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.
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The Hollow formed in 2013 and released its self-titled debut EP two years later. Since then, the Denver rock band has been fairly quiet while retooling its sound and lineup by recruiting former Epilogues drummer Jason Hoke. The quartet is back this year with the guitar-heavy EP "Contact," recorded in Evergreen, Colo. The Hollow made its debut in the CPR Performance Studio earlier this month. The band members played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the new lineup's first year together, using drones to film the music video for "Sleep Talkin'" and how writing their music is therapeutic.
Grayson County Burn Ban features members of Denver rock bands Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, The Kinky Fingers and Ned Garthe Explosion. The quintet dubs its blend of rock and Americana "campfire country," which features pedal steel guitar along with typical rock 'n' roll instruments. Last week the band released its debut album, "Better Neighbor." Grayson County Burn Ban stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs. The members also spoke with Bruce Mitchell about the band's origin, why they love country music and their involvement with Denver nonprofit Youth On Record.
Since playing a session in our studio last year, iZCALLi wrote and recorded its fourth album. The Denver rock band released "IV" last week with a show at the Bluebird Theater. The self-produced record finds the band expanding from a trio to a quintet and continuing to blend English and Spanish lyrics with Latin and psychedelic music. iZCALLi played three songs from the new album in the CPR Performance Studio. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about expanding its sound with strings and horns, integrating Latin rock into Denver's music scene and their experience as U.S. immigrants over the past year.
Nicole Atkins' fourth album follows her move from New Jersey to Nashville. The singer-songwriter adds some country and soul flavor to her music on "Goodnight Rhonda Lee," with lyrics inspired by her newfound sobriety. She recruited members of the Dap-Kings to play on the new LP, which she told Rolling Stone took three years to write but just five days to record. Atkins stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from "Goodnight Rhonda Lee." She also spoke with Scott Carney about how moving affected her songwriting, finding musical inspiration from her dreams and writing two songs with Chris Isaak.
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