It is rather unexpected that Sylvan Esso, the result of a synthesis between one member of psych-rockers Megafaun and one from Vermont folk group Mountain Man, would be so groovy, so wobbly and so electric.
Sharing stories that seem too mature for 24-year-old to possess, Jessica Lea Mayfield has been recording dark, eloquent alt-country since her late teens, and played in her family's bluegrass band for years before that.
About 10 minutes before Black Lips took the stage, a chant began: "T.P. party! T.P. party!" "T.P. party!"
In the late 1970s and early '80s, Gary Numan became a new wave messiah with his paranoia-filled robo-rock tune "Cars."
When she first joined KDHX as the Development Director she had no intentions of hosting a show, but it wasn't long before Caron House began working on Wax Lyrical, her Monday afternoon celebration of singer-songwriter craft.
When Chris Mills sings, he really sings, with a deep yearning and a perfect amount of imperfection, and lyrics that reflect an authenticity that could only be the result of nearly 20 years of ups and downs as a singer-songwriter.
Jayson Kramer, frontman for indie rockers California Wives, was on pace to become a doctor and had just finished taking the MCAT when he decided to pursue music full-time.
One of KDHX's few hip-hop DJs, Wil Wander shows off the finer side of the genre during his show "Elevated Rhymestate," which can be heard early on Thursdays from 3 to 5 a.m. Central. With a focus on laidback or smooth sounds and poetic lyrics, Wil picks from the early rhymes of the 1980s or '90s, as well as newer releases, including some hip-hop from around the world.
2013 was a year of great comebacks, returns and follow-ups. Daft Punk. My Bloody Valentine. Boards of Canada. But it was also a year of new artists, and as I was compiling my list of my favorite albums of the year, I realized more than half of them were debuts.