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Divide Music Festival: New Winter Park Event Announces Music Lineup

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Add another name to the list of new Colorado music festivals: Divide Music Festival is set for July 22-24 in Winter Park.

Festival organizers today announced the inaugural music lineup. It features Kid Cudi, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Passion Pit, Blondie and more. 

Camping will be available for festival attendees. Additional Colorado acts will be added to the lineup later.

Divide is the latest new music festival in Colorado. Vertex Festival in Buena Vista and Project Pabst in Denver will also hold inaugural events this year. 

See the full Divide lineup and watch the video for Kid Cudi's "Pursuit Of Happiness" below.

LCD Soundsystem Announces Two Reunion Shows At Red Rocks

LCD Soundsystem will reunite to headline this year's Coachella Festival.

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.

Read NPR's review of the first LCD Soundsystem reunion show in New York City.

Watch the video for LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge":

Lollapalooza Announces 2016 Music Lineup

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

Lollapalooza, the annual music festival in Chicago, has announced its music lineup for 2016. 

This year's headliners include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Disclosure and Lana Del Rey.

Denver's Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Flume, Grimes, M83, Leon Bridges, Bloc Party and many more will also perform at the four-day event, which takes place July 28-31.

Check out the full Lollapalooza 2016 lineup

Watch Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats perform "Thank You" in the CPR Performance Studio below.

OpenAir hosts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats in a performance of "I Just Want to Thank You." Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on December 18, 2014. Watch more videos from the session.


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)"

Lucius: "Dusty Trails"

Read about Colorado's musical presence at this year's SXSW, including Dressy Bessy, The Yawpers and Sound of Ceres.

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:

Read our roundup of 10 favorite Colorado Tiny Desk Contest entries -- which includes Rossonian -- and listen to OpenAir's Alisha Sweeney chat with CPR News's Ryan Warner about the many Colorado submissions in 2016.

New Colo. Music Festival Vertex Announces Inaugural Lineup

Alabama Shakes

The inaugural Vertex Festival comes to Buena Vista Aug. 5-7. Organizers today announced the initial music lineup for the outdoor event. 

Highlights include Seattle electronica duo Odesza, roots-rockers Alabama Shakes, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Houndmouth and more. 

Vertex will offer camping passes for the three-day event. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Check out the full music lineup so far:

  • Odesza
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Trey Anastasio Band
  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
  • Big Wild
  • Classixx
  • Dawes
  • Dopapod
  • Duke Dumont
  • Fruition
  • Graham Nash
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Houndmouth
  • Jai Wolf
  • Robert DeLong
  • Ryan Hemsworth
  • Seven Lions
  • SunSquabi
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium
  • The Revivalists

Read our "Recommended If You Like" feature about Alabama Shakes.

Want To Record An Album With Flobots? Here's Your Chance


(Photo: CPR / Michael Hughes)

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.

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.


Record Store Day Announces 2016 Releases; Over 30 Colo. Stores To Participate

Record Store Day 2016 takes place April 16. The annual music event's organizers announced this week the batch of exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in independent record stores worldwide.

Highlights include the David Bowie singles "TVC15" and "The Man Who Sold The World," Patti Smith's "Horses Live Electric Lady Studios," alt-J's "Live At Red Rocks" and more. See the full list of Record Store Day special releases. 

More than 30 record stores in Colorado will participate in this year's festivities, including Twist & Shout Records and Wax Trax in Denver, Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo in Boulder and Independent Records in Colorado Springs.

Check out all Colorado stores participating in Record Store Day 2016.

Read about "Live At OpenAir Live At The UMS 2014," our exclusive vinyl release from Record Store Day 2015.

Watch the video for alt-J's "Left Hand Free" below.

New Denver Festival To Feature Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Courtney Barnett

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Project Pabst is a music festival that began in 2014 in Portland, Ore. It expands this year to three new cities, including Denver.

The inaugural Denver music event takes place May 21 on Larimer Street in Denver's RiNo neighborhood.

The roster includes Colorado's Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, soul man Charles Bradley, alternative veterans Violent Femmes and more. View the full lineup.

Watch videos of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Courtney Barnett performing in the CPR Performance Studio below.

OpenAir hosts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats in a performance of "I Just Want to Thank You." Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on December 18, 2014. Watch more videos from the session.

Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on July 1, 2014.

More videos from the session.

Gordon Gano Of Violent Femmes Praises Denver Music Ensemble, Restaurant

Gordon Gano of alternative rock band Violent Femmes moved to Colorado a few years ago. In a recent inteview with The Guardian, he showed some love for two local cultural establishments.

Gano picked Denver 's El Taco De Mexico as his current favorite restaurant, citing "the best cheese enchilada I’ve ever had." 

He also praised a recent performance of George Crumb's "Black Angels" by Denver's Playground Ensemble. "I think it’s beautifully written with all this air and space," Gano says. "It’s not an onslaught of dense madness; there’s a real intelligence to all these different sounds that are happening."

Listen to CPR's recent story on the Playground Ensemble's collaboration with composer Loretta Notareschi. The group performed the piece alongside "Black Angels." 

Watch the video for Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" below.