Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Middle Kids

Middle kids, in general, struggle for attention. Middle Kids (the band), on the other hand, have had little trouble getting noticed during their short career. The Sydney trio released their first single, the Ryan Adams-esque “Edge of Town,” before they had even played a show. Shortly thereafter, popular Australian radio station Triple J picked up theRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Three: ODESZA

ODESZA‘s set at Bumbershoot this weekend was a homecoming blowout of epic proportions. No, literally, the energy of the Seattle electronic duo’s high-production value show — which included smoke machines, flamethrowers, a few exciting guests, and much, much more — temporarily blew out the power at Memorial Stadium. And what a gig it was forRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Shelby Earl

Even with a full band backing her on stage at the KEXP Gathering Space Stage on the second day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, it seemed like Seattle singer songwriter Shelby Earl hardly needed a mic. Her voice rang clear, powerful, and true even when she stepped back from her mic to belt bluesy lines fromRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Junius Meyvant

“Only 340 more songs to go,” said Icelandic soul singer Júníus Meyvant, hiding a sly grin under a thick red beard at the start of his set at the KEXP Gathering Space Stage on Saturday evening. Fans on the concrete floor in front of him, sitting like children arranged around a teacher, chuckled. Though Meyvant, who hadn’tRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Weezer

L.A. alt rock veterans Weezer have made a career out of being definitively uncool. They write weird, sometimes twisted, but undeniably catchy songs about not getting invited to the party, not getting the girl, not making it to Beverly Hills. They pull influences from genres (pop-punk, ’80s metal) that — notwithstanding the current pop-punk resurgenceRead more…

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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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