Author Archives: Christy Thacker

KEXP at SXSW, Day 2: JEFF the Brotherhood

SXSW is getting its healthy dose of thrash ‘n’ roll today with Nashville brother duo JEFF the Brotherhood. Rebelling against their Tennessee honky tonk destiny, guitarist/vocalist Jake, 23, and drummer Jamin Orrall, 21, created their own record label Infinity Cats (founded by Jake in 10th grade), and spent eight years playing small gigs and rooftopRead more...

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Out This Week 3/16

The infamous SXSW week is usually enough of a musical fix for most of us tune junkies. But, with a truckload of new releases from underrated artists to the Tex-fest’s own megabands, this week may very well lead to sound overdose for many. With their Austin performance only days away, southern rockstars Drive-By Truckers couldn’tRead more...

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Song of the Day: Twin Tigers - Everyday

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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection is “Everyday” by TwinRead more...

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Out This Week 3/9

When mega-artists team up for a collaborative project like the new two-piece band, Broken Bells, the outcome is sometimes so good, it’s scary. After two years, James Mercer, lead singer and guitarist of The Shins, and Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, hot-shot producer and co-founder of Gnarls Barkley (also produced the Gorillaz and 2004′s infamous TheRead more...

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Song of the Day: MillionYoung - Hammock

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

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Album Review: Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

In the midst of career chaos and musical void, three rock gods united to merge their powers into one: the almighty Them Crooked Vultures. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) boasts his paramount guitar skills and wicked vocals. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) commands thunder with his signature drumming. And, legendary John Paul JonesRead more...

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Out this Week 2/23

Record label’s are feeling especially generous this week, releasing some of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Austin’s Shearwater once again encapsulates nature’s fragile beauty with The Golden Archipelago, the third panel in a trilogy which includes 2008′s brilliant Rook and 2006’s Palo Santo. While staying within the three-album theme of environmental decay and human’sRead more...

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Song of the Day: JEFF the Brotherhood - Heavy Days

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

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Out This Week 2/8

This week features a gold mine of amazing new releases hailing from legendary musicians to up-and-coming, best new artists of the year contenders. Brooklyn band Yeasayer released their second album, Odd Blood, the followup to their breakthrough debut, All Hour Cymbals. While the hallucinatory pop maestros still remain within the mish mash realm of Eastern-flavoredRead more...

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Album Review: Gil Scott-Heron - I’m New Here

Forty years ago, Gil Scott-Heron planted a seed of lyrical revolution. Today, he’s back to reap and sow his radical insights with I’m New Here (out tomorrow!), his first album in almost 16 years. One of the most significant American poets of the past century, the 60-year-old high priest of proto-rap is as outspoken andRead more...

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