Editor's Note: Matt Buga is a Music Director at KUCI.
KUCI is the last bastion against sound-alike radio in Orange County and the voice of freedom for all the independent music that gets snubbed by the major labels. From the edge of University of California Irvine, KUCI brings you the latest in all ... More >>
The Hype: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down recent release Know Better Learn Faster is ostensibly a break-up album, but its songs couldn't sound more exultant. Loud drums, jingly guitars and Thao Nguyen's blues woman croon combine to create music that's danceable and affecting. Last year, the San Fr ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantasti ... More >>