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    Audio FileAudio File: New local albums, Vol. 2

    With spring around the corner, it's a good time to stock up on new music
    Last week, I ran through five local artists with albums either coming soon or just released. Most of the groups have yet to publish their albums, but Great American Taxi's latest and Gasoline Lollipops' "Resurrection" are both available and ready for a listen. Full Story
    Audio File: New albums from a few favorite local bands
    Ah, spring. Lately, we've been enjoying occasional reminders of what warmth feels like, even if it also leads us to fear that the earth is warming too much. Full Story

    Audio File: Not for the faint of heart
    Music is a tough business. The trials of being a musician — all the training and time spent perfecting a skill, and seeing what's out there and trying to do better — usually happens during hours that can also be applied to making immediate money. Full Story

    Audio File: The tide is turning and streaming services are finally adding Hi-Res music
    'Member the computer program Stuffit? An oldie but a goodie. I remember the early days of the internet when the size of files was just as important as the content within. Full Story

    Audio File: Follow the Gipsies
    Circling back to the topic of music loudness and the use of compression to make music louder, I want to wrap up with an observation I had last week. Full Story

    Audio File: Airpods, improv and the death of the album
    OK, Apple. You got me. At first, I wasn't too sold on the removal of the headphone jack on the new iPhones, but the more I break the traditional wired connections, the more I appreciate Apple's well-made design choices. Full Story

    Audio File: Some like it loud
    The past couple of weeks, I've been carrying on about the quality of recorded, streamed or broadcast music in our lives, and why listening to good recordings matters. Full Story

    Audio File: The loudness wars
    Tell me if this sounds familiar: You're hanging out with friends — say, in the awesome Perry Mansfield cabins in Steamboat Springs — and you're streaming Spotify from your phone to the big Bluetooth speaker that someone brought. Full Story

    Audio File: Start with great ingredients
    I talk a lot about quality differences in stereo equipment and about the many ways we listen to our music in modern times. Full Story

    Audio File: March will be a musical month to remember
    Oo-wee! Have you looked at the Fox Theatre's upcoming schedule lately? The Fox, one of Boulder's largest and most iconic music venues, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this March, and it has pulled out all the stops in booking just about the best musical month I can remember seeing in a long time. Full Story

    Audio File: The human touch vs. algorithms for new music
    I love discovering new music that I like. A couple years ago, when we were recording a different band every week in the Colorado Daily's newsroom studio, Second Story Garage, the new music came to me. Full Story

    Audio File: Love to the locals
    In a fantastic bit of news for local bands and local music in general, Boulder-based Monocle recently successfully ended a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and production of their sophomore album. Full Story

    Audio File: Round peg, square hole
    I love ostentatious examples of what science, engineering and art can do when they play nicely. I'm hardly alone — my weekly viewing group for the TV show "Grand Tour" (formerly "Top Gear") has my more knowledgeable chums arguing about cams and airfoils while I just marvel at the cars and their growling engines. Full Story

    Audio File: DSP a gift that keeps giving
    My work as a recording and mixing engineer has given me the desire to tweak music and sound to my liking. Full Story

    Audio File: The secret ingredient
    I guess I was a unique kid. Plenty about my childhood was normal as it gets, but being homeschooled for a big stretch of it really influenced what I did and got into. Full Story

    Audio File: Just like being there
    I grew up in a musical family, and my dad always had this funny quirk about acoustics and echoes. If we entered a reverberant space, like a concert hall or a racquetball court, he would instinctively clap his hands and listen to the following echo. Full Story

    Audio File: Modern digital signal processing is Magic Eye for your ears
    'Member Magic Eye pictures? I 'member. You may not realize it, but the new iPhone 7 you're carrying has something in common with the visual phenomenon of the 1990s. Full Story

    Audio File: Get to know bands better through live video performances online
    Live music and recorded music aren't just different animals — they're like comparing a walrus to a condor. Full Story

    Audio File: When hearing is all you have
    It's been a month since the annual major consumer audio show in Denver, and I'm still buzzing.  Full Story

    Audio File: What moves you?
    A little baby will try to mimic just about anything, which is pretty cute when you see it. At the same time, the moments when the munchkin does something unique instinctively are also of interest to me. Full Story

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    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

    Full Story
    Second Story Garage: Bandits

    Boulder is pretty good at producing rock bands, and by "rock," we mean the in-your-face, guitar-heavy, leather-clad variety — you know, the good kind. For a prime example, look no farther than BANDITS. Full Story

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