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The Morning Sound Alternative

Diverse and eclectic sounds, on the mellow side.

09:30 am - 12:00 pm MT

with Doug Gertner

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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.


Now Playing: Covenhoven (Part 1)

Posted on March 25, 2015
Now Playing: Covenhoven (Part 1)

Now Playing - Season 2 / Episode 1: In this episode of the program meet Joel VanHorne, the man behind Covenhoven, and hear the memories and stories from his family cabin that inspired one of the most beautiful records of 2014. Watch performances from the Walnut Room and dodge Audis in RiNo. AfterFM is a proud collaborator of Now Playing and its look at the live music scene in Colorado.



Local Gold: Gasoline Lollipops

Posted on October 22, 2014
Local Gold: Gasoline Lollipops

Local Gold: Just before the release of 'Death' their second installment of a three part EP series, Gasoline Lollipops joined us in the studio for a live musically stripped down session. Clay Rose and Donny Ambory debuted selections from the new EP with a set that included Devil's in the Ace, Longest Night, and Fast Train. The band are no strangers to our studios and we we're thrilled to have them take over our airwaves once again.



Local Gold: Chimney Choir

Posted on October 30, 2014
Local Gold: Chimney Choir

Local Gold: With time running out on their crowd funding campaign to record their dream album, Chimney Choir made a triumphant return to our studios for a live performance of some of their new unrecorded material.



Local Gold: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Posted on November 7, 2014
Local Gold: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Local Gold: In advance of their 11/14/14 CD release concert at the Gothic Theatre, we caught up with Hayley Helmericks of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to chat about their album. We premiered "The Breath and the Glow" from Totem. Hayley discussed the process the band went through to create the highly anticipated new recording.



Local Gold: Elephant Revival

Posted on November 8, 2014
Local Gold: Elephant Revival

Local Gold: We had a chance to visit with Elephant Revival just before their two night stand at the Boulder Theater as part of their "Birds of a Feather Autumnal Ball" with Paper Bird and Horse Feathers. The band played a few tunes and spoke about the development of new material as well as the challenges of performing in a fuselage.



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: Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels

Posted on January 28, 2015
Local Gold: Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels

Local Gold: We had an opportunity to have Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels in for a live performance. We celebrated their latest release 'Honky Tonk Bastard World' - a release of all original material. We also spoke with Casey about his Country roots and carrying the torch of Gram Parsons into the 21st Century.



Local Gold: Itchy-O Marching Band

Posted on February 24, 2015
Local Gold: Itchy-O Marching Band

Local Gold: Eighteen members of the Itchy-O collective performed live at our studios. We've had visits from Itchy-O in the past but never had we attempted to capture one of their live performances. At long last, here is the evidence from that session. Members of the group spoke with Nat about their upcoming Gothic Theater performance.



Local Gold: Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Posted on March 1, 2015
Local Gold: Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Local Gold: We've been lucky enough to have several visits from Danielle Ate The Sandwich over the years. She's performed live during one of our live broadcasts from the early days of the Underground Music Showcase and has stopped by our performance studio on a number of other occasions. On her most recent visit she shared a few tunes, including an unreleased song that she wrote for the new documentary of Edith Lake Wilkinson called Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.



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.



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