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Second Story Garage: The Dustbowl Revival

12/18/2014 10:59 AM MST
They're called The Dustbowl Revival, but "dustbowl" should be read as style, not politics. It's more Mardi Gras than "Grapes of Wrath." You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. No one's down on their luck here. 
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Second Story Garage: Judah & the Lion
12/11/2014 09:46 AM MST - The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that's why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their music they're connecting with audiences well beyond their Nashville base. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Nick Moss Band
11/27/2014 05:48 PM MST - We offer you the Nick Moss Band's powerful song "Shade Tree," which was inspired by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., but took on much more meaning with this week's announcement that Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown, would not be indicted. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Run River North
11/21/2014 11:00 AM MST - When you hear Run River North for the first time, you might think to yourself, "This band could really go somewhere." Their songs are just a little bit better than other bands' songs, their singing is a notch superior, their playing is a touch more exciting. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Henhouse Prowlers
11/14/2014 08:54 AM MST - While so many bluegrass bands go to great lengths to take the genre in different directions, the Henhouse Prowlers are content to just be really good at bluegrass. Tradition's not a problem when you can sing and play like these guys do Full Story

Second Story Garage: Elephant Revival
11/10/2014 05:11 PM MST - Elephant Revival belongs to a certain model of Colorado bands that are sometimes called indie-folk or gypsy-folk and favor acoustic over electric and vintage over modern. More than that, Elephant Revival is a prototype of the model, and there's no telling how many people in the state, or in the country, took up the washboard after seeing the quintet from Nederland perform. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Strange Americans
10/24/2014 11:04 AM MDT - It's refreshing when bands don't have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock 'n' roll. That's what they say and that's who they are, and that's what they did when they played the garage. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Qbala
10/17/2014 12:12 PM MDT - When you make your lyrics deeply personal, every performance leaves you vulnerable. Fort Collins rapper Qbala puts the hard facts of her life in her lyrics, and she's the kind of performer who doesn't shrink from the emotional charge of the words but uses it to power her delivery. Full Story

Second Story Garage: The Larry Keel Experience
10/10/2014 09:17 AM MDT - Larry Keel twice has won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival guitar competition. He and Will Lee first found success together in bluegrass band Magraw Gap, which won the band competition at Telluride in 1995. Lately, The Larry Keel Experience has performed many dates with Yonder Mountain String Band. Full Story

Second Story Garage: Yonder Mountain String Band
10/03/2014 07:51 AM MDT - Yonder Mountain String Band is one of the Big Three bands from Colorado that followed the state's progressive bluegrass tradition to years of touring and national recognition. Along with Leftover Salmon and The String Cheese Incident, YMSB has expanded the boundaries of bluegrass-based music. Full Story

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Colorado basketball: Jamee Swan strong off the bench in victory

Swan's key play down the stretch powers CU past Wyoming
For the first nine games of the season, the starting lineup for the Colorado women's basketball team didn't vary even an iota. Full Story
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Colorado basketball: Jamee Swan strong off the bench in victory

Swan's key play down the stretch powers CU past Wyoming
For the first nine games of the season, the starting lineup for the Colorado women's basketball team didn't vary even an iota. Full Story
( Paul Aiken / Daily Camera )
Second Story Garage: The Dustbowl Revival

They're called The Dustbowl Revival, but "dustbowl" should be read as style, not politics. It's more Mardi Gras than "Grapes of Wrath." You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. No one's down on their luck here. Full Story