KEXP Suggests: Hype! at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian 9/25

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It’s easy to lose context with how massive grunge was in the early ’90s. Bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana are so ubiquitous with the region at this point that it’s hard to imagine what the Northwest was like before they came barreling through with heavy punk riffs with lots and lots of plaid and flannel. Twenty years ago, director Doug Pray captured maybe one of the best time capsules of the era with his landmark documentary Hype!. The film features interviews and footage from the aforementioned bands as well as Mudhoney, 7 Year Bitch, Fastbacks, The Gits, Young Fresh Fellows, and other artists who helped build the foundation that would later be dubbed the “Seattle Sound.”

The film is screening once again tonight at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian at 7 PM. It’s poised to be a total celebration of this momentous era. After the film screens, there’s going to be a live performance from the Schmidtheads, a supergroup featuring members of The Thrown Ups. A Q&A is also scheduled after the film, featuring Pray as well as Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, Fastback’s Lulu Gargiulo and Kurt Bloch, photographer Charles Peterson, legendary producers Jack Endino and Steve Fisk, and more crew involved with the production. This is the perfect time to ask those aching questions about the film that have been plaguing you for 20 years as well as to pay homage to the roots of today’s local scene. Grab your tickets now and watch the trailer below.

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Monday Music News

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  • During a two-night stand at Manchester’s O2 Apollo this past weekend, The National paid tribute to hometown heroes New Order with a cover of the band’s 1985 single “Love Vigilantes.” Watch as frontman Matt Berninger does his best Bernard Sumner impersonation, and even walks down to the audience. The band are currently on tour in support of their latest Sleep Well Beast, including two nights — Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th — at the Paramount Theatre, and a LIVE performance on The Morning Show on KEXP on Wednesday, November 29th at 9:30 AM PT. [ Consequence of Sound]

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TV Eye: Week of 9/25

Chance the Rapper // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (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, September 25th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Grizzly Bear
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Madonna
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chance the Rapper
Ellen: Macklemore featuring Kesha

Tuesday, September 26th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Macklemore featuring Offset
Last Call with Carson Daly: (Sandy) Alex G

Wednesday, September 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tyler the Creator
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Macklemore
Conan: J. Roddy Walston &​ The Business

Thursday, September 28th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: The xx
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cloud Nothings

Friday, September 29th:
– Nothing, go to bed –

Saturday, September 30th:
Austin City Limits: Paul Simon

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In Stores Now 9/25


Uk band The Horrors return with their fifth LP; KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “an expansive blend of brooding electro-rock, industrialized post-punk, shoegazerish space-rock and more, combining a majestic, adventurous sound with some of the band’s most assured songwriting to date.” Australian band Cut Copy also hit album #5 (and their first in four years) “a potent set of buoyant, ’80s-steeped dance-pop inflected with disco, Afrobeat and other styles, combining bright synths, propulsive beats, psychedelic textures, occasional tropical rhythms and soaring harmonies while juxtaposing sunny melodies with often-dark and dystopian lyrics.”

Malian couple Amadou & Mariam return with their eighth studio album (and first in five years); the new release “adds some synth gloss and electronic beats to their driving blend of Malian desert blues and various other African styles, while still sounding as earthy and soulful as ever.” On her sixth LP, Sacramento-based artist Chelsea Wolfe heads “further into heavy doom-metal territory while still making room for some goth-tinged folk, spooky electro-pop and more.” British band The Clientele re-emerge with sixth album (and first full album in eight years) “an often-gorgeous set of autumnal, psych-tinged folk-pop, combining a beautifully arranged orchestral pop sound with Alisdair MacLean’s hushed vocals, bittersweet melodies and finely chiseled lyrics.” And Hiss Golden Messenger, the Durham, NC-based project spearheaded by M.C. Taylor, releases “another well-crafted set of soulful folk-rock, combining a warm sound with sharply crafted lyrics of hope for light in the darkness.”
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Song of the Day: Andrew Hung – Say What You Want

Andrew Hung

photo by Zoe Davis

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Say What You Want” by Andrew Hung from the 2017 album Realisationship out October 6th on Lex Records.

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R.I.P. Charles Bradley

photo by Chad Syme

KEXP is heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved soul singer Charles Bradley at the age of 68. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” found a tumor in his stomach towards the end of 2016, but returned to the music world after an operation, including a stand-out set at the Sasquatch! Music Festival and a performance just last month at the Pickathon Music Festival in Oregon. It was recently reported that the cancer had returned and spread to his liver. In lieu of flowers, his label Daptone Records has asked that donations be made to the All-Stars Project and Music Unites.

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Friday Music News

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  • Australian psych-rock five-piece POND have a new video out for “Colder Than Ice,” off their seventh studio album The Weather, released earlier this summer. The video is simplistic in nature, with director George Foster following the band around while they goof off. It also features fellow Australian musician Kirin J Callinan, who recently toured with POND. The Weather was produced by Tame Impala’s frontman Kevin Parker and was released via Marathon Artists. [ Under the Radar ]

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Music That Matters: Runcast, Vol. 10

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.

The War on Drugs at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 583 – Runcast, Vol. 10

John Richards wraps up the the 2017 installments of the Runcast with Vol. 10, a mix to get you over the wall and across the finish line.

1. The National – Start a War (Live on KEXP)
2. The War on Drugs – Red Eyes
3. Waxahatchee – Silver
4. The Wild Reeds – Only Songs
5. Typhoon – Common Sentiments
6. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
7. Trentemøller – Never Fade
8. School of Seven Bells – On My Heart
9. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel
10. TR/ST – Capitol
11. Shad & DJ T.Lo – Fire
12. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Do the Get Down
13. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
14. Ted Leo – You’re Like Me
15. Tycho – Awake

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Live Review: Fleet Foxes at The Paramount Theatre 9/15

All photos by Bebe Besch (view set)

As I walked into The Paramount, soft shades of yellow and orange illuminated the stage, as shapes slowly changed and morphed into other forms. The colors reflected off of The Paramount’s chandeliers and ornate decorations, and the crowd stood and stared at various points through the venue that glowed bright gold. Fleet Foxes’ projections began before their set did, and due to some box office difficulties, I only had to wait a few minutes before Fleet Foxes themselves walked onto the stage.

Fleet Foxes — the collection of Skyler Skjelset, Casey Westcott, Christian Wargo, Morgan Henderson and frontman Robin Pecknold — graced the stage for the second night in a row at The Paramount, both to sold-out crowds. Pecknold told the audience how he had romanticized The Paramount, as he had to walk up and down Pine Street on the way to his restaurant job prior to starting the band. He added that the two shows were a right of passage of sorts,  that Fleet Foxes, from Seattle, Washington, had made it in some way. It’d be difficult to argue that they haven’t — from their self-titled debut that influenced nearly all alt-folk after its release, and being cited directly as influences for bands like Mumford & Sons and Local Natives.

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We Can Be Heroes During KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive!

downloadThere was once a magical creature named Bowiecorn whose job was to protect a special place in the forest. This spot was where people come from all over the world came to gather, sing, dance, share music, and be themselves.

It’s hard to believe such a place exists, but it does! When you find it, you can go there every day, whenever you want, and you’ll always feel like you belong. Does that sound like anywhere you can think of?

Yep, you’re right! That place is KEXP! We can all be heroes like Bowiecorn when we protect the unique, rare things in our lives.

KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive starts this Friday during Shake the ShackYou can donate now and your gift will count towards our goal!  Plus, you’ll be championing the music that matters to you and listeners worldwide.

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