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April Horoscopes 2015

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Capricorn 12/22–1/19
Are you living at your greatest potential, Capricorn? It may be time to reevaluate your life goals. There is an eclipse in Libra at the beginning of the month which will highlight everything you’ve been trying to ignore. Feelings that surface should not be ignored, instead embrace them fully and allow them to penetrate your being, breathe into it. Once you do, you will not only feel better but allow more room for growth and prosperity. You deserve the best, but are you open to receiving it?
Aquarius 1/20–2/18
The total lunar eclipse on April 4th will have you facing your fears. Fears have expectations but love has none. This is a great time to look at what you don’t need in your life and time to let the dead and ugly habits go, this is in time for new endeavors that will foster growth. The eclipse at the beginning of the month is stirring up your pond and making quite a bit of murky water, focus on yourself and clarity will follow suit. If your fuse is being cut short then it’s time to take a time-out and let yourself recharge.
Pisces 2/19–3/20
When you look around you, what do you see? Are you feeling lucky, or are you feeling despair? Everything you perceive is a direct reflection of the state of your inner being. The reason we forget is because there is a fog that disconnects self from your source. Remember that you forgot, and remember to be grateful. A lot of growth is happening, especially regarding goals, luck, and friendship. Are you ready to receive all of the gifts that are ready for you? Identify your passions and inherently know that they are coming. Have faith.
Aries 3/21–4/19
How are the relationships in your life going? The total lunar eclipse on April 4th will stir up your waters and make things a bit murky. You will be given this chance to reap what you have sewn and to understand, that the things you do, have a direct effect. Messages can be coming in all shapes and sizes, but what answer do you want? Self-confidence is also going to be playing a major role in your life. Ground yourself with some physical exercise, and Jupiter will bring great fortune.
Taurus 4/20—5/20
April is going to start out very intense. There is a full moon eclipse in Libra on April 4th. There may be a lot of noise around this time. It is up to you to filter out the chatter of life and to focus on what you’re getting value out of. If there are some unhealthy habits and adjustments you need to make, now is a key time to do this. Remember; don’t take anything personal. If someone causes you pain, it’s because they are in pain. Nothing anyone does is because of you.
Gemini 5/21–6/21
The month starts off with a bang! A full moon eclipse in Libra is going to create a lot of energy. This is a time when you’re going to be reaping what you sow. Are you in a direct alignment with your soul purpose? This can be a life changing month, so be careful what you think because that will become your reality. If you’re seeing only negative aspects popping up, then it is probably time to have a change of scenery.

Cancer 6/22–7/22
Look around you, Cancer. Are you where you want to be? Are you on the right path to getting what you want? If you need a change then now is the perfect time to embrace this modification. Feelings don’t lie, so pay attention to them this time around. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions, instead embrace the feeling until it goes away. The tides are fluctuating and they are in your favor. This is an indispensable period to let go of what you don’t want and concentrate on desire.
Leo 7/23–8/22
Control is a comprehensive illusion, so surrender to that which is and the odds will be ever in your favor. The full moon eclipse on April 4th is going to be showing you the things you have been avoiding. There are a lot of babbling brooks inhabiting your proverbial landscape and you can’t possibly listen to them all. Focus on the ones that are making the most sense and aligning with your soul’s purpose—your feelings will let you know.
Virgo 8/23–9/22
This is a great month to showcase your skills and this is no time to be modest. Success will follow you through the month of April. The 4th of the month will give you signs if you’re on your right path or not. Never be afraid of change, embrace it. In order to get on base you’ve got to step to the plate. You are invaluable, so be prepared to utilize your talents. Your resources are going to be abundant not just in April, but 2015 in general.
Libra 9/23–10/22
Jupiter is going to be influencing your chart this month, and instead of acting like a nabbing sibling, it will act like a trusted confidante. You are the quintessence of justice, balance, and fairness. If things aren’t going your way, there is a strong change that something needs to change. This is a great time for financial windfalls. Investments and relationships are a strong theme for April. The law of attraction is asking you to love yourself and so the rest can fall into place.
Scorpio 10/23–11/21
You are an influential creator at the core of your being. Are you respecting yourself in that aspect? Are you paying attention to your body and health? If you jumpstart a vigorous life style now, it will become your dharma. The solar eclipse in Pisces opened your eyes to the possibilities of life. When you love yourself truly, everything will fall into place. Ask for what you need and prepare yourself to receive.
Sagittarius 11/22–12/21
Your love of travel should be one that occurs in the mind this month. The action in your life is happening for everyone else and it’s important for you to step back and gain some perspective. The lunar eclipse on April 4th will inspire everyone to act chaotic and it’s important for you to not take anything personal and allow others to act out their will. Have faith in your own dreams and formulate a new game plan—adjustments are necessary.

