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Recommendations - Artists with New Albums April 1- July 1, 2021

July 6, 2021
Voodoo Roux
Maria Muldaur and Tuba Skinny
Steve Louw
Oliver Wood
Amy Speace
Jeff Fetterman
Mr. Sipp
Afro Yaqui Music Collective
Soulful Femme
EG Kight
Johnny Rawls
Ryland Moranz
Gerry Spehar
Joseph Deeb
Damon Fowler (2 recommendations)
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Le Perez (jazz)
Vincent Herring (jazz)
Michael Whalen (jazz)

Industrial Strength Bluegrass (various artists)
Larry Cordle
The Farm Hands
Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
Teenage Fanclub
The Kody Norris Show
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Graber Gryass
Travis Linville
Rich Chorne
Strictly Elizabeth
Soho Rodeo
Blackmore's Night
Cha Wa
Andrew D. Huber
Linley Hamilton Quartet
Chad Elliot
Randy McAllister
Hungry Williams
Molly McGuires
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Programmers new music top spins (min 9 spins) KAFM, June 1 - July 3

July 6, 2021
top spins (new music) 6-1-2021 to 7-3-2021
Data set presented in the body was truncated.
SpinsCount Artist name
16 The Contraptionists
15 Aztec Two-Step 2.0
15 Donna Herula
14 Deb Ryder
13 Blackberry Smoke
13 Chris Cain
12 Babe Rainbow
11 Graber Gryass
11 Lucas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
11 Maria Muldaur & Tuba Skinny
11 The Watters
10 Lizzy Long
10 Mark Collie
9 Lake Street Dive


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KAFM Recommends

January 14, 2021
Programmers Favorite New Music, Dec 10, 2020 - Jan 14, 2021

top spins 12/10/20 - 01/14/21
SpinsCount Artist name
9 Sturgill Simpson
8 Randall Bramblett
7 Della Mae
7 Jeff Tweedy
7 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
6 Cayucas
6 Joe Bonamassa
6 Beyries
6 Siobhan O'Brien
5 Bruce Springsteen
5 Gerald Smith
5 Haha Charade
5 Mark Stoffel
5 Victor V. Gurbo
5 John Fusco & X-Road Riders
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Music Video Monday - January 22nd, 2018

January 22, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love. Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.
This week we start off with a couple of British Folksters who are leaning full band rockers.  Up first, Irish singer/songwriter Glan Hansard, who has just released his second for  label Anti-, ""Between Two Shores"".   Director Piotr Kabat says of the video,   Roll On Slow ,  “In terms of story we wanted to convey the vibe of a solo night out in New York. Getting kicked out of bars and hanging out in front of liquor stores ‘til sunrise just to escape from your own demons.”  Just Quick read more or view full article the way we would want to spend the night. 

Long established southwest England folk singer/songwriter perfoming under the name Ruarri Joseph, has gone full band with the name William the Conqueror, and switched to a grittier Country/Americana sound.  Debuting the new band and name this past summer with a full length release, "Proud Disturber of the Peace" features this excellent track,  Tend to The Thorns, On the Loose Music label.

Discover the best new music in the Grand Valley at KAFM Community Radio!
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Music Video Monday

January 15, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love. Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.

Boxer Rebellion

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Music Blog of The Week

January 11, 2018
In addition to small, independent radio stations like KAFM, online music blogs are front line resources for finding new and emerging artists.  They range in scope from well supported and staffed to a single individuals.  They can encompass music from every corner of the world, or focus on a certain genre, region, or country.  They might post multiple times a day or once every few months.  They may review dozens of releases daily or post just a track of the week.  They might be well written and easy to navigate, or a total mess.  They might invest hundreds of hours a week in research and publication, or throw things up on a whim.  Regardless there is very seldom any feedback Quick read more or view full article or monetary compensation.  It is a thankless, consuming endevour done for the love of music.  Every week, we will feature one of our favorite music blogs here on the blog site of your favorite radio station - KAFM!
5 out of 5 Stars for                The Alternate Root      
A beautifully designed site!  Crisp, clean, and easy to navigate.  Online companion the the quarterly print magazine of the same name.  Created in 2007, this visually stunning blog contains content written by industry people with decades of experience in artist management and development, commercial  and independent radio, music publishing and marketing.  Content includes new releases, reviews, top ten, artist interviews, music videos, staff picks, bands on the radar, and lots of embedded media.
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Wild Wednesday

January 10, 2018
We just received a new CD from Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox and as I listened to it this morning I went wild!  I'm a long-time fan, especially "All About That Bass".  They are always raising the bar - check it out!       

Listen for more on Fresh Tracks at 11 a.m. this Friday Jan. 2!
Posted by Thomasina Russell
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Music Video Monday

January 8, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love.  Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.

The Last Bandeleros - "I Don't Want To Know"

Whew!!!  Watch out for these guys, Tex-Mex Tejano spiced rockers, The Last Bandeleros.  Having toured with The Mavericks and more recently with Sting, and with this huge nod from Rolling Stone Magazine, it looks like the San Antonio based quartet is in for a huge 2018. 

Sufjan Stevens - "Tonya Harding"

Sufjan Stevens released "Tanya Harding" as a single last December, just before the biopic Quick read more or view full article "I, Tonya" was released on December 8th.  In this essay, Stevens describes Harding as a "strange and magnificent America hero."  With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a single axel away, play this and see if you too, might have wished a softer fall from grace for Tanya Harding.


