KEXP Presents: Audioasis Community Partnership & Benefit Show 3/7

By McKenna Haley

March’s Community Partnership Benefit Show is coming up on Saturday, March 7th at The Sunset. This month’s show is in support of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, a local, foster-based, volunteer run, nonprofit that rescues and finds permanent homes for pets in need.

The only thing that could possibly hold a candle to cute puppies is a whole clan of cool rock stars in one spot playing to raise money for said cute puppies. This month’s show will feature local rock bands Killer Ghost, Ubu Roi, and Versing playing in support of Motley Zoo. Familiarize yourself with these bands before the show this weekend and remember that only good things can happen when you combine local radio, rock bands, and animals in need!

Killer Ghost:
I’ve been following Seattle-based jangly rockers since I first saw them at Victory Lounge over a year ago, and they never fail to put on an entertaining show. It’s everything that I love in a ’60s-inspired California rock band mixed with that nonchalant, we-don’t-care-what-you-think-about-us Seattle attitude.

Ubu Roi:
Ubu Roi can best be described as Seattle Party Rock — and by “Party Rock,” I mean college basement party that definitely includes hanging from the exposed ceiling beams. They make punk rock fun for everyone, even people who just want to stand with their feet planted and bob their head. They have have been focused on finishing their record and it will be great to see these charismatic fellas perform live again as they emerge from their recording-induced hibernation.

Versing:
Sharlese introduced me to Versing last week and I couldn’t have been more pleased with what I heard. Though they are pretty new on the scene, they can’t come more highly recommended by two members of the Community Partnership Program team at KEXP. Members of Versing describe themselves on their Facebook page as “one of Pacific Northwest’s premier rock and roll bands“ and I think that Sharlese’s email to me descibing them as “super good!” can indicate that they may very well be correct!

Tickets for this 21+ show are on sale now at TicketWeb. Doors are at 9:00 PM, and show at 9:30 PM. For more information, visit the Audioasis page at KEXP.ORG.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

  • Bay Area bashers Thee Oh Sees return this Spring with their ninth album, Mutilator Defeated At Last. Stream the first single “Web” below. This time around, the line-up consists of mainstay frontman John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), Tim Hellman (bass), Nick Murray (drums), Brigid Dawson (keyboard and tambourine), and Chris Woodhouse (engineer). Mutilator Defeated At Last hits stores on May 18th via Dwyer’s imprint Castle Face Records. [Spin]


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Review Revue: The Ex – Aural Guerrilla

Ex-Aural-Guerrilla

I have loved Dutch punk gods The Ex since seeing them open for American punk gods Fugazi way back in nineteen-ought-ninety-something. The sheer, gleeful energy they bring to their discordant, blissfully ragged music is something that truly needs to be beheld live. The records I own of theirs are fantastic, but they can’t quite approximate the intense joy of witnessing The Ex live. Fortunately they are a band that provides many opportunities for that experience, having played, as of the end of 2014, 1765 live shows, 1169 of which were outside of their home country. (You’ve got to love a band that provides such a dense trove of statistics.)

I was sad to read that they had to miss one show here in 1991; they were supposed to play the OK Hotel, but it was “Cancelled because ‘all bands are on holiday, we can’t borrow equipment.'” I bet some of these KCMU-ers were bummed about that one. Read More »

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Song of the Day: Other Lives – Reconfiguration

photo by Emily Ulmer

photo by Emily Ulmer

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 “Reconfiguration” by Other Lives from the 2015 album Rituals on tbd Records.

Other Lives – Reconfiguration (MP3)

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Wednesday Music News

photo by James Bailey (view set)

  • LCD Soundsystem may have called it quits, but frontman James Murphy is keeping busy. The prolific musician/producer has composed the soundtrack to the new Noah Baumbach film While We’re Young, which stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, and Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock. Stream the track exclusively at Pitchfork, and check out a trailer for the film below. [Pitchfork]


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Live Video: Stars

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

It’s hard to live up to a name like theirs, and harder still to shine brightly for over fifteen years, but Stars have not only lost none of their shimmering allure – they’ve somehow turned an amorphous Canadian collective, on par and in cahoots with Broken Social Scene, into a consistently productive and evolving group. That’s not to say the Toronto band hasn’t encountered hardship and loss. In fact, a cancer diagnosis of their longtime manager and friend, Eoin O’Leary, spurred them to create the most defiantly celebratory album of their career. The truth about No One Is Lost is that we all actually are. Fortunately for us, though, Stars found their way to the KEXP studio to share a few ecstatic new songs, proving if we’re going to get lost at all, it might as well be among Stars.


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Album Review: Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Another Eternity

Two and a half years have passed since Purity Ring dropped their debut LP Shrines on 4AD. Every time I hear that, I’m totally baffled. How has it only been two and a half years? It feels like Purity Ring have been a household indie pop name for an eternity. After a handful of one off singles over the previous year, Purity Ring dropped the biggest debut LP of the year and, within a year, the record seemed omnipresent. In Seattle alone, we saw Purity Ring go from a barely visible Sasquatch obscurity to a spooky lantern-lit Neumos set to a magical forest setup at Neptune to a full-fledged Capitol Hill Block Party headliner, all sold out, all in 14 months. Shrines was a masterpiece set the standard for the darker, hip-hop nodding indie pop that has become ubiquitous on the scene over the last two years. So when you start your career with a record that changes everything, how do you take a step back and make record #2 with any semblance of clarity? That’s the question we’ve wanted answered by Corin Roddick and Megan James for a while now. Announced early this year and now in our hands, Purity Ring’s return beckons in exactly what it advertises: Another Eternity. Where Shrines was a rocket to the top, Another Eternity is a confident pop record self-aware of its own magnificence. Get ready to hear this record a lot this year.
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Song of the Day: WATERS – Stupid Games

photo by Sydney Root

photo by Sydney Root

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 “Stupid Games” by WATERS from the 2015 album What’s Real on Vagrant.

WATERS – Stupid Games (MP3)

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Out This Week 3/3

They say March is “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” and out this week is the sophomore release from Lady Lamb (formerly Lady Lamb The Beekeeper)! KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release is “a bolder, more direct-sounding album with a dynamic indie-pop sound featuring driving rhythms, guitars and keyboards along with occasional horns, strings and other instrumentation accompanying her impassioned vocals and poetic, emotionally evocative lyrics.”

Other highlights include the latest from Canadian duo Purity Ring whose “masterful second album features a cleaner, more polished and dynamic sound for their brooding, hip hop-inflected electro-pop, combining dark, fuzzy synths, cold trap beats and trunk-rattling bass with wistful melodies and Megan James’ ethereal vocals and emotive lyrics.” Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada, aka Moon Duo, share their “third album of droning space-rock, which also happens to be their most potent set to date, with more brightly melodic and sharply defined songs combining fuzzy guitar riffing, eerie keyboards and hypnotic motorik rhythms.”

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Tuesday Music News

Toro y Moi

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Berkeley-based beatmaker Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) shares a new track from his forthcoming fourth album, What For?. Check out the super-suave ’70s-sound of “Buffalo” below. What For? hits stores April 7th via Carpark Records. While you wait, revisit his 2013 KEXP session here. [Pitchfork]


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