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Denver’s Wes Watkins dynamic new future-funk EP is from another planet

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Future-Funk Party Starter | Wes Watkins

Dreams Out from Denver’s best kept secret Wes Watkins wears so many musical hats it needs a rack; downtempo G-Funk homage and sweltering nee-Soul / Rn’B are all over this release, all covered with a thicc pop glaze and a penchant for electronic-sonic experimentation that keep every song fascinatingly adventurous while maintaining a danceability and groove that easily, easily warrants multiple listens. Don’t sleep on this one.


Lo-Fuzz Folkie | Hoi Ann

The beauty of Hoi Ann’s Tangenier lies in both what you can hear and what it may want you to not hear. Lo-fi folk and bedroom-pop are easily tangible on its surface, but the buzzy electronic tones that sparingly flourish the 5 songs of this release lie low and create a unique aural atmosphere for listeners, like hidden secrets for your ears only.


Indie-Punk Sweeties | Gestalt

The pop-punk shred-bois in Gestalt are back at it again; The irresistible combo of the Get Up Kids earnest midwestern-emo and smart pop-punk wit of the Wonder Years is strong on the tracks that encompass LongBoix, as is an acute fondness and growing appreciation for the finer indie rock of yesteryear. Well I guess this is growing up.


Psych-Rock Screamcore | Gone Full Heathen

On their criminally good self titled EP, Fort Collins heavies Gone Full Heathen friggin dare you to try and trap them in a single genre. Nice try, but they’ll just chew right through your puny ropes using a gnashing blend of crushing stoner-rock laced hardcore punk and overdriven psych-rock / post-metal induced bite like the righteous rock and roll wolves that they are.


All releases available for purchase now thru Bandcamp. Go Local!

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The Haze Craze for Lazy Days

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There are many different styles of beer. Ranging from light lagers (think Bud Light) and ales to sours, stouts, and IPAs.

Within those styles, however, are varying styles.

For example, one would think a sour beer is a sour beer, right? Wrong. According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, which defines every style of beer, there are six recognized European sour styles.

For IPAs, there are seven. American beers have four; stouts have three… You get the point.

Even with viewing the list of recognized styles, it’s not a complete list.

Take New England IPAs (NE IPA), as a prime example. Many breweries are currently mass producing this style of beer, and it’s selling like crazy.

You may have heard one of your annoying beer loving friends talk about drinking a “juice bomb,” or a requesting a “hazy IPA” at the pub, and shrugged it off. It turns out, they (sometimes) know what they are talking about.

What makes NE IPAs so popular when compared to a more traditional, West Coast IPA? NE IPAs have all of the hop flavors, without an overabundance of bitterness.

Instead of constantly adding hops throughout the boil to achieve a fruity flavor balanced by bitterness, the NE IPA has a small hop addition at the begging, and then nothing else until after the boil has finished.

That translates into a beer with very little bitterness, and plenty of hop aroma and flavor. Hops like Citra, Mosaic, Mosaic, Galaxy, and El Dorado are most common in NE IPAs, according to the Homebrewers Association. Those hops tend to impart a fruity, and dare I say, juicy flavor profile.

Between the juicy flavor and the seemingly natural haziness to NE IPAs, it’s not far fetched for an NE IPA to look like a tall glass of orange or grapefruit juice, only carbonated and full of alcohol.

NE IPAs are starting to gain momentum here in Colorado, with breweries turning their focus to the haze craze. Specifically, Odd13, WeldWerks, and Epic Brewing coming to mind.

Odd13 is based in Lafayette, Colo. and has a long list of NE-inspired IPAs constantly rotating through the tap room and distributed throughout the state. Codename: Super fan and Noob are two beers that are found in cans, and both offer a different approach to the haze craze.

