For the past few years it seemed that things were beginning to slow down for the New Pornographers, as if they were beginning to fade. Their new album, "Brill Bruisers," is their revival. Frontman, A.C. Newman has said that after a dark period nothing is holding him down anymore. "Brill Bruisers" is a celebrates this new outlook.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
As 2013 draws to close, we asked the DJs of 88.1 KDHX to look back on all the records they heard this year and pick their favorite albums. From blues to bluegrass, indie rock to pop, country to folk, reggae to rock 'n' roll, these lists capture the soundtrack of a great year in music.
Smith Westerns trade in their garage-rock roots for a more mature and atmospheric indie-rock sound on their latest release, "Soft Will."
Can you believe we're at the midyear mark of another year? Well, we are, and that means it's time to take stock of the albums and EPs that have received the most spins on KDHX in the first six months of 2013.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX are a diverse group, but the one thing that binds them together is their love of music -- and new music is a big part of that love. At the midyear mark of 2013 30 of those DJs have selected their favorite releases so far.
As we head into the second half of 2013, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX look back on the songs and shows that are sure to stick with them all through the year.
For the first time since 2008, Carla Bruni, France's former first lady, is back with "Little French Songs," a sweet and charming take on classic French chansons.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound wail their strikingly personal lyrics and take an edgy approach on their new album "Howl."