Last Of The Easy Riders released their new LP "Unto The Earth" with a concert last Saturday at Hi-Dive. The members of the Denver band met through Craigslist and bonded over a love for classic country-rock. They blend that genre with modern psychedelic rock influences on songs like "It Won't Be Long" -- which is featured on our latest Colorado Music Sampler. Last Of The Easy Riders stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some songs from the new record. The members also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about their collaborative songwriting process and the significance of their band name.
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Boulder rockers The Velveteers released their self-titled debut EP this week. The sibling duo of singer/guitarist Demi and drummer John Demitro gained a large following last year: They played to packed houses at the 2017 Westword Music Showcase and Underground Music Showcase, and Westword readers voted them Colorado's "Best Rock Band" for their high-octane blend of punk and garage rock. The Velveteers stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs with additional drumming from Noah Shomberg of The Yawpers. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about their first international tour, the challenges of being a young rock band in Boulder and how the film "Edward Scissorhands" influenced the new EP.
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The episode also features music from The Blue Rider, Sawmill Joe and The River Arkansas.
Jeremy Petersen highlights some of his favorite new songs for the latest Waking Life playlist. Listen along on Spotify.
Typhoon's fourth album, "Offerings," tells the story of a man whose memory is slowly disappearing. Frontman Kyle Morton, who visited our CPR Performance Studio for a solo set four years ago, drew on his experience in the age of information for the record's 14 songs. The Portland, Ore., octet adds a vast sound of rock instruments, strings and field recordings to accompany the often bleak lyrics. Morton and his bandmates played three songs from "Offerings" in our studio along with an older cut. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how the album's story came together, the effect of modern technology on memory and the origin of some of the unusual sounds on "Offerings."
Experimental folk band Chimney Choir and dance troupe Wonderbound collaborated in 2015 on the show "Boomtown," with the former providing music for the latter's ballet performance. The two Denver entities clearly enjoy working together: They'll team up once again on the new production "Aphrodite's Switchboard," which debuts this month. The show centers around a telephone switchboard operator and incorporates elements from ancient Greek mythology. Chimney Choir stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to give us a preview of the music from "Aphrodite's Switchboard." The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about getting more experimental with the new production, using tarot cards for songwriting inspiration and how their music shaped the show's choreography.
The episode also features music from HVN and déCollage.
Noah Gundersen released his third album, "White Noise," last September. It marks a shift in the Seattle singer-songwriter's folk music. Gundersen brings in a backing band on several songs to give the record a fuller, uplifting rock sound -- though he includes some plaintive piano ballads as well. Gundersen visited the CPR Performance Studio accompanied by his sister Abby on violin. He played stripped-down versions of two songs from "White Noise" along with a new B-side. He also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the decision to retool his sound, reconnecting with his siblings by playing music together and learning to embrace his early musical output.
Listen to the pop duo's song selections with a Spotify playlist.
The spotlight episode features six songs from the Denver band filmed in our performance studio.