Paper Bird frontwoman branches out

Boulder, Colorado, native Esme Patterson helped found Denver's Paper Bird, a folk collective that found regional success about 10 year ago. But a solo career has allowed Patterson to spread her wings beyond Paper Bird's folksy origins, as she now incorporates grittier bits of indie-rock and pop into her songwriting, which is all the better for it. Her 2016 album, We Were Wild, is proof. (Safe bet)