Live Around Town This Week

Mammút performs Reykjavik Calling this Saturday! // photo by Jim Bennett

Monday, October 5th:

Death Cab For Cutie, Cataldo at the Paramount Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Oscar, Oh! Pears at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

The Gloaming at Benaroya Hall // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, October 6th:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hippo Campus at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Thundercat, Mono, Poly at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Rufus Wainwright at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Chastity Belt, Wet Nurse, Lisa Prank, Powwers at The Lo-Fi // 21+ (more info)

Julian Lage at the Royal Room // 21+ (more info)

Ultimate Painting, Zebra Hunt at the Vera Project // All Ages (more info)

Wednesday, October 7th:

Battles at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Austra, Gazebos, USF at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Peaches, U.S. Girls, Ononos at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Spirit Family Reunion, Barna Howard at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP’s Audioasis Presents The Ghost Ease at El Corazon // All Ages (more info)

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, October 8th:

Patrick Watson, Blood & Glass at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

El Ten Eleven, Sego at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Charlie Parr, Possessed By Paul James at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Grynch, Clockwork, Certified Outfit, Jazz Digga, more at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Friday, October 9th:

Vieux Farka Toure, Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

• KEXP Presents Bartfest 2015 at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA // All Ages/21+ (more info)

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks at Fremont Abbey Arts Center // All Ages (more info)

Scorpions, Queensryche at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA // All Ages (more info)

Vacationer, Great Good Fine Ok at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Dale Watson, Darci Carlson at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, October 10th:

• KEXP Presents Reykjavik Calling featuring Airplane and Spaceship, Mammút, SassyBlack, Briana Marela, Midday Veil at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Horse Feathers, River Whyless at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

The Young Evils, Bread and Butter, Snuff Redux at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

The Lone Bellow at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Ever So Android, The Fame Riot, Charms, Fruit Juice at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

• A Benefit to help Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers) Kick Cancer’s Ass! featuring Mudhoney at El Corazon // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, October 11th:

• Modern Sky Festival featuring Gang of Four, New Pants, Ariel Pink, The Black Lips, more at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre // All Ages (more info)

Murs, Red Pill, King Fantastic at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

The Lonely Wild, Western Haunts, Cloud Person at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Green Day’s American Idiot at ArtsWest Playhouse // All Ages (more info)

Kopecky, Boom Forest, The New Regime at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 10/5

The Weeknd

The Weeknd // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, October 5th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Eagles of Death Metal
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Talib Kweli
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Yo-Yo Ma
Conan: Paul Weller

Tuesday, October 6th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Florence and the Machine

Wednesday, October 7th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tame Impala
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cat Power

Thursday, October 8th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Cee-Lo Green
Last Call with Carson Daly: Craft Spells

Friday, October 9th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Metz (R)

Saturday, October 10th:
Austin City Limits: Cassandra Wilson
Saturday Night Live: The Weeknd

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Monday Music News

photo by Andy Bokanev (view set)

  • Boston punk band The Real Kids had a surprise hit in 1977 with the track “All Kindsa Girls,” and now all-girl trio Ex Hex give it a modern spin with their rendition, shared below. Lead vocalist Mary Timony described it to NME as, “just a great song, the kind of song that you wish you wrote.” The cover marks the band’s first new music since last year’s debut album, Rips, on Merge Records. [Stereogum]

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Out This Week 10/5

Lots of great local releases this week, including the sophomore full-length from Seattle supergroup Childbirth, featuring members of Chastity Belt, TacocaT and Pony Time. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it, “a strong set of snarky garage-punk with primal, grungy guitar lines and pounding rhythms accompanying Julia Shapiro’s sarcastic vocals and the band’s biting, often-hilarious lyrics skewering sexism and lots more.”

Seattle artist Paul Hiraga, better known as Downpilot, shares a “a fine set of well-crafted folk-pop ranging from jangly mid-tempo rock reminiscent of R.E.M. to sparse, atmospheric ballads.” Portland band Blitzen Trapper release “a solid set of ‘70s-steeped folk-rock ranging from funk-inflected rock reminiscent of The James Gang to harmonica-laden folk.” And new music from Queensrÿche! (Did you know they’re from Bellevue?)

