Tag Archives: KSLC
This five-member band works together to bring catchy yet rhythmic music to Linfield’s radio station, KSLC.
Comanchero is defined as western Hispanic traders who were known for being the best customers of trading in that region, which inspired the western sounds found in the band’s music.
The band has performed together all across the United States for more than seven years. They have opened and worked with bands like Passion Pit and The Mother Truckers.
They have continued to travel after playing in more than 100 shows from coast to coast.
One of the tracks, titled “Jimmy Carter,” brings bongos and eclectic guitar sounds together to create a lively, foot-stomping beat. Clever lyrics are guaranteed when you listen to any of Comanchero’s songs.
Many different bands and artists, such as Wilco, Mumford and Sons and Led Zeppelin, influence Comanchero’s unique sounds. It is easy to pick up on these important contributors when you listen to this bluegrass and funk music.
Comanchero is continuing to grow in number of followers on the East coast after releasing its third album, “The Undeserved,” which can be found on its website.
Listen for Comanchero, a fun bluegrass band that will make you want to dance, on KSLC.
To hear more songs and to check them out for yourself, you can go to KSLC and listen.
We are now streaming online so go to our website and listen to the Best in the Northwest Student Station, KSLC 90.3 FM, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.
Haydn Nason/For the Review
Haydn Nason can be reached at email@example.com.
The smooth acoustic vibes of Tyler Stenson that filled the air this summer, opening for famed rocker Chris Isaak at the Oregon Zoo, will now be filling the radio waves of KSLC.
Born in Lander, Wyo., but raised in Oregon, this bold singer/songwriter mixes acoustic melodies, similar to Jack Johnson, with authentic folk-style lyrics like that of a western Bob Dylan.
Deriving influences from his humble roots in the Beaver State, Stenson’s album, Bittersweet Parade, provides tracks of wholesome, inspiring music that begs listeners to find themselves within his words.
Stenson’s early career saw him as the front man/songwriter for the bands Lander and Rhetoric Tuesday in the early 2000s. Filling beer-soaked bars proved to not be enough for the artist and he pursued a solo career in Portland by 2007.
His authentic music has been well received around the Portland-Metro area ever since Stenson was honored as “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards.
The opening track, “Welcome the Change,” personifies the artist’s philosophy of constant growth as a human to better understand oneself. The track sets up the motivating, feel-good music that comprises the rest of the album with clean acoustic guitars providing the only instruments used in the song. The simplicity of this song seems to illuminate Stenson’s words as great Western poetry that is well-received in the Pacific Northwest.
A track title “A Great Man’s Funeral” gives even more support to Stenson’s ability to combine humble music with fantastic lyrics that tell a story that draws the listener in. The use of more Country-style instruments (lap steel-guitars, fiddles, etc.) shows the diversity and reach of Stenson’s music and his capabilities of becoming a prominent music figure even beyond his homeland of the Northwest.
“Push That River” is a slow moving ballad that may be the best example of Stenson’s “Poetry to Music” style that makes him so appealing. His acoustic riff throughout the song gives a soothing flow to the track and lets his words come through to the listener in clear fashion. An echoing steel-guitar in the background adds depth in a modest way that perfectly fits the style of the song.
In an industry in which authenticity is hit or miss, Stenson gives his followers musical motivation to “welcome change” and never forget to find the good within the world.
His music can be found on iTunes as well as www.tylerstenson.com, and is definitely worth a listen or two.
Look for Stenson’s tracks to hit the KSLC rotation with great potential for staying-power.
James Testa/KSLC 90.3 FM
James Testa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Producer Andrew Dixon, most commonly known for producing artists like Colbie Caillat and Augustana, brings you the soft folk-rock sounds of the Los Angeles band La Vie. The debut of its self-titled album brings the sounds of heavy folk roots along with a mixture alternative rock to form relaxing melodies.
La Vie has been performing hits from its self-titled album all across California and the UK. It was also featured as the Indie Spotlight on the front page of YouTube recently. La Vie offers a unique and natural sound to the KSLC mix of alternative music.
The four-man band including lead vocal Adam Roth, guitarist Trevor Conner, drummer Bill Delia and bassist Ryan Williams write music together, embracing the sounds of artists such as The Stanley Brothers and The Carter Family. The sound is a mixture of Switchfoot and The Fray, as it portrays this alternative soft sound of a good-hearted band.
Unlike other alternative-folk bands, La Vie provides a calm sound that is relaxing and refreshing to hear. The four man group has produced several songs that have made their marks on the music industry already.
The whole band works together in the songwriting process of all of their songs on the self-titled album. The song “Waiting For You,” is a laid-back track that demonstrates an all-around good sound.
After touring across the United Kingdom, the band continued to write music, picking up the international influences that it had been looking for, which can be found in the song like “Say,” which had its debut on the self-titled album.
The song “Impossible” is another upbeat and positive song that talks about the band members’ hometown and cruising through life, as the soft yet somewhat twang-guitar sounds play in the background.
Although they are still in the process of starting out, they continue to grow and create a name for themselves, from songs showing up on the MTV show “Made,” to music and interviews appearing on the BBC.
