Live Around Town This Week


Monday, May 23rd:

Giuda, The Knast, Tough Times at The Funhouse // All Ages (more info)

Kode9, Kid Smpl, Tom Kha Soup at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, May 24th:

Bob Dylan at 75 Tribute Show at The Royal Room // 21+ (more info)

KEXP Presents The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Moderat, Telefon Tel Aviv at The Showbox // 21+ (more info)

Betsy Olson, Otto Van Carr at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, May 25th:

Darci Carlson, The Barnyard Stompers at Lucky Liquor // 21+ (more info)

LSD and the Search for God, Kingdom of the Holy Sun at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery // 21+ (more info)

These People Here, Northern Allies, Pop Cycle at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, May 26th:

The Posies at a Super Secret Venue // All Ages (more info)

The Wild Reeds, Stefan Paul George, Anna Tivel at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Great Spiders, Night Boss at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Arturo Sandoval at Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

Merle Haggard Memorial Night with Country Lips, The Ramblin’ Years, Ole Tinder, Tyler Edwards, Silver Torches, Lonely Mountain Lovers at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and His Month of Song at Benaroya Hall // All Ages (more info)

The Coup, DJ Seabefore at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Friday, May 27th:

Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge, George, WA // All Ages (more info)

Youth Code, youryoungbody, Dirty Dirty at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Oh, You Pretty Things!: A David Bowie and Glam Rock Dance Party at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

2016 Rain Fest at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Arturo Sandoval at Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

BAM Sound & Vision: Sisters at Bellevue Arts Museum // All Ages (more info)

Further Records Showcase: Raica, Chris Davis, Spacement at Chapel Performance Space // All Ages (more info)

Crow Quill Night Owls at Owl N’ Thistle Pub // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, May 28th:

Kaytranada, Lou Phelps at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Paul Simon at Chateau Ste. Michelle // 21+ (more info)

Ole Tinder, Denver, Lowman Palace, Stella at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

The So So Glos, Dirty Nil, Ramona at The Funhouse // 21+ (more info)

2016 Rain Fest at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Prong, Witchburn, Zero Down, Vial 8, Salem Knights at El Corazon // All Ages (more info)

Fine Prince, The West, Fey Moth at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Madaraka Festival at the EMP Museum // All Ages (more info)

The Barnyard Stompers, Rusty Cleavers, James Hunnicutt at the Kraken Bar & Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Crow Quill Night Owls at Owl N’ Thistle Pub // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, May 29th:

The Good Life, La Sera, Tancred at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Paul Simon at Chateau Ste. Michelle // 21+ (more info)

Street Sounds on KEXP Presents Father, Tommy Genesis, Lui Diamonds at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

2016 Rain Fest at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

The Stray Birds with Evie Ladin at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

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In Stores Now 5/23


The Dead have come back to life with Day of the Dead. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, “This mammoth 59 song, 5 and a ½ hour long tribute to the Grateful Dead was put together and produced by The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner as a benefit for the Red Hot organization and their fight against AIDS. The impressive lineup features a variety of musical heavy hitters ranging from The Walkmen and Phosphorescent to Fucked Up and Tim Hecker to Tal National and Orchestra Baobab. Best of all, most of the interpretations here range from solid to pretty great.”

Ric Ocasek can’t stop Car Seat Headrest: Seattle-based artist Will Toledo returns with his first full-length recorded in a studio. “Produced by Steve Fisk, Teens Of Denial is not only the best-sounding Car Seat Headrest album to date, it’s also packed with great songs combining anthemic song hooks and shout-along choruses with smartly crafted lyrics of alienation, depression and survival.” The latest from Brooklyn band The So So Glos “finds them bringing a bit more diverse and hook-filled sound to their anthemic garage-punk, with often-politically charged lyrics contrasting anxiety, political extremism and other modern problems with the power of music and community.” Marissa Nadler delivers her “fullest and most expansive sound yet. Like her last album (2014’s July), this one was produced by Seattle’s Randall Dunn and features a stellar, mostly Northwest supporting cast fleshing out her haunting, psych-tinged folk-pop.”

