Live Around Town This Week

Monday, April 27th:

Vomitface, So Pitted at The Vera Project // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, April 28th:

Drive-By Truckers at The Moore // All Ages (more info)

Lightning Bolt, Liturgy at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Lila Downs at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

Pony Time, the Ghost Ease, Mommy Long Legs at The Highline // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP’s The Roadhouse presents The Jones Family Singers at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

Wednesday, April 29th:

• Audioasis on KEXP presents a benefit for Seattle Goodwill with The Moondoggies, Shelby Earl, Deep Sea Diver at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Lady Lamb at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Kathleen Hanna: Riot Grrrl Then and Now Lecture at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

Volbeat, Anthrax at WaMu Theatre // All Ages (more info)

• KEXP’s The Roadhouse presents The Jones Family Singers at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

Turbo Fruits, Eternal Summers at the Sunset Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, April 30th:

Several Arrows 10th Anniversary Tour with Matt Pond PA at The Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

DJ Baba James, Vox Mod, DJ Chilly at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP’s Audioasis Presents Crater, Hosannas, Tokyoidaho, DJAO [DJ Set] at Kremwerk // 21+ (more info)

Friday, May 1st:

Nikki Lane, The Western Shore at The Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Kithkin, Fauna Shade, Fruit Juice at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Sera Cahoone, The Horde & The Harem, S (Jenn Ghetto) at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

The Handsome Family, Wildewood at the Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Saturday, May 2nd:

Young Fathers, Mas Ysa at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

The Grizzled Mighty, The Young Evils at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Buck 65, Astronautalis at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Lusine feat. Manatee Commune, Pezzner, Emerald Strata feat. Vox Mod + 5H1F7Y at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP’s Audioasis Community Partnerships Presents The Weather, NAVVI, Winnebago at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, May 3rd:

Waxahatchee, Girlpool, Knife Pleats at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

• Tres de Mayo Celebration with Milonga, The Cumbieros, DJ Chilly at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 4/27


Stromae // photo by Alan Lawrence (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, April 27th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Todd Rundgren
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Stromae
The Late Late Show with James Corden: The Ting Tings

Tuesday, April 28th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Future Islands
Conan: The Lone Bellow

Wednesday, April 29th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Modest Mouse
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Shakey Graves
Last Call with Carson Daly: J Mascis

Thursday, April 30th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blur
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Manic Street Preachers
Last Call with Carson Daly: Brett Morgen, director of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Friday, May 1st:
Late Show with David Letterman: Emmylou Harris, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, Rodney Crowell, performing with Steve Martin
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: My Morning Jacket
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jenny Lewis
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Buzzcocks (R)

Saturday, May 2nd:
Austin City Limits: Beck
Saturday Night Live: Wiz Khalifa

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Monday Music News

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  • Uncanny! DJ Kevin Cole’s favorite band has written a song about his favorite grocery store: listen to a live version of The Replacements performing “Whole Foods Blues” at a recent show in Los Angeles. Frontman Paul Westerberg displays his usual wicked way with words, lamenting his journey to get a protein shake. The band say they’ll return to the recording studio later this year after the tour wraps up to work on their first new album since 1990’s All Shook Down. [Pitchfork]

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Live Video: Mac DeMarco

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Describing the appeal of Mac DeMarco is like trying to explain the funniest joke you’ve ever heard to someone half your age. Words will only make you seem hopelessly out of touch. For all his goofball antics, the New York based, Canadian born singer-songwriter writes some catchy and melodious tunes full of real emotions about aging, relationships and staying true to oneself. It’d be almost wholesome if it weren’t for his devil may care attitude and relentless pursuit of a good time. But that’s all part of the undeniably lovable persona that is Mac DeMarco. He just might charm the pants off you, literally. Watch his recent session at KEXP and find out.

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KEXP and Audioasis Present: A Benefit for Seattle Goodwill this Wednesday!

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KEXP and Goodwill have been teaming up all month in celebration of Earth Day. The result has been an April focused on recycling and reuse. KEXP DJ’s even played a full day of tracks that had been “recycled” (remixed, covered or sampled). The month long partnership is culminating in a special night of music and goodwill with a stacked local Seattle lineup. Come on down to the Tractor Tavern in Ballard on Wednesday, April 29th, to hear Seattle favorites The Moondoggies, Deep Sea Diver and Shelby Earl while supporting both KEXP and Goodwill. Tickets are going fast!

