Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: The War on Drugs w/ White Laces at Neptune Theatre 3/28/14

Adam Granduciel has never been one to let success and fame get to his head. “It’s Friday night!” he exclaimed to the Neptune crowd at the The War on Drugs‘ sold out performance that night,.“Does anyone have any big plans for the weekend?” The innate irony of the question is lost on no one butRead more...

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Album Review: Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Of all the happy-go-lucky twenty-somethings in the world learning to deal with the anxiety of entering the first chapters of independent adulthood and being 100% responsible for one’s own actions, there are few you can picture less concerned than Mac DeMarco. If you’ve played witness to his erratic live antics amongst a crowd of voraciousRead more...

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Live Review: St. Vincent with Noveller at Moore Theater 3/26/14

On a rainy Wednesday evening, Annie Clark brought wonder and beauty to Seattle and to the Moore Theater with her St. Vincent return to our fair city. Both of the last times we’ve had the chance to see clark, it was alongside David Byrne, playing some original material, but mostly cuts from their collaborative recordRead more...

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Album Review: Liars - Mess

Well, can’t say we saw that one coming! In the next phase of the ever-evolving state that has come to define them, experimental indie rock chameleons Liars come to us now as... a synth pop band?! Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But still, on new record Mess, we find Liars a farRead more...

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Song of the Day: Mas Ysa - Why

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Why” by Mas YsaRead more...

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Album Review: Future Islands - Singles

Baltimore synth-pop group Future Islands found a new home on 4AD for their fourth LP, Singles. Though their prior years at Thrill Jockey have given us some incredible music over the years, whoever it is over at 4AD that got the wonderful task of marketing this band and this record for a Future Islands explosionRead more...

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Album Review: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

“Boy, the come down here was easy, like the arrival of a new day.” That’s how Adam Granduciel chooses to open the new album from The War on Drugs after a minute and a half of dreamscape Americana. As the listener, you could say the same thing. The Philadelphia band have always found a wayRead more...

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Live Review: Cayucas w/ Miner and A Weekend at the Feelies at Barboza 3/12/14

“I heard today was the first nice day in quite a while, right?” As his band Cayucas starts in on another track of bright, warm, surf pop gold, he banters with a Seattle winter crowd who got to go out in the sun in early March - a near miraculous event by any account. “Coincidence?Read more...

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Live Review: SXSW Send-Off, feat. The Flavr Blue, Shaprece, & James Apollo @ Neumos 3/7/14

Every year, Seattle sends a multitude of great artists down to Austin this week to showcase how our great city continues push the independent music scene forward in our own unique way. Of course, there is no shortage of Seattle bands at SXSW this year. But it was a special treat for us to getRead more...

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Album Review: TRUST - Joyland

Canadian synth-pop band TRUST have been doing some phenomenal work in the studio in the past year. When they dropped their debut LP, TRST, back in 2012, the dark, pulsing melodies and cryptic vocals drew quick comparisons to their brooding, gothic counterparts on the scene like Crystal Castles. These comparisons were, by nature, pretty lazy.Read more...

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