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Fort Collins Band Slow Caves Signs To Old Flame Records

Slow Caves

(Photo: courtesy of the artist)

Fort Collins quartet Slow Caves has signed to the Cincinnati-based label Old Flame Records, which will release the band's EP "The Desert Minded" on March 10. 

The band is led by brothers Jakob and Oliver Mueller, who are natives of Denmark. They performed last year in the CPR Performance Studio and appear on the most recent episode of "OpenAir Live & Local."

Old Flame Records has released music by Cloud Nothings, Ski Lodge and Potty Mouth.

Treefort Music Festival last week announced Slow Caves is one of five Colorado acts set to perform at the 2017 event in Boise, Idaho.

Watch Slow Caves perform "2Hrs!" in our studio:

OpenAir hosts Slow Caves in a performance of "2Hrs!" Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on March 2, 2015.

Watch more videos from the session.

Treefort Music Festival Announces First Wave Of 2017 Artists; Includes 5 Colorado Acts

Mac DeMarco performs "Still Together" and "Without Me" backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 31, 2016.

Treefort Music Festival today announced the initial wave of artists performing at the 2017 event. It takes place March 22-26 in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Headliners include Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, STRFKR and Lower Dens. The lineup also includes five Colorado artists, all of which have performed in the CPR Performance Studio:

See the full lineup for Treefort 2017.

Watch video of Mac DeMarco performing backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for CPR's OpenAir above.

Watch The Outfit perform "Camilla" in our studio below.

Denver's Edison Added To 2017 South By Southwest Music Lineup

South By Southwest announced this week the second wave of artists that will perform at the 2017 music showcase. 

The list includes acts like British rock band Temples and California indie pop band Avi Buffalo. It also features one act from Colorado: Denver folk-rock trio Edison.

Edison released its debut album, "Familiar Spirit," in September. Watch the band perform a song from that record -- "Tie Me Down" -- in the CPR Performance Studio above.

Listen to Edison's full performance for OpenAir Sessions from earlier this year. 

SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. See the full list of 2017 music showcase artists. 

Vertex Festival Will Not Return To Buena Vista

The Vertex 2016 entrance in Buena Vista, Colo.

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Vertex Festival will not return to Buena Vista in 2017, the Denver Post reports

Organizer Madison House Presents announced yesterday that it will not host a 2017 edition of the festival. The statement follows reports of noise complaints and a rejected three-year permit application for Vertex to stay in Buena Vista.

The inaugural Vertex took place last August. It brought 8,000 attendees to the mountain town with a diverse music lineup featuring electronica act Odesza, rockers Alabama Shakes and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash.

Check out our photo coverage of Vertex 2016.

Watch the video for Odesza's "Say My Name" below and listen to our Inside Track feature on the duo.

Tyler Despres Of Science Partner, Gin Doctors Has Died

Denver musician Tyler Despres of Science Partner and Gin Doctors has died. He was 34.

A post on the Gin Doctors Facebook page reads that the guitarist and singer passed away yesterday.

Despres played in Dualistics before forming Science Partner with members of Kitty Crimes and The Swayback. The band performed at CPR's OpenAir in 2013.

More recently, Despres co-founded Gin Doctors, a band that covered '90s alternative rock acts like Weezer, Green Day and The Cranberries. They performed at this year's Underground Music Showcase in July.

Watch Science Partner perform "Animal" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

 

Margaret Glaspy Takes A Desk Job In The 'Emotions And Math' Video

Margaret Glaspy's debut album "Emotions And Math" has been a favorite at CPR's OpenAir this year. It's appeared many times on our Top 30 chart and this summer we welcomed her into the CPR Performance Studio.

Glaspy just released a new music video for the record's title track. It finds the singer-songwriter getting more and more comfortable in a dull office while counting down the days to an unseen conclusion.

She told NPR Music: "I've never worked a desk job and this was my one opportunity." 

Listen to our Inside Track feature on Margaret Glaspy and how she recorded her debut album three times but she released it.

Watch Glaspy perform "You And I" for OpenAir Sessions below.

Watch: Nataniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats On 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Denver's own Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats made their first appearance on the public radio staple "A Prairie Home Companion" over the weekend.

Rateliff and the band performed several songs on the show -- including "Wasting Time," which you can watch in the video link above, or stream the entire episode.

The newly retooled show has featured strong musical guests this season with new host Chris Thile, who recently spoke with Colorado Matters about his new job. 

Here's Jack White performing "Carolina Drama" on Thile's first show as host:

Watch Rateliff & the Night Sweats' session at CPR's OpenAir, recorded before the band recorded its debut and had hit singles:

OpenAir hosts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats in a performance of "I Just Want to Thank You." Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on December 18, 2014. Watch more videos from the session.

Watch Lisa Prank Fly Around The Space Needle In Her New Video

Lisa Prank's debut album "Adult Teen" is one of our favorite pop-punk releases of 2016. The one-woman band started her music career in Denver, but relocated to Seattle where she befriended bands like Chastity Belt and Tacocat.

Members of those bands appear in Prank's new video for the "Adult Teen" song "Luv Is Dumb." The video references the Seattle-based film "Singles" and features Prank flying around the Space Needle in her trademark crown.

Watch the video above. 

For more Lisa Prank music, check out her performance for OpenAir Sessions from this summer. 

Watch Lisa Prank perform "Starting Again" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

New World Record: Murs Raps For 25 Hours Straight

Crowning the greatest rapper of all time may be a fool's errand -- though some have tried

Los Angeles rapper Murs, however, just secured his place as the MC with the longest continuous flow in the world, with a 25-hour rhyme-spitting marathon.

The 38-year-old rapped over his own music as well as classic hip-hop artists like Wu-Tang Clan. He received only a 5-minute break each hour and concluded this morning around 11 a.m. MT.

Watch the final two hours of the world-record rap session above.

(Advisory: Video contains profanity.)

Musician Austin Crane -- who performs as Valley Maker -- is based in Seattle but is well acquainted with Colorado. He lived here briefly and played several shows around the state last winter -- including a set in the CPR Performance Studio.

His latest music video -- for the song "Oh Lightning" off his latest album "When I Was A Child" -- features plenty of beautiful Colorado scenery.

Denver-based filmmaker Joseph Kolean shot the video across several Boulder County locations like Gross Reservoir and Barker Reservoir, as well as Clear Creek Canyon. He also filmed in Wyoming and New Mexico.

Kolean told us the Centennial State is an ideal setting for his work:

"I'm inspired by the quiet yet overwhelming moments of splendor and mystery that Colorado's landscape so often provides. And I'm intrigued by desolation, as well as the creeping sense of dread that is sometimes felt in places that are new and strange."

Crane's plaintive folk music is a natural fit for the Rocky Mountain locales in the "Oh Lightning" video. Watch it above.

Kolean has previously filmed videos in Colorado for Valley Maker and North Carolina artist Hiss Golden Messenger. Watch a selection of those below.

Valley Maker: "Only Friend"

Hiss Golden Messenger: "Jesus Shot Me In The Head"

Hiss Golden Messenger: "Busted Note"

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