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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.  Propulsive percussion, killer guitar rifts and frenetic harp playing characterize their almost primal garage band quality...Dirty and raw music with attitude."                                        

#3   Cage The Elephant | Tell Me I'm Pretty

"...catchy hooks...in a more raw, unfiltered way. Bluesy at times, channeling feelings of Crosby Stills & Nash on "That's Right", even throwing in a latin feel "Cold Cold Cold"...pulls influences from all across the board leaving a feeling of Rock-through-the-ages..."

#4   Ned And The Dirt | Wild Pack: Haunt These Woods

"...southern rock and New England alt. rock fusion.  Commanding, euphoric band centric tracks with driving six string chords, solos, bass, and big, powerful percussion...solo and choral vocals..."

#5   The Marcus King Band | The Marcus King Band

"...rough-hewn vocalist, soaring guitar wunderkind, songwriter and bandleader...influences of jazz, blues, and soul.  Good horn section...A band definitely on the rise..."


The Beat Junky's Best of 2016 | Honorable Mention:

1. Curse Of Lono | Curse Of Lono 
2. Altered Sky | Without Wonderland
3. People's Blues Of Richmond | Quit Or Die
4. Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight | Paradise City
5. Augustines | This Is Your Life

Keep your radio tuned to KAFM as we continue to present the best in new music and emerging artists for 2017!

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