The Colorado Sound’s My5 – March 2021

by BandWagon Magazine

((( Don’t forget: each My5 title is a link. Click on, NoCo! )))

1. More Live Music Coming Back I know we won’t get back to pre-COVID live shows quickly, but I still get hope from recent gigs like Martin Sexton at the Boulder Theater and Lettuce at Cervantes. Fingers crossed for more!

2. Rock Hall Nominees The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 16 noms for 2021. From Foo Fighters to Fela Kuti to Kate Bush, YOU can help vote them in!

3. Today In Music History Late March has birth anniversaries of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nick Lowe, Sarah Vaughn, Damon Albarn, Aretha Franklin, James Iha, Lene Lovich, Teddy Pendergrass and many more! I’ll note these and more, weekdays at 7:30am with Today In Music History.

4. Electronics Page on Craigslist – I decided to upgrade my stereo receiver at home and found a killer TEAC multi-channel on Craigslist. Score! Now I can have everything (turntable, CD player, TV, cassette player, DAT deck and DVD player) ready to go!

5. Thank You, Neal In early April we’ll say hello to Community Radio of Northern Colorado’s new CEO Tammy Terwelp. And sadly wave Neil Best into a well-earned retirement. Neil began at KUNC almost 50 years ago and helped create The Colorado Sound. His heart, intelligence, kindness and experience is in everything we do. Neil, “Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough.


Since 2002, the Library of Congress has chosen “25 recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.” It is known as the National Recording Registry. ( There are a lot of fascinating sounds from our past and a fair amount of music heard on the Colorado Sound including:

1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (album) David BowieSelected in 2016

2. “Hallelujah” (single) Jeff Buckley Selected in 2013

3. Ramones (album) The Ramones Selected in 2012

4. Purple Rain (album) Prince  – Selected in 2011

5. Nevermind (album) Nirvana – Selected in 2004

A look at our Top 20 of ‘21 for March and the (virtual) return of South By SouthWest, SXSW.

1. Who Is Your Favorite Female Musician?Every month The Colorado Sound poses a new question. In honor of Women’s History month and International Women’s Day we want to know your fav’ femme! Vote now at and listen on the last Friday of the month for the top 20 as voted by you!

2. SXSW – Conversation with Queen Latifah and LL Cool J Join them virtually for a lively, in-depth conversation about their illustrious careers in music, television and movies (in front and behind the camera), their cultural resonance and Latifah’s role as executive producer and star as the first female Equalizer.

3. SXSW – Music Showcase with Astrid Sonne Sonne is a Copenhagen-based composer and viola player with a background in classical music. She creates electronic soundscapes, combining looping, sampling and live instrumentation. Her live performances create an ethereal, sometimes chaotic experience, channeling different perceptions of sensory and emotional states of being.

4. SXSW – Music Showcase with Enno Cheng Cheng leads the next generation of Taiwan’s indie songwriters. From her time with the guitar driven folk rock of Chocolate Tiger to her current solo work, Cheng challenges the listener with soul-bearing lyrics and fearless songwriting. Expect a raw, acoustic performance.

5. SXSW – Movie Premiere: Broadcast Signal Intrusion (BSI) BSI was inspired by broadcast interruptions in Chicago in the late 1980s and remain unsolved to this day. It’s an unsettling journey into our collective technological nightmares, confronting our deepest, darkest fears of both man and machine. Starring: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack and Chris Sullivan.


1. The Lady and the Dale This doc tells the story of transgender entrepreneur Liz Carmichael who had the courage to take on Detroit auto makers during the energy crisis of the 70’s. We learn of Liz’s colorful past and cunning ability to get out of a number of crises.

2. Nick Waterhouse: “Place Names” Nick Waterhouse takes a new direction on his latest release. His classic R&B sound is still there but he adds string arrangements giving his music that timeless quality a-la Sam Cooke or Aretha Franklin.

3. Crime Scene: the Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel This great documentary explores the death of Elisa Lam. There is a lot of creepiness, mystery and unanswered questions surrounding this case. The role of web sleuths is also explored. At the end we are still left with more questions than answers.

4. Alex Maas – “Been Struggling” Leading Austin, Texas’ Black Angels for over a decade, Maas steps away from the band on his latest effort. Instead of the booming psychedelic sound fans are used to, Maas delivers a more introspective sound that will gain a new set of fans.

5. Geoffrey Miller – All Night Honky Tonk Man Geoffrey Miller is as honky tonk as they come. He wears a ten-gallon hat and a Nudie suit, reminiscent of George Jones and Ernest Tubb. Put a dime in the jukebox, grab the nearest bar stool and crank this album.