Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

Oh My Virgin Ears!: Soundgarden’s Superunknown

Chris Cornell had been dead for two days when I heard his scream. A man in a Seahawks jersey was blasting “The Day I Tried to Live” within the walls of his beat-up Honda Accord, idling next to me at an intersection in Ballard. “Nice music,” I called over from my bike. The driver reachedRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Chance the Rapper

Throw out your rule book and rewrite the record book. That’s what you must do to keep up with Chance the Rapper. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old Chicago rapper became the first musician to win a Grammy without releasing physical versions of his songs, clinching “Best Rap Album,” for his uplifting, genre-hopping gospel hip hop masterpiece, Coloring Book. BeforeRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Porter Ray

There are essentially two moods at festivals: ready to turn up or ready to chill out. On the first afternoon of Sasquatch, Seattle rapper Porter Ray played to both feelings, performing tracks from his intense, yet laid-back 2017 album, Watercolor. The wide-ranging sound and subject matter of Ray’s Sub Pop debut shone through during theRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Chicano Batman

Few bands worked Sasquatch‘s main stage better than Chicano Batman. The L.A. four-piece played a lively set on Sunday afternoon, infusing latin rock with elements of psychedelia, funk, and soul in an hour-long performance. Frontman Bardo Martinez was quite the showman, testing the limits of his microphone cable as he strutted across the stage. One of hisRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: SISTERS

The Gorge’s rust-colored cliffs are about as far from the city as you can get, but, with the right artist onstage, they can feel just like home. On Sunday afternoon at Sasquatch’s main stage, Seattle electro-pop outfit SISTERS captured the warmth and informality of a cozy family gathering (sans drunk uncle’s and arguments about who is onRead more…

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Song of the Day: Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas),”Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 2: Jagwar Ma

Going into Jagwar Ma’s Saturday night set at the Yeti Stage at Sasquatch, fans had plenty of reasons to be excited about the Australian trio’s hour-long set. The group has opened for Tame Impala and the xx, two other bands who have made being an introvert sound very cool again, and they’ve released two stellarRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Klangstof

Give me water, yes, and maybe an overpriced Slurpee, but I’ll still contend that there’s little more refreshing than seeing a band truly enjoy themselves onstage. Norwegian rock group Klangstof did just that at the Yeti stage, delivering one of the most fun and adventurous sets of the weekend so far. Their lively performance may beRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Courtney Marie Andrews

It’s difficult to figure out which part of singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews‘ music is most appealing. Her Saturday afternoon set at the Yeti Stage brought it all: timeless country-folk songwriting, warm melodies, and strong, but understated support from her backing band. Her song selection was just as hard to pin down; during her 45-minute performance, sheRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is more than his music. He’s a Daptone Records institution, a life-affirming singer, and, as his organist, Mike Deller, introduced him to the crowd at dusk on the first day of the Sasquatch Music Festival, “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Anyone unfamiliar with the 67-year-old soul singer quickly became acquainted with the reasonRead more…

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