Music that Matters: Bigger Than That

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.

Wild Beasts at The Cutting Room Studios in NYC // photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller (view set)

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Music that Matters, Vol. 527 – Bigger Than That
From epic soundscapes to future R&B to classic power pop, DJ Kevin Cole brings the best to you on his latest Music That Matters mix.

Tracklist:
1. Haley Bonar – Called You Queen
2. Petite League – French New York
3. Yeesh – Limbo District
4. Hockey Dad – So Tired
5. Field Mouse – The Order of Things
6. Blood Orange – Best To You
7. Sin Fang – Candyland (Feat. Jónsi)
8. Camp Cope – Done
9. Russian Circles – Mota
10. Explone – Born at the Wrong Time
11. Connections – Month 2 Month
12. Wild Beasts – Dreamliner

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Friday Music News

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  • On September 9, Local Natives will drop their third album, Sunlit Youth. Today, they’ve shared a dreamy lyric video for their new album track called “Coins.” It’s a bright and lively look at relationship struggles. There’s no wonder why the band describes it as “one of their favorite songs to play live.” Catch them at The Moore Theatre on September 20. [Stereogum]


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KEXP Suggests: Vibrations 8/28

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This Sunday, August 28th, from 3-10 pm at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater marks the final edition of Cairo’s Vibrations Festival, an afternoon of free all-ages fun in the sun showcasing local music and art. Oh, and strawberry popsicles! (fingers crossed)

Plucky DIY Capitol Hill fixture Cairo – the music, arts and retail venue tucked away on Mercer St. – may have closed its doors recently after an eight year run, but they’re going out with a bang. This summer’s lineup, curated in part by Seattle collective Vignettes, is chockablock with talent.

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Song of the Day: Explone – Born at the Wrong Time

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Born at the Wrong Time” by Explone from their 2016 self-released album, Suicide Fences.

Explone – Born at the Wrong Time (MP3)
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Review Revue: De La Soul – Three Feet High and Rising

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In anticipation of tomorrow’s 3 Feet High and Rising deep dive, it seemed only appropriate to share our DJs’ thoughts from back when this delightful hunk of vinyl slid in the door almost three decades ago. I would say more, but I think the KCMU crew pretty much covers it all (and more) below.

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Thursday Music News

Junior Boys

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

  • It had been a five years absence before Canadian electro-pop twosome Junior Boys released their latest, Big Black Coat, earlier this year. Now, just over five months later, they share a new EP which you can stream in its entirety below. Kiss Me All Night features four tracks — three new, and one a cover of John Martyn’s “Some People Are Crazy.” Listen, and then watch their most recent KEXP in-studio here. [Stereogum]


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Song of the Day: Petite League – French New York

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “French New York” by Petite League from their new LP, No Hitter, self-released on Scarier Dome.

Petite League – French New York (MP3)

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This Friday: Concerts at the Mural w/ Industrial Revelation, Kyle Craft, Pickwick

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Can you believe it? This Friday, August 26th is the last concert of the 2016 Concerts at the Mural series. It’s been an amazing summer of free, all ages music on the lawn of the Mural Amphitheatre! We’re gonna close out August with another amazing line-up, and, it’s Donor Appreciation Night, so wear your KEXP t-shirts, belt buckles, or other swag, and you’ll have a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes. These shows are always FREE and all ages, with a beer garden for those 21 and older. (Please note: the bar is cash only!) Gates open at 5:00 PM, so get here early!
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Midnight In A Perfect World: Joey Webb

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Seattle-based DJ Joey Webb has been bringing his charismatic energy to the turntables as a steady sound selector behind a wide variety of house, funk, and soul nights. Gaining wisdom and a deep collection holding down parties in previous home bases of New York, Texas, and California, Joey is currently active throwing the recurring JIVE party at Substation in Ballard as well as providing support on a multitude of Seattle house and funk nights. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World forgoes his usual party-starting vibes for a warm, earthy, organic set that beautifully showcases dusty underground gems that span soul, R&B, lo-fi funk, indie rock, laid-back boogie, and more in a breezy, free-flowing fashion.


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Album Review: Factory Floor – 25 25

If there is one singular takeaway from 25 25, it’s this: Factory Floor are done introducing themselves. A lot of young bands feel immense pressure coming into their first full-length record, and there’s no doubt that the duo of Gabe Gurnsey and Nik Colk Void (then also joined by Dominic Butler) felt this in full. After all, this was the band that was taking industrial back to the core. This was the band that stalked Stephen Morris of New Order to work with him, and who got Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle to produce early singles. With brilliant, fiery singles like “Fall Back” and “Two Different Ways”, it’s easy to see where Factory Floor may have felt a push in the wrong direction. After all, we wouldn’t have “Blue Monday” without “Everything’s Gone Green” and “Hurt”, would we? The band’s unshakable love for such specific influences perhaps put too much pressure on them to create something of a response, when in reality, Factory Floor want to do exactly what their heroes did: mess around with electronics no one understands and create something abstract that no one can pin to a wall. Thankfully, the band know themselves better than critics do, and with their sophomore album, 25 25, they barrel into the unknown with a four-to-the-floor foundation that no one is going to shake. 25 25 follows the band’s eponymous debut with eight tracks of minimal, modular meddling with cause for movement. It’s a sometimes-difficult record that rewards the listener with repeat visits, focused listening, and a deep appreciation for the masters. Hot on the heels of all that’s come before, it’s evident that Factory Floor are truly the rightful heirs to the kingdoms of their heroes.
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