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Tickets were made available today for the midwest’s premiere festival for shoegaze and dream pop, Kalamashoegazer. Now in its eleventh installment, this DIY festival has become the gold standard for festivals of its kind, and the venue change to Bell’s Brewery is an upgrade everyone is genuinely enthusiastic about.

Tonight, we air a special program celebrating Kalamashoegazer XI, and the announced bill.

4:30 pm Houseplants (Grand Rapids, MI)
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5:30 pm Crash City Saints (Kalamazoo, MI)
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Brand new album, ‘Are You Free,’ out now on St. Marie Records. https://www.facebook.com/SaintMarieRecords/

6:30 pm Orations (Buffalo, NY)
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7:30 pm Tambourina (Kalamazoo, MI)
(Feat. members of glowfriends)
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8:30 pm Dead Leaf Echo (Brooklyn, NY)
https://www.facebook.com/deadleafecho/

9:30 pm Brief Candles (Milwaukee, WI)
https://www.facebook.com/Brief-Candles-124942650115/

10:30 pm Whimsical (Chicago, IL)
https://www.facebook.com/WhimsicalBand/
First show since 2003, with their original line-up. Sleep to Dream available on St. Marie.

11:30 pm Airiel (Chicago, IL)
https://www.facebook.com/airielmusic/
New album, Molten Young Lovers, due imminently.

Tonight’s Kalamashoegazer XI special will run midnight Eastern, 9 pm Pacific, with a repeat twelve hours later. We’ll post a recorded snapshot on Mixcloud by this weekend, for the permanent record. Tickets available now, via this link. Don’t sleep!

Update: we’ve posted the aired program to Mixcloud, now available on demand. Listen in here.

Everything, all at once. It’s that kind of weekend. New music from Figmennt (pictured), Seasurfer, Jesus & Mary Chain, Flirting, Hater, Whimsical (again!), Daysee, Holygram, The Gluts, Moon Loves Honey, Forever Fatale, Coloresantos, Civil Engineer, Cigarettes After Sex, PINE, Trementina, and world broadcast premieres from Slow Crush (you’ll have a quick crush on this one, so say we all), and Fotoform (formerly C’est La Mort), with the full album due next month. Pure sonic bliss, indeed. Much as we’re giddy about all the newness that’s landed this weekend, we’re especially over the moon over these two premieres.

That’s not to neglect last weekend’s fresh berries, including the new Alternative F̷acts compilation, the new LPs from Secret Shine and A Thousand Hours, plus Brooklyn’s Sooner, Peppermint Showers, Crème Fouettée, Spectres, Velveteen, The Beremy Jets, and probably a whole bunch more we’ve forgotten by now. The pressure!

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Everything came out this week (or, today). No, really. Don’t know if you’d marked this date on your calendar, we sure hadn’t. But the heavens opened up, and spilled all these new releases all over us. An embarrassment of tuneage. New EPs from No Joy, Funeral Advantage, Kindling, and VENN. All that, this week. New LPs from Whimsical, King Woman and Froth. All that, this week. Plus we (finally) catch up with the new Novella LP, and trot out sparkly new tracks from Jay Som, Violentene, Hexagrams, Glasz, Galaxina, Starwheel, The Age of Colored Lizards, Folder, and the Soundcloud-only headliners (pictured above), December Flowers. All of the new, all this week.

That’s not to neglect last weekend’s new adds, including The Beremy Jets, Teen Divorce, The Death of Pop, Pure Morning, ????? ????, White Tulips, Tall Pines, Daydream Cathedral, Seventeen Years, Terry vs. Tori, Shady Elders, Black Veils, Fawns of Love, highandfragile, Candace, Todavia, The Soft Spots, Schroeder, can you buy flagyl online Wozniak, My Pet Genius, and TBTCI Records’ impressive Slowdive compilation. We’re truly over-booked.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

First drop the needle on Sleep to Dream, the long-awaited return from Whimsical, you’d get the impression you’ve received the pre-mastered version. It’s the sound of the band practice down the hall, barely heard through three walls, and over the street noise. You’ve been had. This opening interlude is just the setup for the sonic bust-out, almost a metaphor for a long-buried and unheard album finally bursting forth with a 21st century sheen. Buried guitar squall emerges into cascading guitar waves. Guitarist Neil Burkdoll intertwines these guitar waves with another layer of glossy filigree, as suddenly multiple guitar lines are having a conversation from different sonic angles. Vocalist Krissy Vanderwoude overlays the proceedings with a crisp and clear-eyed vocal that comes off as both experienced and optimistic.

