OpenAir's Alisha Sweeney Returns To NPR's 'Here & Now' To Talk Colorado Music
OpenAir host Alisha Sweeney appeared today on the nationally syndicated NPR news show "Here & Now" to discuss the Colorado music scene.
In the program's "DJ Sessions" segment, Alisha highlights an eclectic mix of artists creating music in the Centennial State. She points to the summery pop sounds of South Of France, Denver's underground hip-hop scene, the wild punk shows of SPELLS, psych-rock from Eye & the Arrow and more.
Hear the entire "Here & Now" segment above. Sweeney previously on the show in 2014.
Watch SPELLS and Eye & The Arrow perform in the CPR Performance Studio below.
The Underground Music Showcase Adds Over 100 Artists To 2016 Lineup
The Underground Music Showcase returns to Denver's Baker neighborhood July 28-31. Festival organizers today announced 138 more artists who will perform over the event's four days.
Highlights from today's announcement include national acts Sunflower Bean, who Rolling Stone recently named "NYC's coolest young band," Austin, Texas, teenage rockers Residual Kid and Seattle punk band Tacocat. Colorado artists include A. Tom Collins, Brent Cowles, Ian Cooke and Inner Oceans.
Previously announced headliners for the 2016 edition of UMS include Minneapolis synth-pop group Polica, San Francisco garage rockers Thee Oh Sees, Los Angeles band Allah-Las and Brooklyn's San Fermin.
See the full UMS 2016 lineup so far below.
A Shadow of Jaguar
A. Tom Collins
Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir
The Bright Light Social Hour
Bud Bronson and the Good Timers
Blake Brown (solo)
The Bunny Gang
The Cabin Project
Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels
Cold River City
The Corner Girls
Cowboy Dave Band
Eros & the Eschaton
Great American House Fire
Hands of Midnight
High Plains Honky
I’m a Boy
The Jeffrey Dallet Band
Just Say PLZ
The Kinky Fingers
La Fin Absolute du Monde
Lee Fields & the Expressions
Leon & the Revival
Me Me Monster
Ned Garthe Explosion
Open to the Hound
Petals of Spain
Ponder the Albatross
Promised Land Sound
The Raven & the Writing Desk
Remember the Radio
Retrofette (fka lzrwlf)
RL Cole and the Angels
Rootbeer and Mermantau
The Roxy Suicide
Safe Boating is No Accident
The Savage Blush
Smoke & Honey
Sound of Ceres
South of France
Space In Time
Space Suits for Indians
Staying for the Weekend
The Still Tide
Thee Oh Sees
Through the Mountain
Tom Waits for No Man
Tommy Freed and the Sound
We Are Not a Glum Lot
Watch Brent Cowles' recent performance in the CPR Performance Studio below.
Riot Fest organizers announced today the expanded music lineup for the Denver event taking place Sept. 2-4. The announcement follows last week’s news that Glenn Danzig will perform at the festival with punk band The Misfits for the first time since 1983.
This year's Denver lineup includes Sleater-Kinney, Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Nas, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Meat Puppets, The Dandy Warhols, Sleigh Bells, White Lung, Vince Staples and more.
The Misfits To Reunite With Singer Glenn Danzig For Riot Fest
Riot Fest organizers announced today that punk band The Misfits will reunite with original singer Glenn Danzig for the Denver event taking place Sept. 2-4.
Billed as “The Original Misfits,” the lineup will include Danzig along with founding bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.
The Misfits formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1983 after releasing two albums inspired by horror and science fiction films. They reformed in 1995 without Danzig, who continued to perform in the band Samhain and under his own name.
Courtney Barnett Cancels Project Pabst Denver Appearance; Best Coast To Replace Her
Courtney Barnett has canceled her appearance at the inaugural Project Pabst Denver festival on May 21. She'll be performing on "Saturday Night Live" that evening instead.
The festival quickly added California indie rock band Best Coast to replace Barnett.
Project Pabst will also feature Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Violent Femmes, Charles Bradley and more in Denver's RiNo neighborhood. The event also features a series of "night shows" across the Denver metro area.
The music world is still reeling today from the news of Prince's death.
Fans and journalists in Minnesota -- which the artist called home throughout his remarkable career -- mourned en masse outside Prince's Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis.
Andrea Swensson, music reporter for Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, was on site today at Paisley Park. She had gotten to know Prince over the past few years after he took a liking to a drawing she had made of one of his performances.
Swensson spoke with us over the phone to share some touching Prince memories and describe the reaction in the Twin Cities.
Read and listen to those below.
On the scene outside Paisley Park immediately after news of Prince's death:
"There's a memorial wall that has started. The fence around Paisley is being covered in purple balloons and purple flowers.
"When we got word that it was in fact Prince that had died, that was a really rough hour or so of people flooding the scene and crying together and holding each other. Even the journalists were hugging."
On her first time meeting Prince one-on-one at Paisley Park:
"I was so taken aback by how funny and down to earth and genuine he seemed. He was obviously very shy. He kept a very private life. But in that moment he was very candid and sweet."
On Prince's impact on the city of Minneapolis:
"He was Minneapolis. There's an entire genre of music that we know now as the Minneapolis sound, and he created it. ... I don't think we're even going to understand the full impact of his legacy for years."
On her favorite Prince memory:
"The last time I saw him perform was alone at the piano. He played 'Purple Rain.' ... At the end of the song he got up, walked offstage and came back and said: 'That song, I guess it still means something to me.' And he was visibly crying. Shaken from the experience of playing it.
"That he was that moved by it, I'll never forget that."
The Denver Film Society today released the schedule for the 17th season of Film on the Rocks, a series of screenings at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre with opening performances from local and national artists.
Highlights include a screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with Strawberry Runners and The Baltic and "Labyrinth" with School of Rock: A Tribute to Bowie.
Update: The Film on the Rocks program will open early on May 12 with a screening of "Purple Rain" and a "special local all-star Prince tribute."
The full schedule:
May 12: "Purple Rain" with local Prince tribute
May 23: "Grease" with Lissie and Megan Burtt & the Cure For Love
May 30: "The Big Lebowski" with Anthony Ruptak & The Midnight Friends and The River Arkansas
June 15: "Citizen Kane" in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 20: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with Strawberry Runners and The Baltic
July 11: "The Sandlot" with special guests and Brent Cowles
July 25: "Labyrinth" with School of Rock: A Tribute to Bowie
Aug. 23:"Deadpool" with The Blue Rider
Sept. 6: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Watch videos of Megan Burtt, Strawberry Runners and The Blue Rider in the CPR Performance Studio below.