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NPR Selects New Orleans' Tank And The Bangas As 2017 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

NPR Music today announced New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas as the winner of the third annual Tiny Desk Contest.

NPR's Bob Boilen writes that the panel of 10 judges -- which included Phish's Trey Anastasio and R&B artist Miguel -- came to a unanimous decision to select the band from a pool of more than 6,000 entries. Tank And The Bangas will perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters later this year.

The winning video is full of playful energy from singer Tarriona "Tank" Ball and her band. The featured song "Quick" blends soul and rap. Watch the video above.

Nearly 200 of this year's submissions came from Colorado musicians: Check out our favorites.

Listen to CPR's OpenAir host Jessi Whitten discuss her favorite Colorado submissions to the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest with Ryan Warner of CPR News.

Project Pabst Denver Announces Music Lineup For 2017 Festival


(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Project Pabst returns to Denver's RiNo neighborhood on May 20. The one-day music festival today announced its initial lineup of artists for the event's second year.

Ice Cube, Phantogram and Danny Brown will headline the festival. The lineup also features Kurt Vile And The Violators, STRFKR, Summer Cannibals, Twin Peaks and Colorado bands Dirty Few and Tracksuit Wedding.

The full lineup so far:

  • Ice Cube
  • Phantogram
  • Danny Brown
  • Kurt Vile And The Violators
  • Noname
  • Twin Peaks
  • Deap Vally
  • Summer Cannibals
  • Flint Eastwood
  • Divers
  • Tracksuit Wedding
  • Dirty Few

Check out our snapshots from last year's Project Pabst Denver featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Best Coast and Charles Bradley.

Listen to our Inside Track feature with Summer Cannibals.

Watch Dirty Few perform "Can't Drink My Beer" in the CPR Performance Studio below:

OpenAir hosts Denver live staples Dirty Few in a performance of "Can't Drink My Beer." Recorded on September 23, 2015 in the CPR Performance Studio.

Watch more videos from the session.

Treefort Finalizes 2017 Music Lineup; Adds More Colorado Artists

Brent Cowles

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Treefort Music Festival today finalized its music lineup for this year's event, which takes place March 22-26 in Boise, Idaho.

Major additions include Angel Olsen, Chastity Belt, Gringo Star and Karl Blau. The list also includes some Colorado acts, many of whom have played in the CPR Performance Studio. They include:

They join previously announced local acts like Wheelchair Sports Camp and Flaural, along with headliners Mac DeMarco and STRFKR.

See this year's full Treefort lineup.

Check out our Inside Track feature on Karl Blau.

Watch video below from Dragondeer's recent performance for OpenAir Sessions.

Seven Colorado Bands Added To 2017 South By Southwest Music Lineup

The Yawpers perform at the Colorado Music Party at South By Southwest in 2014.

(Photo: CPR)

South By Southwest just bulked up its Colorado presence for this year's music showcase.

The lineup now includes:

  • Lords Of Fuzz
  • Musclebeach
  • Native Daughters
  • Necropanther
  • Pizza Time
  • Plastic Daggers
  • The Yawpers.

These acts join the previously announced Denver trio Edison in Austin, Texas, from March 10-19. Other notable artists on the lineup include Big Thief, Temples, Avi Buffalo and Pure Bathing Culture.

See the full music lineup for SXSW 2017.

Watch The Yawpers perform "Doin' It Right" in our CPR Performance Studio below.

OpenAir hosts Denver's own The Yawpers in a performance of "Doin' It Right" from their 2015 release "American Man" on Bloodshot Records. Recorded on October 9, 2015 in the CPR Performance Studio.

Six More Colorado Artists Added To 2017 Treefort Lineup

Wheelchair Sports Camp

Treefort Music Festival today announced the second wave of music acts performing at this year's event in Boise, Idaho. It more than doubles the number of Colorado artists on the bill.

In addition to the previously announced Colorado bands, Treefort 2017 now includes:

  • Wheelchair Sports Camp
  • ​Dressy Bessy
  • OKO Tygra
  • Porlolo
  • Bad Licks

Other additions to the lineup include London rapper Kate Tempest, Toronto indie pop band Alvvays, Atlanta punk band The Coathangers and teenage rockers Residual Kid from Austin, Texas.

Treefort 2017 takes place March 22-26. See the full lineup.

Listen to our Inside Track feature on Dressy Bessy.

