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.
This list has it all: indie rock, blues, country, folk, pop, reggae, jazz and everything in between. It's the kind of year-end roundup KDHX loves to make, because it illustrates the passion and curiosity of our DJs -- and of you, our loyal listeners.
I recently had the honor of joining the rhythm & blues-rock band Vintage Trouble for a run of 13 shows in September and October. Instead of co-billing with another group, the members preferred to have me, the Soul Selector, open the concerts with a potent, all-vinyl mix of blues and soul while chatting up the audience. A member of the band even personally introduced me at every stop.
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.
Midwest Mayhem celebrates its ninth year on May 15 at the City Museum. As a KDHX DJ and music and art lover, it's a highlight of my year.
We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
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.
Lou Reed's body of work goes back to the underground of New York City in the mid '60s. While the West Coast was doing acid, NYC was using speed: sunshine and beaches vs. dark, cramped basements and alleyways; bubbly art vs. intellectualism. Reed's music reflected that environment and the way he experienced it.
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.