Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: Nada Surf w/ Prism Tats at The Neptune 5/18/16

Next month we celebrate the 20th birthday of High/Low, the timeless full-length debut from New York indie rock stalwarts Nada Surf. The band celebrated the milestone in great fashion, reissuing the record on beautiful orange vinyl through Vinyl Me Please and giving it a fantastic packaging makeover. But High/Low’s 20th year was much sweeter forRead more…

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Album Review: Wolf Parade – EP 4

Oh man, oh man. Last week, Sub Pop released the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the full-length debut of Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on lush triple disc vinyl, pulling together all three of Wolf Parade’s lead-up EPs and packaging it all in a glorious tri-fold of awesome. The same week, secret WolfRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #15, with Santigold, Kilo Kish, and DoNormaal 5/14/16

If Little Big Show has done anything consistently in its four years and fifteen shows, it’s that it has sold out one incredibly stacked lineup after another at the Neptune and raised a ton of money for local youth-oriented arts programs. There’s probably not a more Seattle way to do it either – to haveRead more…

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Exclusive Interview: John Carpenter

Master filmmaker and composer John Carpenter just doesn’t know when to slow down. With almost 4 decades now separating him from seminal films and soundtracks like Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York, Halloween, and The Fog, Carpenter is looking to expand his repertoire. 2015 marked his entrance into electronic music sceneRead more…

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Live Review: Modern English with Underpass at Neumos 5/11/16

UK post-punk legends Modern English have truly figured out the perfect way to retain their punk roots 35 years on from their biggest hit. What’s the most punk way to fund a new album from the original lineup of the band that gave you timeless new wave classic “I Melt With You”? Probably go onRead more…

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Live Review: The Range and Rome Fortune with Zoolab at Barboza 5/8/16

If Brooklyn producer The Range and Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune have any one thing in common, it’s an unfettered line of sight towards a marvelous horizon. Both artists make music that is wrought with present-tense turmoil, but the future always looks brighter – and not only that, it looks magnanimous. The Range does it withRead more…

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Song of the Day: SWMRS – Drive North

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 DJs think you should hear. Today‚Äôs song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, comes from Oakland punk bandRead more…

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Album Review: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

How long have we been anticipating A Moon Shaped Pool now? Truly, anticipation has lost much of its meaning in 2016. In our digital world of surprise albums and unquestioned instant gratification, the months we spend waiting for heroes to return to the forefront can feel like years. And yet, here we are, five yearsRead more…

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Live Review: Beach House with Skyler Skjelset at The Paramount 5/4/16

Beach House, the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, are really into surprises right now. When pre-orders for Depression Cherry went up in the summer, the band’s website featured hidden singles, buried in a song recommendation generator based on the user’s selection of favorite past tracks. It also featured a place to requestRead more…

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Album Review: James Blake – The Colour in Anything

“Music can’t be everything.” Damn, that is not something you want to hear sung softly by the likes of UK bass pioneer and R&B crooner James Blake. And yet, this is how he closes out his third LP, as “Meet You In The Maze” fades out into oblivion, and the synthesized harmonies fizzle apart intoRead more…

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