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Johnny Leftwich with his camera and the Backstage Van on Nov. 2. Leftwich said the goal is to “live in the van, go from city to city, digging into the local rock and roll scenes, photographing the bands and talking to them on my podcast.” (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

The Backstage Van offers new take on touring photographer

Joel Thompson November 7, 2019

To call The Backstage Van a passion project would be an understatement. It's the concept of freelance journalist, photographer and podcast host Johnny Leftwich, who combines multiple aspects of music...

Spliff Tank plays at the now shutdown DIY venue Heck House on Oct 19. (Courtesy of Johnny Leftwhich, The Backstage Van)

Heck House revives itself after shutting down last spring

Joel Thompson October 23, 2019

Despite shutting down last spring, Heck House finds a way to survive in the Fort Collins music scene. Heck House is a former DIY music venue in Fort Collins, booking over 20 shows while it ran. Despite...

Donors dress up and compete for the best costume during the Masquerade Ball at the Hilton on Oct. 12th. The event was held by The Center for Family Outreach and raised money for adolescents struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. (Megan McGregor | Collegian)

Locals dress up for the Masquerade Ball fundraiser

Joel Thompson October 13, 2019

The Center for Family Outreach decided to dress things up for its second annual Masquerade Ball this past weekend at the Fort Collins Hilton.  The Center For Family Outreach primarily focuses on...

Gasoline Lollipops perform during a show at Washington’s October 4. After the show Clay Rose, the vocalist and acoustic guitar player, explained that the band is like a quilt and “each bandmate and each song and each audience member is a patch in this quilt” and that “the thing that stitches it all together is the music.” (Ryan Schmidt | Collegian)

Gasoline Lollipops ignite Washington’s with eclectic style

Joel Thompson October 7, 2019

Colorado locals Gasoline Lollipops gave a lively performance at Washington’s on Oct. 4, following the Fort Collins band Maxwell Mud. Both bands brought an exciting blend of genres, as well as intoxicating...

Find your ideal study playlist for finals week. Photo by Sydney Izienicki.

6 songs to get you in the Homecoming spirit

Joel Thompson October 2, 2019

Homecoming week is here at Colorado State University, and after six weeks of classes, it's time for a change of pace.  To pair with the changing of the season, and to prematurely celebrate finishing...

Stelth Ulvang plays tracks from his latest album American Boredom at The Whiskey in Old Town, and fills the silence between songs with rich commentary ranging from the history of Pompeii to destigmatizing mental health. Ulvang is most commonly known for his time touring with the Lumineers, but his talents as a singer-songwriter show in his solo work as well. Sept. 25. (Alyssa Uhl| The Collegian)

FoCo native Stelth Ulvang brings energetic folk to The Whiskey

Joel Thompson September 29, 2019

Fort Collins native Stelth Ulvang performed an intimate but energetic folk show at The Whiskey on Sept. 25. Opening for Ulvang was Colorado State University's own singer-songwriter and neurologic...

Collegian Reviews (Illustration by Caleb Carpenter | Collegian)

Graduating Life and Save Face bring A game to 4-song split

Joel Thompson September 16, 2019

Off the backs of their 2018 albums, emo powerhouses Graduating Life and Save Face released a four-song split EP together on Sept. 12. After releasing “Grad Life” and “Merci” respectively, the...

Children and parents gather around the Fossil Pendants station during the Dinosaur Takeover at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on September 14th, 2019. (Megan McGregor | Collegian)

Dinosaurs dominate Museum of Discovery for “Museum Takeover”

Joel Thompson September 15, 2019

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery hosted an unforgettable dinosaur takeover Sept. 14.  The "Museum Takeover: Dinosaurs" event welcomed locals for all sorts of antics, including the chance to speak...

Vocalist and guitarist Joel Kirschenbaum brings energy to the show with powerful riffs and screams. (Megan McGregor I Collegian)

King of Heck brings latest album to life at Colorado shows

Joel Thompson September 9, 2019

King of Heck put on one heck of a good show and gave life to their latest album at Rhinoceropolis in Denver on Sept. 8. After releasing their debut album, “Shine In My Chest,” the band booked a full...

Vocalist and bassist Quinn Miller sings during Red Scares set at The Artery.  (Megan McGregor I Collegian)

DIY scene takes over Downtown Artery, ‘Heck House Takeover’

Joel Thompson September 8, 2019

Fort Collins' local DIY venue and collective, Heck House, took over the Downtown Artery for a high energy, mixed genre show Sept. 7.  Heck House, formerly a house venue in Fort Collins, brought some...

Kory Gregory (left) and Zakariya Houacine (right) play as fans passionately sing along.  [ Megan McGregor I Collegian ]

Prince Daddy & The Hyena cause chaos at Lost Lake

Joel Thompson August 26, 2019

Prince Daddy & The Hyena displayed the full extent of their chaotic nature and put on one of the best live shows of this year at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver on Aug. 21. Coming off of their latest album,...

Collegian Reviews (Illustration by Caleb Carpenter | Collegian)

King of Heck turns cliché into niche with debut album ‘Shine In My Chest’

Joel Thompson August 13, 2019

Ripping onto the scene with their debut album is newly formed psychedelic punk-rock band King of Heck. Formerly, the group was united under the name Alaska, which was a hardcore punk band inspired by...

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