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

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.

Sam Halliday of Two Door Cinema Club

Sabina Interviews Sam Halliday of Two Door Cinema Club and touches on important issues like the guys being a cover band of themselves and being promoted by three cats!

John Fullerton

On the Morning Show, Nikki had a chance to talk to Eureka City Council candidate John Fullerton about beginnings, current issues with Eureka, and his favorite thing about Halloween. For more details on this candidate, visit his website or find him on facebook @ John Fullerton.

The Weekly Exchange

Space: A KSLG Frontier

With the news of the Trappist-1 system, about 40 millions light-years away from our planet, and with the potential of planets with life on it or habitable zones, it got the KSLG girls thinking...what songs would be great for space/sci-fi situations, and excellent editions to the Voyager Golden Record? The truth is out there...or more like in the podcast! Music mentioned: Lana Del Rey "Love", The Lumineers "Sleep on The Floor", Imagine Dragons "Battle Cry", Muse "Map of the Problematic", Lana Del Rey "West Coast", The Strokes "Juicebox", Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood", The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling", Kings of Leon "Beautiful War", and Hozier "Take Me to Church".

KSLG Exercise: The Cardio Playlist

Feeling bored with your exercise playlist? Let the KSLG girls offer up suggestions, targeted toward your cardio playlist. Feeling adventurous? Listen in! Songs mentioned (in order): Foals "Snake Oil", Jarryd James "Do You Remember", The Mowgli's "San Francisco", Foals "My Number", Phantogram "Black Out Days", AWOLNATION "Hollow Moon(Bad Wolf)", The Fratellis "Chelsea Dagger", LCD Soundsystem "Dance Yourself Clean", The Kooks "Bad Habit", Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter", Barns Courtney "Fire". There are many others that would be great as well (most of our playlist but that would be WAY too much talking). Shazam your favorite jams on KSLG for further inspiration.

Valentines Edition (Oh Boy!)

Are you a fan of the day of love? Maybe not? This podcast is for you!!! The KSLG Girls venture into the playlist for Valentines Day inspirations as well as share their anti-Valentine track. Valentine Jams mentioned: The Greeting Committee "Hands Down", Oh Wonder "Without You", Borns "Electric Love", Father John Misty "Real Love Baby", Josef Salvat "Every Night", Angel Olsen "Shut Up Kiss Me", Bishop Briggs "River". Anti-Valentine Jams: Phantogram "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" & Ben Folds feat. Regina Spektor "You Don't Know Me".