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Artist: San Cisco Album: Gracetown Genre: Indie Rock Recommended if you like: Vampire Weekend, Tennis, TOPS, Portugal. The Man I’d like to start by simply saying: This album is REALLY good. The Australian quartet is back for their sophomore album, Gracetown. San Cisco formed in 2009 and have been producing some high caliber indie pop twee magic ever since. With three EPs (Golden Revolver, Awkward, and Beach) and two full studio...

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  Artist: Nightwish                                   Release Date: February 13, 2015 Album: Élan (Single)                            Rating: ★★★★ out of 5 stars Genre: Symphonic Metal Recommended If You Like: Delain, Sonata Arctica, After Forever, John Williams     httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPonioDYnoY   Élan the Perfect Taster For Upcoming Masterpiece After several years of uncertainty, Nightwish is back to...

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Folkwave Duo Dazzles with Dreamy Debut Artist: Field Division                                   Release Date: October 2014 Album: Reverie State                                  Rating:★★★½ out of 5 stars Recommended If You Like: Folkwave, King Crimson, Fleetwood Mac, Enya, Indie, Nightime roadtrip music First off, it should be known: I love dreamy bands. No, not that kind. Music that gets you dreaming and takes your ears and mind on a...

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Artist: Light Club Album: Youth is Fading EP Genre: Soulful Indie Pop Recommended if you like: The 1975, Wild Cub, St. Lucia, and Bastille I was delightfully surprised when listening to this EP. Light Club, out of Bridge City, Oregon, blends synth, percussion, and light wispy vocals by the band’s singer, Gabe Mouer. This album is perfect ambient music to a sunny day in April. “Not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a...

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After the station’s two music directors got to wax poetic over their top album picks of the year, we thought it only fair that we gave the DJs the chance to do the same. Top ten lists galore! DJ B-Rad (Brad Lanphere) Russ Liquid – In Love Papadosio – Night & Day Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Psychology Twiddle – Live at Nectar’s Umphrey’s McGee – Similar Skin Mac Demarco – Salad...

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KCSU has received thousands of records this year, and as Music Director I’ve been #blessed to listen to a lot of them. Making this list was a lot harder than I expected because 2014 didn’t have as many gems to offer as more recent years. Some of the records that I was most excited for ended up being flops, and musicians that I’d never heard of totally stole the show. Here are my 20 favorite records of the year:   20. Conor...

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