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2308, 2015

West Magnolia Trail Review: Off-Road Excursion

By |August 23rd, 2015|Articles, Auto, Videos|

Off-Road Excursion is a new series of articles and videos that will cover the best 4x4 trails in Colorado and beyond. If I've taken my 2011 Tacoma on the trail, I'll add it to the site, hopefully with video. I'll only feature the trails I love and call out the trails I don't. In this inaugural episode of Off-Road Excursion, I'm hitting up West Magnolia Trail just south of Nederland, Colorado. West Magnolia Trail - Nederland, CO West Magnolia Trail was an interesting find. I spent a few hours r [...]

807, 2015

Ben Folds Live at Red Rocks – June 21, 2015

By |July 8th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music, Videos|

My wife and I spent our 8th wedding anniversary listening to Ben Folds play a concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. I'm a music nerd; the only thing that could've made this better for me would be playing with Ben on stage. That didn't happen, but I really wish it did. Maybe next time, Mr. Folds. Seeing Ben Folds Live at Red Rocks was a dream come true for most of the people there. Seeing him perform with an orchestra took it to a completely new level. This isn't a concert review; you can [...]

807, 2015

How Do I Stop Swaddling My Child?

By |July 8th, 2015|Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

It’s no secret that I loved swaddling my baby from the time he was born. He slept well and didn’t startle himself awake. He was also born in the late fall, so the swaddling kept him snug and warm during the cold nights. Eventually, I knew that I would need to stop swaddling my son, but I found very little information about the process during my research. After a few months, my friends started posting pictures of their young babies sleeping with no swaddle. I continued to swaddle my son because t [...]

1606, 2015

Mae at Summit Music Hall with All Get Out, Mike Mains & The Branches – Concert Review

By |June 16th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music|

On June 8, I went to the Mae show to revisit my college days. You can consider this an anniversary or maybe a reunion show that focuses on my favorite Mae album: The Everglow. I'll dive more into Mae's history later; first, I want to talk about the openers. Mike Mains & The Branches were completely new to me. I saw them mentioned on Mae's Instagram account, but I didn't have time to look them up before the show. I'd heard of All Get Out previously and checked out their latest EP before headi [...]

1306, 2015

Amaranthe at the Bluebird with I Prevail and Santa Cruz – Concert Review

By |June 13th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music|

On Friday, May 29, I was able to snag a photo pass for the Amaranthe show at the Bluebird in Denver, Colorado. We're going to trim the opener reviews down a bit since we were there for Amaranthe. The tour is over at this point, but check out the photos and look into the bands if you're interested. I do have to say that I was embarrassed (and slightly disgusted) with the KBPI DJs and fans during this show. Willie B and Beardo were at the show to promote I Prevail because they introduced them to t [...]

206, 2015

Yerdle Helps You Reduce Clutter, Get Free Stuff

By |June 2nd, 2015|Articles, Society, Tech|

American culture is full of wasteful thinking. We consume fast food in Styrofoam containers, we buy bottled water (seriously, that’s incredibly wasteful), and we throw out perfectly good clothes if they go out of style. Most of us have heard of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concept, but how many of us care enough to participate? Thankfully, this movement is growing. What would you do if recycling your unwanted items became super easy? Would you actually do it? What would you do if that recycling [...]

2905, 2015

Kamelot and DragonForce at the Ogden – Concert Review

By |May 29th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music|

On Tuesday, May 19, I was lucky enough to snag a press pass for the Kamelot and DragonForce concert at The Ogden in Denver, Colorado. Wow, what a show. Both bands came out swinging with epic power metal riffs and amazing vocals. I've loved and listened to both bands for years. If you have a chance to see this show when they come back to the states in November, I highly recommend that you see it. I want to give a shout out to Freeman Promotions for being kind enough to get eciov a press pass. In [...]

2205, 2015

Stackable Cooling Racks: A Great Space Saver

By |May 22nd, 2015|Kitchen, Recommendations|

When I was in college, I had a full kitchen in my dorm. It allowed me to cook whole meals instead of the typical college diet of microwavable foods. It also meant I needed an entire set of kitchen items: pots, pans, baking sheets, and dishes. Since the freshman kitchens had limited counter space, I set out to find compact kitchen awesomeness. I knew I’d bake cookies frequently, so I needed cooling racks that would fit on our counters. Luckily, I found these stackable cooling racks. Stackable Coo [...]

3004, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |April 30th, 2015|Kitchen, Recommendations|

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen sausage? Yuck. It turns out, there’s an appliance for that. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker The Hamilto [...]

2404, 2015

Nightwish, Sabaton, and Delain at the Ogden in Denver – Concert Review

By |April 24th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music|

On Tuesday, April 21, Sean Caspian and I had the opportunity to see Nightwish at the Ogden Theatre here in Denver. We've both been fans for years and wanted to see their new singer, Floor Jansen, slay some epic vocals. We initially snagged our tickets via Enter the Vault during the pre-order and waited the six months until show time. That was an anxious six months for both of us. As we got closer to the show date, I started asking around for a press pass to do this review justice. Something abou [...]

2404, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |April 24th, 2015|Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll only need for a year or so? In this modern world, we expected a better option. After extensive research, we found the best baby monitor was actually an iOS app [...]

2004, 2015

Five Iron Frenzy with MxPx and The A-OKs: Concert Review

By |April 20th, 2015|Concert Reviews, Music|

I'm a little late to the party on posting this concert review, but that's not for a lack of interest on my end. It was a dark and beautiful Denver night, March 13 to be exact. Something amazing happened. Five Iron Frenzy played a show with MxPx. The A-OKs were there too, but they’re relatively unknown and don’t add to my nostalgia for the lineup. Pretty much every Christian kid in the 90s grew up listening to FIF and MxPx. To see them together in concert seemed unlikely, espe [...]

1804, 2015

Grand Theft of Mortal Guitar Hero’s Kombat Scroll – GG Episode 6

By |April 18th, 2015|Gaming, GG, Podcasts, Videos|

Welcome to GG Episode 6, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Josh's decision to keep Grand Theft Auto off our website. You can read more about that decision here. Ultimately it just comes down to a mutual respect between our readers/listeners/viewers and our writers. We like you and we want you to like us. If you have any questions about this decision, just hit us up on any of our social networks. This is also our first episode doing a livestream for the p [...]

1404, 2015

Apple Watch – My Initial Thoughts

By |April 14th, 2015|Articles, Tech|

Ignorant and financially irresponsible -- those are two labels recently given to me in the eciov newsroom. The reason: I’m getting an Apple Watch. The topic is more divisive among my circle of techie friends than I anticipated. I suppose we should expect that these days. Apple is popular enough now that it warrants the extra attention and scrutiny. Words can hurt, but I’ll press on and tell you about my first experience with the Apple Watch. Before talking about my Watch appointment, I’d like to [...]

1304, 2015

Grand Theft Auto V – Out for PC, but It’s Not for Everyone *Updated*

By |April 13th, 2015|Articles, Gaming|

*Update*  After spending an hour in the game last night, I determined it's impossible for us to maintain a reasonably professional reputation while supporting this game. I haven't played the game in almost two years, but I forgot how reprehensible the game truly is. That said, we've deleted our GTA5 livestream from Twitch and will not add more in the future. We apologize to anyone we may have offended with our previous coverage or our decision to cancel future coverage. How do I start a post abo [...]