, the nostalgia was deep as Limp Biz…

Shed no tears for drummer Janet Weiss, who left Sleater-Kinney three years ago, because she can still rely on her long-standing duo Quasi with former husband Sam Coomes and her status as a member of Jon Spencer’s new band HITmakers. Now, she’s unveiled the debut album of yet another new band…

At The Black Sheep on East Platte Avenue last week, it took less than 20 minutes for GWAR’s lead singer, Blothar the Berserker, to "decapitate" their President Joe Biden onstage, and you’d be surprised how much blood spurted out (some of which narrowly missed our camera). But it’s a routine …