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Watch Tyto Alba's Cinematic New Music Video Featuring A Brent Cowles Cameo

Tyto Alba released the EP "In Our Own Time" earlier this year. The Denver indie rockers have shared a music video for "The Hunger," a song featured on the new release.

​The video consists of cinematic (and sometimes creepy) vignettes interspersed with performance footage. Director Colin Anders filmed it at Syntax Physic Opera, the Denver venue that was a new addition to this year's Underground Music Showcase

Keep an eye out for a barely recognizable Brent Cowles early in the video: The Colorado singer-songwriter dons a mask of feathers to play a "voodoo priest."  

Tyto Alba performs a video release show tonight at Syntax Physic Opera. Watch the band play "Somnambulist" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

Watch Brent Cowles play "Cold Times" below.

Denver Approves New Music Festival For Overland Golf Course

The crowd at Westword Music Showcase 2017

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

The Denver City Council today approved a contract for Superfly Productions to launch a new music festival at the city's Overland Park Golf Course, according to the Denver Post

The New York City-based event company co-produces the long-running Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., and Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco. The Denver council's approval will allow the company to put on a similar three-day festival each September, beginning next year. 

Superfly claims the event could host as many as 80,000 attendees a day. It also promised to book Colorado artists along with major music acts.

Read our 2017 Guide to Colorado Summer Music Festivals

Denver Band Shady Elders Announces Breakup

Shady Elders

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Shady Elders has announced it will break up following two performances this month. The Denver band's singer Fox Rodemich shared the news on Saturday in a post on the band's Facebook page.

Shady Elders formed in 2011, and in February released its first full-length, "Inside Voices." The shoegaze-inspired rock band was a consistent presence in Colorado's live music scene and its music soundtracked a series of Colorado tourism TV ads.

Shady Elders' final shows will take place Friday at Syntax Physic Opera in support of Plume Varia, and later this month at the Underground Music Showcase.

Below, watch Shady Elders perform "Trust" in the CPR Performance Studio earlier this year.

Bohemian Nights At NewWestFest Reveals Initial 2017 Music Lineup

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

(Photo: CPR / Irvin Coffee)

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is one of the largest free music events in Colorado. The three-day festival returns Aug. 11-13 to downtown Fort Collins.

The festival today announced its initial music lineup. It features more than 80 acts, including national headliner Cake and Colorado bands Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Flobots, Paper Bird and many more.

Organizers will reveal two additional national headliners later in the summer. Check out our Summer Festival Guide for more information on the music events coming to Colorado this year.

See the full lineup below.

  • Alright Alright
  • Analog Son
  • Anthony Ruptak
  • Augustus
  • Bethel Steele
  • Bison Bone
  • Black Mesa
  • Bonnie and the Clydes
  • Brent Cowles
  • Bud Bronson & The Good Timers
  • Cake
  • Clouds & Mountains
  • Coop and the Chicken Pluckers
  • Cousin Curtiss
  • Cracker
  • Doctor Noize
  • Downey Sisters
  • Dragondeer
  • DubSkin
  • Edison
  • Elise Wunder
  • Emma Marie
  • Evanoff
  • Flobots
  • Florea
  • Franny & the Jets
  • FY5
  • Gabrielle Louise
  • Gasoline Lollipops
  • Ginny Mules
  • Gipsy Moon
  • Grace Kuch & Eli Slocumb
  • Great American Taxi
  • Grim & Darling
  • Hazel Miller Band
  • Igaus Davis
  • In The Whale
  • Irregular Wildlife
  • Julia Kirkwood
  • Jyemo Club
  • Kind Dub
  • King Cardinal
  • Last Call Romance
  • Little Kids Rock - Polaris Showcase
  • Little Kids Rock - The Tavelli Tiger Stripes
  • Los Dreamers
  • Mama Lenny & the Remedy
  • Mama Magnolia
  • Mr Kneel: Hip-Hop for Families!
  • My Dog Ate Chad
  • Nadalands
  • Pandas & People
  • Paper Bird
  • Saja Butler
  • Skydyed
  • Slim Cessna's Auto Club
  • Slow Caves
  • SolPride with Carlton Pride
  • Strange Americans
  • Sur Ellz
  • Tea on Mars
  • The Coteries
  • The Drunken Hearts
  • The Haunted Windchimes
  • The Holler!
  • The Iguanas
  • The Infamous Stringdusters
  • The Railsplitters
  • The Subdudes
  • The Two Tracks
  • The Violet Tides
  • The Workshy
  • TIERRO with Bridget Law
  • Todd Snider
  • Trace Bundy
  • Whippoorwill
  • WhiteWater Ramble
  • Wolf van Elfmand
  • Write Minded
  • YaSi
  • Zach Heckendorf

​Watch Flobots perform "Rattle The Cage" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

Underground Music Showcase Adds More Artists To 2017 Lineup

Zola Jesus

(Photo: Lee Strubinger)

The Underground Music Showcase has added more than 50 artists to its 2017 music lineup. The announcement follows last month's initial lineup reveal, and puts the total number of artists at more than 250.

