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  • Branson Hoog from Fort Collins-based Shatterproof, which performed at the Colorado Music Party during SXSW on March 20, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Photo by Quentin Young

    SXSW 2015 photo gallery

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  • Ellis plays Planet Bluegrass' Folks Festival a month before the 2013 flood. The Minneapolis singer-songwriter is scheduled to perform on Friday, March 27, at the Planet's Wildflower Pavilion.

    Planet Bluegrass presents first Wildflower concert since flood

    Planet Bluegrass in Lyons was hit hard by the 2013 flood, and the destruction of its Wildflower Pavilion was, at more than $1.5 million, its single biggest loss. The Planet rebuilt the Pavilion, and today it celebrates the official reopening of the Wildflower Concert Series with a performance at the venue. Ellis, a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Planet Bluegrass is familiar territory for Ellis, who performed during the Planet’s Folks Festival a month before […]

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  • Being a mom isn’t slowing Ani DeFranco

    Being a mom isn’t slowing Ani DeFranco

    By Quentin Young ‘I always joked that I would make a great dad someday,” said Ani DiFranco. “Be careful what you wish for.” The folk singer is currently on tour, talking by phone this week somewhere near the Grand Tetons. She was without her family — two children, ages 8 and 2, and her husband, Mike Napolitano — who are back home in New Orleans. It’s both fitting and ironic for DiFranco, a feminist and musical icon, to have a […]

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  • Dark Star Orchestra casts its love-light on Grateful Dead

    Dark Star Orchestra casts its love-light on Grateful Dead

    By Quentin Young This is a momentous year for the Grateful Dead. The seminal rock enterprise and inexhaustible cultural force was founded in San Francisco in 1965, and the band is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. As if to increase the year’s commemorative weight, the band announced that its original surviving members plan to play a set of farewell concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, site of the last show they played with bandmate Jerry Garcia, who died […]

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  • Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, from the roof of Parkside on Friday, March 20, during SXSW 2015. Photo by Quentin Young

    Unexpected appearance during Dani Grant interview at SXSW 2015

    Dani Grant, executive director of the music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ in Fort Collins, Colo., gave Second Story Garage an overview of the Colorado Music Party on Friday, March 20. The interview took place at a Music Party reception on the roof of Parkside in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2015. The Music Party included 120 artists, 102 of them from Colorado, Grant said. During the interview, Nate Cook of The Yawpers and Tyler Imbrogno of Eldren made an unexpected appearance. Then glass […]

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  • Ben Roy of SPELLS performs at the Colorado Music Party during SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Quentin Young

    SPELLS is out of control at SXSW 2015

    Ben Roy sings “I’m out of control” in a way that makes you believe him. His band SPELLS, from Denver, dresses in matching clothes, but Roy’s approach to performance gives the impression of opposing order. He jumped off the stage at the start of the band’s Colorado Music Party set, and he didn’t look back. The Party took place at the 512 during SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas.

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