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