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A new year's playlist to start 2018 on a high note 

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New Year's resolutions have fallen out of style lately, the pervading opinion being "why wait for a new year to change your life?" While that's certainly a valid enough attitude, it's still nice to have an excuse to start anew with a clean slate. Given the challenges of the last few years, maybe you need that extra kick in the pants to finally start your workout regimen, or quit smoking, or do whatever it is that's been on your to-do list since 2016. With that in mind, we've compiled this playlist of upbeat, motivational pop and pop-rock to get you moving, whether literally or figuratively. With recovery songs like "I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers and affirming, confidence-building tunes such as Lizzo's "Good as Hell," there's a song here for every resolution.

2018's theme: You got this.


Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 12/27

3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar, Open Mic Night, 6 p.m.
Black Sheep, Dead Heat, New Fear, Deter, Raw Breed (hardcore), 7 p.m., $8-$10.
Historic Ute Inn, Open Mic hosted by Dan Carlisle, 7 p.m.
Kinfolks, Open Mic with Dukes Allen, 7 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Mike Pike (rock/pop), 5 p.m. Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Open Acoustic Jam Night, 9 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Karaoke Dance Party, 8 p.m.
Shae’s Eats & Spirits, Open Mic Wednesdays with Rob Dylan, 8 p.m.
Studio A64, Open Mic, 9 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.
Whistle Pig Brewing Co., Soda Pop’s Open Mic, 6 p.m.

Thursday 12/28

Benny’s, Jerry Roskin Jam (open mic), 8 p.m.
Ivywild Tavern, Crazy Tony’s Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Legends Rock Bar, Sing Me the Money Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.
Patty Jewett Bar & Grill, Craig Walter (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Service Industry Night with DJ Chris Diablo (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Open Jam (open mic), 8 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Karaoke Dance Party & Game Night, 8 p.m.
Speak Easy Vape Lounge, Mental Floss Open Mic/Open Jam featuring Elephant Pajamas, 8 p.m.
Tap Traders, Alan Joseph Solo Jazz Guitar, 6 p.m.
The Buzz, Li’l Bit’s Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Villa Palmer Lake, Open Mic, 8 p.m.

Friday 12/29

Bar-K, Levi and Rifkin (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Benny’s, Blue Frog (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Itchy-O, The Velveteers (indie), 8 p.m., $25-$35.
The Blue Moose Tavern, Karaoke Party, 8 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Gasoline Alley, DJ Chris Diablo (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Deryk Cunningham (acoustic), 7:30 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Karaoke, 8 p.m.
My Club 420, Open Mic and Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Goya (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Peak Bowl, Lucky Strike Open Mic, 9 p.m.
Stagecoach Inn, Deak Harp with Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.

Saturday 12/30

8th St. Lounge, Open Mic & Karaoke Night by Terrapin Comedy Remix, 8 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, SofaKillers (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, The Mighty Kingsnakes (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Krizz Kaliko, Slo Pain, Izzy Dunfore (hip-hop), 7 p.m., $21-$26.
Gasoline Alley, DJ Chris Diablo (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Benjamin Pratt (acoustic), 8 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall, Kill Vargas, Namazu, Still Valley (rock/pop), 8 p.m., $5-$10.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Run With Scissors (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, MountainHigh10Radio LLC Pre-New Year’s Eve Party (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Spiritual Energy Exchange, Sound Healing Concert (world), 6:30 p.m., donation.
Subterranean Nightclub, Freak Out with Creatures, DJ Bear and DJ Obskur (dance), 9 p.m., $5-$10.
The Buzz, Vanilla Blue with Juke Ramblers (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Underground, Time Warp with DJ Wolfie (dance), 10:30 p.m., $5.
Woodland Park Country Lodge, Karaoke, 6 p.m.

Sunday 12/31

4461 Drummond South, Elvis 57 Presley New Year’s Party (country), 6 p.m.
Crystola Roadhouse, Dallas Alley (country), 8 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, New Year’s Eve Celebration with 11th Hour, He Kill 3, Deathride (metal), 9 p.m., $8.
Playing Field Sports Bar, DJ Night (dance), 7 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Big Sky: Grateful Dead Tribute New Year’s Party (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
The Buzz, Karaoke with Jessey of Mass Transit, 8 p.m.

Monday 1/1

Lounge in the Village, Karaoke, 8 p.m.
McCabe’s Tavern, Music Jam (open mic), 5 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Franklin & Friends Singer-Songwriter Night (open mic), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Karaoke with Big Boss Entertainment, 9 p.m.
The Buzz, Trivia Mondays with DJ BatBoy, 8 p.m.
Zodiac, Open Mic hosted by Andrea Stone, 8 p.m.

Tuesday 1/2

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Karaoke with Big Boss Entertainment, 9 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Tuesday Night Jam Night (open mic), 7 p.m.
Royal Castle Lounge & Grill, Karaoke Night, 8 p.m.
The Buzz, Li’l Bit’s Karaoke, 8 p.m.


Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

Submit your live music event by Wednesday at noon for the following Wednesday's paper via our Submit a Listing page. If we don't receive a confirmation of ongoing events on a monthly basis, they won't run. Questions? Email livemusic@csindy.com.

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