Curta is the alias of Denver MC Jake Danna who performs and records with producer 4Digit. The duo creates an unconventional take on hip-hop by adding elements from industrial, noise and electronic music. Their latest release is the "Click Bait" EP which features a guest verse from Chicago rapper Serengeti. Curta stopped by the CPR Performance Studio last month for a performance and interview. The two musicians played four songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the origins of their collaboration, their love for spoken word performances and where they fit in the Denver music scene.
CPR Performance Studio
The Colorado Pubic Radio Performance Studio provides a stage to showcase the depth and variety of both classical, and new and independent music coming to, and from, Colorado. CPR's OpenAir also offers a podcast of interviews and performances from select musicians, and additional performances from the archive available here.
Megan Fong has been active in Denver's music scene for nearly a decade. She previously fronted Bonnie & The Beard and now makes music with her band Florea. Last month the quartet released its self-titled debut album, which continues in the blues-rock vein of Fong's previous work. Florea stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before its album release show to play four songs. Fong also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about starting Florea after Bonnie & The Beard's dissolution, signing with Americana label Roll The Jax and the band's upcoming tour.
Singer and guitarist Jay Mars started the psychedelic rock band King Eddie while living in Detroit. He's since moved to Denver and teamed up with members of Colorado bands like The Still Tide and déCollage. This month the quintet released its second album, "Holographic Universe." King Eddie stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before the release show for the new LP. Mars and his band played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about getting acquainted with the Colorado music scene, putting on shows with virtual reality headsets and working with the Denver art collective Moon Magnet Music.
Jade Bird released her debut EP "Something American" in June. Praise for the London singer-songwriter soon followed: Just a month later Rolling Stone named her as one of "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know." Her music also includes elements of folk, blues and punk. Jade Bird stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a Denver show with Son Little. She played three songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about her musical upbringing, her first impressions of the U.S. and her recent performance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."
Yes We Mystic makes dynamic indie rock with hints of electronic and classical music. The quintet recently visited Colorado from Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of the Canadarado music exchange program. That effort brought four Canadian acts to Denver and Fort Collins this month to perform with three Colorado artists. Yes We Mystic stopped by the CPR Performance Studio to share some music from its recent album "Forgiver" as well as some new songs. Band members Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele also spoke with Scott Carney about the difficulties of touring in Canada, the Winnipeg music scene and their expectations for playing in Colorado.
The members of Low Cut Connie are well acquainted with the CPR Performance Studio. The Philadelphia band gave us an energetic performance last year and followed that up with a session in June. Frontman Adam Weiner stopped in earlier this month for a solo session, which we featured live on our Facebook page. Weiner played a few songs on guitar and piano. He also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the band's forthcoming "Dirty Pictures (Part 2)" album, playing a tribute show to the late Tom Petty and getting a call from Elton John.
Kayla Marque introduced us to her blend of folk, soul and hip hop in late 2015 with a session in the CPR Performance Studio. Since then the Denver singer-songwriter has released her debut album, "Live & Die Like This." She's also formed a backing band and played some notable Colorado shows, including this year's Westword Music Showcase. Kayla Marque and her band returned to our studio before a pair of Colorado gigs. She played three songs and spoke with Bruce Mitchell about her musical growth since her last visit, working on her next album and playing a fundraiser show for the local domestic violence shelter SafeHouse Denver.
The Australian quartet returned to Denver this month after releasing its sophomore LP.
Wildermiss is a new band from three former members of Red Fox Run, which split last year. They teamed up with singer Emma Cole, who adds a pop sensibility to the band's energetic riff-driven rock. The Denver quartet releases the EP "Lost With You" with a show tonight at Larimer Lounge. Wildermiss stopped into the CPR Performance Studio this week. The band members played three songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the Red Fox Run split, how they write music via group texts and performing on the Main Stage at this year's Underground Music Showcase in Denver.
Shenandoah Davis has strong ties to Colorado. She attended high school in Boulder and earned a music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. The singer and pianist now calls Seattle home and recently released "Souvenirs," her third album of classical-inspired pop music. Davis and her band visited the CPR Performance Studio this month before a show at The Ubisububi Room. Davis played four songs from "Souvenirs" and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about returning to Colorado, her classical music upbringing and why she spent six years on the new LP.