Stephen Malkmus is a pivotal figure in indie rock music. He made some of the most acclaimed rock albums of the 1990s as frontman of Pavement, and continues to innovate with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. He released "Sparkle Hard," his seventh album with the Jicks, earlier this year. It's an eclectic record that showcases the quartet's musical versatility. Malkmus stopped by the CPR Performance Studio before a concert at the Gothic Theatre. He played stripped-down versions of four Jicks songs and spoke with Bruce Trujillo about watching the 2018 World Cup while on tour, the political themes on "Sparkle Hard" and how he keeps up with new music.
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.
Lindsay Jordan's music has been called "the future sound of indie rock."
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.
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.
Some playful sounds from a gifted young pianist.