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Play It Right: Sylvan Esso at Union Transfer

Sylvan Esso | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

 

It’s hard to imagine many bands that are more just plain fun than Sylvan Esso. And last weekend during two very sold-out shows at Union Transfer, they both had fun performing and shared their magical sense of passion and humor with an adoring crowd of fans. I had been waiting to see the band again for almost two years, since first encountering them in Wisconsin at Justin Vernon’s inaugural Eaux Claires festival — and getting to see their explosive presence touring behind the just-released What Now did not, of course, disappoint. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kristen Kurtis’ best songs of 2016

Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, WXPN Morning Show Host Kristen Kurtis shares her favorite songs of 2016.

The breadth of excellent new music that came out in 2016 is staggering — so much so that, when you look at individual listeners’ lists, there’s generally not a ton of overlap. In this playlist, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis shares some of her favorites — and while, yes, it includes David Bowie and Radiohead, she also picked outstanding songs from Lucy DacusGwen StefaniBeckLady GagaSteve GunnLittle Green CarsMarian Hill and more. Listen to it below, via Spotify. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview: Frightened Rabbit, LNZNDRF & more

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Ready to sink your ears into some new tunes? We’ll boast a bunch of must hear new songs from some familiar favs and some brand new voices … here’s a sample of what you’ll hear starting at 8pm on our New Music Show:

“Death Dream” by FRIGHTENED RABBIT

Scottish indie rock darlings FRIGHTENED RABBIT introduce a brand new album with “Death Dream” this week. Continue reading →