Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz owns some 100 arenas, stadiums and clubs on five continents through his Anschutz Entertainment Group. AEG is also part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and other sports teams. But not necessarily for long. AEG is up for sale. Contributing Editor to Rolling Stone Steve Knopper talks to Ryan Warner about what a sale could mean for the concert business. Listen here at cpr.org.
Good things happen to good people and it looks like ultra-nice Denver band Churchill has received fantastic news; the five-piece acoustic rock band lead by Tim Bruns have been signed to A&M Octone Records.
A&M Octone boasts such acts as Bombay Bicycle Club, Maroon 5 and K'Naan, is based in New York and is part of the Universal Music Group. The label will quickly distribute Churchill's newest EP The Change nationally and beef up their touring schedule in support of the release.
Congratulations to Churchill!
Hot time, summer in the city! With temps in Denver above 100 well before July and continuing throughout the summer, it's the perfect time to hop in the car and chill with some tunes. <b>All within a short drive, these music festivals will make yours a summer to remember.
August 3-6 - Hullabaloo Music Fest - Omaha, NE
Drive from Denver: 8 hours
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, That 1 Guy & more.
August 4 - LOHI Music Fest - Denver, CO
In Denver! Perfect if you can't take time off but need a festival fix.
The Motet, Air Dubai, Rob Drabkin, Filthy Children & more.
August 4-5 - Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival - Keystone, CO
Drive from Denver: 1.5 hours
Head For the Hills, Oakhurst, Haunted Wind Chimes & more.
August 11 - Maha Music Festival - Omaha, NE
Drive from Denver: 8 hours
Conor Oberst, Garbage, Delta Spirit, The Mynabirds, Dum Dum Girls & more.
August 24-26 - Ride Festival - Telluride, CO
Drive from Denver: 6.5 hours
The Lumineers, Ben Harper, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Nathaniel Rateliff & more.
August 31-September 3 - Camp Fest - Georgetown, CO
Drive from Denver: 1 hour
Air Dubai, My Body Sings Electric, Signal Path & more.
September 14-16 - Telluride Blues & Brews Fest - Telluride, CO
Drive from Denver: 6.5 hours
The B52's, Heartless Bastards, Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends.
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Earlier this month when Passion Pit began canceling shows scheduled for their summer tour, it appeared Colorado was safe. With two shows slated for early August - at Red Rocks and Fox Theater, respectively - ticketholders began questioning if, indeed, the show would go on.
Well, the show will go on, at Red Rocks at least, but without Passion Pit. Double headlined with dance-rock group Justice, the lineup will no longer include Passion Pit for the August 7th show in Morrison. Citing mental health concerns, lead singer Michael Angelakos is instead focusing on his wellness at this time.
by Kegan Warner
Jack White confirms Radiohead has recorded at Third Man Records. During their show at Bonaroo last month, Radiohead's frontman Thom York eluded to a collaboration between the two by dedicating a song to White during their set. This set into motion a pavlovian response from fans.
Jack openly addressed the rumor by confirming that Radiohead had spent some time recording at Third Man Records, but that he was not involved.
Fifteen minutes feels like the blink of an eye when you finally get the opportunity to ask Wilco's Jeff Tweedy everything you've always wanted to know. But when fifteen minutes is what you've been gifted, you make the absolute most of it. During a mid-morning phone chat, OpenAir's morning show host Alisha delved into the life behind Wilco's frontman, covering more than just music. Listen as Tweedy talks about fatherhood, working with his musical heroes, young bands that inspire him, starting a label and why he loves playing in Colorado. They also exchange laughs about if he'll come do a weather forecast on OpenAir and his likeness in the animated "Dawned On Me" music video (where they hang out with Popeye and friends)!
Hear our interview below and catch Wilco at Red Rocks Amphitheater Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd.
Beloved Denver retro-pop band Dressy Bessy stopped by OpenAir for a chat and a performance! The band formed in 1997 and over the years have released fun, sugar-coated, indie-pop albums that have long kept them one of the most fun bands to see live in Denver. Thier songs have been featured on the soundtrack to cult indie film But I'm A Cheerleader as well as the Emmy-award winning television show Grey's Anatomy.
The long-time Denver band just released two new singles "Hey Alice" and "Little Pieces" for a new Summer Singles Volume 1 progressive album that will be digitally released over the course of the summer on the band's website. The band says, "The Summer Singles collection will keep you dancing all summer with releases in May, July and a back to school single in September." The band hopes to later release these singles on vinyl.
While they were in the OpenAir studio, morning show host Alisha Sweeney talked to them about their rich musical history in Colorado and internationally, including catching the eye of legendary BBC host John Peel in 2003 and recording a Peel Session with him. Plus they play three great live songs from their deep catalog.
When Danielle Ate The Sandwich turned to Kickstarter to fund the making of a new album, fans responded by donating $16,236 to the cause. The total far exceeded the original $6,000 goal and frontwoman Danielle Anderson's expectations. Now the forthcoming record is complete, bringing the Fort Collins quartet back to the OpenAir studio to perform four brand new songs.
Danielle and her bandmates also spoke to Corey about the new album, which is titled "Like A King" and drops on June 5, and a new music video, which premieres on YouTube that same day. OpenAir presents the Danielle Ate The Sandwich CD release show in Denver at the Bluebird Theater on Sunday, June 10.
See below for a first look at their brand new music video for "Faith In A Man".
On the eve of its new album's release, local sextet Fingers of the Sun stopped by OpenAir for an exclusive performance. The Denver band, which creates psychedelic indie pop, played some unreleased material and two brand new songs from "The Sleepy EP".
Members of Fingers of the Sun also chatted with Corey about the new record, their involvement with the local Hot Congress artist collective, and an upcoming tour.
Music legend John Peel lives on (not as a hologram, sorry), but through an impressive new project that invites you to sift through his record collection online.
The longtime, beloved BBC Radio 1 broadcaster amassed a record collection for four decades with more than 26,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and thousands of CDs. Thanks to The John Peel Centre of Creative Arts and their collaboration with The Space, you can explore Peel's home studio as if you were a guest in his house pulling each record out of his alphabetized stacks.
The collection will be online from now until October 2012 and you can watch documentary videos and home movie footage, view photos, and even listen to Peel Sessions and clips of his old radio broadcasts. Each week more records will be revealed from his grandiose collection.
The most wonderful part and what makes this really worth exploring is you can mouse over the spine of each record and view it along with a pop-up window of more information on the album and Peel's own hand-typed index cards with notes about them too, where available.
As Peel magically used to say, "I just want to hear something I haven't heard before," and I gurantee you will find yourself discovering something new. Keep it Peel.