Album Review: The Motet – Death Or Devotion

January 7, 2019

Death Or Devotion, The Motet’s ninth album, showcases the band’s reverence for the funk tradition through masterful execution of the style. Each track exudes booty-shaking energy, thanks to airtight grooves from the rhythm section, crisp but nasty horn lines, and soulful vocals. Catch them January 11 and 12 in Aspen and Telluride and at Red Rocks this summer.

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105.5 The Colorado Sound: Top Picks You Should Hear – November, 2018

November 18, 2018

Kurt Vile has left behind the ‘galloping tempo’ of his former group War On Drugs. Here, his reverbed, moody voice and banjo (his 1st instrument) take “Come Again” from sounding like it’s of the Mother Maybelle Carter catalog to “Oh, that’s Kurt Vile” territory.

Southern Culture On The Skids release Bootlegger’s Choice featuring 16 new recordings of the most requested songs from their out-of-print major label releases.

Carl Broemel, the classically trained guitar player, holds down the lead-guitar spot in My Morning Jacket and has three solo albums under his belt. He and has just released his fourth, Wished Out.

Loretta Lynn has just released her 41st album: Wouldn’t It Be Great. The album features songs written by Lynn over the years which she has decided to re-work for a more contemporary feel.

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105.5 The Colorado Sound – Top Picks You Should Hear In October

October 18, 2018

If you were to play this album for anyone unfamiliar with Boz Scaggs, they’d be VERY surprised to learn his first album came out in 1965. A few bars into the leadoff track “Rock And Stick,” that unique and still-smooth voice belies his 74 years. If you aren’t familiar, Great Lake Swimmers are a Canadian band built around a loose collective of musicians and the guiding light of singer/songwriter Tony Dekker – they went into the studio with the idea of creating an album without one instrument: the acoustic guitar. On Jungle’s For Ever, you’ll hear catchy, synth-laden goodness worthy of the needle drop. Don’t miss the stand-outs: “Beat 54” (an homage to Studio 54), “Happy Man” and “Heavy California.” Rarely do bands have record labels get into bidding wars for their services with only has one song in their repertoire. Such is the case with Austin’s Black Pumas.

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105.5 The Colorado Sound – Picks for 2018

January 1, 2018

Get hip to Alex Lahey now before she’s playing SNL. Actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of Serge Gainsbourg, arguably one of France’s most revered musicians) has released an achingly pretty pop album Rest.” “It’s evident in the opening track off “Milano,” Luppi’s tribute to Milan in the ‘80s which spotlights the decadence and deviance of the time. The city was alive, and the possibilities appeared endless. The track, “Soul and Cigarette,” shares this optimism opening with the whimsical sounds of a glockenspiel and containing lush lyrics rich with imagery.

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