Explore an interview with Mitchell Kezin - director, writer, and producer of the new documentary film Jingle Bell Rocks! The film explores the underground world of Christmas music and the collectors who continually surface lost selections from the ghosts of Christmas past. The film features interviews with Clarence Carter, Wayne Coyne, Bob Dorough, Mighty Sparrow, Joseph "Rev Run DMC" Simmons, John Waters, and more.
The official announcement of the 2015 RockyGrass Festival lineup is out. We're excited to see such an incredible list of artists. As you might imagine, AfterFM has big plans for our festival coverage in 2015. What could top our dedicated RockyGrass Festival stream and archives? Dare to dream festivarian.
Check out the top 100 albums of 2014 on KGNU. This list represents the most played recordings on the station from January 1st through December 1st. Some of these recordings came out toward the end of 2013 but were still red hot for us in the first part of the new year. You can check out our weekly Top 30 charts throughout the year to keep up on what we're digging at the moment.
Over the years we have been very fortunate to have visits to our studio from Antibalas. This incredible band has consistently taken time out of their busy tour schedule to play a few tunes on our airwaves. As usual, our performance space was packed tighter than a NYC subway but the unstoppable power of Antibalas can never be contained and this session proved that fact once again.
Local Gold: We had a chance to visit with Elephant Revival just before their two night stand at the Boulder Theater as part of their "Birds of a Feather Autumnal Ball" with Paper Bird and Horse Feathers. The band played a few tunes and spoke about the development of new material as well as the challenges of performing in a fuselage.
Local Gold: In advance of their 11/14/14 CD release concert at the Gothic Theatre, we caught up with Hayley Helmericks of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to chat about their album. We premiered "The Breath and the Glow" from Totem. Hayley discussed the process the band went through to create the highly anticipated new recording.
The one and only, Wayne "The Train" Hancock paid us a visit early one June morning back in 2010 for this studio session with our very own Doc Martin. He may be a little on the young side but we consider Wayne to be a living legend carrying the torch of Classic Country wherever his path may lead him.
Local Gold: With time running out on their crowd funding campaign to record their dream album, Chimney Choir made a triumphant return to our studios for a live performance of some of their new unrecorded material.
Local Gold: Just before the release of 'Death' their second installment of a three part EP series, Gasoline Lollipops joined us in the studio for a live musically stripped down session. Clay Rose and Donny Ambory debuted selections from the new EP with a set that included Devil's in the Ace, Longest Night, and Fast Train. The band are no strangers to our studios and we we're thrilled to have them take over our airwaves once again.
Matthew Vasquez and Kelly Winrich of Delta Spirit stopped by our studio for a live performance and conversation. We were fortunate to be able to spend the morning with them as they were in between tour stops back in 2010 in support of their album "History from Below". We checked in with them about the late Howard Zinn, Irish proverbs, and a whole lot more.