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click to enlarge Melissa Rivell is the radio DJ for 91.5 KRCC who hosts the Wednesday Late Night Music Mix from 10 p.m. to midnight. - COURTESY MELISSA RIVELL
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  • Melissa Rivell is the radio DJ for 91.5 KRCC who hosts the Wednesday Late Night Music Mix from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Melissa Rivell is the radio DJ for 91.5 KRCC who hosts the Wednesday Late Night Music Mix from 10 p.m. to midnight. She loves to find new music at the station, through friends and most especially while dancing along at concerts!

Essential Saturday night listening: My Saturday night, post-bartending soundtrack is provided by 91.5 KRCC’s wonderful DJs: GT’s Blue Plate Special and Vintage Voltage show, followed by Tino’s Tunes. I respect and admire the mastery of musical knowledge shared on these shows, as well as the other music mixes on 91.5 KRCC. In a sea of the same 15 or so songs being looped on mainstream, commercial radio, it’s refreshing to find new music and rejoice in the old favorites.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Getting ready for a shift at the Zodiac, I lean towards upbeat, funky or really rocking music to get me amped up for hosting my regulars and newcomers. Fever Ray, The Knife, Sylvan Esso, Bomba Estéreo, Quantic, Captain Planet, Chicano Batman, Karen O, Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, Cherry Glazerr, Ty Segall, Beastie Boys, and Portugal. The Man... guitars and beats to get my blood pumping!

First record I bought with my own money: I remember when I was 12 or 13 joining one of those mail-order CD clubs that would advertise “Buy 1 get 9 FREE!” I believe I procured Fiona Apple’s Tidal and Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill via this service. It was so fun to get new music in the mail — like your birthday or Christmas! I really love how these two albums showcase some raw, emotional music. They definitely contributed to my love of strong, female musicians and singer-songwriters.

“Wish I’d written that” song: Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” What an incredible song — both the music itself and the lyrics, too. Jimi Hendrix truly made his guitar sing to our souls! Wish I could time-travel to see him live! My parents exposed me to lots of great, classic rock and roll, and I am grateful for that.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65. Around the time that song was popular, I was a teenager competing on a synchronized swimming team. Guess which song was ubiquitous that year? I think I heard it about a thousand times during competitions... it was awful!

My latest online discovery: After reading a blurb in a recent New Yorker, I had to look up The Comet Is Coming — a trio that uses saxophone, keyboards and percussion to create a psychedelic trip through some jazzy grooves. Eclectic and talented! (See p. 32.)

Artist more people should know about: Alpha the Musical, a local singer-songwriter who causes my whole being to feel when she sings and performs. Her gorgeous voice soars and takes you through joy and sadness, laughter and madness. Stunning!

Guilty pleasure: ’90s R&B and pop. Mariah Carey, En Vogue, Brandy, TLC, SWV, Aaliyah, Ace of Bass... infectious, groovy, danceable! So much nostalgia!

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