Florio’s Shoes: A Walk-In Tradition

January 16, 2013

Established in 1922, Florio’s shoe shop has served downtown Greeley for nine decades, becoming Greeley’s only full-service shoe store. BandWagon Magazine sat down with 59-year-old Greeley resident Mark Florio, who runs the family business with his brother Brian, to discuss the Ninth Street store’s history and goals.

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Review: David Leonard – “To and From”

January 15, 2013

Leonard’s 2011 debut album, consisting of pleasant classical guitar noodling, is something you listen to after the end of a long day to unwind. Anyone can rock out or get their thrash on, but sometimes it’s nice to just listen to something calming, and that’s what Leonard’s pickings are.

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BOTB: Squid Kids

January 11, 2013

The Squid Kids have been around the block a few times when it comes to playing shows in Greeley. Moving up a spot from fourth to third from last year’s Battle of the Bands, these Greeley natives continue to elevate themselves musically with each show.

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Gun Control in Colorado

January 10, 2013

The latter half of 2012 was marked by a series of deadly shootings, including one right here in Colorado. The mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT were just two of sixteen that happened last year, with a total of at least 88 casualties and many more wounded. These shootings, especially the highly-publicized ones in Aurora and Newtown, have reinvigorated the call for stricter gun controls.

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BOTB: Grits & Gravy

January 9, 2013

Grits & Gravy stand apart from other hip-hop acts. The duo of Neal Titus, providing the instrumentals, and Marcus Steward, aka GiovanniRaps, on vocals, are both classically trained musicians and bring a unique perspective to the rap scene. What has typically been a street-driven and trained art form has grown to the tipping point, becoming an art that can be studied and composed academically.

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Review: Nightlands – “Oak Island”

January 8, 2013

Dave Hartley, bassist for Kurt Vile’s The War On Drugs, is set to release his sophomore solo-album, titled Oak Island, on January 22nd of this year under the name Nightlands. With a sound that effortlessly evokes a blend of The Smashing Pumpkins and Bon Iver, Nightlands is poised for a breakthrough year in music.

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Review: Bones Muhroni – “Savvy”

Bones Muhroni is a name that has a very soft spot in the northern Colorado music scene. The group spent their founding years in Greeley, performing in just about every venue the town had to offer for a folk rock band. Having played extensively in Colorado, Bones built a strong base for themselves in their home state. On Christmas Day 2012, the boys dropped the long-awaited full-length album Savvy, a record that truly captures the quirky, soft-hearted sound northern Colorado fans have come to love.

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