Some of the songs can be downloaded for free on La Vie’s website. To hear more songs and to check the band out for yourself you can go to KSLC and listen. We are now streaming online so go to our website and listen to the Best in the Northwest Student Station, KSLC 90.3 FM, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.
Haydn Nason/For the Review
Haydn Nason can be reached at email@example.com.
Since then, he has released a second full album, “Seven Seals,” two EPs and a slew of singles through Stones Throw Records (Madlib, Aloe Blacc, Dam-Funk and others). Now, his fifth release and third LP is slated for release May 3. And it does not disappoint.
The album is self-titled and features Singleton at his best. It was originally named “Love Kraft,” but this was likely changed after it was discovered that Super Furry Animals had released an album of the same name in 2005.
His superb drumming, groovy bass lines and lush synthesizer harmonies drive many of his most successful tunes. All of these are wrapped in the warm, lo-fi glow of ’80s funk, new wave and post-punk styles — an amalgamation loosely known as “fresh beat.”
Singleton uses this fun and catchy sound that still allows for a large degree of complexity to draw the listener into a warm, ’80s embrace in his latest album.
The album is more rock-oriented than previous releases, even incorporating some elements of rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop from the ’50s and ’60s, and features backbeat rhythms with a stronger emphasis on the electric guitar although it never overshadows the other instruments.
Singleton’s unique singing is also heard more frequently along with other vocalists.
Likely the result of a mix of heavy production effects and intentionally poor-quality recording, all the sounds on the album have that lo-fi ’80s electronic quality to them from echoing, sometimes incomprehensible, lyrics,muffled drumming, fuzzy guitars and cosmic
synthesizer effects. It stands in stark yet infinitely amusing contrast to the sleek, over-produced pop music of today.
While these elements seem like they might be a turn-off to most listeners, James Pants is always danceable, and Singleton is known for some killer live performances.
James Pants can be placed loosely under the umbrella genre of electronica, but his use of live instruments stands out.
The new album began strongly with the energetic and driving “Beta,” a minimal tune with great drumming and a nice guitar solo.
The music branches out as the album progresses but always features a solid beat to move to. The most enjoyable tracks come near the end with the songs, “Alone” and “These Girls.”
“Alone” features some excellent guitar work and a beautifully intriguing saxophone part and “These Girls” is definitely the most rockin’ track on the album with some great synth effects.
All of the songs also have plenty of cheesy ’80s vocals that constantly entertain in a humorous light. For some nice, romantic ’80s introspection, check out “Screams of Passion” and “Kathleen.”
While the album isn’t as groundbreaking as past releases, it still stands solidly on its own with a unique sound that reminds us that the music of the ’80s wasn’t as bad as everybody assumes.
“James Pants” doesn’t come out until May 3, but Stones Throw has 7” vinyl singles for “Every Night I Dream” and “Clouds Over The Pacific” available on its website.
Tune in to KSLC 90.3 FM to hear tracks from “James Pants.”
Braden Smith/KSLC 90.3 FM
Braden Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming out of Pullman, Wash., the band clearly has potential and is starting to gain wider recognition in the area after Jan. 1’s “Salvation” and an earlier EP’s release.
The album’s strongest track is its first one, “Staff of the Shepherd,” which uses warm, vocal harmonies, driving rhythm and airy, acoustic atmospheres interlaced with well-placed electric guitar and other effects
The song transitions seamlessly between three different sections of varied tempo and meter, switching to 3/4 time after close to one minute into the second section, which is followed by a hard, percussive pulse in the last section. The interesting melodies, variance, driving rhythm and powerful vocals pack a lot of punch into four and a half minutes.
Unfortunately, this opening sets expectations high for the rest of the album. The other songs are good, but it’s disappointing to hear that no other tracks carry quite the same punch. This is one of the downsides of beginning an album with your best work. It grabs attention immediately, but can be a bit of a letdown during the course of the album.
The following track, “Motel Queen,” maintains the previously attained drive. It is hard, fast and fun but not nearly as awe-inspiring (not that every track should be).
“Lonely Mouth,” the third track, is an improvment. It reverts back to powerful vocals that begin quietly, but have a more climactic ending. The song also features nice mandolin and violin instrumentation.
Other main highlights of the album include “We Drink Beer,” a pleasant waltz reminiscent of Jack Ruby Presents; “Look Homeward, Angel”; and the final track, “Madmen Choir,” a disjointed tune that features eerie banjo, mandolin and accordion sounds backed by an odd, pounding percussion line.
The band’s most evident strength is its vocals, combining multiple voices to create lovely harmonies backed by strong lyrics and singing. Other significant areas include its varied instrumentation and percussion with a drummer who does much more than simply maintain a beat.
While far from perfect, “Salvation For Ordinary People” is a great showcase of Buffalo Death Beam’s obvious talent and potential, so keep an ear out for more.
Tune in to KSLC 90.3 FM to hear music from
“Salvation For Ordinary People,” released January 1.
Braden Smith/KSLC 90.3 FM
Braden Smith can be reached at email@example.com.