Highlights of the second wave include experimental pop artist Zola Jesus, Denver folk-rock trio Edison and R&B singer Sur Ellz.

The UMS takes place in Denver's Baker neighborhood July 27-30. Get more details with our Summer Festival Guide.

See the full second wave of artists below. And check out our interview with Zola Jesus from 2015.

  • Zola Jesus
  • Sleepy Sun
  • Ashley Koett
  • Bad Licks
  • Bad Year
  • Briffaut
  • Bright Silence
  • Chocolate Diamond
  • Christopher The Conquered
  • Codename: Carter
  • The Corner Girls
  • Dangerous Friends
  • Dear Rabbit
  • Decatur
  • Deezie Brown
  • Don Chicharrón
  • Edison
  • Forty-Five Plus One With DJ Alf
  • Happy Child
  • The Hollow
  • innerspace
  • Jay Triiiple
  • JL Universe
  • Jocko Homo
  • The Kinky Fingers
  • Kinesics
  • Left Hand Shakes
  • Los Mocochetes
  • Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs
  • Moon Hammer
  • Ned Garthe Explosion
  • Paw Paw
  • Palehorse/Palerider
  • Post Paradise
  • Potcheen
  • Proz Taylor
  • Retrofette
  • Rossonian
  • Rowboat
  • Saphyre Rain
  • Saskatoon
  • Sawmill Joe
  • Silver & Gold
  • SIR
  • Space in Time
  • Sputnik Slovenia
  • Stevie G
  • Sugar Skulls & Marigolds
  • Sur Ellz with members of Air Dubai
  • That Infernal Racket
  • Through The Mountain
  • Treehouse Sanctum
  • Turvy Organ
  • Twin Flame Medicine
  • Vic N’ The Narwhals
  • Vick

Watch Edison perform "Tie Me Down" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

4 Denver Bands To Take Part In Music Exchange Program With Sister City In France

Poet's Row

(Photo: CPR)

Brest, France, became Denver's first sister city in 1948. Since then, the two cities have engaged in cultural exchanges and student trips. There's also a City of Brest Park in southeast Denver.

That partnership takes a musical turn this year: Four Denver bands will head to Brest Oct. 7-16 for a series of performances. Those bands are indie folk groups Morning Bear and Poet's Row, electro-pop band Nasty Nachos and newcomer Wolf Island -- which features former members of Rose Quartz.

The exchange also intends to bring a number of French artists to Denver in 2018.

Watch Poet's Row perform in the CPR Performance Studio below.


Underground Music Showcase Reveals 2017 Lineup

The outdoor Main Stage at UMS 2015.

(Photo: CPR)

Get ready: The Underground Music Showcase returns to Denver's Baker neighborhood July 27-30. Festival organizers today revealed 195 acts that will perform at this year's event.

Headliners include New Orleans blues-punk artist Benjamin Booker, Portland metal band Red Fang and Colorado native Esmé Patterson. As usual, the vast majority of acts hail from the Centennial State -- including recent OpenAir Sessions guests dé​Collage, Bison Bone and Get Along.

See the full lineup below. 

