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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"

The Lumineers Tabbed For Concert At The White House

The Lumineers

(Photo: courtesy of the artist)

The Lumineers have played lots of venues all over the world. One of their next shows, however, takes place at a venue even the best booking agents would be hard pressed to lock down: The White House.

The Denver band will headline the inaugural South By South Lawn event at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It's a collaboration with the Austin, Texas-based South By Southwest festival.  

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.  

Hear our Inside Track feature about The Lumineers.

Watch the music video for The Lumineers' "Ophelia" below.

Gregory Alan Isakov And Colorado Symphony To Reunite For Live Performance

Gregory Alan Isakov

(Photo: Blue Caleel / courtesy of the artist)

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." 

Isakov and the Symphony today announced they'll team up again for a one-off performance at Boettcher Concert Hall on Jan. 13. The concert will showcase music from the album as well as new material.

The Colorado Symphony -- which just named its next music director -- is no stranger to working with Colorado musicians. They've collaborated with The Lumineers and will perform with Elephant Revival on Nov. 26.

Hear Gregory Alan Isakov speak with CPR News' Ryan Warner at Isakov's Boulder farm and studio.

Watch Isakov perform "That Moon Song" in the CPR Performance Studio:

Justice Announces New Album 'Woman'


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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. 

Justice also released a new song from the new album titled "Randy" on BBC Radio 1. It will appear on "Woman" along with "Safe And Sound."

Listen to "Safe And Sound" below. Follow CPR's OpenAir on Spotify for more playlists. 

South By Southwest Releases First Wave Of Artists For 2017 Music Lineup

San Fermin

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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.

The list includes the baroque pop act San Fermin, New York pop-punk duo Diet Cig and S U R V I V E, the band behind the soundtrack to Netflix's "Stranger Things."

See the full list below. SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19.

  • Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys
  • Agosto 
  • Alex Napping 
  • Rocky Banks 
  • Vera Blue 
  • Cory Branan
  • Allysen Callery
  • Alex Cameron
  • Laura Carbone 
  • Chain of Flowers 
  • Chain Wallet
  • Chelou 
  • Crater
  • Creepoid 
  • Diet Cig
  • Dubfire
  • Forth Wanderers
  • Colin Gilmore 
  • Henry Hall
  • Hard Proof
  • Hoops 
  • Jain 
  • Tameca Jones
  • King Cayman 
  • Alex Lahey 
  • Lazyeyes 
  • Carlo Lio 
  • Demi Louise
  • Elizabeth McQueen (EMQ and Psiplay)
  • Misimplicity
  • My Education
  • Never Young 
  • Agnes Obel 
  • Pastel Ghost 
  • Sara ∏ 
  • Polarheart 
  • The Quebe Sisters 
  • Ratboys
  • Running Touch 
  • San Fermin 
  • Oscar Key Sung
  • S U R V I V E 
  • Tasha the Amazon
  • Throttle
  • Adam Torres 
  • Trudy and the Romance
  • Wafia
  • Miss Lavelle White and the L Men
  • Yoke Lore 
  • Jesse Colin Young
  • Yung Gordon 

Watch San Fermin perform in our studio below.

OpenAir hosts San Fermin in the CPR Performance Studio on April 4, 2016.

Denver's Inner Oceans Release New Single 'Apparition'

Inner Oceans

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Denver band Inner Oceans will release their debut album, "I Don't Mind," on Sept. 16. This week they released a new single called "Apparition."

The song blends electronic percussion and synthesizer sounds behind a dream-pop melody. It features vocals from Denver artist Kitty Crimes and drum sounds from Bollywood Life. Give it a listen:

Hear OpenAir's feature on the "ghostly" sound Inner Oceans captured at their studio in Bailey, Colo. 

Inner Oceans performed in our studio recently for one of our OpenAir Sessions. Check out the full session, and watch the band perform the "I Don't Mind" track "WILD" below.

Riot Fest Denver Releases 2016 Music Schedule

Glenn Danzig will perform with The Original Misfits on Sunday night at Riot Fest Denver.

