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The music of Ancient Elk is hard to define. The Denver quartet has won a Westword Music Award in both the "avant-garde" and "Americana" categories. But it also incorporates jazz, psych-rock and folk on its debut self-titled album, which it released this week. Ancient Elk visited the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from the LP. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about writing the album over the course of three years, the coloring book they're offering with "Ancient Elk" and their connection to the Moon Magnet music collective in Denver.
The Guestlist last visited CPR's OpenAir in 2015, then known as Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist. Since the name change, the band has released the new album "Racing, Chasing." The six-piece crafts an exciting blend of jazz and Americana-rock on the new record, which explores themes of creative struggle. The Guestlist performed four songs from "Racing, Chasing" in the CPR Performance Studio. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the band's name change, recording at the new Denver studio Hum House and collaborating with members of Denver band Paper Bird on the new LP.
Team manager Bud Black and pitcher Adam Ottavino describe where music fits into their game.
Marika Hackman released her Sub Pop debut, "I'm Not Your Man," in June. The British singer-songwriter recruited London quartet The Big Moon as her band for the album and subsequent American tour. The Big Moon adds a vicious punk rock edge to much of the record, but the band is just as capable playing Hackman's subdued folk songs. Hackman and the members of The Big Moon stopped into the CPR Performance Studio the day after a gig at Lost Lake Lounge. They played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how their musical collaboration began, their pre-show rituals during the American tour and the London music scene.
The band tells CPR's OpenAir how bassist and producer Chris Taylor stepped up in a big way on its latest album.
Pleasure Prince is a New York-based duo featuring Lilly Scott, formerly of Denver band Varlet. She and bandmate Will Duncan create pop music that blends disco, electronica and psychedelic influences. Scott switches instruments from guitar to synthesizer for the new band, but her outstanding vocals remain a centerpiece of her music. Pleasure Prince stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a headlining show at Denver's Hi-Dive. Scott and Duncan played three songs and spoke with Scott Carney about the origin of their collaboration, how teaching piano lessons helped the band develop and plans for a full-length record.
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