Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: The Roots

Legendary Philadelphia hip hop crew The Roots threw the best party at this year’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, performing a jaw-dropping headlining slot at the Fisher Green Stage on Saturday night. Like any good host, they kept the vibes going, flowing seamlessly from song to song, without missing a beat. What’s more, they treated theRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Chicano Batman

It’s been a big year for Chicano Batman. The L.A. four-piece released the Freedom is Free, their third album in total and first on big-time indie label ATO Records. They made their first appearance on late night TV, performing on Conan in May, and hit the festival circuit hard, playing top slots at FYF, Sasquatch!, and NewportRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: The Spider Ferns

Seattle duo The Spider Ferns don’t make music, they create worlds. Each of their songs is like a new landscape. You may have heard the sounds before — drums that seem to echo into infinity, bass lines that throb and pulse like they have lives of their own, electronic sounds that shimmer like a creekRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Kore Ionz

Thirty minutes. That’s all the time Seattle reggae champs Kore Ionz had to win over a crowd at the Mural Amphitheatre on the first afternoon of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Frontman Daniel Pak, shirtless in the hot sun with a red, green, and yellow strap running across his chest (that’ll be an interesting sunburn), wasted noRead more…

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Song of the Day: Moses Hightower – Mjóddin

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 “Mjóddin” by Moses Hightower from their 2017Read more…

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Song of the Day: Gibraltar – Cold

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 “Cold” by Gibraltar from their 2017 self-released album, Let’sRead more…

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Song of the Day: The Church – Another Century

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 “Another Century” by The Church from their upcomingRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Cosmos, Prom Queen, Manatee Commune, Whitney

BSH. BSH. BSH. BSH. The sound of four defiant cymbal crashes spreads out across Pike Street. It’s Seattle band COSMOS’ turn at the main stage. Melding hip hop, jazz, and funk in a high-energy set, the Seattle band proves yet again why they won last year’s Sound Off! contest, an annual battle of the bandsRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Diet Cig, Diplo

Energy. That’s what a good live performance boils down to, and that’s what both Diet Cig and Diplo (who have little more than the letter “D” in common) delivered at the Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday night. Performing in completely different genres to completely different audiences, they both put on thrilling performances to closeRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music: Interview with Give Me Future Director, Austin Peters

Here’s a piece of Capitol Hill Block Party trivia for you: Diplo is the only artist on the bill this weekend who has performed for 500,000 people at one time. At a free show in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, the first by an American artist since the US and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations in 2015, Diplo’s dance hall-EDMRead more…

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