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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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What Aretha Franklin Means to Me…

It all started with that stack of records that dad left behind in the garage. It wasn’t easy to live at my house when I was a kid. Seemed like there was either chaos or no one at all. The times when I couldn’t find something outside to do I’d hide in my room or … Continue reading »

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Electronic Crush: Icy Hot Dance Songs from Röyksopp, Robyn and Zola Jesus

The most memorable music released in the past year includes songs by Zola Jesus and Until The Ribbon Breaks. Norwegian band Röyksopp also teams up with Swedish vocalist Robyn for one of the best dance floor tracks of the decade. Röyksopp specialize in lush electronic dance textures. Their 2014 release The Inevitable End is a potent mixture of pop, melody … 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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