The members of Chimney Choir have defied genres and labels with their music since they got together in 2011. The Denver band blends folk, electronica, rock and even ballet music on last year's "Boomtown." Chimney Choir will release the album "(dream)" with an interactive live show at the Mercury Cafe on Saturday. The band stopped into the CPR Performance Studio beforehand to preview some music from the new LP. They talked with Alisha Sweeney about composing "sound collages," collaborating with the Denver dance troupe Wonderbound and what they have in store for their concert this weekend.
On Nov. 24, we're playing 24 hours of Colorado music -- including OpenAir Sessions with local artists and a full concert from Reverend Deadeye, recorded live at The Bluebird Theater, at 4 p.m.
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The episode also features The Other Black and Rootbeer & Mermentau.
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The episode also features Plume Varia and Kayla Marque.
The fourth episode of "OpenAir Live & Local" Season 3 features performances from the various projects of Denver singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff, including the Night Sweats, Born In The Flood and a solo performance filmed at the Underground Music Showcase.
The episode also features Whiskey Autumn and Anthony Ruptak at The Walnut Room.
The episode also features The Milk Blossoms and Colfax Speed Queen at Lost Lake Lounge.
Denver musician Jon Shockness caught our attention as a member of hip-hop band Air Dubai and his soulful solo work as Kid Astronaut. Now, he's teamed up with Nigerian-born producer Daniel Iyere for the new band HVN -- which is pronounced "heaven." CPR's OpenAir was privy to one of the first ever HVN live performances when we welcomed them into our studio last month. Iyere's synth-heavy electronic production gives a modern edge to the R&B that Shockness has explored throughout his career. HVN performed four songs in our studio and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the genesis of their collaboration, how living in Denver has influenced their music and some details of their forthcoming debut EP.
It features footage of the Nederland band's first headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Wheelchair Sports Camp has spent years establishing a reputation as "Denver's biggest smallest band" through live shows, EPs and singles that blend Kalyn Heffernan's rap lyrics with rock, jazz and even country instruments. Their music has won them fans like rapper Sage Francis and landed them on the cover of The Village Voice. This month the band released their debut studio album, "No Big Deal." They worked with keyboardist and producer Isaiah "Ikey" Owens on the album shortly before his death in 2014. Wheelchair Sports Camp returned to our CPR Performance Studio this month to perform some music from the album. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about working with the late Owens, signing to Sage Francis' Strange Famous label and getting "roasted" by comedian Jeff Ross at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.