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The Morning Sound Alternative

Diverse and eclectic sounds, on the mellow side.

09:30 am - 12:00 pm MT

with Brian Eyster

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  • Album: The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

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The Afternoon Sound Alternative

Diverse and eclectic sounds on the more adventurous side

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm MT


Local Gold: Colorado's Best Music

Since our very first broadcasts in 1978, KGNU has been dedicated to creating opportunities for local musicians to take over the airwaves. Local Gold highlights some of the greatest artists of our local community here on the front range of the Rockies. These in-studio performances and interviews give a small sample of the wealth of musical talent right here in the Denver and Boulder area. We strongly encourage you to explore these archives and get to know these amazing musicians.


Local Gold: Men In Burka

Posted on June 17, 2014
Local Gold: Men In Burka

Local Gold: On a very hot Friday the 13th in June, the Denver-based group Men In Burka stopped by our Denver studios to perform a couple of tunes and share an unreleased track with us. They talked about the origins of their unique sound and the response they have received from audiences locally and Internationally.



Local Gold: Gregory Alan Isakov

Posted on June 9, 2014
Local Gold: Gregory Alan Isakov

Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend some time with Gregory Alan Isakov. He's certainly no stranger to the KGNU studios, having performed multiple times over the years. On this occasion, we caught up with him about his writing style and approach to instrumentation. We also spoke about his collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and the challenges of performing with an orchestra.



Local Gold: The Plates

Posted on May 30, 2014
Local Gold: The Plates

Local Gold: Stero-Lion (Vocals), Jeep MacNichol (Percussion), and Ian Anderson (Bass) of The Plates came by our studios to demonstrate their live sound in advance of their first live show at the Lion's Lair on June 26, 2014. The band played 'Best in the Land' and 'Boombox Vibin' from their debut release Punky Reggae.



Local Gold: The Railsplitters

Posted on May 27, 2014
Local Gold: The Railsplitters

Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend a little time with The Railsplitters on KGNU's Old Grass Gnu Grass show. They shared a few live tunes and spoke with Brian Eyster about how they collaborate as a band and their developing sound. Their first release is out and showcases their balanced and emerging style.



Local Gold: Grant Farm

Posted on May 23, 2014
Local Gold: Grant Farm

Local Gold: We had a chance to catch up with Grant Farm in the studios in advance of their show at The Fox Theater on Wednesday May 28th. They demonstrated their patented Crisco™ beat during a live studio session and managed to make our dilapidated upright Baldwin sound like magic. Tonja Loendorf hosted the studio session.



Local Gold: Clouds and Mountains

Posted on May 12, 2014
Local Gold: Clouds and Mountains

Local Gold: The wonderful band Clouds and Mountains made their way into our studios for their first ever live radio session. I suppose you could call this the worldwide radio debut of the new songs from their forthcoming release, possibly called Ultrasound. We spoke with the members of the band about their songwriting process and the musical manifestation of their friendship.



Local Gold: Itchy-O Marching Band

Posted on April 29, 2014
Local Gold: Itchy-O Marching Band

Local Gold: The mysterious inter-dimensional marching band hive known as Itchy-O paid a visit to our studios to produce a live sound scape and share tracks from their forthcoming album. The band's new release will be coming out on Alternative Tentacles later in 2014. Itchy-O's performance art project has expanded to 40 members over the years and continues to mesmerize and intermittently terrify Denver residents. Gavin Dahl hosted the proceedings.



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.



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.



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