KEXP Live from Musicfest NW!

The Prids kick off our live broadcast at the Doug Fir in Portland
photo by Kim Ervin

Coming right after our live broadcast from the 2007 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, KEXP is now broadcasting in Portland during Musicfest NW. This year we are broadcasting live until Saturday, bringing you some of the best performances of the festival, including notable national and international acts like Aesop Rock (today at 1 pm), The Brunettes (tomorrow at 11 am), and Deerhunter (Saturday at 4 pm), as well as a full representation of Portland’s best bands.

Today at 3PM the High Violets will not only be gracing the Doug Fir in Portland, but they will also be live on KEXP as part of our live broadcast from Musicfest NW. The High Violets are a shoegazer band from Portland. They arose from the ashes of fellow Portland band, The Bella Low. Their 2006 second release, Be Who You Are, features a lush mixture of psych-pop and drone rock, at times dreamy, but they can also let out a harder, more Ride-like side. This will be their third time performing live on KEXP. You can find their previous two on the on demand live air section of our web page.

The Helio Sequence are a Portland two piece who play with a drum set and laptop, sometimes throwing in a bit of harmonica. They will be performing tracks from their debuts Sub Pop releases and giving us all a huge wonderful earful! Catch them at the Doug Fir if you’re in Portland or on KEXP at 1 pm on Friday.

Portland favorites The Thermals bring their high octane punkish sound to the Doug Fir at 3PM tomorrow. Their last release, The Body The Blood The Machine, showed a change towards lyrics focusing more on theological and political criticisms. With lots of catchy hooks and a very distinct sound, this show promises to be one of the best of the entire festival.

Well known northwest singer-songwriter Damien Jurardo, currently on tour with Okkervil River he will be performing at the Doug Fir in Portland and on the KEXP airwaves at noon on Saturday. His lo-fi folk indie songs have proven to be an integral piece of the Seattle music scene.

Check back for updates and pictures this weekend. We are fortunate that Dave Allen, of the Portland blog Pampelmoose, will be sending us regular updates from the entire festival.

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