Greater Than Collective

Watch: Shakey Graves, Denver’s Esme Patterson play “Dearly Departed” on Conan

It has been quite the week for Greater Than Collective artists. On Monday, Denver comedian Andrew Orvedahl made an appearance on the "Tonight Show," and on Tuesday Esme Patterson joined Shakey Graves for a performance of "Dearly Departed" on "Conan." Patterson stood side-by-side Shakey Graves' Alejandro Rose-Garcia front and center on the Conan stage as the two played through the track off "And the War Came" (which was released last week).

Esme Patterson leaves Paper Bird

Vocalist Esme Patterson is parting ways with folk and indie-pop band Paper Bird, the band announced on its website today. "After 8 years of working with the wonderful Esme Patterson, we recently decided to split paths," the band posted.

VIDEO: Ark Life brings the spirit of the road to debut album, “The Dream of You & Me”

Ark Life’s drummer Ben Desoto keeps time on the steering wheel as he drives his bandmates on U.S. 36 from Denver toward Boulder. In the back of the white Ford E-350, Anna Morsett, Lindsay Giles and Natalie Tate huddle around Jesse Elliott and his acoustic guitar, warming up their voices with “Proud of Me Out There, Mama.” As a view of Boulder’s Flatirons fill the windshield, Elliott sings, “If it means over mountains dragging deserts to the river.” But, seeing the slabs of rock jutting from behind the city skyline he points and shouts, “look at those mountains,” and finishes the lyric, “then I’m moving again.” Since forming in early 2013, the Denver band has traveled around in this van to 150 shows.