21st Century Troubadours: Saturday, June 26 | 9pm

Shara Nova’s pop opera You Us We All is featured in this week’s episode. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

by Maggie Molloy

Long before the days of singer-songwriters, troubadours were writing music for the hopeless romantics of the Middle Ages.

In medieval times, troubadours were poets and musicians who wrote songs about chivalry and courtly love. But of course, love and heartbreak are pretty timeless themes—and composers today are still writing love ballads for the modern romantic. On this Saturday’s episode, we’ll hear modern spins on the age-old love ballad. Songs about love, songs about heartbreak—and songs about online dating nightmares.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 26 at 9pm PT.

Songs of Liberation: Saturday, June 19 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Music is rooted in change: chord change, tempo change, dynamic change. But music can also ignite change.

This Juneteenth, we are celebrating the ways in which Black artists continue to shape and enrich American music. On this Saturday’s episode: songs of liberation. From intimate folk songs to sprawling musical manifestos, we’ll explore cutting-edge new music by Black composers—all culminating in a live recording of Julius Eastman’s radical 1973 composition Stay On It.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 19 at 9pm PT.

Let There Be Light: Saturday, June 12 | 9pm

“Chaser of Sunlight” by Nils Tamlag.

As we inch closer to the summer solstice, we’re celebrating the longer days this weekend on Second Inversion.

On this Saturday’s episode: Let There Be Light! From shimmering sunbeams to bright white prisms of sound, we’ll “lighten things up” with music inspired by the sun. We’ll get lost in 24-hour daylight from the Arctic Circle, ruminate on spiritual illuminations, and brighten our evening with brassy, golden beams of light. Plus, one instrument that requires a very “light” touch.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 12 at 9pm PT.

I Love New York: Saturday, June 5 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Photo by Andre Stoeriko.

New York City is the city that never sleeps. How could you? There’s always a new restaurant, art gallery, or neighborhood to explore—and always new music to discover.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: I Love New York! We’re taking a bite out of the Big Apple, with music inspired by the sights and sounds of New York City. From the street art to the downtown lofts, Central Park, and even the New York City Marathon, we’ll take a taxi ride through the city that never sleeps.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 5 at 9pm PT.

Music for Healing: Saturday, May 29 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Music from the composer and performance artist Du Yun is featured in this episode. Photo by Zhen Qin, makeup by Nina Carelli, and art direction by SpaTheory,

Sometimes music is the best medicine—it mends the heart and soul. A daily dose can keep you feeling calm, centered, and inspired.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: music for healing. We’ll explore music as a medium for solace, comfort, and liberation. From the healing ceremonies of the Navajo people to the meditative power of Hindustani ragas, ruminations on mental illness, and the songs of spiritual healers, we’ll explore the restorative power of music.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 29 at 9pm PT.