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AfterFM Audio Archives

Explore our audio archives. Below you will find a directory of studio sessions, interviews, and features.

We also have archives of broadcast events including our extensive festival coverage of RockyGrass and Communikey.


Archives: Hauschka

Posted on April 22, 2014
Archives: Hauschka

Volker Bertelmann records under the name Hauschka. His expansive and delicate material orbits a universe centered by the prepared piano. We were lucky enough to spend some time with him during a visit to our Boulder studio in the Fall of 2007. Volker caught up with Marshall Demeranville and Kate Lesta for a live performance and interview. Our studio space has a dilapidated upright Baldwin piano that slumps with bad musical posture in the corner of the room... Volker loved it! He used it to make something uniquely Hauschka.



Archives: Andrew Bird

Posted on April 14, 2014
Archives: Andrew Bird

Shortly after the release of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew Bird and his band (including electronic artist and percussionist Martin Dosh) made their way into our studios for a live performance on the Afternoon Sound Alternative. Stephen Whitehead spoke with Andrew about his songwriting style, inspiration, and extraordinary whistling talent. The set ended with a rare tune, Dear Dirty, from his Fingerlings 3 release.



Local Gold: Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore

Posted on April 10, 2014
Local Gold: Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore

Local Gold: One fine Spring Sunday morning, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore made their way up to our studios to perform selections from their expansive discography and an unrecorded cover of a Dorothy Love Coates tune. We were excited to have them back live in our performance space.



Local Gold: Esmé Patterson

Posted on April 8, 2014
Local Gold: Esmé Patterson

Local Gold: Local Gold features some of the amazing talent right here in Colorado. Over the years we've had the good fortune to have regular visits from Esmé Patterson. Whether she is joined with her friends in Paper Bird or sharing material from her solo projects, it is always a treat to have her on our airwaves. Her latest visit features material from her second solo album Woman to Woman.



Archives: Bahamas

Posted on April 2, 2014
Archives: Bahamas

One of Canada's finest musicians, Afie Jurvanen, is best known by his stage name Bahamas. Following the release of his stunning second album Barchords in Spring of 2012, we obsessed over his tour schedule hoping for a date that might land him somewhere near Denver. Luckily one popped up that Fall and Afie and his back up singers agreed to take time out of their schedule to share a few tunes with us.



Local Gold: Madame Andrews

Posted on March 25, 2014
Local Gold: Madame Andrews

Local Gold: Madame Andrews passed away peacefully on Monday March 24th 2014. She was a Gospel legend who made Colorado her home. We were lucky to have her with us as a vibrant member of our musical community. She shared the message of Gospel music through her own performances and through the KGNU show she created over three decades ago - The Gospel Chime Hour.



Local Gold: Patrick Dethlefs & Eye and the Arrow

Posted on March 5, 2014
Local Gold: Patrick Dethlefs & Eye and the Arrow

Local Gold: Patrick Dethlefs & Eye and the Arrow stopped by for a live studio session on the Morning Sound Alternative with 99. When Patrick won studio time for $10 at a silent auction he asked Eye and the Arrow if they would be his band for the recording session. They had a different idea, "How about we give you $5 and we do a split EP?" - they still owe Patrick $5 but the resulting EP was the first showcase of a magical musical collaboration.



Archives: DJ Olive

Posted on February 25, 2014
Archives: DJ Olive

DJ Olive was the headliner at our 2009 Fundraising concert called Signal Strength. Before the event he stopped by the studios for a live set and interview. DJ Olive is an incredible selector and producer with a unique and abstract approach to dance music. His live sets are remarkable and at the Signal Strength fundraiser the room was electric as his set unfolded. Enjoy an archive of the afternoon broadcast.



Archives: Tinariwen

Posted on February 11, 2014
Archives: Tinariwen

Following the release of 2011's Tassili album, Tinariwen were in the midst of a North American tour when they made their way into our studios for a live radio session. The language barrier made it difficult for us to conduct an interview with them, but they shared three songs with us live on the airwaves and we all understood the message. Tinariwen is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.



Local Gold: Rubedo

Posted on February 5, 2014
Local Gold: Rubedo

Local Gold: The gentlemen of Rubedo have deep Denver roots going all the way back to grade school. They have released their album "Love Is The Answer" on Bandcamp with a name your price model that in their view eliminates any barriers of getting the music in the ears of music lovers. They stopped by the studio for a performance and interview on The Afternoon Sound Alternative with Wally.



