Jen Korte has spent years in Denver's music scene performing with her band Jen Korte & The Loss, which Westword readers named the best folk band in the Mile High City earlier this year. But she shows off a new musical side as Lady Gang. It's a solo hip-hop project where Korte plays all the instruments. Korte recently brought Lady Gang into the CPR Performance Studio. She played four songs and spoke with Bruce Trujillo about how getting a loop pedal inspired the new music, finding her voice in the Colorado music scene and the importance of diversity at local music shows.
Edison will release the "Lion's Heart" EP at the end of this month. It's the first release from the Denver band since releasing its debut full-length in 2016. It's also the trio's final record, as Edison will split up following a farewell tour this fall. Edison stopped into the CPR Performance Studio for one last OpenAir Sessions performance. The band members played some new music and spoke with Bruce Trujillo about the decision to end Edison, writing the EP during a residency at Fort Collins' Music District and highlights from their last three years on the road.
Singer-songwriter Bevin Luna released the album "Baby Dragon" in April. The Fort Collins musician writes and plays music with her brother Gabe. Her band's guitar riff-driven rock music is influenced by her family's Southern upbringing and Caribbean heritage. Bevin Luna visited the CPR Performance Studio to play some new songs. She and her brother also spoke with Bruce Trujillo about their musical upbringing, how they collaborate as siblings and their favorite bands from Fort Collins.
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.
Phil Pirrone leads JJUUJJUU with a rotating cast of backing players. The Los Angeles psychedelic rock band recently released its debut album, "Zionic Mud." It's heavy on reverberated vocals, fuzzed-out guitar licks and intriguing song titles like "Italian Toothpaste." JJUUJJUU stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a show at Denver's Lost Lake. The band played two songs and Pirrone spoke with Bruce Trujillo about how he started playing music, the many collaborations on "Zionic Mud" and running the California music festival Desert Daze.
Brazilian Girls this year released the album "Let's Make Love," the pop band's first since 2008's Grammy-nominated "New York City." It features the eclectic dance sound the quartet became known for in the early 2000s. The album came together over the course of several years, with recording sessions in Istanbul, Paris, Madrid and New York. Brazilian Girls visited us in the CPR Performance Studio last month. The quartet played three songs from "Let's Make Love" and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recording the album all over the world and the romantic themes behind the new songs.