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Top Dance Tracks of 2014 (So Far): Jack White, Sharon Jones and More

On the air Friday night on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle. Photo by Eve Cooke. Every Friday I spend all day looking through new releases to find uptempo, dance-worthy songs for my show on KEXP. There are lots of emo (slow, sad) songs in alternative radio, and though many are good, I’m looking for propulsive tracks. … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Rock: David Bowie

There are some musicians who keep you from feeling alone in the universe. David Bowie is one of these. Bowie’s voice and majestic stage presence earned him the name the Thin White Duke. He’s songwriting royalty. So many of his songs have brilliant hooks and poetic rhythm. Just listen to the lyrics to “Rock ‘N’ … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Rock: David Bowie

There are some musicians who keep you from feeling alone in the universe. David Bowie is one of those. Bowie’s voice and majestic stage presence earned him the name the Thin White Duke. He’s songwriting royalty. So many of his songs have brilliant hooks and poetic rhythm. Just listen to the lyrics to “Rock ‘N’ … Continue reading »

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Happy Birthday Bob Marley! Wisdom and Music from The King of Reggae

Bob Marley was the first reggae star to become world famous.  His music set the standard for all those who came after him. Bob influenced countless top artists in many genres including: The Rolling Stones, Sade, K’Naan, The Clash, Lauryn Hill, The Police, Burning Spear and Tricky. He would have been 69 years old today. … Continue reading »

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