Archives: Kid Koala

Posted on January 29, 2014
Archives: Kid Koala

Around the time of the release of The Slew's 100% album, Kid Koala made his way into our Denver studio for an interview and DJ set on three turntables. Kid Koala scratched up a batch of improvised versions of Skanky Panky, Robbing Banks (Doin' Time), and Audrey Hepburn's 1961 take on Moon River. In between, he covered topics ranging from his graphic novels to his ambitious puppet theater project, as well as how he has pioneered aspects of implementing the turntable as a true musical instrument.



Local Gold: Chimney Choir

Posted on January 22, 2014
Local Gold: Chimney Choir

Local Gold: Those completely unclassifiable minstrels of South Broadway, Chimney Choir, stopped by our studios for a live performance. They performed material from their release 'Compass' as well as an older gem from their mesmerizing repertoire. The group is just another example of the incredible talent we have here in the area.



Local Gold: Jeremy Mohney

Posted on January 22, 2014
Local Gold: Jeremy Mohney

Local Gold: Jeremy Mohney and his quartet made their way into the studios for a live session on the Kabaret show. The young group of musicians present a musical time machine to the past with their special blend of Hot Jazz and Swing. Here are some highlights from the broadcast. Hosted by George Figgs.



Archives: The Wood Brothers

Posted on January 8, 2014
Archives: The Wood Brothers

Enjoy an archive of a live performance from The Wood Brothers. The trio stopped by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'The Muse' and chat with host Barry Gilbert before their shows at The Fox and The Gothic. In addition to playing some beautiful music, the talk about their Boulder roots and Chris Wood's overlapping with Medeski Martin & Wood.



Interview: Femi Kuti

Posted on November 28, 2013
Interview: Femi Kuti

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, better known as Femi Kuti, is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi has continued the tradition of Afrobeat and continues to spread the infectious sounds and political messages of the music in Lagos and abroad. KGNU's Ewket Assefa had an opportunity to catch up with Femi on a recent visit to Colorado.



Archives: Matmos

Posted on November 24, 2013
Archives: Matmos

Explore the archives with this stunning studio session from Matmos. We were thrilled to have a visit from M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel in advance of a Communikey show at the Boulder Theater. After a brief interview and a quick highlight reel of their discography, we turned the airwaves over to them. What happened next was an hour of remarkable radio. Enjoy.



Artist Feature: The Velvet Underground

Posted on October 28, 2013
Artist Feature: The Velvet Underground

As we reflect on the passing of Lou Reed, we take a look back at the work of The Velvet Underground from an in-depth artist feature from June of 2012. A brief retrospective of the recorded work of The Velvet Underground.



Archives: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Posted on October 21, 2013
Archives: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

You can listen to an archive of a live performance from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down came by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'We The Common' and chat with host Erin Roberts. In addition to a number of amazing performances, Thao talks about how she's adapted to being a touring musician.



Archives: The Budos Band

Posted on September 21, 2013
Archives: The Budos Band

We had the honor of hosting The Budos Band at our live performance studio. The band came in after a now historic sold out show at the Larimer Lounge and played an incredible set of music. Joel Davis had a chance to catch up with the band and talk about their unique and deadly sound.



Local Gold: Ark Life

Posted on September 20, 2013
Local Gold: Ark Life

Local Gold: Listen to an in-studio performance from Ark Life. Ark Life is an incredible band that formed when a trip through Denver on route to New York turned into a very extended stay. Lodged in Denver and unable to move, the land-locked Ark is staying put gathering some of Denver's best musicians and bringing them on board.



Local Gold: The Blue Rider

Posted on September 20, 2013
Local Gold: The Blue Rider

Local Gold: The Blue Rider stopped by the KGNU studios for a live performance before the release of their vinyl EP. The band is named after either the controversial public art piece at Denver's International Airport or the fact that all of the band members have blue eyes. It's a mystery really. The one thing we do know for sure is this land-locked surf and psychedelic-infused local band kicks ass.



Interview: Ornette Coleman

Posted on September 10, 2013
Interview: Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman is a musical giant. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. His work as an improvisational musician and composer is monumental. KGNU's Sam Fuqua had a chance to speak with Ornette Coleman in the Fall of 2006, shortly after the release of his 'Sound Grammar' album.



Local Gold: Paper Bird

Posted on September 3, 2013
Local Gold: Paper Bird

Local Gold: Check out a recent in-studio performance from Paper Bird. It's always wonderful to have Paper Bird stop by our studios. Over the years we've had the pleasure of watching the band evolve musically. Along the way they've taken time to set-up shop in KGNU's live performance studio to share their latest songs. This particular performance showcased music from their latest album "Rooms" just before a Red Rocks performance.