Author Archives: Casey Dunau

Live Review: Run the Jewels with The Gaslamp Killer, Nick Hook, Gangsta Boo, and CUZ at The Showbox SoDo

Capturing the energy in The Showbox SoDo is a difficult task. The venue’s high ceiling stretches for a great distance overhead, and without the proper performance, momentum can dissipate from front to back. Luckily, Run the Jewels are nothing if not seasoned performers. From El-P’s first project, Company Flow, to Killer Mike’s earliest Outkast features,Read more…

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Song of the Day: Van William feat. First Aid Kit – Revolution

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Revolution” by Van William, featuringRead more…

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Song of the Day: Anomie Belle – Lovers

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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Lovers” by Seattle’s Anomie Belle from herRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Erik Blood & Kamasi Washington

To call Erik Blood’s set at the KEXP stage during Bumbershoot “performance art” might be to accidentally imply a lack of pop music value. This would not be true. And yet, to call it anything else would feel like a disservice to the meticulously planned and beautifully executed art direction of the show. Of course, it’sRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Run The Jewels, Anderson .Paak, & Radiation City

The instrumentation in Radiation City tends to add up to more than the sum of its parts, so if the droves of passersby drawn towards the Fisher Green stage early in the Bumbershoot afternoon weren’t sure of the cause for their attraction, that might’ve been why. Instead of screaming guitar solos, convulsing vocalists, and overRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Iska Dhaaf, Bob Moses, DoNormaal, Father John Misty, & Michael Franti and Spearhead

Iska Dhaaf: It was going to take something special to get the mainstage started off right on a drizzle dampened afternoon at Bumbershoot. Iska Dhaaf had just the formula. With a drum laced adrenaline shot of up-tempo jams and raucous stage theatrics, the band shook the ever-growing crowd of early attendees and late arrivers intoRead more…

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Song of the Day: Ages and Ages – They Want More

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 “They Want More” by Ages andRead more…

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Live Review: Whitney with Michael Rault at Sunset Tavern 8/2/2016

It’s a rare opportunity to see a band as hyped as Whitney at a venue as intimate as the Sunset Tavern. Or as frontman Julien Ehrlich noted with an off-the-cuff affect he deploys for most his on stage thoughts, “This show’s been sold out a long time.” No surprise there. With the June release ofRead more…

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Song of the Day: Aesop Rock – Rings

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Rings” by Aesop Rock from hisRead more…

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Live Review: Joanna Newsom with Robin Pecknold at Paramount Theatre 3/29/16

Folk – like rock, hip-hop, or jazz – is one of those elevated sub-genres on the music tree of life that’s just specific enough to conjure an immediate sound in one’s imagination while being just broad enough to have an endless array of tendrils splintering off of its hefty branch. Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold – touringRead more…

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