Author Archives: Anna McClain

Album Review: Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

I first listened to Damien Jurado‘s 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, while walking through our shared hometown of Seattle on a particularly rainy day. The first formidable moments of “Magic Number,” transported me into a movie full of earnest life truths. Like his 2012 album, Maraqopa, Brothers and Sisters has instant cinematicRead more...

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Live Video: Minor Alps

“There are so many mountains in the world, but not all of them are on the top 10 list... but if you stand on top of one, you feel like you’re on the highest point on earth.” This is the concept behind super-duo Minor Alps. Multi-talented musicians Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana HatfieldRead more...

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Live Video: Kingdom Crumbs

Drum machines, laptops and keyboards don’t generally lend themselves to physical expression in music. In many cases, the minute adjustments that can change an entire track are invisible to audiences during electronic performances. The Seattle group Kingdom Crumbs, on the other hand, is captivating to watch live. Their visual appeal could be a product of theirRead more...

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Live Video: Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers is hard to pin down. With each release, the energetic band leaves genre behind, making fans uncertain of their future endeavors, yet they manage to avoid slipping into frustrating unpredictability. Recently, Crystal Antlers wrapped up their North American tour with a stop in Seattle before moving on to their umpteenth European tour this winter.Read more...

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Live Video: Pillar Point

Fans of Seattle’s indie-pop act Throw Me The Statue were saddened to see the band’s hiatus announcement back in October, but the break has proven its value since frontman Scott Reitherman’s new project Pillar Point has completed their debut album, due out in early 2014. However, Pillar Point diverges from TMTS in the band’s experimentation with unique danceRead more...

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Live Video: Kid Smpl

What kind of music would a futuristic space colony of Seattleites create? Seattle producer Kid Smpl gives us an idea with his pleasantly subtle, weather-infused tracks. The 23 year-old artist has been busy over the last few years, releasing a series of EPs since 2011, along with his debut album, Skylight, and its subsequent remixes featuring local producers.Read more...

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Song of the Day: Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)

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 is “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” by Ages and Ages from their upcoming 2014 album, Divisionary, onRead more...

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Live Video: Shigeto

When asked to describe his music, Zach Saginaw, operating under the pseudonym Shigeto, urges prospective fans to ”have a listen”. Drawing on his jazz background, instrumental hip-hop and years of drumming to create beat-heavy electronic tracks, Shigeto’s music does indeed transcend traditional genres and defies easy classification. You can listen, and watch, for yourself, as this ever-adapting artistRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Ski Lodge

It’s pretty perfect that the frontman of Ski Lodge shares a surname with the guitarist for The Smiths since their sound is totally reminiscent of those Manchester legends. Andrew Marr, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist acting as the creative glue binding the New York band together, thrives on dichotomies. Ski Lodge’s debut album, Big Heart, delvesRead more...

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Song of the Day: The Dismemberment Plan - Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer

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. This week’s featured songs come from artists performing during KEXP’s broadcast from CMJ. Today’s song is “DaddyRead more...

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