Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

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’s 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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Album Review: Yoni & Geti – Testarossa

A lot has happened in the five years since Yoni Wolf (of WHY? fame) and Chicago rapper Serengeti last collaborated. That last time was on Serengeti’s statement of an LP Family & Friends, produced entirely by Wolf and Owen Ashworth (of Advance Base and Casiotune for the Painfully Alone). Between then and now, WHY? droppedRead more…

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Live Review: Gallant with ZHU at Showbox 4/29/16

If there was one Prince tribute to catch at Coachella last weekend, it was “Purple Rain” as done by indie rock god Sufjan Stevens, featuring lead vocals from a mysterious and absolutely wondrous new voice, Gallant. This isn’t the first time Sufjan has teamed up with Gallant. At the turn of the new year, GallantRead more…

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Live Review: Låpsley with Morly at Chop Suey 4/27/16

XL Records is entering a very fun new chapter – chapter six to be exact. Last fall (and this spring with the physical edition), the label released Chapter VI, the first entry in their ongoing electronic compilation series since Chapter V back in 1995. The label has seen a ridiculous amount of growth since then,Read more…

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