King Cardinal – Once a Giant

by CHARLIE ANDERSON 4 stars out of 5 Once a Giant, King Cardinal’s follow-up to the self-titled debut EP, sees Brennan Mackey transform from solo singer-songwriter to confident and earnest frontman of a four-piece outfit. The […]


Best of 2015 – Album Reviews

In looking back over the year in music, I am reminded again of my good fortune to be involved in a Northern Colorado scene that continues to prove wrong those who attempt to define it. […]


For Keeps – The People We Let In

3 stars out of 5 The People We Let In by For Keeps by Charlie Anderson The drive behind Denver-based For Keeps appears quite simple, really: friends and happiness. It is self-described BFF-pop, or as […]


The Yawpers – American Man

5 stars out of 5 American Man by The Yawpers by Charlie Anderson I’ve always pictured The Yawpers as a band to be seen on the road, happening upon them by chance in a small-town […]


Maxwell Mud – Maxwell Mud

4 out of 5 stars by Charlie Andersen Maxwell Mud seem to be looking to make an impression. The self-titled debut album begins in a full sprint, with the Black Crowes-esque “Suzie” before heading without […]


Savage Cabbage – Waves EP

By Charlie Anderson 3.5 stars out of 5 Rarely do EP’s exude a sense of completion as Savage Cabbage’s Waves does. The five-song release embodies a sense of story, introducing a spacey, indie venture into […]


Qbala – Battle Cries EP

By Charlie Anderson 5 stars out of 5 I saw Qbala for the first time at Hodi’s in February of 2011. She was opening for Del The Funky Homosapien, and my high school mind was […]


Cougar Gold – Archway EP

By Charlie Anderson 2.5 stars out of 5 Released last month, Cougar Gold’s latest EP sounds at home in a dimly-lit, beer-reeking dive bar. The energy is chaotic and raucous, the crowd sweaty and aggressive. […]