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Music of the Moment:

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April 1, 2015 - 6:00 am

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

1. Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) – Do people make records like this anymore?!  On one hand a throwback to classic 70s pop era singer-songwriters, yet still sounds relevant and fresh.  Andrew has a terrific voice and the record has a nice understated beauty to it. [Review by Iaan Hughes]

2. José González  Vestiges & Claws  (Imperial) – José’s first album in 7 years finds him recording these slow-burning compositions at his home in Sweden. Perfect for those mornings when you need to ease into your hectic day.

3. Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  (Lula) – This British Columbia couple has been earning wider recognition in the U.S.  Not an easy feat for artists who perform old-time folk music.  This recording clearly displays why. Good songwriting, beautiful harmonies, great guitar and claw-hammer banjo make this a wonderful addition to the folk genre.

4. Sufjan Stevens  Carrie & Lowell  (Asmathic Kitty) – Beautiful, orchestral neo-folk a la Elliot Smith. His first album in 5 years, following the death of his mother, is a moving, understated meditation on loss.

5. The Mighty Mocambos  Showdown  (Légère) – This is the third release for this European funk outfit who use afrobeat horns and a solid groove to get you dancing!  They keep the groove traditional, yet contemporary. This band is tight!

Last Month’s Top 3 Releases:

1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch)
2. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti)
3. Brandi Carlile  The Firewatcher’s Daughter  (ATO)

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Friday Night Live!


March 30, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Lila emissary of Uncle Meghabhuti, Funkscribe, Atlee Treasure, J-Justice, and Greg D’Elia will take up residence at The Musicquarium Lounge, April 24th, for “Friday Night Live.” Come by for some booty-shaking with your favorite KBCS jocks.

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Bushwick Book Club: Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up


March 30, 2015 - 12:36 pm

91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a wild and crazy evening of music and madcap antics inspired by Steve Martin’s memoir Born Standing Up, at Dusty Strings, Friday, April, 3rd.

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Top Ten March 23rd – 29th:

Weekly Top Ten

March 30, 2015 - 11:28 am

  1. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
  2. Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti/Epitaph)
  3. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
  4. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith (Ramseur)
  5. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  6. Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO)
  7. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)
  8. D’Angelo & The Vanguard Black Messiah (RCA)
  9. The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Capitol)
  10. Joe Pug Windfall (Lightning Rod)

Past Top Ten

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget plan

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March 25, 2015 - 1:37 pm

By John Stang

The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will really go.

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Child Abuse

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March 18, 2015 - 2:03 pm

In 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services reported an estimated four children die every day as a result of child abuse.  Listen to a number of perspectives and personal experiences of child abuse and child sexual assault in this series. The hotline for the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse is

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The Steel Wheels live on Music+Ideas with Sean Donovan

March 16, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Tacoma Immigration Detention Center Protest Update

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March 13, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Last March, hundreds of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma performed a hunger strike. It was the first of two more at the Tacoma Northwest detention center and at immigration detention centers in Texas and Alabama. Today we get the update on conditions of the immigration detention center in Tacoma today and on

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Remembering Rachel Corrie and continuing her work

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March 9, 2015 - 5:55 pm

In March of 2003, 23 year old peace activist from Olympia Washington, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition. Just last month, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to decade-long legal proceedings on whether the Israeli army

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