Album Review: Estin & The 86’D – Long Live The River

August 7, 2020

Long Live the River by Estin & The 86’D kicks off with an ode to classic southern rock filled with pure, unadulterated attitude. With lyrics referring to being baptized in rock and roll, it’s a hell of a way to be introduced to the band. Full of emotion, great songwriting and musicianship, “Long Live the River” (out August 14) is like a stiff drink at the end of a long day.

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Single Premiere: Ruby Daze – “TLC”

July 23, 2020

Greeley-based duo Ruby Daze’s new single “TLC” premieres via BandWagMag.com today. It is an anthem to that lover or close friend you haven’t seen since COVID-19 hit. While the song could talk about any period of separation, lines like “I’m coming over even if it kills me” are particularly tongue-in-cheek in our current climate.

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Album Review: Bones Muhroni – Triquetrum

May 7, 2020

Bones Muhroni and it’s figurehead Crew Rienstra have been a lot of things over the years: cheeky, folksy, a touch uncouth, but always a good time. Triquetrum is the happy and painful accident that, in my opinion, gave us his best music to date. It has some of the country quality old friends and fans of Bones have come to love on “The Ballad of Clifford Griffin,” but musically Rienstra has clearly moved beyond that being his primary sound.

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Album Review: Quinn Ayers – Feelings Have Ceilings

May 4, 2020

Quinn Ayers’ full-length “Feelings Have Ceilings” evokes isolated, late-night drives gazing at the neon of his native Las Vegas. The UNC ball-player’s home city is a good metaphor for the record: promising and impressively elaborate but with loneliness beneath the bling. “Feelings Have Ceilings” is a successfully layered at-home listen for, say, Migos fans on the hunt for something more sensitive. But it would definitely bang better in the club than on the typical COVID-era platform: your macbook speakers.

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Album Review: Amaya Arevalo – Love Wears Many Faces

February 12, 2020

Amaya Arevalo is starting to make her mark in the Northern Colorado and Denver jazz scene. She frequents the stages at Dazzle and Nocturne, supporting various bandleaders and groups with her expressive saxophone playing or on accompanying piano. But jazz isn’t her only language. Her debut solo album Love Wears Many Faces shows her audience everything she can do as she looks for her voice as a solo artist.

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Album Review: Lacy Jo – Self-Titled EP

October 17, 2019

Greeley-based country singer-songwriter Lacy Jo’s forthcoming, self-titled EP is mainly ballads – raw songs focused on being real, which Lacy wrote based on her own life. Produced by Dave Beegle, the EP releases October 25 with a Moxi Theater show with Smooth Hound Smith.

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Album Review: Infinite Conscious – Becoming

February 26, 2019

Greeley’s Infinite Conscious has not only succeeded in paying offerings to the gods of the riff, but have also created a dark, adrenaline-pumping hunk of metal that caters to headbangers across the board. Catch Infinite Conscious at The Moxi Theater March 23 with Triton.

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Album Review: Pie Lombardi – Worry Lines

January 22, 2019

Pie Lombardi’s second album “Worry Lines” presents a somewhat autobiographical outlook. It’s a coming of age, but not quite a blossoming into the expectations set for oneself. “I’m trying to get into a bigger scope of just writing and not really thinking about what it’s supposed to sound like,” Lombardi says. “Worry Lines” releases January 25 with a Moxi Theater appearance supporting Neyla Pekarek.

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