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Six More Colorado Artists Added To 2017 Treefort Lineup

Wheelchair Sports Camp

Treefort Music Festival today announced the second wave of music acts performing at this year's event in Boise, Idaho. It more than doubles the number of Colorado artists on the bill.

In addition to the previously announced Colorado bands, Treefort 2017 now includes:

  • Wheelchair Sports Camp
  • ​Dressy Bessy
  • OKO Tygra
  • Porlolo
  • Bad Licks

Other additions to the lineup include London rapper Kate Tempest, Toronto indie pop band Alvvays, Atlanta punk band The Coathangers and teenage rockers Residual Kid from Austin, Texas.

Treefort 2017 takes place March 22-26. See the full lineup.

Listen to our Inside Track feature on Dressy Bessy.

Watch Wheelchair Sports Camp perform "Mary Had A Little Band" in our studio below.

King Khan Curates Art Exhibit At University Of Colorado Gallery

King Khan

(Photo: Sash Stamatovski)

Arish Ahmad Khan -- better known as King Khan -- has always taken care to incorporate striking visuals into his live shows. While performing with The Shrines and The King Khan & BBQ Show, Khan dons outrageous costumes and engages in sometimes scandalous behavior.

The garage rocker -- now two decades into his music career -- takes his artistic skills off stage this winter. He's teamed up with Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Belfast designer Michael Eaton on a new art exhibit that's coming to the University of Colorado's Colorado Springs campus.

"The Black Power Tarot" is a collection of tarot cards created by Khan that features 26 images of notable African-Americans. Subjects include musicians Andre 3000, Billie Holiday and Curtis Mayfield. Each is assigned a different "role" in the tarot deck.

A selection of images from "The Black Power Tarot."

(Photo: courtesy of UCCS)

The exhibit opens Jan. 13 at UCCS's GOCA 121 gallery (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs) with a live tarot reading event and talk from Khan. It runs through April 1.

Watch the video for King Khan & The Shrines' "Bite My Tongue" below.

Coachella Reveals Music Lineup For 2017

Kendrick Lamar

(Photo: Merlijn Hoek)

Coachella is bringing some marquee names to Indio, Calif., for the 2017 edition of the annual music festival. Headliners include Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar.

The festival will also feature Lorde's first performance in over a year. Other notable artists on the bill include Bon Iver, the xx, Father John Misty, New Order, Devendra Banhart, Kaytranada, Warpaint, Mitski, The Lemon Twigs, The Avalanches and Denver band Tennis.

Coachella takes place over two weekends: April 14-16 and 21-23. See the full 2017 lineup at the festival website.

Listen to our Inside Track features with 2017 Coachella artists Whitney and Devendra Banhart.

Watch Tennis perform "Never Work For Free" in our studio below.

OpenAir hosts Tennis in a performance of "Never Work for Free." Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on April 16, 2015.

Watch more videos from the session.

Chairlift Announces Split On Twitter


(Photo: courtesy of the artist)

Chairlift -- which formed at the University of Colorado in Boulder -- today announced it will disband following a string of tour dates next spring.

The pop duo -- singer Caroline Polachek and producer/multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly -- delivered the news Friday morning via Twitter. The tweet details Polachek's plans to pursue a solo career and Wimberly's plans to work as a full-time record producer.

Read it below. 

Chairlift this year released its third album, "Moth." The duo spoke with us shortly after the album's release for our Inside Track podcast. Listen to that feature.

The band also performed at CPR's OpenAir in 2012.

Watch Chairlift's video for the "Moth" single "Ch-Ching" below.

New Punk Rock Festival Coming To Denver's Baker Neighborhood

OpenAir hosts SPELLS in the CPR Performance Studio on Feb. 12, 2016.

Watch more videos from the session.

Music festivals tend to pop up in the summer, but you may need a winter coat for the newest Denver fest.

The inaugural Don't Panic Fest takes place in Denver's Baker neighborhood Feb. 17 and 18. More than 20 punk rock bands will play at three South Broadway venues -- Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Mutiny Information Cafe.

Along with national headliners Off With Their Heads and Ray Rocket, there's a sizable presence of Colorado acts on the lineup. Highlights include Denver bands SPELLS, Dirty Few and Allout Helter. 