Seattle Goodwill is a long time advocate of recycling and reuse. This year on Earth Day, they launched the Break Up For Good campaign, which urged celebrities to break up with their clothes for good, and donate them to Goodwill. Seattle musicians, actors and some of KEXP’s very own DJ’s contributed to the cause. The clothes will be on auction until May 1st, and can be found by searching “#Breakup4Good” on Ebay. The proceeds will benefit Seattle Goodwill, who was able to help over 9,000 people get free job training and education last year, all thanks to donations. The show this Wednesday, much like the Break Up For Good campaign, will utilize Seattle talent to support Seattle Goodwill.
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Song of the Day: 79rs Gang – Drama

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 “Drama” by 79rs Gang from the 2015 album Fire On The Bayou on Sinking City Records.

79rs Gang – Drama (MP3)

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Music That Matters: Genre Hopping For The New Millennium

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.

Body Language // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 457 – Genre Hopping For The New Millennium
DJ Larry Rose (host of Larry’s Lounge) brings you a fun genre hopping mix of memorable songs mostly from debut releases.

1. Mike Pace and the Child Actors – Summer Lawns
2. Snuff Redux – E-Drone
3. Diet Cig – Harvard
4. Boxed In – Mystery
5. Tkay Maidza – U-Huh
6. Shad & DJ T.LO – Fire
7. Fort Romeau – Not A Word
8. Body Language – Really Love
9. Clarence Clarity – Meadow Hopping, Traffic Stopping, Death Splash
10. Misun – Penny
11. Bouquet – Come To Your House
12. Bent Denim – Key Lime Pie

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Live Review: Lord Huron with Cayucas at Showbox at the Market 4/18/15

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It was hard not to anticipate what Lord Huron would bring to the live setting. So much of their music is based around place and themes that a live show always seemed like the perfect medium for the group to express their vision to the fullest. The LA group makes music that transports the listener to distant lands and takes them on journeys to places never ventured to before. The accompanying media for their new album, Strange Trails, is impressive, making it one of the few albums that can boast that it’s supported by a comic book and features songs about an apocalyptic gang of bikers. Last Saturday night, fans followed Lord Huron to Seattle’s Showbox at the Market to hear more of their weathered and weary, yet entirely engaging, folk-pop sound.

Fellow So Cal band Cayucas opened up the night with an energetic set. You might remember their “Vampire Weekend under a West Coast sun” aesthetic from their 2013 album, Bigfoot. What the somewhat stoic five piece lacked in stage presence, they made up for with a set of dreamy, sunny songs full of “wo-oooh’s” and “oo-eee-oo’s.” They are keeping great company (they also toured with Broken Bells) and it shows in their execution. If they can add a little more flavor to their stage banter and presence, Cayucas could return as the next big indie darling band before too long. Overall, while Their music was much more beach washed than Lord Huron’s, their shared characteristics were traceable, and they set the tone well for the main act.
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Friday Music News

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  • After a long five years, The Chemical Brothers will release a new studio album called Born in the Echoes on July 17. The LP will feature collaborations from Beck, Q-Tip, St. Vincent, and many more. Today they’ve debuted “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted,” the album’s opening track. [Pitchfork]

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Friday on My Mind: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck opened Thursday, April 23, as an exclusive engagement in select movie theaters prior to the HBO television premiere of the documentary film on May 4th. This documentary was eight years in the making and director Brett Morgen was given access to never before heard audio tapes of Kurt Cobain (108 tapes) as well as all of Cobain’s art work and journals that he had kept since he was three years old. Rough versions of original music was discovered, tales of suicide attempts, and a real look into Cobain’s upbringing as well as a picture of what Nirvana’s success did to him. Morgen was in attendance last night for the 7pm showing of the film over at The Egyptian on Capitol Hill and as well he was present at an exclusive special screening this past Wednesday at Cinerama.

Brett Morgen also talked about the film during The Morning Show on KEXP yesterday. Due to popular demand, additional showings of the film were added giving the film a week long engagement on big screens here in Seattle through April 30th. This has served as the launch of the theatrical runs of the film in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, all prior to its HBO premiere on May 4th. In honor of this documentary, which I found to be pretty extraordinary, let’s re-visit Kurt and Nirvana’s music this week. If this film has the same impact on you as it did for me, you’ll hear the music in a new way… Read More »

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