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.
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)"