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Music Crush: The Sophisticated/Raw Beauty of Michael Kiwanuka

What makes a legendary artist? With so many talented musicians around it often comes down to songwriting and performing abilities, and a capacity to be vulnerable. As a radio DJ who reviews new music all the time, I often ask myself “does this artist sound sincere, unique?” “Is this song memorable?” “Will I be spinning … Continue reading »

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DJ Michele’s Summer BBQ Playlist: Beats, Rock & Soul

My Summer BBQ Playlist has upbeat songs from: Smoove & Turrell, Stevie Wonder, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Dag, Mayer Hawthorne, Leon Bridges, Jill Scott with Jazzanova, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Ramones, Sleater-Kinney, Beach Day, Odesza, DJ Shadow, Major Laser & Deltron 3030. Tune in to DJ Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP Seattle. A live DJ for select events, she’s performed at Seattle Space Needle New Year’s Eve, Bumbershoot and Doe Bay Festival. Michele’s produced over … Continue reading »

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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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Best New Band: Temples: UK Psychedelic Rock

Stepping into the colored psychedelic light, UK band Temples are tuned in. You can hear the influence of 60s psychedelic rock innovators the Byrds and the Beatles in the band’s first full-length Sun Structures. There’s a different texture in Temples’ music that you’d never find in landmark vintage bands. A closeness in sound never technologically possible during … Continue reading »

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