Local Culture, Arts & Community

Ian Cochrane: A Welcome Abstraction

By Dusty Ray Ian Cochrane is a self-proclaimed stay-at-home dad: A family man whose passion is painting the abstract. His paintings are both vibrant and ambiguous, contrasting striking black lines with bright patches of color, […]


Turn 4 – What Do You Do About It

By Dusty Ray myspace.com/turn4country For all its catchiness and hook-laden composition, Turn 4’s latest cut, What You Do About It, never really strays from the typical alt-country clichés. Songs about trains, trucks, guitars and the […]


Earth Burnt Black – Harrowing Catharsis

By Dusty Ray myspace.com/earthburntblack Harrowing Catharsis starts out like a sludge-laced snow cone, slowly melting into a semblance of Between the Buried and Me with slightly more demonic vocals. Earth Burnt Black presents a fractured […]


Mosey West – Vaca Money

By Dusty Ray The cover of Mosey West’s first release, Vaca Money, is a giant Mason jar filled with milk. And it is a perfect representation of the album: cloudy, smooth and refreshing. The band […]


Constitution – Wrestling With the Daylight

By Dusty Ray Fort Collins quartet Constitution embraces down-home, whiskey-drinking, feel-good music with their latest release, Wrestling With the Daylight. It is a very light album, laden with the playful bluegrass/folk that has become a […]


The Symbols – Be Here Now

By Dusty Ray The Symbols’ newest release, Be Here Now, is a soft musical stroll traversing through country, lounge, blues, reggae and funk-fusion. A guitar-driven album with vocals that fall somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and […]


Green River Vibe – Sun Comes Up

By Dusty Ray Green River Vibe has an ear for the lighter side of reggae music. They effectively recreate this sound through influences of other re-creators, like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid. It’s tough to emulate […]