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  1. Mesita Takes A Break From Electronica For An Acoustic OpenAir Session

    James Cooley has spent eight years making electronic beats and melodies in his Littleton bedroom. He has self-released five albums and three EPs under the name Mesita. Cooley rarely performs live, but he recently stopped into our studio for a unique Mesita performance: Instead of electronica, he performed solo with acoustic guitar. He performed three songs from his catalog including the recent single "All Out In The Open," and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about his new album "Laniakea," exploring new pop music directions and the possibility of a Mesita tour.
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  2. Peter Bjorn And John Dive Into The Pop Music World With 'Breakin' Point'

    Peter Bjorn And John are now a decade removed from their breakthrough single, "Young Folks." However, the Swedish trio has remained consistently busy since then, and this year they released their seventh studio album, "Breakin' Point." The band worked on the record for five years with several producers, including Adele and Paul McCartney collaborator Paul Epworth. The result is a more pop-centric album than previous releases. In addition to performing four new songs in our studio, the band spoke with Alisha Sweeney about approaching the new album as a series of unique singles, the logistics of working with many producers on the same record and running the new INGRID recording studio and label in Stockholm, Sweden.
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  3. Brent Cowles Returns After You Me & Apollo To Launch His Solo Career

    Singer Brent Cowles took a big risk in late 2014 when he split up his Fort Collins-based band You Me & Apollo. He's now pursuing a solo career and shared some new songs in the CPR Performance Studio.
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  4. Watch: Three Classical Guitarists (Including Jason Vieaux) Play Music By Bach

    Check out these dazzling Baroque melodies, performed by Vieaux and Colorado guitarists Gabriel Balogh and Gwenyth Aggeler.
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  5. Inner Oceans Returns To OpenAir And Announces Plan For Debut Album

    Inner Oceans has had a steady rise since forming three years ago. The Denver experimental pop group received the "Best New Artist" of 2014 award from Westword and performed on the Underground Music Showcase main stage in Denver last July. The band has released only a few singles, but plans to release a debut album, "I Don't Mind," on Sept. 16. It will feature material they wrote and recorded during a month of seclusion in a studio outside Bailey. Inner Oceans returned to the CPR Performance Studio to play three synth-driven songs and spoke with OpenAir's Jeremy Petersen about how the band has developed its sound over the years and the details of their anticipated debut album.
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  6. DeVotchKa Teams Up With The Colorado Symphony Once Again

    The Denver band performed in our studio before their annual concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. They also gave a few hints about their forthcoming album.
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  7. Sound Of Ceres Aims For The Stars After Candy Claws

    Karen and Ryan Hover are the married duo behind Fort Collins band Sound of Ceres. They recorded three synth-pop albums as Candy Claws before venturing into ethereal space-rock territory with their new group. The Hovers recruited members of The Polyphonic Spree and Brooklyn indie rockers The Drums for "Nostalgia For Infinity," their debut album as Sound of Ceres. The band stopped into our CPR Performance Studio shortly before heading to Austin, Texas, for SXSW.
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  8. Matthew Logan Vasquez Of Delta Spirit Makes His Solo Debut

    Matthew Logan Vasquez spent the past decade fronting the California-based band Delta Spirit, which has released four albums. The band's music soundtracked the final scene of the television series "Friday Night Lights." Delta Spirit is currently on a break, but Vasquez isn't slowing down. He released his debut solo LP, "Solicitor Returns," in February and recently played a headlining show at Denver's Lost Lake Lounge. The album is Vasquez's attempt to move away from pure Americana-folk and into a rock 'n' roll sound.
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  9. Whiskey Autumn, Another Tiny Desk Contest Artist, Performs At OpenAir

    We first heard the music of Whiskey Autumn in the band's submission to NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. The Boulder trio's video for "Dog Days" introduced us to their smart, catchy electronic pop and we included it as one of our 10 favorite Colorado entries this year. The band played four songs at OpenAir and spoke with OpenAir's Jeremy Petersen about the production behind their Tiny Desk video, shifting from folk to electronic music and how R&B singer Frank Ocean inspired their sound.
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  10. Ra Ra Riot Blends Their Past And Present On 'Need Your Light'

    Syracuse, N.Y., band Ra Ra Riot returned to our CPR Performance Studio this month before a headlining show at Denver's Bluebird Theater. The band's fourth album, "Need Your Light," finds the group blending the string-laden baroque pop of their early catalog with the '80s synthesizer vibes of their more recent output.
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