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.
The Underground Music Showcases Reveals Initial Music Lineup For 2016
The Underground Music Showcase returns to Denver's Baker neighborhood July 28-31. Festival organizers today announced its initial headliners and a selection of Colorado artists who will perform over the event's four days.
National 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.
Colorado highlights include The Yawpers, Strawberry Runners, Sound of Ceres, Flaural and more.
See the full list of UMS 2016 artists below.
Thee Oh Sees
Lee Fields & the Expressions
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bunny Gang
Promised Land Sound
The Raven & the Writing Desk
Sound of Ceres
South of France
The Still Tide
Watch The Yawpers perform "Doin' It Right" in the CPR Performance Studio below.
LCD Soundsystem Announces Two Reunion Shows At Red Rocks
Electronica act LCD Soundsystem has announced two reunion shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison this summer. The shows are set for Aug. 2 and 3 and will feature openers Savages and Museum of Love.
LCD Soundsystem split up in 2011 after releasing three acclaimed albums. The band played its first reunion show on Sunday and is set to perform at major music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo this year.
The band previously performed at Red Rocks in 2007 with Arcade Fire.
SXSW 2016: Watch Performances From Lucius, Anderson .Paak And More
Thousands of artists flooded Austin, Texas, last week for another South By Southwest music showcase. While chronicling every SXSW performance would be a Herculean feat, NPR Music was on the scene to film many of the shows.
We've highlighted a few of their selections below, including rapper Anderson .Paak, a "SXSW Lullaby" from indie pop band Lucius and more.
(Note: Some of these videos contain profanity.)
Mitski (Full Performance)
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals: "Green Light"
Charles Bradley: "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)"
NPR Tiny Desk Contest: Colorado's Rossonian Featured As Runner-Up
NPR Music recently announced the winner of its second Tiny Desk Contest: singer and violinist Gaelynn Lea of Duluth, Minn.
More than 6,000 artists from around the country submitted original videos for the chance to perform at NPR headquarters in Washington. Denver's Rossonian was among those artists, and NPR Music today highlighted the band's entry as one of "10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Loved."
NPR Music writes:
Rossonian's entry, "Love In A Wasteland," was unique from basically every angle. Everything about lead singer Seth Evans' pants is superlative. The band's cosmic R&B is delightfully strange. And it even managed to play behind an exceptionally tiny desk. Yet perhaps the most singular element of this entry happens off-screen and takes less than a second. They recorded at Blue Silo in Colorado near the train tracks, and you can hear a train rush past at 1:04. It's the only thing that grounds this extraterrestrial band firmly in our earthly realm.
Watch Rossonian's submission above.
NPR's article also highlights an entry filmed in southwestern Colorado. The submission from New Mexico artists Def-i And The Delbert Anderson Trio was shot in Cortez:
Want To Record An Album With Flobots? Here's Your Chance
The members of Denver hip-hop band Flobots are working on a new album of protest music, "NOENEMIES," and they want your help.
The band will host an open choir recording session Saturday at Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church in Denver. Participation is free and open to all ages. The recordings will be used on the forthcoming Flobots album.
The session will also feature members of local music groups 303 Choir and Gora Gora Orkestar. Get more details here.
Watch Flobots perform "Stand Up" in the CPR Performance Studio below.