Andrew Vastola

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Freeloader: a sneak peek of the Still City's new album

    ​After five months of tracking at their home studio, the Still City guys recently finished their new full-length, titled We Will Explain Everything. A fine progression from past efforts, the eleven-track album, which was mixed and mastered by Andrew Vastola (Hearts of Palm, the Swayback, Born in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Q&A with Nathan McGarvey of Hearts of Palm

    Black Mountain Studios​Hearts of Palm started out in the winter of 2006 as a pop song writing collaboration between former Roper and Black Black Ocean guitarist Stephen Till and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey. Within the following year, the project expanded to eight plus members and the band's so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: Curious Yellow returns!

    I was very excited to receive an instant message yesterday from Adam Lancaster, of Morning After Records, announcing his return to live performance. Adherents of the Denver music scene will remember that Lancaster fronted his own loud, energetic, melodic rock band, Curious Yellow, unt ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008

    The Swayback Raises the Bar

    Long Gone Lads, this trio’s long-awaited album, is a painstaking work of art.

  • Music

    January 17, 2008


    The Swayback’s new platter, Long Gone Lads, has all the makings of a career-defining record.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Nathan & Stephen Ponder Name Change

    Hearts of Palm. That's the new name being batted around by the members of Nathan & Stephen. Ran into Nathan McGarvey, who was tending bar on Friday night at the hi-dive, and he confirmed the less than ten minute-old rumor I had just heard on my way into the dive to catch Roger Green's set.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2007

    Weekend Hearsay

    Some quick newsy and observational items culled from a weekend out on the town: Friday night, dbiddle turned in another beautifully shambolic performance at the hi-dive. Even minus the Dia de los Muertos-esque face paint the group sported a few weeks back on the same stage (see clip above filmed by ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    The Wheel

    Nathaniel Rateliff’s singer-songwriter alter ego takes cues from a darker muse.

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    The F-Troop

    This year’s Showcase was quite the earful.

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    June 15, 2006

    Top of the Morning

    This local label boosts Denver's national image.

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Hear, Hear!

    Chris Cory ponders a career change while he still has an ear for music.

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    October 20, 2005

    Hit Pic

    The Photo Atlas prepares to dance its way across the country.