We're already halfway through another year of new music released in 2015. We've compiled all of KDHX's most-spun new albums, and we hope you find some of your favorites (or further justify them).
It's become an annual ritual at KDHX: Our DJs look back at the best releases of the mid-point of the year and pick their 10 favorites thus far. Given how great 2015 has been for new music, you know there's some essential listening in store.
To complement their lists of top 10 albums, some of our DJs weighed in with their picks for favorite songs and shows of the first half of 2015.
When you think of Boise, Idaho you don't think of state-of-the-art synth-pop. Since 2011 the band Shades has been on a mission to change that, with "Time Back" its latest foray into the dark waves of dream pop.
You know the feeling: You don't really want to be where you are, but you can't really imagine any other place to be. La Luz captures that bit of geographical angst on the dreamy and, of course, surfy new track "Don't Wanna Be Anywhere."
Steven Fox left behind Seattle and made a home in South East Asia, where he's been a prolific and successful multi-media artist and entrepeneur. As the driving force of Secret Friend, he returned to the States to record eclectic, studio-savvy pop music, including the new track "Blue Sky," featuring vocals by Kelly Jones.
Featuring the wailing vocals of Lizzie Clapper, an eerie denouement and searing, synthetic drone throughout, "Salt and the Spring" is San Francisco band Hidden in the Sun's most ambitious, collaborative and challenging track to date.