Author Archives: Ben Funkhouser, KEXP

Oh, Messy Life: HEALTH, Pregnant, Pictureplane at Vera Project 9/12

by Ben Funkhouser photos by Isabel Yasui Pregnant weren’t who I thought they were. There are other bands called Pregnant, and I had assumed that there weren’t many noise rock bands called Pregnant in existence. Apparently though, there are, and this particular Pregnant was my favorite of all Pregnants. This Pregnant is comprised of someRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Desolation Wilderness

by Ben Funkhouser I showed up to the best named house in the city. (Hint: it’s from Squidbillies.) There weren’t a ton of people there. Right away, Desolation Wilderness‘ handsome and well dressed frontman, Nic Zwart, seemed a little worried about the crowd. Who could blame him, the band was about to embark on aRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Problems and Other Voices

by Ben Funkhouser There are many high school age bands around our community, often putting the most work into maintaining it. However, not a lot of these bands can really pull of the creativity and angsty pop genius of Problems. Starting as a garage rock duo, they evolved over the last year into a fullRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Friday at Capitol Hill Block Party

by Ben Funkhouser photos by James Bailey Audacity: I spent some time at the Vera stage before the weekend got warmed up, just to enjoy an otter pop and feel the sun on my back. I chatted with some of the Audacity dudes, who turned out to be pretty nice guys. Their bass player toldRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Three days of Coachella

Coachella Day One: Crystal Castles, Girl Talk, Morrissey, Paul McCartney, Genghis Tron I had flown back home from a school language trip to Sevilla, Espana two days before I left for Coachella. I spent the night in Indio before the show was supposed to begin and planned my route for the inevitably sweaty and funRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: The Mae Shi take The Helm

written by Ben Funkhouser photos by Jake Goltiani The Mae Shi is an amazing band and hands down one of the best live bands in existence. I first met them at the KEXP station in April of 2008; they had just done an in-studio. I nervously asked them if I could get on the listRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Healthy Times and a secrety party

by Ben Funkhouser Martin Luther King was a really inspirational and worthy American hero. He set the stage for civil rights activists of all denominations, working for the rights of all oppressed people. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is generally regarded as a holiday for most, and to me, it was a time to enjoyRead more...

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Oh, Messy Life: Seattle to Oly and back

by Ben Funkhouser The Pharmacy are on their way to New Orleans. These guys have been around for nearly a decade. Since The Eds and The Terrordactyls, Brendhan Bowers and Scott Yoder have been playing music together. After gaining (and losing) Joey Seward’s bass/synth thrashing, noisy Plan-It-X Festing, redefining themselves as “psychedelic/thrash,” releasing another album,Read more...

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Oh Messy Life: an all-ages review of Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head & Starfucker at Vera

by Ben Funkhouser photos by Valentina Saltos A snowstorm was to blame for the re-scheduling of the Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head and Starfucker show on Saturday the 20th, so it was changed. Now, one week later, I arrived early to warm up inside the Vera Project. The doors were set to open at 7:30, butRead more...

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Oh Messy Life: an all-ages review of Hawnay Troof @ Vera Project 12/13

by Ben Funkhouser On Saturday, it snowed like crazy. Like a super-ton. My friend Jake and I went to Vera to check out Hawnay Troof AKA Vice Cooler of XBXRX. I seriously love XBXRX, and I’d heard sweet things about Hawnay Troof, so we went. Also, Little Party and the Bad Business were playing, anRead more...

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