Dnak 88 (April 2016)

One of the lucky benefits of being in the Bay Area is that so many bands that play at Coachella find their way up here in the few days between their separate performances down south. Just at the Fox Theater in Oakland, you have M83, Chvrches, and Grimes playing on consecutive nights! I was fortunate enough to see M83 (one of my favorites) again, and I’ve included a track from them in my new list. But checkout the stunning “I&I” from Lost Under Heaven (LUH). Other highlights are the collaboration between Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs; new music from Parquet Courts and Frightened Rabbit, and a track from UK shoegazers SULK. Enjoy.

I love @m83.official

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Dnak 87 (March 2016)

SXSW 2016 was another incredible week of live music spanning across the heart of Austin. I’m always blown away by how different it is from any other music festival, providing both intimate moments with undiscovered artists and incredible performances by emerging acts. I managed to see 55 shows over 5 days and nights, and I’ve packed this playlist almost exclusively with artists that performed in Austin that week. Some of the more spectacular performances I saw were from Bloc Party, Miike Snow, Iggy Pop, Jamie XX, and Lucius. But I also loved raw performances from Car Seat Headrest, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Mitski, and the smooth electro sounds from Baio, Polica, and HAELOS. I’ve included a few snaps from the shows I saw below.

Lucius #sxsw2016

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Car Seat Headrest #sxsw2016

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down #sxsw2016

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Jamie XX #sxsw2016

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Dnak 86 (February 2016)

It’s my first new playlist for 2016, and there’s a ton of new music to check out, including new tracks from Yeasayer, Nada Surf, Savages, M. Ward, and even The Lumineers. Definitely check out the track from Gryffin, which might be my favorite on the list. I’ll be heading to SXSW Music again this year, so be sure to hit me up if you’re going to be in Austin. Would love to see some shows with you.

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Dnak 2015: Top 50 Songs of 2015

I am incredibly fortunate to be able to explore new music as both part of my job and as a personal passion. I saw a ton of live music again this year, and a number of the artist I saw have songs on my list this year. It’s always tough to narrow down the list to 50, but here it is… I love each and every song on this list.

If you prefer,you can jump to the end to see the YouTube and Spotify playlists.

Let’s get started with Songs 41-50

Dnak 85

Sneaking in one more playlist before the end of the year. A slew of new albums are going to hit in the new year, and artists are releasing early singles to get a head start. I’m starting off the list with a new single from Lucius (who I got to see at a KEXP benefit last month). And there’s music from new bands Astropol, Aquilo, Low, and Still Parade, along with some great new tracks from Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Diiv, and more. I hope you find something new to check out.

At last night's @kexp benefit: @ilovelucius with special guest @brandicarlile

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Dnak 84

Fall is in the air, and we’re finally getting a few drops of rain in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be at the Treasure Island Music Festival a few weeks back, with some fantastic performances by The National, FKA Twigs, Chvrches, War on Drugs, Lower Dens, Big Grams, Viet Cong, and many more. In my latest list I’m including some tracks from Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) and FKA Twigs, as well as a track from Small Black (who I just saw at The Crocodile in Seattle). And I’m loving that there’s so much new music coming out from some of my favorite artists, including Miike Snow, BØRNS, Grimes, Chromatics, Júníus Meyvant, Holy Esque, Bloc Party, and Empress Of. Plus some newer discoveries: Car Seat Headrest, The Dø, Julia Holter, and more. Check it out.

Small Black at The Crocodile

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Band formerly known as Viet Cong #TIMF

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Panda Bear #TIMF

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Dnak 83

Summer Festival season is just about over, and I was fortunate to experience great performances this year at Outside Lands in SF and The Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle. I’m still looking forward to Treasure Island Music Festival in October. Highlights from my latest list include an ODESZA/Little Dragon collaboration,new tracks from CHVRCHES, FKA Twigs, and Disclosure (including vocals from one of the brothers). We also have brand new albums coming out from Small Black, Empress Of, Destroyer, and more.

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