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High Fiction’s “The Young Men,” feat. The National’s Matt Berninger

Gary Grundei and Amy Shelley, known collectively as High Fiction, have played with tons of random musicians and non-musicians. They host a "variety-style event" at the Arvada Tavern where, as the house band, they play behind magicians, burlesque dancers, slam poets, audience members singing live karaoke, guest musicians, and "other wackiness." The show works because the two professional musicians have experience playing a variety and roles, from accompanist to teacher.

Download “TCGT” from Courier GT

Front Range hip hop artist Courier GT's latest single -- available for exclusive download below -- is called "TCGT." It's an acronym, obviously. But before you get lost in the meaning puzzle -- The Country's Greatest Taco?

Download “Mama Needs the Bottle” from A Shadow of Jaguar

Rock 'n' roll really has a thing for mothers. Rolling Stone magazine even once argued that the first rock 'n' roll song was also Elvis' first release, "That's All Right," a song consoling mama by saying "that's all right, any way you do." Perhaps musicians are especially sensitive people with a soft spot for their moms, and perhaps they see how the life of a musician can be tough on momma.