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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 4: Parquet Courts

With a list of influences that including Dire Straits, Napalm Death, Beat Happening and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it’s not an easy task to define the straightforward and honest sound of indie rock four-piece Parquet Courts. Their clean and simple guitars accompanied with in-your-face and incredibly smart vocals, delivered alternately via mellow chants and frantic shouts,Read more…

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 4: The Zombies

Trends come and go quickly in music. Something can be hot one day and out the next, while some things take hold and never let go. The latter can be sincerely said of The Zombies enduring jazz-infused psychedelia, especially their handful of American hits and acclaimed album Odessey and Oracle. Although never achieving the enormousRead more…

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 2: True Believers

Alejandro Escovedo – that’s all I knew about the True Believers when KEXP’s lineup for SXSW at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop was first announced. OK, then someone mentioned it was his mid 80’s band, a crew that had a brush with fame, but never quite broke through. They had label issues, personnel changes, unreleased albums,Read more…

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KEXP at SXSW 2013 Day 2: Ólafur Arnalds

The last time we saw Ólafur Arnalds was at 2010’s Iceland Airwaves where he played our Hostel KEXP. In that show, he demonstrated his continued desire to engage in experimental recording practices by asking the audience to help him sing a loop for a song. Since his first album, Found Songs, back in 2009 received almostRead more…

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 2: Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore has nothing to prove after decades spent as part of one of the most influential bands of all time, Sonic Youth.  The guitarist, singer, and songwriter has long been worshiped by SY fans and adored by critics as Sonic Youth evolved from brash indie upstarts in the 80s, to semi-commercial success on aRead more…

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