The Colorado Sound’s My5 – January 2020

by BandWagon Magazine

1. The Colorado Sound’s new Box Office If you haven’t heard, we’ve made it even easier for you to get free show tickets. Check the new Ticket Giveaways page at (under the Live Music drop-down) to enter for the shows you want to see!

2. Anticipated 2020 album releases – As we settle in to a new year, some  new albums we can look forward to are: Ásgeir (Colorado Sound Presents March 15 at The Bluebird), Tame Impala, Colorado’s own Tennis (win tix to their 4/10 Ogden show at our Feb Music Meeting) and more, including…Anvil!

3. Colorado Repped at The Grammys! – Boulder’s Gregory Alan Isakov, Park Hill-raised Trev Rich, Denver-born India.Arie and the band Lettuce (2 of them live in Denver) are all nominated for the 62nd annual awards, on TV Sunday, January 26th. Keep in mind, ALL of those physical Grammy awards are made each year down in Ridgway!

4. Summer Concert SeasonWe’re only a few weeks into Winter, but there are already many Summer shows on sale, making us dream of a night under the Red Rocks stars or laying in the grass at Levitt Pavilion.  The Colorado Sound’s online Concert Calendar will keep you up to date!

5.  The Oscars!I’d love to have a 5th My 5 for you but I’m too busy tabulating my 29th annual Oscar Pool. Ha! Nominations just came out on January 13th for the show on Sunday, Feb 9.

1. 40 Years Of The Clash: Museum Of London – In December 2019, the seminal Clash album London Calling turned 40. The Museum of London celebrates with a free exhibit by the same name of personal objects, images, music and memories from The Clash’s history, some never seen before.

2. Hoodoo Gurus, Bluebird Theater, 31 Oct. 2020The Australian Hoodoo Gurus rarely tour the U.S. anymore but that all changes this year. I’ve already got my tickets, get yours so you don’t miss out!

3. 2020 Top 20 – To celebrate 2020, each month the Colorado Sound will celebrate a different topic by asking you what you think and counting down the results. Tune into the Colorado Sound for specific details.

4. The Music Lab – Become a part of an ongoing musical science experiment. Test your sense of pitch, musical IQ and more!

5. The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best Kept-Secret – Kent Hartman’s 2012 book on of one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history, the Wrecking Crew, is a great read if you’re interested in the history of rock music and how songs become a finished product.

1. Shen Yun Performing ArtsCelebrating 5,000 years of Chinese culture, Shen Yun showcases dazzling classical and folk Chinese dance, with a live  Eastern / Western orchestra. In its 12th year, it features 6 world-travelling troupes with all new shows for 2020, including the UCCC in Greeley March 18 and 19th.

2. Beck: Hyperspace Stepping back from the ultra-pop Colors, recently divorced Beck created an utterly listenable break-up album with Pharrell, but this is no Sea Change.

3. Colorado Avalanche – Halfway through the season, all I can say is “awesome!” Coach Bednar and the rest of the staff have developed a team with tremendous depth and cohesion, making every game fun to watch – Av’s vs the Dallas Stars tomorrow!

4. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 – This Golden Globe, Emmy winning series doesn’t miss a beat in season 3, following ‘Midge’, a 1950s housewife turned comedian. Terrific writing and supporting cast (Alex Borstein, Kevin Pollak, Tony Shalhoub) with a beautiful eye for detail in the costuming!

5. The Colorado Sound’s 1st Birthday Party!– Some call it our 4th, but the Colorado Sound was born Feb 29, 2016. As this is a leap year, it’s the first time we get to celebrate our actual birthday! Colorado’s own Kiltro, Son Little from Philly and The Seratones, straight outta Shreveport, make for an awesome night, Saturday, February 29 at Washington’s in Ft Collins.

1. Drive-By Truckers: “Armageddon’s Back in Town” They just can’t stop making music. The new song is just what you’d expect from the current kings of Southern Rock: driving guitars, killer rhythm and catchy lyrics. Another Truckers’ classic.

2.Donna Blue: Desert Lake A collaboration between the couple Danique van Kesteren and Bart van Dalen, Donna Blue evokes the soundtracks of classic film noir. You can almost see a Bogart-and-Bacall dose of sexual tension in this sultry music’s world of mystery.

3. Christopher Paul Stelling: Trouble Don’t Follow Me A newcomer heavy on nostalgia, Stelling cuts his cloth in the same croon as Chris Isaak and James Hunter, but pulls it off without being schmaltzy. This Ben Harper-produced debut has no other agenda than to make you smile.

4. Jon Langford: Nashville Radio The leader of the Mekons, Langford is also an accomplished visual artist. His art graces Austin’s Yard Dog Gallery and the covers of most Blood Shot releases. Pick up his coffee table book Nashville Radio – it’s a rock n’ roll assault on your eyeballs.

5. Biscoff Cookie ButterIf you’ve ever flown Delta Airlines you know Biscoff. But now, there’s Biscoff Cookie Butter! Like Nutella but better, both creamy and crunchy options are, yes, totally addictive.