Author Archives: Christy Thacker

Hood to Hood West Seattle: Head Like a Kite

Only one word can describe local duo Head Like a Kite -– beatastic! The brainchild of electronic Einsteins Dave Einmo and Trent Moorman, HLAK has been manipulating sound and shattering genres since their 2006 debut Random Portraits of the Home Movie. Four years later, the pair still posses their electro mojo, proving their ever-expanding talentRead more...

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Hood to Hood West Seattle: Motopony

Conceived in a Tacoma warehouse by creative mastermind Daniel Blue, Motopony is the essence of folk n’ roll on fire with poetic passion. Singer, artist, writer and ex-fashion designer, Blue joined forces with Seattle hip-hop producer Buddy Ross, spawning the release of their ‘09 self-titled debut. Still in the musical shadows, the pair finally gainedRead more...

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Live Review: Jónsi @ Showbox SoDo 4/10

Almost unnoticed, Jónsi takes center stage, illuminated by a single spotlight. All chatter dies as the crowd fixes on the sole man dressed in a white, tattered, feathered jacket gripping an acoustic guitar. Most in the crowd have never heard the solemn opening tune, “Stars In Still Water,” or the other six new songs theRead more...

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Song of the Day: Georgia Anne Muldrow - Simple Advice

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different songs 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. Each and every Friday, we deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on theRead more...

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Out This Week 3/23

Swedish punk-poppers Love Is All spearheads this week’s eclectic new releases with their third album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries. After finishing their spring 2009 tour and finding themselves record deal-less, the button-cute quintet decided to take the no pressure, fun-route of making music. Within months of optional band practice and trading songs through e-mail,Read more...

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KEXP at SXSW, Day 3: Freelance Whales

A folk-stitched dream pop band is probably the last thing you’d imagine would come out of Queens, New York. Despite the city’s notorious jazz scene, the Freelance Whales found enough inspiration to create an explosion of sensory stimulated music with their self-released debut, Weathervanes (December 2009) (hit single “Generator ^ Second Floor” featured on KEXP’sRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW, Day 3: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

California’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are the ultimate biker gang of good old fashion psych n’ roll, tearing up the streets of the world one sinister album at a time. With the release of their fifth album and first full-length on their very own label, Abstract Dragon, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo proves the trio (drummerRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW, Day 3: Ozomatli

From originally forming to play a labor protest to becoming U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors, urban-Latin crew Ozomatli is truly the living, breathing voice of L.A. For more than fourteen years, the band has made more than just music, taking part in every social and political facet of their city from putting on “hip hopRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW, Day 2: You Say Party! We Say Die!

Canadian new-wavers You Say Party! We Say Die! are back in the U.S. after a transforming three-year hiatus. Since bassist Stephen O’Shea was banned from the states until 2011 for improper identification at the border over three years ago, the five-piece found themselves stretched thin from overtouring and lack of inspiration. After touring Japan andRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW, Day 2: Choir of Young Believers

First CMJ and now SXSW, Choir of Young Believers must have a mountain of frequent-flyer miles considering Copenhagen, Denmark is called home. Without a doubt a choir of sound, many are surprised to discover the wonder pop group is in fact the work of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, who records and performs either solo or withRead more...

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