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Riot Fest Will Not Return To Denver This Year

The 2016 Riot Fest Denver sideshow 

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

After four years in Colorado, Riot Fest has announced it will not return to the state in 2017.

In a letter posted on the Riot Fest website, festival organizers write that this year's Denver festival is "simply not possible." The news follows the death of Riot Fest organizer Sean McKeough last December.

Riot Fest previously took place annually in three cities: Denver, Chicago and Toronto. The Toronto event did not take place last year. Chicago's event is still on for 2017.

Relive highlights from Riot Fest with our snapshots from last year's Riot Fest Denver featuring Misfits and Sleater-Kinney and from the 2015 event featuring Modest Mouse and Iggy Pop.

Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, New Pornographers To Headline New Colorado Music Fest

Death Cab For Cutie

(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)

The Colorado Classic bicycle race rolls through Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver this summer. But you won't need a set of wheels to join in on the festivities. 

The event will also include a new three-day music festival called Velorama Colorado. It takes place Aug. 11-13 in Denver's River North neighborhood. The lineup features marquee indie rock bands Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and The New Pornographers.

The full lineup so far:

  • Wilco
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • The New Pornographers
  • Saint Motel
  • La Santa Cecilia

Festival organizers will announce additional acts in the coming months.

Watch the video for Wilco's "Somebody To Lose" below.

Westword Music Showcase Reveals 2017 Headliners

Shakey Graves

(Photo: CPR / Michael Hughes)

Westword Music Showcase returns to Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood June 24. The festival today announced the national headliners for this year's event.

The list includes Austin folk artist Shakey Graves, Australian dance band Cut Copy, Canadian electronica duo Bob Moses and more. These acts will perform on the Showcase's two outdoor main stages.

The full lineup so far:

  • Shakey Graves
  • The Revivalists
  • Cut Copy 
  • Bob Moses
  • Coin

More than 100 to-be-announced Colorado acts will fill out the bill and perform at 10 other venues.

Check out our snapshots from last year's Westword Music Showcase featuring Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim and more.

Watch Shakey Graves perform "Dearly Departed" at Denver's Twist & Shout Records below.

Recorded at Twist & Shout Records on Dec. 11, 2014.

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.