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

December 19, 2018

Villagers have just released their 5th album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, with sophisti-pop influence perfect for a snowy Sunday outside your window.

David Bowie said the work of Hiss Golden Messenger put him in mind of, “mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph,” and Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a limited-edition box set, only reinforces that opinion.
The Teskey Brothers have been making music for more than a decade but are just now releasing their debut Half Mile Harvest. The warm and sultry sounds take you back to the early Muscle Shoals and Stax era.
Alejandro Escovedo has created the most ambitious release of his career with The Crossing, a concept album focused on the story of two friends: one from Italy, the other from Mexico

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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 – Top Picks You Should Hear In September

September 27, 2018

On their 9th studio album, Death Cab For Cutie continues the sound that started bringing them fans 20 years ago. Rich Costey’s ethereal production keeps Ben’s light & dream-like vocals out front so we can hear the nuances in his thought-provoking lyrics.

Brooklyn’s Josh Karpeh (aka Cautious Clay) is a 25-year-old artist with a very clear sonic vision. He made a splash earlier this year with his debut EP Blood Type and a quick follow up with the Resonance EP in June.

Charley Crockett is a troubadour in the truest sense of the word. Crockett left home in his teens, hopping railroad cars and busking on the streets to earn his keep. He even spent a year in Paris before returning to his native Texas.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, The Rock*A*Teens were a band you liked so as to be cooler than your Pavement & Liz Phair-loving friends. Over their 5 albums, no band has combined the ethos of indie rock, rockabilly, and punk better. Hailing from the thriving music neighborhood of Cabbagetown in Atlanta, GA, their influence has been crucial to indie rock.

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

August 1, 2018

Sparrow is Ashley Monroe’s 4th album, a record that shows the Nashville singer-songwriter heading in a new direction.

Since 2014, Mike Peters, lead singer for The Alarm, has taken on ‘re-imagining’ some of his band’s catalog for 30th-anniversary tributes. Reflecting the world today is the angle Peters takes on the new Alarm album “=” (pronounced “Equals”).

Iggy Pop, one of the grandfathers of punk, continually collaborates with interesting musicians; musicians one would not expect Iggy to venture into the studio with. But perhaps that’s his point.

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

July 1, 2018

Lake Street Dive vocalist Rachael Price says she’s this generation’s heir apparent to Bonnie Raitt. You’ll hear it in the torch of “I Can Change” and the defiant grit of “Good Kisser.” Their seventh album Free Yourself Up proves this is no novelty act.

Dr. Dog’s new album Critical Equation is the band’s first album of new material in over 5 years.

On his third solo album, Call The Comet, Johnny Marr seems at long last to have found his voice, literally.

It’s rare to have the first song you record top the charts, but that’s exactly what happened to Alice Merton.

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105.5 The Colorado Sound – Top Picks for June, 2018

June 1, 2018

If you’re going to be born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, and want to stand out in the music world, it makes sense you’d adopt a stage moniker given to you by friends at a campfire when you’re all coming up with Indian guide names.  Whether he liked the name or not, Alejandro became firmly attached to Shakey Graves after the massive success of “Dearly Departed” with former Paper Bird member Esmé Patterson singing along. On this 5th full-length CD, I got the feeling Shakey opened his mind to aural possibilities. In December he Tweeted “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.”

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105.5 The Colorado Sound – Top Picks you should hear in May

May 1, 2018

Joshua Hedley’s Mr. Jukebox is one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. Hedley has been a fixture around the Nashville music scene for years. He holds a standing gig at Robert’s Western Wear and has become affectionately nicknamed “The Mayor of Lower Broad” for being in such high demand as a player for almost every genre of music. Glen Hansard spent many years making and playing music before that Oscar-winning film Once.

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