Local poet and vocalist Jeremiah Walter always found the Norse myths centered on Odin, Freya and other deities a rich stew that was relatively untapped in modern interpretations. His new album, Eighteen Magic Spells (Jeremiah Walter Music), would fit in the pantheon of low-fi classics, excep…

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On May 14, Mouth For War will be sharing their brand of crushingly heavy, metallic hardcore with the world. Their new album, Life Cast in Glass, will be released on CD, cassette and on all major streaming services via 1126 Records. The album, the band says, has created a healthy outlet for i…

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Amy Whitesell and her husband George have been staples of the Colorado Springs blues community for nearly two decades. In 2003, Amy was one of the founders of the nonprofit Pikes Peak Blues Community, which supports blues and American roots music along the Front Range. In 2006, she parted wa…

Since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops for a solo career in 2015, Rhiannon Giddens has boldly stretched with each successive album, not only redefining Black American traditions, but adding flourishes of the avant garde to the result. Her first collaboration with Italian multi-instrumentalis…

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Blindworm Guitars has been an instrument manufacturing and repair shop since 2008. Founder Andrew Scott has been known for his extremely intricate woodworking skills and incredible instrument designs. After a year of worldwide pandemic and some health issues, Blindworm will continue, but wil…

In 2014, Jamie Stewart told the Indy that his Xiu Xiu project was dead. Yet the ensuing seven years were among the San José band’s most prolific, even if Stewart at times felt like he and collaborator Angela Seo were simply phoning it in. The last Xiu Xiu album, 2019’s Girl With Basket of Fr…

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As we’ve been seeing, show announcements are starting to pop up in the next few months, and we are starting to see some more local bands slowly crawling out of their rehearsal studios to get on a stage near you. On May 8, The Black Sheep will be hosting a special, free local event with Lette…

Montreal’s avant-classical ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor has made apocalypse its business over six studio albums stretching from 1997. The seventh instrumental outing, G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation) may be the most complex and unrelentingly bleak. But one is reminded of Bap…

The first person signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1971 wasn’t Jackson Browne or Joni Mitchell, but the waifish-looking intellectual Judee Sill, who hid a life of armed robberies and needle drugs behind her innocent bespectacled eyes. Her two albums were ignored by most, and she die…

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It’s hard to believe it has officially been a full year since live shows came to a halt and venues, bars and restaurants had to temporarily close. Though these venues have been able to open back up, musicians are still waiting patiently to take the stage again. A year is a long time to go wi…

Hasaan Ibn Ali was a session pianist with Max Roach, who influenced John Coltrane’s “sound sheets” methods. Roach talked Atlantic Records into reserving Ibn Ali studio time in August-September 1965, but the project was shelved following the pianist’s incarceration on narcotics charges. The m…

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Most times, a band is known for their live performances, which pushes them to keep playing in pursuit of excellence in their craft. While it seems like we’re inching closer to live performances, we still aren’t quite there yet. However, artists aren’t letting good creativity go to waste. Som…

Leave it to electronica acts Blanck Mass and Mouse on Mars to offer speculative works on artificial intelligence, cyborgs and the future of humanity. Benjamin John Power, half of dance duo Fuck Buttons, records solo as Blanck Mass. His fifth release, In Ferneaux (Sacred Bones), consists of t…

Julien Baker may be the youngest of the three women in folkie supergroup boygenius, but was first to release a debut album in 2015, at age 20, and the only one to play Colorado Springs to date. The Tennessee singer often takes a backseat to Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers, however, maybe beca…

Search “music documentary” on Amazon Prime and you’ll get back nearly 10,000 results. To put that number in perspective, it’s five times what turns up when you search “hamster accessories,” ten times more than “tiny robots.” It would take 1.7 years to watch all of them, and that’s without ba…

Craig Finn has been insanely busy through Trump and pandemic years, alternating between introspective solo albums and strident anthemic works with his band, The Hold Steady. So it’s not surprising that the two styles leak and recombine into each other. Their songs and live performances once …

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Colorado Springs sits on a densely creative stretch of highway, in between artistically and musically rich Denver and New Mexico, and sometimes these scenes merge and work closely with one another. Excruciatingly heavy sludge outfit ORYX, originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, was used to t…

Sometimes Valentine’s Day just isn’t enough. While a recent Florida newspaper headline called it a “glorified sex holiday,” that claim has proven to be, if anything, overly generous. In fact, the market research company Statista found that less than a third of Americans planned to have sex o…

When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah launched its debut album in 2005, critics offered acclaim for lyricist Alec Ounsworth’s DIY ethos and the band’s enthusiastic style. After two mediocre follow-up albums, the world turned against Ounsworth’s plaintive high tenor. Yet he persevered through two mor…

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We’re already into another month of 2021, More new releases are coming out, and people are starting to feel creative and eager to learn again. This week we will talk about some great new releases and the value of learning how to play instruments.

Dave Grohl, founder of Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer, wins accolades for his integrity, activism and curation of odd bits of music history. Occasionally, you might hear a quiet mumble that “if only Foo Fighters’ albums were as consistently interesting as Grohl.”

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Anthony “Dub” Welch is no stranger to the Colorado Springs music scene. He has played for several decades in metal bands Gripped, Erased, 7 Year Coma and many more. Welch still plays in bands The Dub Project, Planetary 27 and even a Beastie Boys cover band called Sabotage.

Was it really 30 years ago that the shaved-head teen Ani DiFranco burst on the scene with her punk feminist ethos? Everyone’s grown older; fans know DiFranco shifted to a jazz-centric style that sacrifices nothing in radical positions, while evolving the author into the role of transcendent …

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Releasing music in a physical form can be a long process. 2020 brought out a lot of creativity, but this year we will start to see some of that art in its final form. Starting things off, I get to do a fun switcheroo! The torch has been tossed and now I get to write about former Reverb colum…