Ivory Circle caught some national attention this year with a remarkable submission to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest. The Denver band's video for "Never Let Me Go" -- which features multiple images of band members spliced into one shot -- made a list of the contest judges' favorite entries (and our list as well). That video landed them a spot on last week's Tiny Desk Concert bill with contest winner Naia Izumi. Ivory Circle recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2014. The band members played three songs -- including "Never Let Me Go" -- and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about about why their EP titles are named after triangles, the long process of arranging their vocal harmonies and what the exposure from NPR Music has done for the band.
The band also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about working with producer Danger Mouse, the political themes on the album and why the new songs are so danceable.
Meghan Remy and her seven-piece backing band played a few songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about expanding the band's sound with more musicians, sampling hip-hop songs on the new record and mixing angry lyrics with upbeat music.
Paul Kimbiris & The Dark Side of Pearl released the new "May Day" EP earlier this month. Kimbiris has garnered comparisons to Bob Dylan and Gregory Alan Isakov for his lyrical storytelling and folk-inspired music. The new record features a louder rock sound from his band, named for the main street in the singer-songwriter's home of Boulder. Kimbiris and his band recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2014. They played four songs and Kimbiris spoke with Bruce Trujillo about how a trip to Spain inspired his new music and performing at a Bob Dylan tribute show at eTown Hall in Boulder.
Darren Garvey spent the last two years as the percussionist for Colorado folk group Elephant Revival. That band recently went on hiatus, but Garvey is staying busy with his solo singer-songwriter music. Next month the multi-instrumentalist will release his latest album, "Heart Attack Sleeves," and he performs June 29 at the Walnut Room with Tough Old Bird and Perry West. Garvey stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some of his own material on guitar and piano. He also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about producing his own records, his goal to share a new song online every week in 2018 and why Elephant Revival is taking a break.
Gasoline Lollipops have a busy 2018 schedule. The Boulder country-rock band will perform at several Colorado summer music festivals including Grandoozy and ARISE as well as a free concert at Levitt Pavilion Denver in July. The quartet released its latest album, "Soul Mine," late last year. Gasoline Lollipops recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio a year after their first visit. The band played four songs and bandleader Clay Rose spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the soul-searching period of his life that inspired "Soul Mine," recording much of the album alone and his plans to write and record music with his mother.
Oxeye Daisy released its self-titled debut album last week. Led by singer and guitarist Lela Roy, the Denver quartet's sound is an intersection of pop and psychedelic rock that's both dreamy and rugged. Oxeye Daisy stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs, including two cuts from the new album. The members also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about their love for 1990s pop artists like The Cranberries and Enya and recording the album in a warehouse.
Jess Parsons released her debut solo record, "Murmuration," last week. The singer and ukulele player has been active in Denver's music scene as a member of Glowing House, Bluebook and Kyle Emerson's band. The five-song EP finds Parsons taking the traditional folk sound of her previous work in a more ethereal direction. Parsons stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play three songs from "Murmuration." She also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recording the EP live to tape in Boulder, working on a collection of nursery rhymes with Julie Davis of Bluebook and how playing with other Denver bands influences her own work.
The band members played four songs and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about their website that generates Spotify playlists for airplane passengers, recording "Con Todo El Mundo" in a barn and why they don't have a lead vocalist.
Erika Wennerstrom has visited our studio before with her Americana-rock band Heartless Bastards. This year, the singer and guitarist took a break from that band to release her debut solo album, "Sweet Unknown." Inspired by a trip to the Amazon rainforest, the record features a more psychedelic sound for Wennerstrom, whose robust vocals are always a riveting aspect of her music. Wennerstrom returned to the CPR Performance Studio last month before a show at Denver's Globe Hall. She played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how taking a break from Heartless Bastards helped her songwriting, writing the album on a camping trip in West Texas and how she connects with people through music.