Author Archives: Gabe Pollak

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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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Sloucher

Normally, you wouldn’t find a local band with only one EP to their name playing the Main Stage at the Sasquatch Music Festival. Then again, Sloucher, who played The Gorge on Friday, aren’t a normal band. Their debut EP, Certainty, is an exceptional collection of introspective indie-pop gems, equal parts grit and sweet melody. Long-time fans ofRead more…

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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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