Track Two, “Lost and Found” opens with a guitar coda that seems almost immediately familiar (though this reviewer can’t for the life of him draw its parallel). But this familiarity branches off into new colors and directions, all founded on a bedrock guitar churn, as you’re led into unfamiliar but comfortable territory.

By the time you get to the LP’s third track, “Surreal”, new sonic vistas have opened up. You can no longer simply assume direct references. There’s some Lush here, a dash of Robin Guthrie, even a bit of late 80’s twee pop guitar work, but the distillation of all these only reinforces Whimsical’s unique sonic imprint. This combination of rhythm, guitar and vocal is now become instantly recognizable as Whimsical. The song structures all put the “pop” back in “dream pop”: these are song-centric dream pop confections carefully crafted by adults.

It’s tempting to go through a track-by-track dissection, but this is one of those albums you simply fall into. If the assembled palette hasn’t grabbed you by track three, this brand is not for you. The strength of Whimsical is in the songs and the arrangements, carefully balanced, hauntingly lovely.

The foundation for all these songs has existed for over 15 years, with recorded bits lying dormant on a lost hard drive for all that time. At the time of first recording, Whimsical consisted of Krissy Vanderwoude (vox), Neil Burkdoll (guitar, sounds), Mark Milliron (guitar), Brian Booher (bass), and Andy Muntean (drums). Neil later added keyboard flourishes, re-edited drums based on today’s music software technology, and produced a final packaged presentation. Focused, polished, re-recorded and overdubbed, the songs on Sleep to Dream all have the freshness of now. Which is only unfortunate for guitarist Neil Burkdoll, as he’s recently admitted in an interview that he doesn’t listen to new music. To the rest of us, this is the new music. To paraphrase Mick Jagger, we know it’s not rock and roll, but we love it.

Sleep to Dream releases 24 February on Saint Marie Records (order link here). Follow Whimsical on Twitter and Facebook, and get in on the ground floor… fifteen years later. Don’t worry, in this case no one will judge.

When everything awesome comes out at the same time… Join us this weekend for the freshest underground sounds from the newest dynamic releases. We’re celebrating new music from Vestidos, Mosaicz, Versus People, the full LP from Melt, the new Lazy Legs benefit single, the debut long-player from Hideous Towns, grungy goodness from Housing Crash, plus the long-awaited Bloodhounds On My Trail, a touch of Drab Majesty, new singles from Tears Run Rings, The Churchill Garden, Last Leaf Down, and Whimsical, plus we catch up with Cuesta Loeb, and trot out choice cuts from the new Static Waves compilation, released by Saint Marie Records on this fine Friday. There be no clunkers here!

That’s not to overlook last weekend’s fresh soundscapes, including Cigarettes After Sex, Terry vs. Tori, Endless White, Melt, Vagina Lips, Alpha Male, Vikings in Tibet, Time Enough At Last, Candy, Dryer (pictured above), Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions, Lunar Quiet, Mirror Days, San Mei, Andrew Younker, Parading, Splashh. True buy metronidazole 400 online Cross, Sin Kitty, and Floating Room. We got all of that well covered!

