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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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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Ryan Tedder Shows His Support for Governor Hickenlooper by Mocking Him

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Ryan Tedder tells Governor Hickenlooper that he is not singing real notes.
Governor John Hickenlooper has always been a supporter of Colorado's music scene in both words and action. His passion meets his willingness to laugh at himself in a new video created by his campaign wherein OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (a Colorado native and resident) tries to teach him "Counting Stars." It does not go well -- observe:

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Watch John Hickenlooper play banjo with Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks

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Screenshot from YouTube user Justin Kraft
Word is getting around now about Governor John Hickenlooper's surprise guest appearance last night during Old Crow Medicine's show at Red Rocks. He played banjo, sang some harmonies and even took the lead for a brief verse on an old blues classic, "CC Rider."

The Governor posted a message on Twitter shortly thereafter: "Just crossed 'play banjo with Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks' off my bucket list." There you have it. There are a few ways to play on one of the world's most famous stages: Become a musician famous enough to fill a 9,000 seat venue, or just get elected governor of Colorado. Too easy. There are a few videos out there at the moment, none of them spectacular. We like this one, from YouTube user Justin Kraft, the best. He's far away, but he spends most of the song focused on the big screen to the right of the stage.

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Premiere: The new "Culture" video from hip-hop collective Planes!

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From the "Culture" video, which you can watch below.
Denverites Adrian Garcia (A-Trax), Lennard Daniels (Lennyx Dublyn) and Jeremy Barnes (JT) make up the core of the hip-hop collective Planes! The three have all been rapping since they were young, in the last few years started working together.

"It just kind of came together," Garcia said. "Everybody compliments each other well."

The group has a total of about ten people, including producers, photographers, DJs and others who allow them to keep all of their operations in the family. They all use the moniker, though the artists on each of their songs and albums differ. The new song "Culture" features only Garcia and Barnes as part of their forthcoming 94 mixtape. We're debuting the video below -- it was filmed in three days by Darion Sanchez (D-Mainya), the filmmaker of the group, and edited in two days by Garcia.

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Kissing Party gets in the holiday spirit with Winter In the Pub, a new EP and two videos

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Meet the Ice Man, from Kissing Party's "Pretty Lights" video

Every Christmas for the past four years, Kissing Party has released a song in honor of the holiday, but this year, the band has put together an entire EP. Cheekily titled Winter in the Pub, the digital platter, which contains past songs along with two new ones, can be downloaded directly from the band's website. The music, which isn't too far removed from the Party's usual winsome, sometimes melancholy pop confection, has church bells, strings and sleigh bells to give it the right holiday-season sonic trappings.

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