Pantha du Prince — aka Berlin producer Hendrick Weber — “collaborated with drummer Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg (The Bell Laboratory) and Scott Mou (Queens) for his fourth album (and first in six years), which finds him bringing a bit more of an atmospheric bent to his minimalist techno, combining twinkling synths and cascading bells and chimes with propulsive rhythms and occasional vocals.” Saskatchewan artist Andy Shauf shares his fourth full-length, a “concept album comprised of character sketches of people attending a party. The music is beautifully arranged chamber-pop, with an often-spacious sound featuring a variety of instrumentation (with all but the strings played by Shauf) accompanying his modest vocals and finely chiseled lyrics.”

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TV Eye: Week of 5/23

The Thermals // photo by Alex Crick (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, May 23rd:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Frightened Rabbit
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Coathangers

Wednesday, May 25th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Belly
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals featuring T.I.
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Thermals

Thursday, May 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Musiq Soulchild
Last Call with Carson Daly: Summer Cannibals
Conan: The Lumineers

Friday, May 27th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Courtney Barnett

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Monday Music News

photo by Kristina Moravec (view set)

  • From a KEXP Song of the Day in 2013 to a Grammy nomination and Saturday Night Live in 2016 — it’s been fantastic watching the rise of our beloved Courtney Barnett! Over the weekend, the Aussie superstar made her first live TV appearance in the U.S. with “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” and “Pedestrian at Best,” both off Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, KEXP listeners’ #1 Album of 2015. Watch our girl kill it below, and watch her teach SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan some Australian slang. [Spin]

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Song of the Day: A Giant Dog – Sleep When Dead

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 “Sleep When Dead” by A Giant Dog from their 2016 album, Pile, on Merge Records.

A Giant Dog – Sleep When Dead (MP3)

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Music That Matters: Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2016

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.


DJ Cheryl Waters with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard // photo by Alan Lawrence

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 513 – Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2016
Whether you’re attending in person or in spirit, Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents the perfect soundtrack for your trip to Sasquatch! Music Festival this year.

1. Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
2. Julia Holter – Feel You
3. Briana Marela – Surrender
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
5. Mac DeMarco – Blue Boy
6. M. Ward – Girl from Conejo Valley
7. The Twilight Sad – There’s a Girl In the Corner
8. Frightened Rabbit – Get Out
9. Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
11. La Luz – You Disappear
12. Hibou – Dissolve
13. Titus Andronicus – Fired Up
14. Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
15. Lord Huron – Fool For Love
16. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
17. Fauna Shade – No Nostalgia
18. Telekinesis – In a Future World
19. Childbirth – Nasty Grrls

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Friday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler

  • Classixx, the duo of L.A. producers Tyler Blake and Michael David, have shared their new collaboration with Passion Pit, called, “Safe Inside.” Their upcoming album Faraway Reach on June 3, and it’ll have contributions from T-Pain, How to Dress Well, and many more. [Pitchfork]

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SIFF Face The Music 2016 Preview: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey

Carsten Holler Cover

Concerto – A Beethoven Journey
(Directed by Phil Grabsky, UK, 2015, 92 minutes)

Festival screenings:
Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wednesday, May 25th at 4:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown

Have you ever loved a band so much, you couldn’t stop playing their music? Maybe it’s the same song over and over, or maybe it’s their whole discography… Well, for Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, that favorite artist is Beethoven, and from 2011 to 2014, he studied, listened, and performed each of his piano concertos in 55 cities in 22 countries. Obsessed, much?
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Pedal to Whatever: A KEXP Bike to Work Video Roundup

Bike to Work Day 2013 // photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

It’s Bike to Work Day, a day KEXP has long championed as many of us here, such as Morning Show DJ John Richards, are bike riders ourselves. KEXP has compiled a Video Roundup of bike-related songs to get you pedaling! Hit the road!

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Live Video: Frightened Rabbit

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

“You don’t need to do that same ol’ shtick.” That’s apparently what Aaron Dessner of The National told Scott Hutchison, founder and frontman of UK group Frightened Rabbit. Since their 2003 debut album, the Scottish group have become known for their anthemic guitar-based songs, punctuated with lyrics of heartache and loneliness. With their latest release, Painting of a Panic Attack, Dessner stepped in as producer, guiding the Scottish quintet towards more electronic elements with “gentle, subtle” pushes, as Hutchison describes it. Hear the result, and hear how the album process made Hutchison cry, in this intimate, candid in-studio session with DJ Cheryl Waters.

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