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    (Courtesy Kelly Carlson)
    Audio FileAudio File: World-class pipes

    A young singer in our neck of the woods has released one heck of a debut
    I hope you all had as great a week as I did, running from moosen in the mountains per usual. Things in the news business change quickly, and it appears my old email addresses have gone by the wayside. Full Story
    Audio File: Musicians, get at me
    I hope you got a chance to head up to Gold Hill last weekend to catch the Gasoline Lollipops. True to form, the show sold out before 8:30, leaving a very large group of sad concertgoers outside. Full Story

    Audio File: Head to the Hill
    My last column ended with a statement that the best place for a subwoofer isn't the corner. That's because of how lengthy bass waves interact with the room, and because the omnidirectional sound pattern of bass gets focused into a beam. Full Story

    Audio File: All about that bass
    Bass is like a warm blanket. It's a seductive sensation that we humans love nearly across the board. Hell, bass is the reason Beats by Dre ever took off in the first place, and what's happened since it did is proof that we love bass. Full Story

    Audio File: A good set of headphones deserves a bit more power
    Last week's roundup of pricey headphones reiterated that with personal items that you interact with often, paying for quality can mean the difference between keeping a thing, using it and loving it, or watching it fall into disrepair and ultimately throwing it away. Full Story

    Audio File: When you pay more for quality design, you will love it, keep it and use it
    Someone recently sent me a 2015 article in the New York Times that pertains to my column last week about investing in quality engineering and design rather than buying cheap. Full Story

    Audio File: Get the good stuff
    Last week's column suggested hi-fi desktop audio systems ranged from little eggs with great speaker drivers inside to the imposing yet notepad-thin Mini Maggies from Magnepan. Full Story

    Audio File: Killer desktop sound
    Finding options to build a great desktop sound system is easy in this Internet age. Public interest in better desktop sound has been helped by better audio in video gaming and better sound cards in computers and also boosted by the Beats By Dre revolution. Full Story

    Audio File: Musical Mom
    The name of my column, Audio File, implies a focus on good sound and the science behind the obtaining of it. Full Story

    Audio File: Natural stereo recording techniques have gone out of style in the mainstream
    The sound of natural stereo music has a quality that is intoxicating. The same way our eyes use two slightly different images to produce a 3-D picture, our ears are built to provide a 3-D image to our brains. Full Story

    Audio File: Fly on the wall
    Last week, I mentioned a buddy of mine had recently picked up a new pair of speakers that are known to help create that magic, holographic stereo field I described. Full Story

    Audio File: Stereo is old, but its best execution is just now being realized with modern tech
    Today, I was walking out the door to head to work, and in a sweeping gaze across the living room for things I had forgotten to grab, I saw my little Magnavox 8-track player in its spot on the shelf. Full Story

    Audio File: Speaking of good sound
    Upgrade. Just the word alone conjures a category system, and if you're looking at upgrading anything, you're admitting that what you've got can be better. Full Story

    Audio File: New music — get into it
    OMG. So much to get to today. In recent weeks, I've been going over the many new and upcoming releases from our local music makers, and today I want to get in depth with one spectacular new album in the hopes to get you off your butt and up to the release party Saturday night at the Caribou Room in Nederland. Full Story

    Audio File: New local albums, Vol. 2
    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

    (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.

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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.

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    (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
    Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

    The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story

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