Sacramento’s Agent Ribbons are taking a step today in opening the doors to wider exposure, more fans and (fingers crossed) a more successful career in the music biz. At 6pm they will appear on Demolisten, KXLU’s showcase of underground artists. Agent Ribbons performs Victorian Punk and Baroque Pop, with songs that are simultaneously haunting and whimsical, rocking and longing, beautiful and disturbing. This year, they expanded from a duo to a trio, which has added several beautiful new elements to their live shows, and have been busy touring the world and recording a concept album called Chateau Crone.
KXLU, the FM station of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, is known worldwide as one of the gold standards of college radio. Their diverse programming and dedication to cutting edge music has resulted in thousands of bands over the years lining up at their doors, clamoring for access to the playlist. Demolisten, which has aired weekly since 1984, is one of the primary gatekeepers of the KXLU airwaves. DJs Fred and Octavius have the difficult job of performing triage on the music of the day and deciding which acts need immediate attention.
I hear our readers thinking, “Gee, I wonder if I have heard of any bands that broke to the big time because of being featured on Demolisten??” Let’s just name a few: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns & Roses, and Beck. During the early days before they had careers, Kurt Cobain wore KXLU gear in photo shoots, Dave Lovering (of the Pixies) hoped that his band was good enough to get on the air, and Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction) would listen to the station all day long.
So, yeah, this is a big deal that could mean something amazing for Natalie, Lauren and Naomi. Let’s wish them luck and tune in tonight at 6pm.
Update: The show runs from 6-8pm. Agent Ribbons is scheduled to appear at approximately 7pm.