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