Kurt B. Reighley

Kurt B. Reighley ("Border Radio: Roots & Americana") is a Seattle-based writer, DJ, and entertainer. Raised in Virginia, educated in Indiana, and schooled by New York City, he has been writing about popular music since 1989, during the course of which time he has interviewed such diverse icons as Mel Tormé, Kylie Minogue, Loretta Lynn, and Marilyn Manson. In addition to The Stranger, his work can currently be found in The Advocate, Time Out New York, and No Depression; he has also contributed to Rolling Stone and Details, and is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Looking for the Perfect Beat: The Art & Culture of the DJ (MTV/Pocket Books, 2001). As DJ El Toro, he spins a wide variety of music, from Eminem to "Mah Na Mah Na," at various Emerald City watering holes; he has also plied this questionable trade with artists including Nina Hagen, Eddie Vedder, Scissor Sisters, Dave Matthews Band, and, um, Village People. In his copious free time, he sings and plays autoharp for Purty Mouth, Seattle's premier almost all-gay country band. He is currently researching a book about bacon, and developing a new cabaret persona: "Piglét, France's greatest porcine illusionist."

Recent Articles

Music Mar 14 4:00 AM

Showers of Love

The Raincoats Envelop Seattle for the First Time Ever

Pullout Aug 31 4:00 AM

The Hardest-Working Man You've Never Heard Of

Dennis Coffey Has Made a Lifelong Career by Staying Out of the Limelight

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Music Apr 27 4:00 AM

From Right Here to Infinity

Thousands' Intimate Constructions Find a Worldwide Audience

Music Dec 16 4:00 AM

The Queen of Pain

How John Grant Turned Abuse and Loss into MOJO's Number One Album

Music Oct 30 4:00 AM

A Big, Gay Roundtable

With Torche, Abe Vigoda, and These Arms Are Snakes

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Music Aug 14 4:00 AM

Tortellini, Potato Salad, and Whale Meat

Dissecting Musical Polymath Nico Muhly

Music Jul 24 4:00 AM

Roamers, Not Roma

A Hawk and a Hacksaw's Nomadic Folk

Music Jul 3 4:00 AM

Add It Up

Ratatat: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts

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Music Jun 19 4:00 AM

Welcome to Spokane

The Unlikely Home of James Pants

Music May 15 4:00 AM


Q&A with Alison Mosshart of the Kills

Music Feb 7 4:00 AM

Bending the Rules

Baby Dee's Erratic Mythology

Music Oct 18 4:00 AM

Lord of the Strings

Putting in OT with Final Fantasy

Music Oct 11 4:00 AM

Outside In

Patrick Wolf's Music Is a Reflection of His Persona. Or Maybe It's the Other Way Around.

Music Sep 27 4:00 AM

A Work in Progress

Multitalented Sarah Rudinoff Is Working on New Material—Her Own