And check out photos from last week's Tiny Desk Contest On The Road concert at Denver's Globe Hall, featuring Izumi and Colorado acts Audible, Ivory Circle and Los Mocochetes.
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The free live music event takes place Aug. 10-12 in downtown Fort Collins.
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After a five-year hiatus, Wolf Parade released the new album "Cry Cry Cry" last fall. The Montreal quartet -- led by the songwriting duo of Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug -- picks up right where it left off with a collection songs of featuring mystifying lyrics and uptempo rock rhythms. Wolf Parade stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a concert at the Ogden Theatre. The members played four songs from "Cry Cry Cry" and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the band's growth since reuniting in 2016, how they wrote Wolf Parade songs during the hiatus and how the indie rock music industry has changed since the band's early days.
Super Bummer released its debut album, "Big Ambition," last month. The quartet hails from New Mexico and currently resides in Denver. The album features midtempo rock songs influenced by '90s indie music and surf-rock, as well as occasionally downcast lyrics in line with the band's name. Super Bummer recently played some songs from "Big Ambition" in the CPR Performance Studio. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about working with the Colorado indie label Grouphug and how they connected with Denver's music scene.
Ivory Circle caught some national attention this year with a remarkable submission to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest. The Denver band's video for "Never Let Me Go" -- which features multiple images of band members spliced into one shot -- made a list of the contest judges' favorite entries (and our list as well). That video landed them a spot on last week's Tiny Desk Concert bill with contest winner Naia Izumi. Ivory Circle recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2014. The band members played three songs -- including "Never Let Me Go" -- and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about about why their EP titles are named after triangles, the long process of arranging their vocal harmonies and what the exposure from NPR Music has done for the band.
The music festival returns July 27-29 to Denver's South Broadway neighborhood.
After two years of nonstop touring, the Spanish band sings about the less glamorous side of the musician lifestyle on its sophomore album.
The band also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about working with producer Danger Mouse, the political themes on the album and why the new songs are so danceable.
Meghan Remy and her seven-piece backing band played a few songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about expanding the band's sound with more musicians, sampling hip-hop songs on the new record and mixing angry lyrics with upbeat music.