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The Afternoon Sound Alternative

Diverse and eclectic sounds on the more adventurous side

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm MT

with Barry Roark

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  • Artist: The Chills
  • Track: I Soar
  • Album: Submarine Bells

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AfterFM Afternoon Mix

An AfterFM mix of music for your afternoon.

3:00 pm - 7:00 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: 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: 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: 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.



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: 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.



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: 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: 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: 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: 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.



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