Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Jamie xx, Deafheaven, Shabazz Palaces, Broods, and BADBADNOTGOOD

Pike is out between Broadway and 12th, the whole block is in a frenzy, and the noise level has almost reached normal weekend levels – it must be time for Capitol Hill Block Party 2015! The layout has adjusted slightly – both Big Mario’s Pizza and Vita Coffee sit outside the grounds, making it harderRead more…

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Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents

With the exception of maybe Kendrick Lamar’s epic To Pimp A Butterfly cover, Tame Impala‘s Currents should win the award for 2015’s best artwork. The Australian psych outfit are no stranger to great art – 2012’s Lonerism sported a similarly self-describing title, on the outside of an iron gate looking in at happy people inside.Read more…

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Song of the Day: Widowspeak – All Yours

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 “All Yours”, the titleRead more…

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Album Review: Wilco – Star Wars

What’s better than a surprise free album from one of your all time favorite bands? A surprise free album from one of your favorite bands that puts them at the top of their two decades and running game. Wilco wrapped up their contract with Nonesuch back in 2010, after their fourth release on the label,Read more…

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Album Review: Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

November ’05 through the summertime ’06, Vince Staples became a man. He was 12. By the end of the summer, he was 13. There was no celebration of manhood, no joyful birthday parties, with a sense of earned responsibility that comes with adulthood. Age wasn’t gifted to Vince Staples. Instead, youth was stolen from him.Read more…

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Live Review: Tanlines with Mas Ysa at Neumos 7/8/15

After showing off one of the most refreshing album rollouts in recent history (see: fake websites, conference calls, and blockbuster billboards), synth pop duo Tanlines don’t seem to be running out of ways to up the ante on tour. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen brought a rock-heavy four piece setup to Neumos on Tuesday night,Read more…

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Live Review: Andrew W.K. with The Fabulous Downey Brothers at Barboza 6/29/15

Andrew W.K. is a brilliant capitalist. Need proof? Here’s one: he’s still a cultural zeitgeist even now in 2015. Generations have come to Andrew through a stunning variety of mediums. You may know him from his now-classic 2001 party soundtrack to end all party soundtracks I Get Wet, or from his contemplative Village Voice columnRead more…

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Album Review: Class Actress – Movies

When we were spinning Rapprocher back in 2011, we knew it was only a matter of time before Class Actress became a full-fledged pop star. There’s just something magical about the high tension melancholy Elizabeth Harper has on her records. It’s a very “this is where I find myself for better or worse” type ofRead more…

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Live Review: Purity Ring with BRAIDS and Born Gold at Showbox SoDo & Q Nightclub 6/16/15

Want a great example of how to get hugely popular as a band without losing your soul? Look no further than Alberta electronic duo Purity Ring. The band’s 2012 debut, Shrines, was an instant classic, mixing dark Canadian electronic textures with essences of hip-hop, all graced by the soaring vocal prowess of Megan James. CorinRead more…

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Album Review: DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks

This year, !K7 Records celebrates a massive milestone, entering the twentieth year of their ongoing DJ-Kicks series and releasing the fiftieth entry in the series. Over its fifty entry catalogue, DJ-Kicks has carved a niche that no other electronic serial really taps into. For Fabric, it’s the club translated to a recording. For Back toRead more…

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