The Colorado Sound’s My5 – February 2020

by Kevin Johnston

1. Colorado Sound’s 4th Birthday Party If it’s the first Leap Day since we signed on, are we 4 or 1? Either way, come party with us Saturday, Feb 29 at Washington’s with Colorado’s own Kiltro, Son Little and The Seratones!

2. Analog Son – This Denver funk band has only one goal…TO FUNK! They’ll get closer to that goal when they release new music this year. In the meantime, we shall survive on the song “Ugly Mug.”

3. Robbie Robertson / The Band / Boulder International Film Festival – During the 16 years of BIFF, I’ve interviewed many stars; Robbie may be my personal fave. His new doc on The Band is out soon – where do I start with the questions?!?

4. 2020 Top 20Every month this year we’re asking for your input on a new Top 20! This month: ”Top 20 Under 20” artists. Who made it big before they turned 21? Tell us your choice at

5.  Vinyl AlbumsHave you heard? Vinyl record sales have overtaken CD sales in some areas! The Colorado Sound is ‘Vinyl at heart’, and we bet many of you can relate. Support your local record store!

1. Dick Cavett interviews – Dick Cavett is a master interviewer and can make even the most aloof seem eminently human. Check out his interviews of Hendrix, Bowie, Lennon, and many, many more on YouTube.

2. Hoodoo GurusThe fantastic Australian band Hoodoo Gurus are embarking on a rare US tour this Fall and they are coming to Denver! See them Halloween night at the Bluebird Theater.

3. GenealogyTracing your family history can be fun simply for the online documents you unearth. Lists of Revolutionary War prisoners, maps, teaching certificates, marriage licenses, etc… History is fascinating and artifacts of your ancestors make it that much more special.

4. New Wave and Post Punk 2020 releases – Look for albums this year from The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Boomtown Rats, among others!

5. Music Fan Spring Cleaning – Know anyone who needs 480,000 band T-shirts? (I dread whittling down the collection but it must be done!)

1. Pitchers and Catchers Report for Spring Training! Hope springs eternal for this Rockies fan, and I’m a sucker for spring, so let the games begin! First Spring Training game is February 22 and the Rockies home opener is Friday April 3 vs San Diego.

2. Wolf Parade: Thin Mind 2019 brought some serious changes to Montreal-based Wolf Parade. Dante DeCaro (bass, guitar and synths) left the group, but the band continues as a trio, writing and recording Thin Mind, produced by John Goodmanson (Nada Surf, Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie)

3. A Day On The Hill – This time of year, a trip up to the High Country makes me happy! I’ve spent the better part of my life above 8,000 feet and have a soft spot for Copper Mountain, the Basin and itty-bitty Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville.

4. Matt Berninger (The National): Serpentine Prison – The National had a terrific 2019: a new album, touring, curating festivals and designing a signature beer: Reality Based Pils. Somehow their lead singer found time to record his solo debut, produced by Booker T. No release date announced yet!

5. New releases for 2020Destroyer: Have We Met, Tame Impala: The Slow Rush, The Killers: Imploding the Mirage, Caribou: Suddenly. Not to mention Foo Fighters, The Cure, The XX, Deftones, Kasabian, Ephemerals and Thievery Corporation!

1. Nathaniel Rateliff: And It’s Still AlrightRateliff takes a break from the Night Sweats, returning to his folky side. The first song from his upcoming release exemplifies Rateliff as one of the strongest songwriters on the scene. Anxious to hear what the rest sounds like when it releases on Valentine’s Day.

2. The Morning ShowApple TV’s program on the fallout of a harassment scandal that rocks a nationwide morning news program, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. Great acting and strong writing give us a glimpse into the cutthroat world of big time tv news.

3. Paul Kelly: When We’re Both Old & Mad Paul Kelly has been called The Australian Bob Dylan. Not surprisingly, he put together an amazing, career-spanning greatest hits album. Along with old fav’s, we’re treated to this new nugget featuring fellow Aussie Kasey Chambers.

4. Cage the Elephant: “Black Madonna” Another great song from Social Cues. These guys can do no wrong: with a terrific catalog, endless stage energy and prolific songwriting, they seem poised to take the mantle as the reigning kings of rock.

5. The James Hunter 6: “I Can Change Your Mind”It’s been a while since we’ve had new music from Hunter. Nick Of Time is a return to Hunter’s roots and a bit of a throwback, but this time Hunter brings in a salsa flair to his style.