Author Archives: Anna McClain

Live Video: Simian Mobile Disco

Prepare for liftoff with London duo Simian Mobile Disco‘s kosmische influenced electronic beats. While their array of sequencers, keys, colorful wires, and a mixer might call the duo’s namesake mobility into question, they’ve had no trouble traveling with their equipment (or “mobile studio”). Their latest album, Whorl, was recorded during a series of live performances in theRead more…

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Live Video: Alice Boman

Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman‘s subtle vocals and delicate instrumentals could get a response from even the chilliest of hearts. The minimalist musician, who released her second EP, EP II, this year, creates such an uncluttered sound that it disguises the fact that she is accompanied by three others.  Boman and her band brought their emotional lyrics and understated aestheticRead more…

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Live Video: Pete Molinari

American influences from John Coltrane to Bob Dylan are clear in U.K. singer-songwriter Pete Molinari’s acoustic bluesy-folk. Scratch the surface of his four albums and you’ll find a broad range of sounds in the low-key Brit’s music. Molinari grew up in an Egyptian, Maltese and Italian family, which he cites as a powerful effect on hisRead more…

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Song of the Day: Ballet School – Heartbeat Overdrive

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Heartbeat Overdrive” by Ballet School fromRead more…

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Song of the Day: Thieving Irons – Electric Paradise

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Electric Paradise” by Thieving Irons from theRead more…

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Live Video: Motopony

The lore of Seattle’s Motopony begins not in a dense, leafy forest in the rainy Pacific Northwest (a scene which heavily inspires their music), but in a warehouse in Tacoma. Frontman Daniel Blue set the story of the now acclaimed band in motion when, at 27, he picked up his ten year-old guitar. With the addition ofRead more…

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Live at Project Pabst 2014, Day 2: The Thermals, Shabazz Palaces, Lord Huron, GZA, Modest Mouse and more

Day two of Portland’s first ever Project Pabst began with Portland psych-pop band Grandparents, then a Heart-meets-Led Zeppelin performance from 2014’s Thelma & Louise, a.k.a. rock band Deap Vally, as well as a set from Massachusetts indie rock band Speedy Ortiz. The beer was once again aflowin’ and the venue even sunnier than the previousRead more…

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Live at Project Pabst 2014, Day 1: Violent Femmes, Red Fang, Phosphorescent, Rocket From the Crypt, Tears for Fears and more

History was made (and relived) this weekend in Portland with the first ever Project Pabst. The festival, a testament to the PDX+PBR love affair, tossed Portland into a beer-fueled time warp. Along with newer acts, Zidell Yards hosted some 80s and 90s greats like Tears for Fears, Violent Femmes, GZA, Modest Mouse and Rocket from the Crypt. While some festival-goers may have describedRead more…

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Song of the Day: Frazey Ford – Done

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Done” by Frazey Ford from the 2014 albumRead more…

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Song of the Day: You Me & Apollo – Don’t Sleep For Free

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Don’t Sleep For Free” by You MeRead more…

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