Ten of the Best Colorado Music Videos of 2014

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Screenshot taken from Wheelchair Sports Camp's "Dance Off" video.
As artists find more and more creative ways to deliver their music to fans, music videos have left MTV (left it completely, in fact) and become the territory of local creative communities. The medium is much richer for it, as tons of clips produced this year in Colorado prove. A few (but by no means all) of our favorites are below.

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Video: Ian Cooke on TEDxMileHigh

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From Ian Cooke's TEDxMileHigh performance.
Ian Cooke is a Denver treasure, a musician whose lengthy career here has proven him as talented as he is creative. The cellist and band leader has always been an ambitious writer, but he took his story telling to new levels with "Cassowary & Fruit Bat," a song with an accompanying short film and book.

His next album, which comes out in the spring, will focus on dinosaurs -- a project sure to be particularly thoughtful and elaborate in his hands. For a recent appearance on TEDxMileHigh, however, Cooke focused on older songs: "Monster," "Music" and "Fortitude." Watch the performance below.

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A Post-Election Song by Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Fiorino: "Heal Our Great State"

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From the "Healing Hymn" video.
Singer, dancer and aspiring politician Paul Noel Fiorino.
Colorado is now a week removed from a bitter campaign season. Some things changed (Senator-Elect Cory Gardner), some things stayed the same (Governor John Hickenlooper) and some things are eternal, like the millions spent on attack ads, distressingly low voter turnout and Paul Noel Fiorino.

The unaffiliated former dancer was making his third bid for the Governor's mansion. He did not have a particularly good election day, earning fewer than one percent of the votes. But now he wants us all to move on, a message he advanced in a song "launched at daylight savings time" over the weekend. Let Fiorino's "Healing Hymn" wash over you:

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Good Things Happen to People Who Write Songs About Peyton Manning

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From the "She Loves Peyton Manning More Than Me" music video.
John Stevens Jr started writing songs at age 15 to try and process the death of a friend. He's been playing music in Indiana for 30 years, but it wasn't until he sat down at his kitchen table early this year with the intent to make his friends laugh that he found that little breakthrough so many artists never achieve.

The song is a simple ditty called "She Loves Peyton Manning More Than Me." He uploaded the home video to YouTube two weeks before the Super Bowl, and I bet you can already guess how it got from there to, say, a music blog in Denver, Colorado.

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Gregory Alan Isakov's New Video Features Stop-Motion Animation From Laura Goldhamer

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Brandon Marshall
Isakov practicing with the Colorado Symphony last year

If you're familiar at all with Colorado music, then the name Gregory Alan Isakov is certainly familiar. A force in modern day folk, this South African born, Colorado transplant has been making most in music take notice at whats happening in the Colorado music scene. Isakov is back with a new video for "Amsterdam," and it's a stop-motion animated one, created in part by another well-known Denver musician -- Laura Goldhamer, who's used animated videos as part of her live shows for years.

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This Month's Open Music Sessions Performance Will Feature the Dirty Few

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Tonight, Westword, Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective will co-hosting a live performance by Denver's Kitty Crimes at the Denver Open Media studios at 7th and Kalamath.

It's a continuation of our Open Music Sessions, where we will create several videos based on regular live tapings of exceptional bands from Colorado and beyond. The critical thing to know right now, however, is that this Friday, October 3, the Dirty Few will play a show in the heart of the Sante Fe Arts District. Admission is free and beer and snacks will be available by donation. Doors are at 7 and the taping starts at 8; you can RSVP via Facebook.

See also: Introducing Open Music Sessions, a live video series featuring bands of all genres

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Video: Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Dunafon and Wyclef Jean Rap About Cages and Pot

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From "The Trap" video
You know Mike Dunafon: Mayor of Glendale, married to the owner of Shotgun Willie's strip club, libertarian candidate for Colorado governor. He may not have a political resume with quite as much heft as his opponents, current governor John Hickenlooper and congressman Bob Beauprez. But he does promise to make things interesting by doing things like, say, recording libertarian hip-hop lullabies with former Fugee and aspiring candidate for Haitian president Wyclef Jean. You can (and really, really should) watch it below.

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Premiere: Tommy Brown's "Intro Music" Video

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From the "Intro Music" video.
Denver rapper Tommy Brown's latest release, Covered in Gold 24k, has caught ears in the city and outside it since its release this summer. The first video from it premiered on The Source, and we're happy to debut the latest visual today on Backbeat. Watch below.

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The Gondola Sessions Will Make You Long for Winter in Colorado

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From Nathaniel Rateliff's Gondola Session.
Filming live music outdoors can present all kinds of problems, from moving clouds obstructing your light to changes in the wind messing with your sound. But if it all works out, you have the opportunity to give the music a remarkable backdrop. With The Gondola Sessions, filmmaker John Austin set out to use Colorado's majestic Rocky Mountains as the setting for intimate acoustic sets from artists like Nathaniel Rateliff, G.Love and Keller Williams -- each performing within a moving gondola.

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Jack White's New Music Video Was Filmed at Denver's Cruise Room

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Image via the "Would You Fight For My Love?" video.
Jack White has just released the second music video from this year's Lazeretto, and it's set right here in Denver. The clip was filmed during White's stop through town last month at the Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel. The art-deco bar provides the backdrop for a pensive White ordering a drink and finding new depths in brow-furrowing; watch below.

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