WeldWerks is based in Greeley, Colo. and has accumulated a cult-like following in just a few short years for its Juicy Bits NE IPA. The brewery just started self-distributing locally, so you’ll have to make the trip to the brewery and pick up a crowler or four. Be sure to check the WeldWerks Facebook page for availability and limits. Yes, they have to place per person limits on how much you can purchase.

Epic Brewing recently announced its NE IPA, which will rotate between four different flavor profiles throughout the year. The cans will look the same but will be different colors as a quick way to tell identify which version you have.

So the next time you walk into a brewery or liquor store, it’s OK to ask for a hazy or juicy IPA. It’s a thing, and, frankly, they are damn good.

On Tap: By the time this hits newsstands, ThunderZone Pizza & Taphouse will have opened on the CSU-P campus. Located at 2270 Rawlings Blvd., the ThunderZone features 32 taps, a carefully curated tap list, and is locally owned.

At the opening, the tap list includes tasty brews from the likes of Florence Brewing and Lost Highway.

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Senators upend GOP health care bill in true Trump style… Twitter

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WASHINGTON — When Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran decided they were in ready to disrupt the GOP rewrite of the health care law, they chose President Donald Trump’s favorite medium.

They could not support Senate Republicans’ plan, the somewhat unlikely pair of conservatives tweeted at 8:30 p.m. Monday night, giving no heads up to the White House or Senate leaders before pressing send.

The story behind the statement reveals two senators willing to be branded as bill killers and seemingly unconcerned with trying to soften the blow with party leaders.

The announcement, coming after some 10 days of conversations between the men, stunned official Washington and left Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at least two votes short in the closely divided Senate from being able to move forward with the GOP bill, effectively sinking the measure. It landed shortly after Trump dined with a group of senators to discuss strategy – unwittingly plotting a plan that would immediately become outdated.

Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican leader, found out about Lee’s defection after the White House dinner of rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash. He “had no idea it was coming,” Cornyn said.

Another Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, found out from TV news.

Moran, a second-term lawmaker from Kansas who isn’t known for making waves, and Lee, a two-term senator from Utah who has clashed with Trump, have been talking over the past 10 days about the health care legislation and agreed the GOP bill did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare or address rising health-care costs. They decided to announce their position to make the bill’s fate clear and allow senators to move on, Moran said.

“It could have been prolonged for days or weeks while no one said anything,” Moran said in an interview.

Moran, who oversaw the Senate Republicans’ 2014 election campaigns, concluded last week he wouldn’t vote for the latest version of the bill but “gave myself a weekend in Kansas to think about it,” he said.

Lee had helped draft an amendment, along with fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones to lower costs. Cruz agreed to some changes in wording by GOP leaders, but Lee thought the new language allowed too many Obama-era regulations to remain in place.

After talking again, Moran and Lee agreed Monday night on a statement drafted earlier in the day. They issued their statement shortly after a White House dinner attended by seven GOP senators – all likely yes votes on the health care bill. Neither Lee nor Moran attended.

A Lee spokesman said the statement – and its timing – “had nothing to do with the White House dinner. It was not a reaction in any way.”

The statement was made public as soon as it was ready, the spokesman said.

Neither Trump nor McConnell received advance warning about the statement, although it’s likely that neither the president nor the Senate leader was completely surprised.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend calling lawmakers, including Lee and at least seven other GOP senators, according to the administration. Trump talked politics, while Pence discussed policy.

Trump called Lee on Saturday, and Lee told the president he was leaning against the bill, for the reasons he later made public.

Lee told Utah’s KSL Newsradio that he had a great conversation with Trump, when he told the president his “consumer freedom” amendment had been weakened and that he wasn’t sure that he could support the bill.

“He was encouraging to me and said, you know, ‘Just see what changes you can make to it,’ ” Lee said.

Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.

Trump, who frequently takes to Twitter to announce proposals or denounce opponents, was blindsided by, of all things, a tweet.

He told reporters Tuesday he was “very surprised when the two folks came out last night, because we thought they were in fairly good shape. But they did. And, you know, everybody has their own reason.”

Moran said while he remained committed to repealing the health care law, Congress needs to make a “fresh start” on writing a replacement bill in an “open legislative process.”

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said, in a statement that followed the tweet.

In his own statement, Lee said the GOP bill does not repeal all the Obamacare tax increases and “doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”

Both explanations were issued on social media.

“Twitter is a nice medium to get your message out,” Lee’s spokesman said.

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