Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

KEXP Suggests: Pop Conference 2017 at MoPOP

If we music lovers crave new ways to listen, then music writers lend us new ears. Lucky for us, many of the country’s greatest music writers will descend on Seattle Center to share fresh perspectives on familiar tunes during MoPOP’s annual Pop Conference, which runs today, April 20, through Sunday, April 23. Like its own festival forRead more…

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Live Review: Radiohead at Key Arena 4/8

People travel great distances for love, and perhaps even further for their favorite band. Little else could explain the extreme travel itineraries of visitors to Radiohead‘s sold-out show at KeyArena in Seattle on Saturday, April 8th. After the doors opened at 6PM, I spoke to brothers who split a 13-hour drive from Edmonton, a man whoRead more…

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Song of the Day: Froth – Romance Distractions

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 “Romance Distractions,” by Froth,Read more…

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Oh My Virgin Ears!: A First Listen to OK Computer

With Oh My Virgin Ears!, KEXP’s (young) intern Gabe Pollak takes a first listen at iconic albums in music history. With revered UK group Radiohead playing a sold out show next door at Key Arena tonight, we had him spend some time with the band’s third LP — often called “one of the greatest albumsRead more…

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Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong: KEXP’s Radiohead Covers Roundup

It’s no surprise that Radiohead‘s Saturday show at Key Arena is sold out; the band have amassed a rabid fan base since forming in Abingdon, Oxfordshire back in 1985. And, it’s no surprise that this roundup of Radiohead covers goes on and on; many of our favorite artists cite Radiohead as one of their faves.Read more…

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Song of the Day: Andrew Combs – Dirty Rain

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 “Dirty Rain,” by AndrewRead more…

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10 Ridiculous Pranks in Rock History

Happy April Fool’s Day! Today, we celebrate the silliest day of the year with a post of ten ridiculous pranks in rock history. Some lean more political, others make for excellent promotional strategies, but they are all equally hilarious (except the Keith Moon pranks, which are objectively the best). 1. Arcade Fire Fans ‘Get Lucky’ Stand aroundRead more…

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Song of the Day: Brenda Xu – Lovely Storm

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 “Lovely Storm,” by Seattle-basedRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID 3/22 – 3/26

Is March too early to get your festival season started? We don’t think so and, frankly, we don’t care. Treefort Music Fest, running now until Sunday, March 26 in downtown Boise, Idaho, is too good to miss. Looking at headliners alone, the festival boasts two of the biggest names in independent music today, lovable goof Mac DeMarco and indie goddess Angel Olsen. ApartRead more…

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Live Video: Cherry Glazerr

If your first impression of Cherry Glazerr is that they don’t take themselves too seriously, you’re probably right. The L.A. band’s new album, Apocalipstick, includes songs like “Trick or Treat Dance Floor”, their twitter account features occasional updates on the band members’ bowels, and, well, if you need further proof, look no further than theirRead more…

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