Nikki Leskinen


The other day I saw a Noisey article titled, “Indie Rock Isn’t Dead”, and it made me think about the state of music that we termed “Indie”. The article talks about how music buffs have been lamenting that the era that brought about such powerhouses like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, and  The Shins is not producing the sounds that we have grown to love. Even I for awhile suffered from an extreme anxiety about the state of this station: “Where do we go from here?” ; “What sound does the KSLGNATION expect?”;  “Is this sound viable?”

The key word here is comfort. The sounds we have associated for so long with Indie music has a sound we have come to expect, something familiar, something comfortable. If you ever have been in a long-term relationship, you realize that comfort can be wonderful but also…(drumroll)..stagnating.

The truth is though we crave the comfortable, it makes for a stagnant sound. It’s not original. It’s not bold. It becomes irrelevant to modernity.

Sarah MacDonald of Noisey writes, “Indie now is trying to make a space for everyone but, even more important, the producers of this music want to ensure that their audience can take part in that representation.” (Hint: THAT MEANS YOU!!!)

You, Yes You! Your participation in this station means that the sounds you like stay. How can you participate? Go vote on the songs you here by clicking the  "thumbs up"   or  "thumbs down"  on this website .  Keep submitting your songs to or to my email. Finally, keep an open mind about the sounds you are hearing. It can be hard because we get so “comfortable” with certain sounds, but as Ms. MacDonald has pointed out:

“Indie isn’t dead. It’s evolving”.

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Favorite Tracks

"Here In Spirit"
Jim James

When I first heard this song, I knew I recognized the voice. Turns out this the frontman/guitarist/producer of a little indie band called My Morning Jacket is branching out into his own solo work. I absolutely love it!

Milky Chance

Our favorite German electro-duo has a song out that Time magazine calls,"Somewhere between the folksy rock of Vampire Weekend and the haunting electropop of Beach House,” and that it’s, “low-key alt-rock that appeals to indie listeners and mainstream pop fans.” Perfect crossover appeal!

"Drunk Drivers/ Killer Whales (Single Version)"
Car Seat Headrest

Will Toledo's ode to post-party melancholia and emotion stirred from the activist documentary "Blackfish". If your mind has ever wandered in a drunken stupor to random stream-of-consciousness, add this one to your playlist.

KSLG Interviews

Finding Bigfoot Cast and Crew

On the Morning Show, Nikki interviewed Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" cast member Bobo and producer Ryan who are in town in anticipation for the "Finding Bigfoot Festival", happening Saturday, April 29th at the Veterans park in Willow Creek. Thanks to sponsors Emerald Family Farms and the Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce for making this "squatchy" event possible. More details at .


Indie Pop duo OH WONDER is currently touring North America and are soon to be releasing their sophomore album "Ultralife", June 19th. The KSLG girls, Nikki and Sabina, caught up with Josephine and Anthony and asked them a few questions while simultaneously almost breaking up the band...not really!

Frank Turner: The Punk Rock Troubador

Frank Turner comes to The Warfield in San Francisco Sunday Jan 29th with The Sleeping Souls, Arkells, Will Varley, and John K. Samson. He talked to Nikki about fighting for artistic integrity, memorable moments on his tour, why he ultimately decided to write "The Road Beneath Your Feet" , one of his weirdest tattoos, and what you can expect at his shows.

The Weekly Exchange

The Red Wine Edition

We like red wine. We like KSLG. How about pairing different red wine varieties with KSLG songs...seems like a no-brainer! OUR SPONSORS: FUNGI LIGHTING, MYRTLE AVENUE PET CENTER, COMPANION ANIMAL FOUNDATION, AND LOUISE'S GOURMET SEASONED FINISHING SALTS..... Wine and Songs Mentioned: 1. Merlot (Alt-J "3ww" & Arctic Monkeys "Do I Wanna Know"), 2. Pinot Noir (Los Bears "Slow Jam" & Maggie Rogers "Alaska"), 3. Cabernet Sauvignon (The Black Keys "Howlin' For You" & The Avener "Fade Out Lines"), 4. Petite Sirah (Josef Salvat "Every Night" & Honeyblood "Ready For The Magic"), 5. Malbec (Josef Salvat "Every Night" & Glass Animals "Life Itself"), 6. Zinfandel (Car Seat Headrest "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" & Lo Moon "This Is It").....Listener Mail: Daft Punk "One More Time", Big Audio Dynamite "Rush", The Black Keys "Gotta Get Away", The Statler Brothers "Flowers on the Wall", and The Flaming Groovies "Shake Some Action" and Bare Naked Ladies "Adrift"........ Credits to: UB40 "Red Red Wine", Peaches and Herbs "Reunited", Rush Hour 2, John Christ Comedy:"Millennial International", Buzzfeed "Women Who Love Wine", Sideways, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Home Improvement, Free Willy, The King and I (1956), Team Twin "Turnt Up", The Simpsons, Collegehumor "Getting Drunk on Wine(Hot Date)", Tchaikovsky 'Romeo & Juliet Overture", Family Guy*****Disclaimer*** KSLG does not condone underage drinking or driving under the influence of any sort. This podcast was created for entertainment purposes only. You must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages.

Roadtrip Playlist Picks

So you're going on a roadtrip? First, take us with you, and secondly, consider these songs on your playlist: The Shins "Fantasy Island", The Lumineers "Sleep On The Floor", Amy Shark "Adore", Bay Ledges "Safe", Portugal. The Man "Feel It Still", Kings of Leon "Beautiful War", Young The Giant "Jungle Youth", Alt-J "In Cold Blood", AWOLNATION "Sail"....and SAVAGE GARDEN "Truly.Madly.Deeply" !!!**** THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Fungi Lighting, Louise's Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts, Myrtle Avenue Pet Center, and Companion Animal Foundation. ****** Credits:Temples, "Mesmerize", "National Lampoon Vacation", "Waterboy", "Sideways", Adele "Hello", 'Paper Towns", "Roadtrip", "Tommy Boy" , "Billy Madison", and Shia Labeouf.

Alt-J : "Relaxer"

The KSLG girls go track-by-track into Alt-J's third album release: Relaxer. Spoiler alert: it's weird!!!! Tracks mentioned: 1) 3WW 2)In Cold Blood 3) House of the Rising Sun 4) Hit Me Like that Snare 5) Deadcrush 6) Adeline 7) Last Year 8) Pleader. Other's songs mentioned: The Greeting Committee "She's A Gun", Woody Guthrie "Blow the Man Down", Busta Rhymes feat. Nicki Minaj "Twerk It", Meg Myers "Desire", Fleece Music "How to write an Alt-J song" . OUR SPONSORS!!!! LOUISE'S GOURMET SEASONED FINISHING SALTS, COMPANION ANIMAL FOUNDATION, FUNGI LIGHTING, MYRTLE AVENUE PET CENTER.