1. Colorado Sound Music Meetings – Here’s a chance for you to let us know what you think about new music. Join us at Avo’s in Ft. Collins on Thursday, September 19, in Loveland on October 10 and Boulder on November 6!
2. Ride at the Boulder Theater on October 4 – Imagine putting your band “on hold” so you can go play bass for Oasis. That’s what Andy Bell did! Now he’s back with Ride, playing Boulder on October 4.
3. Colorado Sound & Vision film series – Now The Colorado Sound can be visual too! Our Sound & Vision film series at The Lyric Cinema has already screened films on Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Joni and more! Stay up to date on the latest additions to the series at LyricCinema.com
4. Baseball post-season– Of course I want to see the Rockies play in October. But if they don’t, this baseball fan will still enjoy watching games unfold, no matter the teams!
5. Ticket-stub door mats – A friend of mine has 2 of these with his favorite Springsteen show stubs for all to see as they come in his front or back door. I’d need about 200 doors to show all the stubs from my fave shows! Search ‘Ticket Stub Doormat’ at Etsy.com to check it out.
1. The Stooges turns 50 – One of the albums that laid the groundwork for punk is 50 years old. To celebrate, Stooges frontman Iggy Pop is releasing a new album this year. The man is a machine!
2. Kiltro – This Colorado band is wonderfully talented, self-described asChilean Folk music. Check out their new song “The Hustle” on 105.5 The Colorado Sound or at kiltromusic.com
3. Lloyd Cole’s new album Guesswork– Lloyd Cole made his bones in the 1980’s with his band The Commotions, playing distinctive jangle pop. His new synth-infused album is really good.
4. More Fun In The New World: The Unmaking And Legacy Of L.A. Punk – Co-authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia pick up where they left off with Under the Big Black Sun. On volume 2 of this history of L.A. punk, they explore the years 1982 to 1987.
5. The 25th Anniversary of the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock – Everybody is reminiscing about Woodstock’s 50th so check out the Woodstock ’94 celebration! It was a mix of original Woodstock performers and the hottest musicians of 1994. Plus, Woodstock ‘94 was marred only by mud, not Fred Durst, audience violence, fires or rape allegations like Woodstock ’99 sadly was.
1. Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari– I love this new album! Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. The Berklee graduate composes beautiful soundscapes with an uplifting vibe that’s easy to love! Go see him live at the Ogden October 2.
2. Penny & Sparrow: Finch– Austin songwriting team Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke craft solid folk-pop tunes with beautiful harmonies and smart lyrics. If you need a last-days-of-summer vibe, slip this on and pay close attention to ‘Don’t Wanna Be Without You’. They play November 16 at The Gothic Theater.
3. Jon Batiste: Anatomy of Angels – This live album from a six-night residency at the Village Vanguard in New York features terrific covers: Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” and Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You” featuring Rachel Price of Lake Street Dive. The original compositions here show why Batiste was awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 32.
4. Cuco: Para Mi– U20 year-old Cuco, aka Omar Banos told Rolling Stone he’d only sign to a label if he could have full artistic control under whatever terms he wanted. The bravado worked. Interscope signed the bedroom popstar to a seven-figure deal! See him September 19 at the Mission Ballroom.
5. Mission Ballroom – Wow! By nature, I’m suspect hype, but here, it’s well warranted. The new Denver venue is stunningly good, from the design, flow and vibe (with great art) to the utilitarian, big bathrooms and plenty of bar space. September highlights: Maggie Rogers, Brandi Carlile, Atmosphere, Cuco (see above), Of Monsters and Men, Social D and two nights of The National.
1. Charley Crockett: The Valley – Crockett’s new album is awesome. The first single “Borrowed Time” is especially fitting considering he underwent emergency open heart surgery this past January. Good uplifting music with a healthy dose of twang.
2. Football Season – Things have gotten so bad with my football addiction that I tuned into the recent Hall of Fame Game to watch third-stringers get called for false starts and it’s made My5 two months in a row. Best of luck this season whoever your team may be.
3. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino’s new movie cements his place as the leading director in Hollywood. This is one of those movies that delivers with strong acting, attention to detail, great dialogue and a killer soundtrack.
4. Amy Lavere: Painting Blue – You may have seen Amy Lavere on the big screen playing the role of Wanda Jackson in I Walk The Line or with Samuel L. Jackson in Black Snake Moan. She’s also an amazing musician, both as a member of Motel Mirrors and on her own. Her latest album Painting Blue blends Folk, Blues and Americana.
5. Ken Burns: Country Music – The name Ken Burns is practically synonymous with his genre. His latest documentary is another stellar example of the power of film. Country Music shares the history of the genre from its’ humble beginnings in Music Row to where it is today. Even if country isn’t your cup of tea, this series will hold your attention and earn your respect.