Riot Fest is back in Denver from Sept. 2-4. The music festival takes place at the National Western Complex (4655 Humboldt St.) for the second consecutive year.

Festival organizers today released the daily schedule for the 2016 Denver event. Artists will play across four stages starting at noon and ending at 10 p.m. each day.

Some notable overlapping performances include Gogol Bordello against Sleigh Bells and The Original Misfits against Nas, both on Sunday night.

See our photos from other recent music festivals in Colorado: Vertex Festival, the 2016 Underground Music Showcase and Westword Music Showcase.

Watch DeVotchKa -- who will perform Saturday at Riot Fest Denver -- perform "The Clockwise Witness" in our studio below.

Flobots To Kick Off Free Concert Series In Denver's Civic Center Park


(Photo: CPR / Michael Hughes)

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. 

Watch Flobots perform "Stand Up" in the CPR Performance Studio last year. 

OpenAir hosts Flobots in a performance of "Gonna Be Free." Recorded on July 15, 2015 in the CPR Performance Studio.

Watch more videos from the session.

Underground Music Showcase Again Expands 2016 Lineup

The Underground Music Showcase returns to Denver's Baker neighborhood July 28-31. The festival today announced more than 100 artists who will join the 2016 bill.

Highlights include Denver singer-songwriter Anthony Ruptak, experimental folk band Chimney Choir, punk rockers Colfax Speed Queen and more.

This year's UMS features national headliners Polica, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las and San Fermin. Notable Colorado performers include The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sound Of Ceres.

Watch Colfax Speed Queen perform "Hook" at Lost Lake Lounge. 

Colfax Speed Queen performs "Hooked" at Lost Lake Lounge on Feb. 20, 2016.

See the full UMS 2016 lineup below.

