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"
The event -- which will also feature Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and DJ Beverly Bond -- happens Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C. Like its Austin parent festival, there will also be a film and interactive media element.
Gregory Alan Isakov And Colorado Symphony To Reunite For Live Performance
Colorado singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov and the Colorado Symphony are well acquainted: They've performed together twice and this year released a collaborative album, "Gregory Alan Isakov With The Colorado Symphony."
Justice recently released the single "Safe And Sound," the first new music from the electronica group since 2011's "Audio, Video, Disco" album. It's been a favorite on CPR's OpenAir this summer, and morning host Jeremy Petersen included it on last month's Waking Life music playlist.
The French duo today announced they will follow that song with "Woman," their third studio album. There's no precise release date yet, but the album is out later this year.
South By Southwest Releases First Wave Of Artists For 2017 Music Lineup
South By Southwest 2017 is more than six months away, but it's already time to start preparing.
The annual Austin, Texas, music, film and interactive media showcase has released the initial wave of music artists. It's just a fraction of the hundreds of artists the festival will host at Austin venues.
Flobots To Kick Off Free Concert Series In Denver's Civic Center Park
Denver hip-hop band Flobots will perform a free concert at Denver's Civic Center Park on Aug. 12. It's the first in a series of events presented by Levitt Pavillion Denver, a music organization that plans to open in July 2017 a outdoor amphitheater in Denver's Ruby Hill Park.
The free concert series will also include Brandy Zdan (Aug. 26), Young Dubliners (Sept. 16), Stooges Brass Band (Sept. 23) and John Fullbright (Oct. 7). All events take place at Civic Center Park.
Flobots hosted in April a community choir event in which they invited the public to sing on their forthcoming album, "NOENEMIES." The album is set for release early next year.