There’s great releases from other places, too: the fifth album from Wavves, the LA-based band fronted by Nathan Williams, is “a potent, hook-filled blend of power-pop, garage-punk and grunge-pop, featuring consistently strong, sharply crafted songs juxtaposing angst-fueled lyrics with bright pop melodies.” Brooklyn artist Arthur Ashin (a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut) presents “another adventurous set of arty, R&B-inflected electro-pop combining some jazz instrumentation and glitchy electronic textures and effects with his raspy, volatile vocals and intimate lyrics.” Nashville band Promised Land Sound release “a well-crafted set of folk-tinged psych-pop with jangly guitars, warm harmonies and sparkling pop hooks.” And Belfast band Girls Names put out “another potent set of dour post-punk with ominous, clanging guitars, eerie keyboards, hypnotic rhythms, sullen vocals and strong song hooks.”
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Immigrant Songs: Chicano Batman

Chilly with Chicano Batman // photo by Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson

For this installment of Immigrant Songs, I was blessed to have Los Angeles group Chicano Batman live in the KEXP studios. They’ve been getting a lot of attention around the country lately, both by doing some killer opening slots during tours with Jack White and Alabama Shakes and by being on the bill at this year’s Coachella. They also were a part of the two biggest Latin alternative festivals in the U.S.: Chicago’s Ruido Fest and L.A.’s Supersonico. Chicano Batman doesn’t necessarily like being labeled as strictly “Latin,” or labeled as anything really, aside from great music. There’s definitely a Latin influence in what they do, and they sing in both Spanish and English, but really they’re something all their own. It’s soul, it’s psychedelic, it’s all sorts of things in between. And, above everything else, it’s so much fun to watch and listen to.
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Album Premiere: Israel Nash – Israel Nash’s Silver Season

photo by Pooneh Ghana

Plum Creek Sound at Dripping Springs in Texas Hill Country – it sounds like the setting of a story too idyllic to be true. And it almost is. There, in a Quonset hut studio on his own 15-acre ranch about 20 miles outside of Austin, Israel Nash has recorded a work of heart-swelling beauty. The lushly produced LP, Israel Nash’s Silver Season, follows the trail blazed by his excellent 2013 album, Rain Plans, but delves deeper into the woods of western psychedelia, guided once again by engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Mick Jagger). You’ll be able to pick up the new album in stores this Friday, but you can begin your own journey into its harmonic wonderland now with this exclusive full album stream:

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Song of the Day: Go!Zilla – Pollution

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Pollution” by Go!Zilla from the 2014 self-released album Magic Weird Jack.

Go!Zilla – Pollution (MP3)

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Live Video: DeVotchKa

photo by Rachel White (view set)

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Denver band DeVotchKa, and in that time they’ve been doing the usual – you know, gardening, making babies, growing beards, writing ballets – just not releasing new material… at least not yet. Between occasional shows and a handful of concerts with the Colorado Symphony, the longtime KEXP favs have been recording music, taking their time but promising a new album very soon. Anticipating that, they’ve returned to our studio to share a few songs from their amassed catalogue of baroque pop classics, complete with illuminated tuba because, as vocalist Nick Urata says,”It wouldn’t be a DeVotchKa set without a sousaphone song”. Swoon to their recent set now:

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Music That Matters: Tickles

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.

John Grant, with KEXP DJs Kevin Cole and Cheryl Waters // photo by Morgen Schuler

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 480 – Tickles
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole drops more hits than Sadaharu Oh on this miracle mix of new music.

1. Hibou – Dissolve
2. Tamaryn – Sugar Fix
3. John Grant – Disappointing
4. Ever So Android – Moment
5. Wild Ones – Dim The Lights
6. Thunderbitch – Eastside Party
7. The Atom Age – It’s A Mess
8. Worriers – Parts
9. The School – Every Day
10. Gospel Machine – Just Call Me
11. Slime – My Company

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KEXP Presents: KEXP Loves Portland 10/8-10/10


KEXP’s local music show Audioasis celebrates music from all across the Northwest, and this Saturday, October 3rd, we’ll be showing our love for Portland with an entire afternoon of in-studio sessions!

12 PM – Lost Lander LIVE on KEXP
2 PM – Hosannas LIVE on KEXP
4 PM – Summer Cannibals LIVE on KEXP
6:30 PM – Boone Howard LIVE on KEXP
8:30 PM – Tender Age LIVE on KEXP

And then the following weekend, these bands will play hometown shows in Portland to help raise money for KEXP’s New Home! On Thursday, October 8th, Lost Lander, Hosannas, Tender Age, and DJ Ingmar tm (of Shy Girls) will take over Holocene, and on Saturday, October 10th, Minden, Summer Cannibals, and Boone Howard will rock the Doug Fir Lounge. Both shows are 21+, and tickets are available here for Holocene and here for the Doug Fir Lounge.
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