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Top Ten May 11th – 17th:

Weekly Top Ten

May 18, 2015 - 11:50 am

  1. Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha/Sony)
  2. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)
  3. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  4. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  5. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
  6. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  7. Grant Dermody Sun Might Shine on Me (independent)
  8. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)
  9. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)
  10. Axel Krygier Hombre de Piedra (Crammed Discs)

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Top Ten May 4th – 10th:

Weekly Top Ten

May 11, 2015 - 2:21 pm

  1. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  2. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  3. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  4. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  5. Saun & Starr Look Closer (Daptone)
  6. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  7. Alabama Shakes Sound & Color (Rough Trade)
  8. Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO)
  9. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)

Past Top Ten

Democrats keep pushing for new voting measure

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

May 8, 2015 - 11:00 am

By John Stang Senate Democrats and supporters made a symbolic push Thursday to get a state voting rights act to the Washington Senate floor. The legislation appears doomed for 2015. Technically, though, two similar bills are in play, one sponsored by Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland and the other by Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace. The

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Top Ten April 27th – May 3rd:

Weekly Top Ten

May 4, 2015 - 10:27 am

  1. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  2. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  3. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  4. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  5. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  6. The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic)
  7. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best)
  8. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)
  9. Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO)
  10. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)

Past Top Ten

Phone Volunteers needed in June

May 4, 2015 - 9:26 am

KBCS is listener-supported, public radio. The vast majority of our operating budget comes directly from listeners. To raise that support, we hold on-air membership drives each year, as well as year-round membership relations. We are always in need of volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges during pledge drives. Sign up for volunteer shifts

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Music of the Moment:

Close Up Needle on Record

May 1, 2015 - 3:20 pm

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

1. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash) – The sophomore recording from this Nashville transplant brims with sweet country-soul reminiscent of Van Morrison, with an added dash of John Prine. The album is full of Nashville luminaires- Darrell Scott, Kenny Vaughan, Will Kimbrough, Gabe Dixon, the McCrary Sisters and Oliver Wood (who co-produced the album). All in all, this is a beautiful record.

2. The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic) – Amanda Platt has taken the reins of this North Carolina band and created their best album to date. If you are a fan of excellent country music, you’ll want to put a copy of Me Oh My in your music collection for sure.

3. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) – It’s hard to believe Eilen is already on her 7th studio album, but here it is and she continues to put out soulful, country music that feels like home no matter where you’re from. In 2012 Eilen moved back to Boise. This album gives an intimate picture of her hometown and reflects on Southern Idaho with wise eyes.

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Animals That Help Us Navigate And Heal

courtesy of Niall Kennedy courtesy of Niall Kennedy

April 30, 2015 - 11:16 am

Animals, as pets can bring an invaluable benefit to our lives. And for some, animals can be a lifeline. This week we look at the back story on guide dogs as a source of navigation and safety for thousands of people with visual impairments across the country. We also feature how horses can help in

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KBCS DJs live at Folklife

Antoine da Funkscribe

April 30, 2015 - 1:01 am

The Fisher Green stage beer tent at Northwest Folklife is gonna be more hoppin’ than usual because KBCS DJs are dropping in to spin a set, daily.

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Top Ten April 20th – 26th:

Weekly Top Ten

April 27, 2015 - 11:33 pm

  1. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  2. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
  3. Saun & Starr Look Closer (Daptone)
  4. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  5. Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason (independent)
  6. Mark Knopfler Tracker (Verve)
  7. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)
  8. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  9. The Honeycutters Me Oh My (Organic)
  10. The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Capitol)

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Lawmakers compromise on oil trains

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

April 27, 2015 - 7:00 am

By John Stang Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil transportation safety bills. The Senate passed the compromise, 46-0, on Friday. Shortly after, the measure got a resounding 95-1 Yes from the House. “It’s an above-average bill,”

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