The Ben Miller Band - "Akira Kurosawa"

Melding clips from old black and white films and contemporary tunes to produce a music video is nothing new.  We love 'em!  It's fitting that The Ben Miller Band's new upcoming January 26th release on New West Records, "Choke Cherry Tree", uses classic clips from famed Japanese film director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa to serve as a storyboard for the band's gritty single of the same name.  Creative editing brings it all together.

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Programmers Picks For January 5th, 2018

January 5, 2018
Here at KAFM we are happy to boast a volunteer programmer force of over 100.  Here are some recent new music favorites from a few of our programmers!!!

KateA is a high school student in Mesa County District 51 who enjoys subbing when she can for other programmers.  She loves War on Drugs new release "A Deeper Understanding".


Check out KateA's playlists here.

H-man is in the drivers seat for "Enjoy The Ride" every other Monday from 1-4 PM.  This choice cut is from Walter Trout's current release, "We're All In This Together"....


Check out H-man's playlists Quick read more or view full article here.

Longtime KAFM programmer VetaBluegrass is loving this recent cut from Molly Tuttle's new CD "Rise".


Checkout VetaBluegrass' playlists here.

Find your favorites on air or online at kafmradio.org.  Listen live everywhere here.
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FRESH TRACKS - February 24, 2017

February 27, 2017
Every week Tori, the Music Director here at KAFM, has a new music spotlight show called Fresh Tracks.
Each Tuesday TONS of music goes into radio rotation, and Tori tries her best to keep a finger on the pulse.
Let's check out the featured artists and tracks this past week!

1. Sinkane - U'Huh - Life & Livin' It

Born Ahmed Gallab, to two college professors in Sudan, and moved to the US at 5 to Ohio. Worked as a studio musician for Eleanor Friedberger, Of Montreal, Yeasayer, and more. Also the band director of the Atomic Bomb! Band, which includes David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Dev Hynes, and Joshua Redman, just Quick read more or view full article to name a few. This is his 6th studio album as Sinkane, out on City Slang records.

2. The Luyas - All of Everything - Human Voicing

From Montreal, formed in 2006. This band is known for using a wide variety of instruments, including a Moodswinger, swung my singer/guitarist Jessie Stein. A Moodswing is an electric 12 stringed zither. This is their 4th LP, called Human Voicing out on Paper Bag Records

3. Maggie Rogers - Dog Years - Now That The Light is Fading EP

Since I mentioned more about how she came to music in the last post, I'll put a piece of her own personal bio on Facebook "Dear listening ears/reading eyes, For a long time, I've introduced myself as a banjo player from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I'm a hiker and an environmentalist. I'm an optimist. I'm loud. I'm still all those things, but I went quiet for a few years. I cut my long hair short. I got a cat named Cat Stevens. I fell in love. I moved to New York, to France, and back. Inevitably, I found my space in the place between knowing who I was and finding out who I am."

4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Fireproof - The Tourist

Project of Alec Ounsworth, based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Started in 2004 and really hit it big on the internet, with no real help from a record label. But their bio on Facebook keeps it short and sweet, "We formed several years ago. We have made 4 albums. We plan on making 300 more."

5. Leif Vollebekk - All Night Sedans - Twin Solitude

From Montreal, his new album Twin Solitude reflects on how the music he started making didn't make him feel saved like other music he loved, and his journey to creating the music he needed. Out on Secret City records.

6. The Orwells - They Put a Body in the Bayou - Terrible Human Beings

From Chicago, IL, this is their 3rd album out on Canvasback Records. Playing blues in the background of all their garage rock power, and whining about girls.

7. Dude York - Life Worth Living Pt. 2 - Sincerely

(not the song featured on the show, but a good song off of the album!)
A trio out of Seattle, WA, they say this album "Sincerely is a loud, sweaty rebuke to those moments in life when it seems like nothing's working, a testament to the power of friendship, staring problems directly in the face, and finding solace in art." Out on Hardly Art Records.

8. The Right Now - That's Enough - Starlight

Soul band from Chicago, that say their music confronts the darkness of modern times head on, and they utilize their music as a beacon to navigate to safer ground

9. Xiu Xiu - Wondering - Forget

An experimental art-rock band from San Jose, California. Fronted by Jamie Stewart. 13th album since 2002. Stewart says that Xiu Xiu was formed as an answer to feeling off, wanting to dance away the negative emotions, and realizing that club music made you feel just as bad - so he made his own.

10. Middle Kids - Your Love - Middle Kids

From Sydney, Australia, with a huge debut under their belt without even releasing the EP yet. After two singles they've been all over the radio, so now with their full EP, out on Domino, there's no stopping this trio.

11. The Matinee - Dancing on Your Grave - Dancing on Your Grave

From Vancouver, Canada, "Just a bunch of good 'ole boys, never meaning no harm" out on Light Organ Records.

12. Old 97's - Good With God - Graveyard Whistling
Alt-country band from Dallas, TX, formed in 1993. Playing along with the likes of the Drive-by Truckers, The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown. This is their 10th studio album out on ATO Records.
(PS. Fake interview comedy bit with Fred Armisen before the song :p)

13. Sinkane - Telephone - Life & Livin' it
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