Watch Wheelchair Sports Camp perform "Mary Had A Little Band" in our studio below.

King Khan Curates Art Exhibit At University Of Colorado Gallery

King Khan

(Photo: Sash Stamatovski)

Arish Ahmad Khan -- better known as King Khan -- has always taken care to incorporate striking visuals into his live shows. While performing with The Shrines and The King Khan & BBQ Show, Khan dons outrageous costumes and engages in sometimes scandalous behavior.

The garage rocker -- now two decades into his music career -- takes his artistic skills off stage this winter. He's teamed up with Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Belfast designer Michael Eaton on a new art exhibit that's coming to the University of Colorado's Colorado Springs campus.

"The Black Power Tarot" is a collection of tarot cards created by Khan that features 26 images of notable African-Americans. Subjects include musicians Andre 3000, Billie Holiday and Curtis Mayfield. Each is assigned a different "role" in the tarot deck.

A selection of images from "The Black Power Tarot."

(Photo: courtesy of UCCS)

The exhibit opens Jan. 13 at UCCS's GOCA 121 gallery (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs) with a live tarot reading event and talk from Khan. It runs through April 1.

Watch the video for King Khan & The Shrines' "Bite My Tongue" below.

Coachella Reveals Music Lineup For 2017

Kendrick Lamar

(Photo: Merlijn Hoek)

Coachella is bringing some marquee names to Indio, Calif., for the 2017 edition of the annual music festival. Headliners include Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar.

The festival will also feature Lorde's first performance in over a year. Other notable artists on the bill include Bon Iver, the xx, Father John Misty, New Order, Devendra Banhart, Kaytranada, Warpaint, Mitski, The Lemon Twigs, The Avalanches and Denver band Tennis.

Coachella takes place over two weekends: April 14-16 and 21-23. See the full 2017 lineup at the festival website.

Listen to our Inside Track features with 2017 Coachella artists Whitney and Devendra Banhart.

Watch Tennis perform "Never Work For Free" in our studio below.

OpenAir hosts Tennis in a performance of "Never Work for Free." Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on April 16, 2015.

Watch more videos from the session.

Chairlift Announces Split On Twitter


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Chairlift -- which formed at the University of Colorado in Boulder -- today announced it will disband following a string of tour dates next spring.

The pop duo -- singer Caroline Polachek and producer/multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly -- delivered the news Friday morning via Twitter. The tweet details Polachek's plans to pursue a solo career and Wimberly's plans to work as a full-time record producer.

Read it below. 

Chairlift this year released its third album, "Moth." The duo spoke with us shortly after the album's release for our Inside Track podcast. Listen to that feature.

The band also performed at CPR's OpenAir in 2012.

Watch Chairlift's video for the "Moth" single "Ch-Ching" below.

New Punk Rock Festival Coming To Denver's Baker Neighborhood

OpenAir hosts SPELLS in the CPR Performance Studio on Feb. 12, 2016.

Watch more videos from the session.

Music festivals tend to pop up in the summer, but you may need a winter coat for the newest Denver fest.

The inaugural Don't Panic Fest takes place in Denver's Baker neighborhood Feb. 17 and 18. More than 20 punk rock bands will play at three South Broadway venues -- Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Mutiny Information Cafe.

Along with national headliners Off With Their Heads and Ray Rocket, there's a sizable presence of Colorado acts on the lineup. Highlights include Denver bands SPELLS, Dirty Few and Allout Helter. 

Watch SPELLS perform "80% Is Good Enough" in the CPR Performance Studio above.

See the full Don't Panic Fest lineup below.
  • Off With Their Heads
  • Ray Rocket (from Teenage Bottlerocket) 
  • The Raging Nathans  
  • Allout Helter 
  • Dirty Few  
  • All Waffle Trick 
  • Black Dots  
  • Cheap Perfume 
  • Cunnilingus 
  • Flight Kamikaze 
  • Jack's Smirking Revenge 
  • Lawsuit Models 
  • Major Sports 
  • Muscle Beach 
  • Pueblo Escobar  
  • Shiiii Waaaa  
  • The Blackeyed Saints  
  • The Ghoulies  
  • The Larimers  
  • The Sleights  
  • The Swindlin Hearts  
  • The Windermeres

Fort Collins Band Slow Caves Signs To Old Flame Records

Slow Caves

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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.