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  1. Snapshots From Westword Music Showcase 2017: Shakey Graves, Cut Copy, Bob Moses

    The annual day of music in Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood hosted more than 75 bands at a dozen venues.
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  2. Joe Sampson Performs With Esmé Patterson And Friends At CPR's OpenAir

    Joe Sampson has been a mainstay in the Denver music scene for years. He's played in bands like Bad Weather California and Wentworth Kersey and also releases music under his own name. His latest release is last year's "Chansons De Parade" album. Sampson stopped by the CPR Performance Studio with a few backing musicians -- including singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson on vocals. He performed four songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about his various musical projects over the years, writing short songs and a memorable review from an Italian blog.
    CPR's OpenAir · Story
  3. Flaural Returns To CPR's OpenAir After A Successful Year

    When Flaural visited our studio in 2015, the Denver psych-rock band had just formed a few months beforehand and played only one show. But the band members had established specific goals: release some EPs, go on tour and play some festival dates. Flaural has since accomplished each of those goals and established themselves in the Denver music scene. The band members returned to CPR's OpenAir to play some new music and speak with Jeremy Petersen about staying busy during their first full year as a band, their recent recording sessions in California and their ambitions for the new year.
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  4. Watch: 9 Artists To Check Out At Westword Music Showcase 2017

    We've filmed performances from artists like Shakey Graves, YaSi and others set to perform at the festival on Saturday.
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  5. Whippoorwill Channels The Spirit Of Texas On 'Good To Be Around'

    The core songwriting duo behind Whippoorwill met at the 2013 South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Alysia Kraft and Staci Foster began sending each other songs and last year made their debut album "Good To Be Around." The Fort Collins folk band expanded to a trio and shared the stage with acts like Lydia Loveless and Old Crow Medicine Show. Whippoorwill stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play three new songs. The band members also spoke with Alicia Bruce Mitchell about the music scene in Fort Collins, the influence of Texas country artists and encountering a series of tornadoes on a recent tour in Oklahoma.
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  6. 7 Songs For FoCoMX 2017: A Colorado Music Sampler From CPR's OpenAir

    Download and stream songs from Colorado acts like Slow Caves, The Velveteers and Stella Luce -- all of whom will perform at FoCoMX in Fort Collins this month.
    CPR's OpenAir · Blog Post
  7. Pan Astral Returns To CPR's OpenAir With New Lineup

    The members of Pan Astral have stayed busy since they visited the CPR Performance Studio last year. The Denver band has recruited a new drummer and written some new material. Frontman Gabriel Otto produced the politically charged "NOENEMIES" album from fellow Coloradoans Flobots -- which also features contributions from guitarist Tad Lusk. Pan Astral returned to our studio before a show at Denver's Walnut Room to play a few songs from its catalog. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about retooling its lineup, working with Flobots and incorporating live projections into their concerts.
    CPR's OpenAir · Story
  8. The Kinky Fingers Perform Surf Rock-Inspired Songs At CPR's OpenAir

    Self-described "surf" band The Kinky Fingers might reside in a landlocked state, but its reverb-heavy guitar licks bring to mind the classic California Sound. The Denver quartet has released a number of EPs since forming four years ago, and its new release "Worst Of" collects those songs onto one record. The Kinky Fingers stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some new songs. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the decision to re-release old songs, their recent recording sessions in New York and some tour stories from Mexico.
    CPR's OpenAir · Story
  9. The Patient Zeros Expand To A Trio For New EP

    The Patient Zeros originally hail from Lansing, Mich., but moved to Denver in 2012. The blues-rock trio last year released the album "Sirens Calling" and is scheduled to perform at Denver's Underground Music Showcase in July. They band also plans to release a new EP in August. The Patient Zeros stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some songs from "Sirens Calling" and some older songs. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about establishing themselves in Denver's music scene, the recent addition of bassist Michael Raymond and tackling relationship issues with their lyrics.
    CPR's OpenAir · Story
  10. Holophrase Blends Rock, Electronica And Hip-Hop On 'Stay Being'

    Holophrase has crafted music that blurs the line between art rock and experimental electronica for five years. The Denver band last year released the album "Stay Being," which features glitchy synthesizer sounds, horns and guest appearances from members of fellow locals Wheelchair Sports Camp. Holophrase stopped into the CPR Performance Studio and played three songs from "Stay Being." The band members also spoke with Scott Carney about the turtle-starring music video for "Alligatron," recording the album at Denver's Dryer Plug Studios and collaborating with bassist Juan Alderete of The Mars Volta.
    CPR's OpenAir · Story