Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

Song of the Day: Old 97’s – Good with God

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 “Good with God,” by Old 97’s,Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Building Healthy Communities Panel

People come to conferences hoping for simple answers to complex questions. At a music industry summit, especially one designed for young artists like the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, the question is, “How do I make it in the music industry?” And the answer is… there is no answer, or at least no uniform one. ButRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Give Me Future

Give Me Future (Directed by Austin Peters, 2017, 85 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 19 at 8:30PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Saturday, May 20 at 3:30PM – Majestic Bay Friday, June 2 at 9:00PM – Ark Lodge Cinemas [Director Austin Peters scheduled to attend this weekend’s screenings] Remember how long you waited for that one band toRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Gazebos

It’s hard to think of a band more fitting than Gazebos to close out KEXP’s Broadcast from Little London Plane, and nearly impossible to pick one who would have more fun doing so. The Hardly Art darlings’ four-song session brought out the most entertaining qualities of the band’s oddball pop. Frontwoman Shannon Perry sneered surf-popRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Versing

On the last day of KEXP’s broadcast from Upstream, local four-piece Versing filled Little London Plane to the brim with post-punk perfection. Whether channeling the layered guitars of Built to Spill or the raw emotionalism of Modest Mouse, there was also something quintessentially Northwest about the group. Influences aside, their tense set afforded the crowd maximal release. Session standoutRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

On Saturday afternoon, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio debuted three new songs to a capacity crowd at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. Though the trio finished some of new tunes, including the ironically named “I Don’t Want to Play This,” as recently as Monday afternoon, there was no way that anyone could tell the difference. The band’sRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Thermals

Everybody likes a good surprise, especially when that surprise is Northwest indie champs The Thermals stopping by Upstream for an unannounced show at KEXP’s Occidental Stage on Friday afternoon. The show brought together a unique blend of long-time fans, people who had never seen the Portland trio before, and even a fair number of people who, long afterRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 2: Will Jordan

Tacoma-based singer Will Jordan‘s Friday night set at the KEXP’s Occidental Stage may have only lasted around an hour, but, in a sense, he’s been preparing for it nearly every night of his career. Jordan, who has penned Grammy-nominated hits for artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, creates most of his solo material — anRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: Tomo Nakayama, Shelby Earl

Outside, it looked to be a mostly regular day in Pioneer Square. The trolley bell dinged, an Amazon Fresh van passed by, and yuppies rushed to important places, clutching cups of coffee. The music coming from within Little London Plane, on the other hand, told a different story. Shelby Earl and Tomo Nakayama distinguished the morning, performing aRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Porter Ray

15 minutes before Seattle hip hop artist Porter Ray‘s set at the KEXP Occidental Park Stage on Thursday night, things weren’t looking good. It had begun to rain and the only people around were the sound guys, who were still trying to figure out what kind of music Ray played, sitting safely beneath a tent 50Read more…

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