Vic N' The Narwhals released their debut EP, "Los Narwhals," earlier this month. The Denver surf-rock quartet writes songs about heartache in both English and Spanish. The band also resides in and helps manage the Denver-area D.I.Y. venue Ursa Minor.
Rowan Kerrick released the "Foolish" EP last month. The record is an autobiographical collection of songs inspired by a recent breakup. The classically-trained singer-songwriter recorded it in New York, though she recently moved back to her hometown of Denver. Kerrick visited the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from "Foolish." She also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how recording the EP was therapeutic, her time at Denver School of the Arts and how she went from playing classical music to writing her own songs.
Modern Leisure is the indie rock project of Denver musician Casey Banker. He's a veteran of the Colorado music scene who previously played in Shady Elders and fronted The Don'ts and Be Carefuls. His new band, which released the album "Super Sad Rom-Com" last month, makes music with folk influences and a laid-back summery sound. Modern Leisure visited the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from the new album. Banker also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about mixing humor and sadness on the new songs and working with Denver producer Jeff Cormack.
Paul DeHaven has visited the CPR Performance Studio on several occasions, both as a member of Paper Bird and Eye & The Arrow. Earlier this month the Colorado musician released his debut solo album, "King of Gold." DeHaven performed three songs from "King of Gold" in our studio accompanied by guitarist Blake Stepan. He also spoke with Bruce Trujillo about scrapping the first batch of songs he wrote for the album, how Paper Bird's breakup affected his music career and why he loves putting out music on cassette tape.
Dirty Few released the new EP, "Volcom Sessions," last month. The Denver garage rock quintet recorded it at the California headquarters of the skate and surf apparel company Volcom. It's an energetic record that's representative of the band's potent live show. Before a release show at Denver's Larimer Lounge, Dirty Few returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2015. The band played three songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about teaming up with Volcom, hiring a "party manager" and embarking on a West Coast tour.
Down Time released its debut EP, "Good Luck!," last year. The record features five lo-fi indie pop songs that the group itself describes as "grandma jams." The Denver indie rock band has since expanded from a trio to a five-piece and is at work on new material. Down Time stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a concert at Larimer Lounge. The band played four songs and spoke with Bruce Trujillo about expanding its sound with new members, working on a full-length album and filming a concert at Denver's Alamo Drafthouse movie theater.
Check out photos from our on-the-ground coverage of the Denver music festival last weekend.
Check out videos from Los Mocochetes, Wildermiss, The Velveteers and more before their sets at this weekend's festival.
Joel Van Horne released his third album as Covenhoven earlier this month. "A Kind Of Revelation" came from the Denver musician's writing sessions while touring along the Pacific coast of California, Oregon and Washington. The album blends the contemplative folk of Covenhoven's previous work with vivid orchestral string parts. Covenhoven returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2015. Van Horne and his seven-piece backing band played three songs from "A Kind Of Revelation" and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how his brother's death affected the arc of the album and how the natural world inspires his music.
The downtown concert venues will temporarily close for renovations this summer.