Watch SPELLS perform "80% Is Good Enough" in the CPR Performance Studio above.

See the full Don't Panic Fest lineup below.
  • Off With Their Heads
  • Ray Rocket (from Teenage Bottlerocket) 
  • The Raging Nathans  
  • Allout Helter 
  • Dirty Few  
  • All Waffle Trick 
  • Black Dots  
  • Cheap Perfume 
  • Cunnilingus 
  • Flight Kamikaze 
  • Jack's Smirking Revenge 
  • Lawsuit Models 
  • Major Sports 
  • Muscle Beach 
  • Pueblo Escobar  
  • Shiiii Waaaa  
  • The Blackeyed Saints  
  • The Ghoulies  
  • The Larimers  
  • The Sleights  
  • The Swindlin Hearts  
  • The Windermeres

Fort Collins Band Slow Caves Signs To Old Flame Records

Slow Caves

(Photo: courtesy of the artist)

Fort Collins quartet Slow Caves has signed to the Cincinnati-based label Old Flame Records, which will release the band's EP "The Desert Minded" on March 10. 

The band is led by brothers Jakob and Oliver Mueller, who are natives of Denmark. They performed last year in the CPR Performance Studio and appear on the most recent episode of "OpenAir Live & Local."

Old Flame Records has released music by Cloud Nothings, Ski Lodge and Potty Mouth.

Treefort Music Festival last week announced Slow Caves is one of five Colorado acts set to perform at the 2017 event in Boise, Idaho.

Watch Slow Caves perform "2Hrs!" in our studio:

OpenAir hosts Slow Caves in a performance of "2Hrs!" Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on March 2, 2015.

Watch more videos from the session.

Treefort Music Festival Announces First Wave Of 2017 Artists; Includes 5 Colorado Acts

Mac DeMarco performs "Still Together" and "Without Me" backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 31, 2016.

Treefort Music Festival today announced the initial wave of artists performing at the 2017 event. It takes place March 22-26 in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Headliners include Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, STRFKR and Lower Dens. The lineup also includes five Colorado artists, all of which have performed in the CPR Performance Studio:

See the full lineup for Treefort 2017.

Watch video of Mac DeMarco performing backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for CPR's OpenAir above.

Watch The Outfit perform "Camilla" in our studio below.

Denver's Edison Added To 2017 South By Southwest Music Lineup

South By Southwest announced this week the second wave of artists that will perform at the 2017 music showcase. 

The list includes acts like British rock band Temples and California indie pop band Avi Buffalo. It also features one act from Colorado: Denver folk-rock trio Edison.

Edison released its debut album, "Familiar Spirit," in September. Watch the band perform a song from that record -- "Tie Me Down" -- in the CPR Performance Studio above.

Listen to Edison's full performance for OpenAir Sessions from earlier this year. 

SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. See the full list of 2017 music showcase artists. 

Vertex Festival Will Not Return To Buena Vista

The Vertex 2016 entrance in Buena Vista, Colo.

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

Vertex Festival will not return to Buena Vista in 2017, the Denver Post reports

Organizer Madison House Presents announced yesterday that it will not host a 2017 edition of the festival. The statement follows reports of noise complaints and a rejected three-year permit application for Vertex to stay in Buena Vista.

The inaugural Vertex took place last August. It brought 8,000 attendees to the mountain town with a diverse music lineup featuring electronica act Odesza, rockers Alabama Shakes and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash.

Check out our photo coverage of Vertex 2016.

Watch the video for Odesza's "Say My Name" below and listen to our Inside Track feature on the duo.

Tyler Despres Of Science Partner, Gin Doctors Has Died

Denver musician Tyler Despres of Science Partner and Gin Doctors has died. He was 34.

A post on the Gin Doctors Facebook page reads that the guitarist and singer passed away yesterday.

Despres played in Dualistics before forming Science Partner with members of Kitty Crimes and The Swayback. The band performed at CPR's OpenAir in 2013.

More recently, Despres co-founded Gin Doctors, a band that covered '90s alternative rock acts like Weezer, Green Day and The Cranberries. They performed at this year's Underground Music Showcase in July.

Watch Science Partner perform "Animal" in the CPR Performance Studio below.