  • Benjamin Booker
  • Red Fang
  • Esmé Patterson
  • Altas
  • Ancient Elk
  • Andy Hamilton & The Rocky Mountain Contraband
  • Andy Immerman
  • Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
  • Animal Electricity
  • Anthony Ruptak & The Midnight Friends
  • At.Play
  • Automatic Iris
  • Avifauna
  • Bandits
  • Bear Antler
  • Beth Preston
  • Big J Beats
  • Bigwheel Electro Soul
  • Birch Street
  • Bison Bone
  • Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir
  • Boat Drinks
  • Boyhollow
  • Britt Margit
  • Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
  • byH2O & Ty Til
  • Cheap Perfume
  • Chella & The Charm
  • Chimney Choir
  • Chloe Tang
  • Church Fire
  • Clouds & Mountains
  • Coastal Wives
  • Cocordion
  • Corsicana
  • Creature Canopy
  • Dandu
  • Dead Palms
  • déCollage
  • DeDoz
  • Down Time
  • Elder Grown
  • Emerald Siam
  • Evan Holm & The Restless Ones
  • Extra Gold
  • Eye And The Arrow
  • False Report
  • Finding Common Ground
  • Foxxes
  • Freaky North
  • Funk Hunk
  • Gasoline Lollipops
  • Get Along
  • Ghost Tapes
  • Gracie Bassie
  • Grant Sabin And The Juke Joint Highball
  • Grass
  • Grayson County Burn Ban
  • Gun Street Ghost
  • Hang Rounders
  • Hello Dollface
  • High Plains Honky
  • Holly Lovell
  • Hydraform
  • in/PLANES
  • Instant Empire
  • Jen Korte & The Loss
  • Jesse Manley
  • Jilly.FM
  • Joseph Lamar
  • Katey Sleeveless
  • Kid Reverie
  • King Cardinal
  • King Eddie
  • Kissing Party
  • Kyle Emerson
  • La Pompe Futur
  • Larry Nix
  • Last Of The Easy Riders
  • Lawsuit Models
  • Leon and the Revival
  • Lillian
  • Loretta Kills
  • Love Gang
  • Low Hanging Fruit
  • Luna Sol
  • Male Blonding
  • Mawule
  • Milky.WAV
  • Mirror Fears
  • Modern Leisure
  • Montoneros
  • Montropo
  • Morning Bear
  • Motion Trap
  • Muscle Beach
  • Nasty Nachos
  • Natalie Tate
  • Necropanther
  • Oko Tygra
  • One Flew West
  • OptycNerd
  • Pale Sun
  • Panther Martin
  • Parallelephants
  • Particle Parade
  • Patrick Dethlefs
  • Paul DeHaven
  • Peach Oblong
  • Pineross
  • Plastic Daggers
  • Playboy Manbaby
  • Plume Varia
  • Poet’s Row
  • Porlolo
  • PrettyMouth
  • Pross
  • Pueblo Escobar
  • Quantum Creep
  • Remember The Radio
  • RL Cole
  • Safe Boating Is No Accident
  • Shady Elders
  • Shiny Around The Edges
  • Silver And Smoke
  • Soft Skulls
  • Space Jail
  • Super Bummer
  • Tana Victoria
  • Television Generation
  • The Baltic
  • The Burroughs
  • The Coteries
  • The Fabulous Boogienauts
  • The Get Together
  • The Guestlist
  • The Knock
  • The Maykit
  • The Milk Blossoms
  • The Munsens
  • The Omens
  • The Other Black
  • The Outfit
  • The Patient Zeros
  • The Royal
  • The Savage Blush
  • The So Help Me’s
  • The Violet Tides
  • This Broken Beat
  • Thousand Frames
  • Tomahawk Fox
  • Turner Jackson
  • Tyto Alba
  • U.S. Tygers
  • Units Of Disco
  • Viretta
  • We Are Not A Glum Lot
  • What Young Men Do
  • Whippoorwill
  • Whiskey Autumn
  • Whole Milk
  • Wildermiss
  • Wire Faces
  • Wolf van Elfmand
  • Zealot

Check out our summer festival guide for more details on UMS and other festivals in Colorado.

Watch Esmé Patterson perform "No River" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

Film On The Rocks Performers Revealed For 2017 Season

A concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater at night. 

(Courtesy Visit Denver)

The Denver Film Society this year presents another season of Film On The Rocks, a series of film screenings at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Each film opens with a musical performance, and organizers have released the details of those concerts.

The schedule features mostly Colorado bands, the majority of which have played in the CPR Performance Studio.

See the full schedule below and find links to studio sessions featuring those bands.

Watch Gasoline Lollipops perform"Love Is Free" in our studio below.

Levitt Pavilion Denver Announces First Round Of Free Summer Concerts

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

(Photo: CPR / Irvin Coffee)

Levitt Pavilion Denver has announced the inaugural free concerts that will take place in the new outdoor music venue in Ruby Hill Park.  

The series kicks off July 20 with Denver alt-country band Slim Cessna's Auto Club. Other highlights include The Stone Foxes with Denver rockers The Outfit on July 23, and The Suffers with funk collective The Other Black on Aug. 3.

According to its website, Levitt Pavilion Denver plans to host 50 free concerts a year along with ticketed events. Check out the Pavilion's calendar for the full list of 2017 events. 

Listen to The Outfit's performance for OpenAir Sessions.

Watch Slim Cessna's Auto Club perform "4th Commandment" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

OpenAir hosted Denver band Slim Cessna's Auto Club for a performance of "4th Commandment" on Dec. 7, 2015 in the CPR Performance Studio. Watch more videos from the session.

Telluride Jazz Festival 2017 To Feature Mavis Staples, Bootsy Collins

Mavis Staples

(Photo: Jalylah Burrell

The lineup for the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival is here. Organizers today announced the initial round of artists who will perform August 4-6 at Telluride Town Park.

Headliners include Mavis Staples -- who recently released a single with Arcade Fire -- and Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive. The lineup also includes Lee Fields & The Expressions, Macy Gray and more. 

See the full lineup for the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival.

Watch Mavis Staples perform "The Weight" with members of Arcade Fire, Wilco and the Allman Brothers Band below.