  • A Shadow of Jaguar
  • A. Tom Collins
  • Adia Victoria
  • Allah Las
  • Ambit
  • Ancient Elk
  • Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
  • Andy Hamilton & the Rocky Mountain Contraband
  • Andy Palmer and Grub St. Writer
  • Anthony Ruptak
  • The Assemblage
  • Automatic Iris
  • Bad Licks
  • The Baltic
  • Best Creeps
  • Bear Antler
  • Beat Soft Pop
  • Beautiful Machines
  • Birch Street
  • Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir
  • Jon Boland
  • Bollywood Life
  • The Born Readies
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • Bud Bronson and the Good Timers
  • Blake Brown 
  • The Bunny Gang
  • The Cabin Project
  • Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels
  • Champagne Charlie
  • Chemistry Club
  • Chimney Choir
  • Chocolate Diamond
  • Church Fire
  • Codename: Carter
  • Cold River City
  • Colfax Speed Queen
  • Confluence
  • Ian Cooke
  • The Corner Girls
  • Couches
  • Cōvergeist
  • Cowboy Dave Band
  • Cure for Gravity
  • Brent Cowles
  • Covenhoven
  • Crystal Ghost
  • D. Edward
  • Dangerous Friends
  • Dead Palm
  • déCollage
  • Dj Alf 45 + 1
  • Dirty Few
  • Rob Drabkin
  • Dragondeer
  • Drea M.
  • Dressy Bessy
  • Dusty Heart
  • Edison
  • Eldren
  • The Electric Sons
  • Emerald Siam
  • The Epilogues
  • Eros & the Eschaton
  • FL
  • Flaural
  • Fort Frances
  • Foxxes
  • Futurebirds
  • Gasoline Lollipops
  • Ghost Gone Quiet
  • Gin Doctors
  • Great American House Fire
  • Grim & Darling
  • Gun Street Ghost
  • Hands of Midnight
  • Hang Rounders
  • Helicopter Copter
  • Hello Odyssey
  • Helvetia
  • High Five
  • High Plains Honky
  • Holly Lovell
  • Holophrase
  • Hot Apostles
  • Hotel Bar
  • HR People
  • Hydraform
  • I Sank Molly Brown
  • I’m a Boy
  • Inner Oceans
  • Input
  • iZCALLi
  • The Jeffrey Dallet Band
  • Jesse R.S.
  • Josh Moorehead and the Guestlist
  • Just Say PLZ
  • Jux County
  • Kid Reverie
  • Kiel Grove
  • King Cardinal
  • The Kinky Fingers
  • Kissing Party
  • Kitty Crimes
  • The Knew
  • La Fin Absolute du Monde
  • Last Call Romance
  • Lawsuit Models
  • Lee Fields & the Expressions
  • Leigh West
  • Leon & the Revival
  • Loki Loke
  • The Lollygags
  • Lords of Fuzz
  • Los Retro 45
  • Low Lyers
  • LSD Bags
  • Luke Schmaltz
  • Mako1972
  • Male Blonding
  • Marshall Poole
  • The Maykit
  • Me Me Monster
  • Megafauna
  • Rod Melancon
  • Methyl Ethyl
  • Mike Mitchell
  • Mile High Soul Club
  • The Milk Blossoms
  • Modern Leisure
  • Montoneros
  • Montropo
  • Morning Bear
  • Mouse Powell
  • theMOVED
  • The Munsens
  • Muscle Beach
  • Nasty Nachos
  • Ned Garthe Explosion
  • New Mexican
  • Nightbrunch
  • Omni
  • One Flew West
  • Open to the Hound
  • OptycNerd
  • The Original Ills
  • orKa odyssey
  • The Other Black
  • The Outfit
  • Pale Sun
  • Palo Santo
  • Panther Martin
  • Party Hard
  • Patrick Dethlefs
  • Petals of Spain
  • Pizza Time
  • Plastic Daggers
  • Playboy Manbaby
  • Plum
  • Plume Varia
  • Poet’s Row
  • Poison Rites
  • Ponder the Albatross
  • Porlolo
  • Post Paradise
  • Povi
  • Professor Plumb
  • Promised Land Sound
  • Quantum Creep
  • The Raven & the Writing Desk
  • Remember the Radio
  • *repeat repeat
  • Residual Kid
  • Retrofette (fka lzrwlf)
  • RipRats
  • RL Cole and the Angels
  • Rod Melancon
  • Rowdy Shadehouse
  • The Royal
  • Rubedo
  • Shelly Rollison
  • Rootbeer and Mermantau
  • Roselit Bone
  • Rossonian
  • Matt Rouch
  • The Roxy Suicide
  • Safe Boating is No Accident
  • San Fermin
  • The Savage Blush
  • School Dance
  • Scott Schumann
  • Set Sail
  • Shady Elders
  • The Sharrows
  • Silver & Gold
  • SIR
  • Slow Caves
  • Smoke & Honey
  • So Pitted
  • Soft Skulls
  • Something Ground
  • Sophisticated Boom Boom
  • Sound of Ceres
  • South of France
  • Sam Lee
  • Space In Time
  • Space Suits for Indians
  • Sputnik Slovenia
  • StaG
  • Staying for the Weekend
  • The Still Tide
  • The Stonewalls
  • Strange Americans
  • Strawberry Runners
  • Sunboy
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Super Bummer
  • Sur Ellz
  • Tacocat
  • Teacup Gorilla
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Thick Business
  • Thousand Frames
  • Through the Mountain
  • Tisper
  • Tjutjuna
  • Tom Waits for No Man
  • Tomahawk Fox
  • Tommy Freed and the Sound
  • Tommy Metz
  • Transistor Send
  • Treehouse Sanctum
  • Turner Jackson
  • Turvy Organ
  • Tyto Alba
  • U.S. Tygers
  • Ultimate Painting
  • Unlikely Heroes
  • The Velveteers
  • Tana Victoria
  • Viretta
  • Kent Washington
  • Water Aerobics
  • We Are Not a Glum Lot
  • Wez
  • What Young Men Do
  • Wire Faces
  • Emily Wolfe
  • YaSi
  • The Yawpers