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KAFM TUNED IN: 3 new, emerging bands you have to watch for

Moon Taxi
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Oct. 6 — Ray Bonneville, 7 p.m. at KAFM Radio Room

Oct. 9 — Jake Shimabukuro, 7 p.m. at Moss Performing Arts Center

Editor’s note: Lance Lewis covers the emerging artist scene for KAFM Community Radio.

Below are three great reasons why KAFM has now joined the iTunes radio listings in the “eclectic” genre! Remember, you can keep up with all the new music at http://kafmmusic.blogspot.com/

Artist: Moon Taxi

Title: “Mountains Beaches Cities”

Release date: Sept. 10, 2013

Moon Taxi started like many bands; they met in college. The quartet had its first release in 2006 while still at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. “Melodica” introduced Moon Taxi to the world as a twin guitar attack jam band. Now a quintet with the addition of a keyboardist in 2007, the band is known for their high energy live shows.

A second release in 2012, “Cabaret,” saw a change of direction for the band with a more commercialized, less guitar-forward sound, more emphasis on keyboards and on founder/front man Trevor Terndrup’s spotlight-grabbing, head-resonating vocals.

Just a year later, Moon Taxi is back with “Mountains Beaches Cities,” continuing with thundering, reverberating percussion, emphasized bass lines and glittering synths. Also new is a slower, more folksy approach with the song “Young Journey.”

For more information, visit: https://myspace.com/moontaxi/music/songs or http://ridethemoontaxi.com/.

Artist: Grey Reverend

Title: “A Hero’s Lie”

Release date: Sept. 3, 2013

Grey Reverend is LD Brown whom at the age 22 fortuitously found six-string love in Philadelphia after discovering an electric guitar left in the apartment he had moved into. Self-taught at first, Brown was fortunate to meet and be mentored by Philly jazz guitar great Pat Martino.

Brown’s driving passion to master the instrument impelled him to practice 12 hours a day which eventually led to focal dystonia, a neurological disorder compromising finger dexterity, and the hard-fought talent he had strived so long for. Forced to take a new look at his technique, Brown became interested in folk song structure and rethinking how to form chords with his left hand.

Unique chord structures, bass runs, strings plucked and arpeggio and accompanied by Brown’s uncomplicated, comforting vocal style make this sophomore release of the Reverend’s original compositions perfect for fall days and reflective listening. There is no malice here, just beautiful songs of hope, acceptance, easy honesty and a feeling that everything will be alright. Brown and his guitar are joined by just the right amount of production with occasional strings or keyboards.

For more information, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/greyreverend or http://greyreverend.com/.

Artist: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Title: Fool’s Gold

Release date: May 31, 2013

Jazz and blues singer Meschiya Lake was born in the wrong time and place and making the best of it. In 2000, a young and free-spirited Lake joined the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus twirling fire and eating glass on stage, undoubtedly putting any performance jitters she might have had to rest. Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns were founded in 2009 and quickly established themselves as one of New Orleans’ favorite live bands.

In Lake’s voice you can hear the texture and timbre of Depression-era greats like Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith. Lake is backed up with early New Orleans Jazz and Blues instrumentation expertly provided by the boys in the band. The 14 tracks include covers of early 20th Century tunes and original tracks written by Lake and members of The Little Big Horns.

For more information, visit: https://myspace.com/meschiyalake/music/songs.

Thanks to KAFM programmers Joanie Leinbach and Ron Waterman for getting Grey Reverend and Meschiya Lake, respectively, to KAFM’s new rack.

Lance Lewis is a volunteer programmer and Music Bureau member with KAFM Community Radio 88.1. You can catch him on KAFM’s Radio Rapture alternating Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

KAFM Tuned In is funded in part by the Gill Foundations Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a proud supporter of local programs like) The Colorado School Safety Resource Center.

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