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What We Played At KAFM In 2016
January 17, 2017

If you are a programmer at KAFM you sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees.  Spinitron can open up a clearing for you.  We play a whole lot of music at KAFM.  Here are some statistics mined from Spinitron about what we played and how often during 2016.
The CDs that got the most play during 2016 are:
  1. Dig In Deep by Bonnie Raitt – 110 spins (added  Feb 25, 2016)
  2. Let Me Get By by Tedeschi - Trucks Band –  108 spins (added Jan 18, 2016)
  3. Stranger To Stranger by Paul Simon – 102 spins (added May 10, 2016)
  4. Blues Of Desperation – Joe Bonamassa - 97 spins (added March 14, 2016)
  5. Ziggy Marley by Ziggy Marley – 93 spins (added April 26, 2016)
  6. True Sadness by The Avett Brothers  - 91 spins  (added June 30, 2016)
  7. The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers – 83 spins (added  July 1, 2016)
  8. Set In Stone by Stick [more...]

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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - Alexa's selections:
January 13, 2017

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Up next, Alexa, who hosts KAFM's "Puttin' Down Roots".  Alexa notes that these are not in any particular order.


#1   Kaleo | A/B

"...Screams Black Keys/Cage the Elephant/Gary Clark Jr....give these Icelandic-Texan transplants a listen...every song is great for airplay..."



#2   Ryan Shupe | We Rode On

"...Mix of adult alternative, rock, reggae and more all infused with a wee [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - Tori's selections:
January 9, 2017

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  And up next, our very own, fantastic Music Director and "Champion of New Music", Tori, who hosts KAFM's "Fresh Tracks".  


#1   Kyle Craft | Dolls of Highland

"...an album full of riveting story songs, glam rock, twang, harmonica, and surprisingly fantastic vocals...Great use of piano and horns on this album..."



#2   Whitney | Light Upon the Lake

"...A few horns [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - The Beat Junky selection's:
January 5, 2017

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Next up, The Beat Junky, who hosts KAFM's "The Eclectic Ear".  


#1   Balkun Brothers | Balkun Brothers

"...hard hitting guitars & monstrous drums in this fusion of blues, funk and rock n' roll. Influenced by Led Zep, Johnny Winter, Black Keys and Hendrix..."



#2   Moreland & Arbuckle | Promised Land Or Bust

"...gritty heartland and delta blues from roots trio. [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - Lance's selections:
January 1, 2017

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Next up, Lance, who hosts KAFM's "Radio Rapture".


#1   Rogue Valley | Radiate / Dissolve

"...near perfect fifth release for Mpls. MN quartet.  Band centered indie rock\ pop fusion built around the perfectly pure lead and harmony vocals...featuring ambient western guitar riffs, unexpected melody turns,  background brass chorus, and meticulous yet prudent production..."



#2   The Lumineers | [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - Alan's selections:
December 28, 2016

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Up next is Alan who hosts KAFM's "The Fuzz Garage" and "Saturday Night Showcase".  He also does quite a bit of subbing for other programmers.  Here is what he and others had to say:


#1   Fruition - Labor of Love

 "Great 3 part harmonies and some inspired guitar and mandolin picking. These folks can play..."


Note:  Fruition's "Labor of Love" was Alan's favorite song [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - Veta Bluegrass selections:
December 24, 2016

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Up next is Veta Bluegrass who hosts KAFM's "Bluegrass and Beyond".   


#1    Bryan Sutton | The More I Learn  

"...finest record yet 3... sounds like a well worn pair of jeans...you dont want it to wear out...co-writers include Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster, Mike Barnett."

 

#2   Irene Kelley | These Hills

"...sweet voice and has added a great [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - PJ's selections:
December 20, 2016

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016.  Up next, PJ, who hosts KAFM's "Desert Canyon Music".  


#1   Three Beards | Lessons Learned

"...good old-fashion Rock Music; refreshingly so. The songwriting, instrumentation, and vocals are all good throughout. Too bad there are only 5 songs..."

 

#2   Toronzo Canyon | The Chicago Way  

"...Searing guitar licks, expressive vocals, and original contemporary lyrics... [more...]
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The KAFM Music Bureau Top Picks for 2016 - The H-man's selections:
December 16, 2016

No doubt 2016 was a terrific year for new music!  We play a broad range of genres here at KAFM. A lot of it passes through the dedicated and diverse members of the Music Bureau, overseen by KAFM's Staff Music Director, Tori Miner.  It is catalogued, reviewed and rated before ultimately finding it's way to our on-air studio. Looking back on 2016, here are some of the Music Bureau's members top picks of 2016, starting with The H-man who hosts KAFM's "The Divided Sky" and "Enjoy The Ride".  


# 1   The Record Company | "Give It Back To You"

"...moving bluesy roots music lead by the expressive vocals of front man guitarist and harp player Chris Vos and drummer Marc Cazoria...this thing sizzles from top to bottom and the buzz about them is justified..."



#2 [more...]
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IRL: The National at Red Rocks - July 31, 2016
August 1, 2016


L to R: Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf, Matt Berninger, Bryan Devendorf, Aaron Dessner.

The National are becoming a household name for rock/indie music these days, but the band's been around since 1999. Maybe it's because of their characteristic slow, moving, introspective songs not being radio hits, or maybe it's because they weren't making music for anyone but themselves. 
Or, maybe, you just kept missing each other. 
The good news is that it's okay, and there's plenty of time for you to get acquainted with this creative, unsuspecting group of guys as they continue their rise to music masterdom. Their 6th and latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, was nominated for Best Alternative Album Grammy in 2014, just sayin'.

The National is made up multi-instrumentalis brothers Bryce (also an acclaimed composer) and Aaron Dessner (writes most of the music), [more...]
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IRL: Case/Lang/Veirs in Beaver Creek, CO!
July 14, 2016

The picture quality is so poor because it was taken on my own iPhone camera, so I think that adds a warm, fuzzy edge to this shot!

One of the best things about being in radio is the ability to know about so many up and coming groups and even get to see them live when they're nearby. But you also get to see huge names in music put out new projects, adventure into new territory, and hopefully get comped some of those higher priced tickets under the guise of "I work in radio so..."
Fortunately for me, the latter scenario occurred last week! Three days before the show, I found out about it's existence. A fast-typed email to a promoter and a hopeful follow up the next day struck gold: I was added to the guest list to see Case/Lang/Veirs on [more...]
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Debuting Now! Empty Houses
July 5, 2016

I think I'm in love. Again.


I almost don't know where to start with one. It's too good. 

Do you like motown? Do you like pop? Do you like soulful vocals?
Yes to any of those?
Listen to Daydream by Empty Houses right now. I mean it, RIGHT now. 

This debut album out on Sargent House records dropped June 10, so I'll admit, I'm a little behind on this one. But "better late than never" is an understatement for this record. David Mackinder, Adam Mercer & Ali Shea make up this Detroit outfit, and they're bringing essential elements back into modern pop music. The title track "Daydream" Billboard calls "A Phil Spector-influenced gem" and it definitely has that wall-of-sound pop glory that you remember from tracks like "Be My Baby" Jump to the next track, "Lost at [more...]
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