New on 94.3 The X, Print December 5, 2016

New on 94.3 The X: ‘Songs You Need To Hear This Month”

by Shelby Taylor-Thorn


Shelby Taylor-Thorn

On Air M-F 3p.m.-7p.m.

The Unlikely Candidates – Ringer

If there is one band I don’t have to introduce to Northern Colorado, it’s The Unlikely Candidates. Since playing an Edge of The X with us last July, the five Fort Worth guys have done a handful of shows around town, including Greeley’s Block Party, where they had Northern Coloradans begging us to put the song ‘Ringer’ on the air. We liked it, so we put a ring on it, and you should, too.

The Fame Riot – Heart Stray

‘Glam rock never left, it just had to be recaptured,’ the two brothers Shazam and Lizzard of The Fame Riot told me in an interview last November.  The Seattle-based band listed Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Freddy Mercury as influences, which explains why they were speaking in faux-English accents when I first met them. Their music – just as off the wall as they are.

Rag‘n’Bone Man – Human

Is it weird to describe a song as ‘really amped up Hozier?’ Because I can think of no other comparison when I hear Rory ‘Rag’n’Bone Man’ Graham’s powerful, echoing vocals infused with elements of hip hop. This song pushes the boundary of what we consider ‘alternative,’ and pushes our dials to the right.

Bishop Briggs – Wild Horses

This Sarah McLaughlin is definitely not the one from the sad, abused animal commercials (so we can see why she goes by the name ‘Bishop Briggs’ instead). Months ago, we heard her first single ‘River,’ and her sophomore follow-up track ‘Wild Horses’ takes Briggs’ bass-blasting, gritty alt-girl sound to another level.  It’s a must-have add to your girl power playlist (even if you’re a dude).

Sundara Karma – Loveblood

It’s been a freakishly-warm winter in Northern Colorado, so why not roll down the window and listen to some surf rock? Sundara Karma sounds like a yoga studio, but they’re actually a band of longtime friends from the UK who are starting to make it onto U.S. airwaves, starting here at 94.3 The X! 

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