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The Grateful Dead Hour and Backtracks

91.3 KBCS Concert Club Contest: August

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July 1, 2015 - 1:01 am

This month, a KBCS Concert Club member will win tickets to over a dozen upcoming shows, including Tower of Power, The Old ’97s, Duran Duran, Madelaine Peyroux, and weekend passes to the Bumbershoot festival!

If you’re not a Concert Club member you can still enter to win.

Learn more about KBCS Concert Club.

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Music of the Moment for August 2015

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July 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm

5 new releases every music fan should check out:

1. Joan Shelley  Over and Even  (No Quarter) – I like Catherine Irwin’s description of Joan’s voice “she lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them.” This Kentucky native creates timeless folk music that is so beautiful, it’ll stop you in your tracks, just so you can completely enjoy the essence of its beauty.

2. Watkins Family Hour Watkins Family Hour  (independent) – 13 years ago Sean & Sara started a monthly residency at an LA music club. Various artists would drop in and play with them and over the years such luminaries as Greg Leisz, Don Heffington, Benmont Tench and Sabastian Steinberg became an integral part of the “family”. This album captures their pure joy of creating music together. The songs are mostly in the Country/Americana vein but aren’t completely polished up to perfection, so you can still hear the dust on the record.

3. Shelby Lynne I Can’t Imagine (Rounder) – Her 13th album finds Shelby continuing to merge her musical influences -  Southern Soul, Crescent City R&B and California Country – all brought together by her pop sensibility. Well written songs, exquisitely sung and produced, there is much to appreciate on this release.

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91.3 KBCS Day at Crossroads farmers’ market

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July 31, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Join us at Crossroads farmers’ market in Bellevue, Tuesday, August 25th.

Sonya Green will be there, broadcasting live from 3p to 5p.

The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free KBCS grocery tote.

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Seattle and Affordable Housing

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July 30, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) rolled out earlier this month.  Since then, a lot buzzes around Seattle’s proposed zoning changes, tenant’s rights and interests and access to home ownership. This week’s series looks at some background on the HALA  report and on Seattle’s movement for rent control. Episode 1, 2 & 3 - Jonathan Grant

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Top Ten July 20th – 26th:

Weekly Top Ten

July 28, 2015 - 12:12 pm

  1. Melody Gardot Currency Of Man (Verve)
  2. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
  3. Jason Isbell Something More Than Free (Southeastern)
  4. Nneka My Fairy Tales (Bushqueen)
  5. Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear Skeleton Crew (Glassnote)
  6. The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic)
  7. Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia)
  8. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  9. Kasey Chambers Bittersweet (Sugar Hill)
  10. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)

Past Top Ten

Seattle’s Fair Trade Music

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July 27, 2015 - 3:13 pm

You’ve heard the term fair trade.  It applies to everything from clothing to coffee to chocolate. And to music. Recently in Seattle, local musicians struck a fair trade agreement with some participating music venues and the city to create a set of guidelines for musician pay and equipment standards. Episode 1 - Nate Omdal is a Seattle

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Transgender Experience

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July 2, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Caitlyn Jenner hit the cover of Vanity Fair with flair, inspiring public discussion on her journey in gender transition. KBCS highlights some of our local transgender community’s  day to day challenges in healthcare, public safety, and navigating our streets in this five-part series. Episode 1 -Marlo Mack  is a mother of a transgender daughter and

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