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our quarterly review:

Nathaniel Rateliff, Joseph Pope and Julie Davis performing “Still Trying” for an Esquire magazine piece. Go get ‘em gang.

In my head, this would be the perfect soundtrack to a summer night. But since we’re still fighting our way out of February, I’ll try my best to not hope for those nights, down the road. Distant Correspondent, part of the Hot Congress collective.

Josh Dillard: We think this kid is incredibly talented. His album made the Colorado Public Radio’s Top 30 albums of 2013. Rightfully so. You can listen to the song in the video, as a studio track from his latest album, “The Bright Light of Shipwreck”, here:

Stay tuned. You’ll hear more from Mr. Dillard.

Inner Oceans. Loving what they’re doing. The name: feels appropriate.

I’m enjoying this new one from Rossonian. As was suggested to me: headphones will help lettuce turnip the beet.

On pursuing the self without reservation and not for self-promoted fame.

A video of the Ouray artist Zina Lahr who was killed by a falling rock on a walk, last November.

This is pretty.

Gregory Alan Isakov: “Saint Valentine”

From one of our favorite local releases of the year.

The Magic of the Creative Process

"To begin a new novel, I look for the biggest problem in my life that I can’t solve or tolerate. Something that drives me nuts, but I can’t fix. Then I find a metaphor that allows me to explore the problem, exaggerating and expanding it beyond reason. I build it up to the worst scenario possible and then find a way to solve it. By the time the book is done, I’ve exhausted all of my emotions around the original problem. Whatever it was, it no longer bothers me. And typically, during the time of writing, the problem has resolved itself. It’s like magic."

- Chuck Palahniuk

The Storm

I thought of you when I was wakened
By a wind that made me glad and afraid
Of the rushing, pouring sound of the sea
That the great trees made.

One thought in my mind went over and over
While the darkness shook and the leaves were thinned —
I thought it was you who had come to find me,
You were the wind.

- Sara Teasdale

I Sank Molly Brown: A new one from the Denver trio.

Syntax Physic Opera

We are getting closer to opening our wet and dry goods music venue.

We are looking at opening our doors around March 1. Instead of being open like we thought we would through the cold months, we have spent the winter refining our concept:

Our food: Colorado tapas plates (region-specific, to be shared with friends) will sit alongside our array of house-crafted soups, salads and unique panini.

Our culinary cocktails: savory, herbal drink menu with truly medicinal remedies created by our house naturopathic doc, Dr. Nick Bitz.

Our entertainment and programming: lots of jazz, indie rock, comedy, burlesque and other oddities.

Physic Opera means Medicine Show.

At the Opera, everything is medicine: the food, drink, music, art, community and conversations.

Come this spring: Stop by. Share some stories. Hear others. Tell us your tragedies. Inspire electric eyes.

We are at 554 So. Broadway, in Denver. On the fringe of the Baker neighborhood - where, unlike the bars and venues north of Alameda where they now have a dearth of spots for your car - we have unlimited parking day and night.

The property is split in two and sits much like the Hi Dive does: stage on one side, bar on the other. We’re just a bit bigger.

Here’s a sneak peek inside:





Rubedo. Love what they’re doing these days.

Nathaniel Rateliff’s new song: “Still Trying”