Taking something as beautifully subjective as music preference and turning it into a ruthless competition, it's The Playlist League! Hosted by Jessi Whitten and featuring a rotating cast of OpenAir hosts (102.3 FM Denver), musicians and Denver community members, The Playlist League drafts playlists song by song according to a theme and asks the listener to vote which one reigns supreme. The winning playlist drafter is awarded the honor of picking the theme for the next episode. Our first episode features Jeremy Petersen, Jessi Whitten and Bruce Trujillo as they wrap up festival season in Colorado by drafting the ultimate festival lineup and the band's closing songs. The Playlist League theme music is performed by Dressy Bessy.
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Murder By Death has made frequent visits to Colorado over the past few years. The Bloomington, Ind., quintet performs at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park annually and recently visited Denver for a show at the Ogden Theatre. The rock band released its eighth studio album, "The Other Shore," in August. Murder By Death stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to share some music from that record. The band members also spoke with Bruce Trujillo about the post-apocalyptic concept behind the new album, funding their music via Kickstarter and playing a recent concert in a cave in Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns.
Audible first caught our attention with a standout entry to this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music, who praised the Colorado Springs band on All Songs Considered. The quintet went on to perform at the Denver stop of the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road concert in May. The band's music incorporates rock, soul and hip-hop. Audible recently stopped into the CPR Performance Studio. The band members played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the exposure from the Tiny Desk Contest, the Colorado Springs music scene and their forthcoming debut album.
The band stopped by CPR's OpenAir for a Guest DJ session.
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The Denver comedian, actor and author stopped by for a Guest DJ session.
Kid Reverie is a new band from Denver musician Steve Varney, who formerly performed with Glowing House and Gregory Alan Isakov. The band takes cues from the folk music of those Colorado acts but also veers toward an aggressive rock sound. Varney released Kid Reverie's debut album earlier this month. Kid Reverie stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a show at Denver's Lost Lake. Varney and his band played four songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about going electric and funding the album via Kickstarter.
Eldren is a live favorite in the Denver music scene not only for its own eclectic rock music, but also for annual shows in which the band covers albums like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Abbey Road" in full. The band releases its sophomore full-length, "Miss Information Aged," this week and performs Saturday at Denver's Oriental Theater. The album explores post-apocalyptic themes and life in the Information Age. Eldren recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2013. The band played four songs and had an accompanying light show, which you can see in the video above. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about releasing an album on vinyl for the first time and paying tribute to their late bandmate Steve Holloway.
The Australian band played four songs from "Hope Downs" and spoke with Jeremy Petersen.