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Decibel Festival sweepstakes


September 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

91.3 KBCS is a proud sponsor of Seattle’s premier electronic music and digital arts event, Decibel Festival.

We’d like you to be our guest at some of our favorite showcases.

One KBCS listener will win a pair of tickets to each of the following:

  • Resident Advisor showcase feat. Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and [...]

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Become a phone volunteer!


September 19, 2014 - 8:33 am

KBCS needs phone volunteers September 26-October 5, 2014. Please read on for more information about how to get involved.

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Addiction and Recovery

No Smoking sign

September 19, 2014 - 8:25 am

September is National Recovery Month and this week we talk with a number of experts about the different faces of addiction and recovery.

This week:

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Sickle Cell Awareness

Sickled and other red blood cells. Sickled and other red blood cells.

September 17, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Sickle cell disease is a disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells that cannot move easily through blood vessels. Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease. It mainly affects people of African, Asian and Mediterranean descent. We discuss sickle cell disease, treatment and challenges with Dr. Michael [...]

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Top Ten September 8th – 14th:

Weekly Top Ten

September 15, 2014 - 12:04 pm

  1. Ruthie Foster  Promise of a Brand New Day  (Blue Corn)
  2. Frazey Ford  Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
  3. Mike Farris  Shine For All The People  (Compass)
  4. Abstrakto  Abstrako  (Purple Haus)
  5. Lynne Hanson  River Of Sand  (independent)
  6. Old Crow Medicine Show  Remedy  (ATO)
  7. Anushka  Broken Circuit  (Brownswood)
  8. Jill Barber  Fool’s Gold  (Outside)
  9. Quantic  Magnetica  (Tru Thoughts)
  10. Somi  The Lagos Music Salon  (Okey)

Past Top Ten

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Music of the Moment:

Close Up Needle on Record

September 5, 2014 - 3:45 pm

5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:

1. Mark Erelli Milltowns (independent) – This album is a beautiful tribute to singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey, who passed away a little over 2 years ago.  Bill was a master when it came to capturing the images of everyday life.  The nuances of the instrumentation and Mark’s voice throughout the album are stunning. The title track is an original piece that Mark penned about his first and last meeting with Bill.

2. Lynne Hanson River of Sand (independent) – Excellent songwriting is offered throughout this Canadian’s 4th recording.  Each song is made with nuggets of intelligent original creativity, and Lynn Miles’ production perfectly captures the essence of the songs.  If you like your music in the middle ground between folk, country and Americana, you should definitely check this record out.

3. Various Artists Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited (Sony) – A stunning look at Johnny Cash’s best known, least heard record.  There’s nothing easy about this album- then or now. Maybe even more so now as things have not changed much for the Native Americans in the 50 years since this music was first recorded.  Musically the album works, better than the original, as the mix of voices adds a lovely complexity; lyrically it remains stark and humbling.  It also serves as a reminder of the lost talent of Peter La Farge. [Review by Iaan Hughes]

4. Olcay Bayir Neva / Harmony (Riverboat/World Music Network) – “OL-Jai Buy-EAR” is a Kurdish singer from Turkey who now makes her home in London. Classically trained, Olcay has a beautiful voice, which translates the material on this record wonderfully.  Great musicianship backs her throughout the recording.  The KBCS general manager Steve Ramsey says this is one of his favorite releases of 2014.  It will be released in October.

5. Frazey Ford Indian Ocean (Nettwerk) – You may know this artist better as the founding member of the BC trio The Be Good Tanyas.  This 2nd solo record finds her being backed by Al Green’s former band The Hi Rhythm Section. They add a nice, soulful groove to support her distinct, folky vocals. The two work very well together. This album will be released on October 14th.

Last Month’s Top 3 Recordings:

1. Quantic Magnetica (Tru Thoughts) – Quantic’s first solo recording since ’06. Having made Columbia his home base from the last seven years, this finds him with a wider palate of influences taken from the UK, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Brazil, Angola, etc.  Great for those who like world rhythms with their electronic beats.

2. Ruthie Foster Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn) – A marvelous blend of soul, blues, gospel and Ruthie’s wonderful voice.

3. Taylor McFerrin Early Riser (Brainfeeder) – First full-length CD from Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and multi-instrumentalist.  Combining classic soul & hip hop with electronica and free-form jazz, the music overall is an inspired, beautiful recording.  Guest vocalists include father Bobby McFerrin, Emily King and others. For those who like their electronica with a good dose of jazz and soul.

Past Lists

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New Perspectives on Immigration in the US

Statue of Liberty

September 4, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Last year, the United States deported nearly 370,000 people. That’s nine times the number 20 years ago.  Meanwhile, a recent study on trends in Mexico released by the Pew Research Center finds that 34% of its pool said they would like to migrate to the US.  Over 70% said top concerns [...]

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Free Nestora Salgado


August 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm

The Mexican government formed a special police force to protect businesses from kidnapping and extortion by criminal gangs. Organized crime has become a rampant concern in the indigenous villages of Mexico as has been the case in El Salvador, Nicaragua and other parts of Central America. U.S. naturalized citizen, Nestora Salgado was seized without an [...]

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Women’s Equality Day

equality cake

August 29, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th. It marks the day in 1920 when women were officially given the right to vote as part of the US constitution. We feature local perspectives on feminism

  • recent University of Washington graduate,  Hamdi Mohammed
  • Founder of the immigrant advocacy organization, One America and a candidate for state Senate,  [...]

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