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

While celebrating the release birthdays of Cranes, Cocteau Twins and Ride, as well as celebrating the birthday-birthday of Bilinda Butcher, we’ve managed to cobble together an excellent New Tracks Weekend for your enjoyment. Guests and star-turns included from Sky Between Leaves, We Melt Chocolate, Whimsical, This Blinding Light, Citrus Clouds, Berlina, True Widow (Ariel kept calling them “True Window” until we got her head right, true story), Lubec, Wild Meadows, Fat Creeps, Lakota Colours, Berlina, Rauschenberg, a deep dive into a classic LP from The Suncharms, plus some shiny samples from TBTCI Records’ tribute to Teenage Fanclub.

Not to neglect our most recent additions from Hazel English, Dead Gaze, Wildhoney, Mercury Girls, Soda Shop, Arbes, Morning TV, Dani Mari & Chris Miller, SEASHINE, Fern, Matthew & Me, Dear Tracks, Orchin, Petal Head, Tall Pines, The Autumn Sighs, Cruel Summer, Bloodhounds On My Trail and hella bunch more.

Remember: your vote counts via the DKFM app! Thumbs up / thumbs down in the app helps us to know what stays and what goes. You support the station, you shape the sound.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Listen via the station page at DKFM, on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our new branded apps for Apple’s iOS, Android and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

So much the new! Headlined by the new LP from Kindling, worth the wait, worth your attention. New music from rotation staples Whimsical and Angel Falls, each taking what they do, focusing and amplifying on an impressive original blueprint that makes both so special. New music from Hoops, in anticipation of a killer EP to come. The new Field Mouse LP, Episodic, we’ll go deep with. A glittering new track from Danxia. Don’t know them? Soon you can’t forget them. Guaranteed. Daguerrotype, Heavy Ghost, Flirting, Seeing Hands, Alarm Drum, Dear Baby Deer, Sick, Exowaves, OSLO, The Pink Elephants, and the long-awaited follow-up from Zeit, only proving our belief in the power of a great band to make memorable tunes. We’ll also reintroduce you to Whistlejacket, one of our favorite brain-bending bands from East London. We’ve been spinning “March Hare” for a millennium, it seems, but the lads are hitting the road throughout Europe next month, in advance of their upcoming Oh Brother EP, due September 2nd. If the live show is anything like these tracks, well, might want to adjust your dosage accordingly. Blistering psych-rock with hooks and attitude to spare.

Not to forget last weekend’s treats: Hazel English, Ablebody, Rei Clone (have you heard this yet? You’ll be tested on it later!), Teen Brains, Blonde Tongues, Tape buy flagyl no prescription needed Runs Out, Print(the)Seas, We Are Parasols, Celestial Bums, Nycolle Fernandes, and TBTCI’s stellar Cure tribute, out now. Don’t sleep on that, for sure.

Remember: you get to vote on these tracks via the DKFM app! Thumbs up / thumbs down in the app helps us to know what stays and what goes. You support the station, you shape the sound.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Listen via the station page at DKFM, on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our new branded apps for Apple’s iOS, Android and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Mein gott in himmel! Tough enough coordinating an epic weekend of new music, but when iTunes Store and eMusic go down simultaneously, all bets are off. Was our hope to include Japan’s premiere shoegaze band, The Florist, but it looks like that may have to wait a bit. The good news? Brand new Kindling, in advance of their hotly-anticipated upcoming LP (preorders up now). Also, new Jay Som arrived today, and there was much rejoicing. New music from Caterwall, Sunshine, Miss Mobile Home, Space Waves, A Certain Smile, The White Tulips, Lake Ruth, Future Theory, Babaganouj, Whimsical, Soccer Mommy and much more. The Man may be tryina hold us back, but we’re on a mission from God.

That’s not to neglect last week’s fresh offerings, including TV Wonder, Pool Shop, T R A C E S, Programm, POKAL, Hideous Towns, The Casket Girls, Night School, Electric Starlight, The Fylls, Callière and more. We’re overbooked and overstressed to get all this in your ears. Let it wash over you.

Remember: you get to vote on these tracks via the DKFM app! Thumbs up / thumbs down in the app helps us to know what stays and what goes. You support the station, you shape the sound.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Listen via the station page at DKFM, on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our new branded apps for Apple’s iOS, Android and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

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