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Kaki King

Kaki King's childhood passions were the drums and Brit-pop, and she figured if she ever made it big it would be because of her skills behind the kit. However, her musical talents didn't stop there: she also played the guitar, and though she learned Beatles and Fleetwood Mac songbooks, she found herself drawn to the styles of Preston Reed and Michael Hedges. Moving from Atlanta to New York to attend college, King got her first taste of solo guitar performance thanks to campus open-mike nights, and upon graduation in 2001 she decided to pursue the instrument more seriously. She started playing in subways, a venue that helped her develop her percussive technique, and when passengers would ask her if she had CDs, she realized that she could possibly make a living as a musician. A copy of her 2002 demo got her a short gig at the Tap Bar in the Knitting Factory, where she was seen by Velour Records head Jeff Krasno, who released her debut, Everybody Loves You, the following year. King moved to Epic imprint Red Ink for her second album, 2004's Legs to Make Us Longer, but she returned to Velour for 2006's Until We Felt Red, which, in addition to including other instrumentation (which was also found on Legs to Make Us Longer), had King's singing prominently featured. After a busy 2007 -- not only was the guitarist recording her fourth full-length, she also appeared on albums from Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters and contributed to the soundtracks for Into the Wild and August Rush -- King released Dreaming of Revenge in March of 2008. After a world tour, she stayed active. Her album Junior was released on Cooking Vinyl/Rounder in 2010. She also co-produced a song for Miley Cyrus with Timbaland. In the fall of 2012, King issued Glow, a collection of instrumentals on which she was backed by a string quartet, bagpipes, organic percussion, and individually designed soundscapes for each track. In 2015, King released The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, a companion piece to her ambitious multi-media performance of the same name. ~ Marisa Brown
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Kaki King

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Albums by
Kaki King

Top Songs by
Kaki King

  1.   Song
  2.   Great Round Burn
  3.   Bone Chaos in the Castle
  4.   No True Masterpiece Will Ever Be Complete
  5.   Streetlight in the Egg
  6.   King Pizel
  7.   Sad American
  8.   Holding the Severed Self
  9.   Kelvinator
  10.   Open Mouth
  11.   Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be a Bad Person?
  12.   Bowen Island
  13.   Everybody Loves You
  14.   Carmine St.
  15.   The Exhibition
  16.   Sloan Shore
  17.   My Nerves That Committed Suicide
  18.   Kewpie Station
  19.   Meserole (featuring Dave Treut)
  20.   Sunrise At Wildflower Hill Retirement Center
  21.   Marche Slav
  22.   Sunnyside
  23.   Death Head
  24.   Saving Days in a Frozen Head
  25.   So Much for So Little (demo)
  26.   Montreal
  27.   Pull Me Out Alive
  28.   Ritual Dance
  29.   Bari Improv
  30.   The Footsteps Die Out Forever
  31.   Ahuvati
  32.   Jessica
  33.   Goby
  34.   You Don't Have To Be Afraid
  35.   Yellowcake
  36.   Magazine
  37.   Playing With Pink Noise
  38.   Mexican Teenagers
  39.   Everything Has an End, Even Sadness
  40.   Zamzam Well
  41.   Falling Day
  42.   Tunnel
  43.   Close Your Eyes & You'll Burst Into Flames
  44.   Lies
  45.   Doing the Wrong Thing
  46.   O Holy Night
  47.   Until We Felt Red
  48.   Air and Kilometers
  49.   Old Crow and the Miner's Daughter
  50.   Cargo Cult
  51.   Skimming the Fractured Surface to a Place of Endless Light
  52.   All the Landslides Birds Have Seen Since the Beginning of the World
  53.   Hallucinations from My Poisonous German Streets
  54.   2 O'Clock
  55.   Steamed Juicy Little Bun
  56.   Zeitgeist
  57.   My Insect Life
  58.   Joi
  59.   Frame
  60.   The Betrayer
  61.   Gouge Both Your Eyes Out (But Eat Only One)
  62.   Waltz for the Alone
  63.   Soft Shoulder
  64.   The Fire Eater
  65.   Life Being What It Is
  66.   Can the Gwot Save Us?
  67.   Lintoria
  68.   First Brain
  69.   Gay Sons Of Lesbian Mothers
  70.   Close to Me
  71.   These Are The Armies Of The Tyrannized
  72.   Night After Sidewalk
  73.   Happy as a Dead Pig in the Sunshine
  74.   Solipsist
  75.   Second Brain
  76.   L Train, 1st Ave: Low
  77.   Fences
  78.   Communist Friends
  79.   Hairs
  80.   The Hoopers of Hudspeth
  81.   Ingots
  82.   Nails
  83.   Spit It Back in My Mouth
  84.   I Never Said I Love You
  85.   A Long Way to Go Before We Are Truly Danlike
  86.   Vivian Leigh's Veins
  87.   Neanderthal
  88.   Fortuna
  89.   Tune Up
  90.   The Surface Changes
  91.   Hababout