Kurt B. Reighley gets his kicks reproducing classic new wave album covers in 18-gauge needlepoint. He is the author of United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties and Handmade Bitters – A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement and music editor of Dinosaur. Reighley’s alter-ego, DJ El Toro, is heard weekly on KEXP, where he also works as development communications manager.

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Album of the Month: ‘Die Alone’ by Gazebos

Gazebos animate inner monologues with unpredictable sounds.


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Album of the Month: ‘The Wanting’ by Nightmare Fortress

Nightmare Fortress sounds ready to take on the world.
Album of the Month

Album of the Month: No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

Casting a wide net that spans from Bellingham to Spokane to Portland, No Seattle dusts off two discs worth of songs from PNW bands that weren’t swept up in the grunge explosion.

Let It Burn

With his urgent, assertive new album, Perfume Genius 
parades the modern queer experience through the mainstream. Photo by Steven Miller.
Album of the Month

Album of the Month: Wheedles Groove Vol. II

This 'Wheedle’s Groove' sounds more eclectic than its predecessor, and that diversity yields a more satisfying start-to-finish listen.