Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Song of the Day: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes

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 “Open Your Eyes”, fromRead more…

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Live Review: Junior Boys with Jessy Lanza & Borys at Neptune Theatre 3/11/16

“Everybody wants to be in a big black coat”, Jeremy Greenspan sings on the title track from new Junior Boys LP, Big Black Coat (read our review, “everybody wants to have your style”. Truly, few electronic bands have style like this Ontario duo. While Greenspan sings softly, Matt Didemus stands in his electronic threshold, makingRead more…

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Live Review: Vince Staples at Neptune Theatre 3/2/16

While he may not have enjoyed the widespread attention that Kendrick Lamar received last year for his fantastic To Pimp A Butterfly, rising Oakland rapper Vince Staples deserves just as much credit for pushing the culture in new directions with his own 2015 LP, Summertime ’06. Staples’ first full-length outing was a double album conceptRead more…

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Live Review: Animal Collective with Ratking at Neptune Theatre 3/4/16

The deeper we get into Animal Collective‘s Painting With chapter, the more it feels like a real renaissance for the band. As the band themselves described it, the process for the new record felt natural and fun – a far cry for the laborious process it took to put forth Centipede Hz. Spending time inRead more…

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Album Review: Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf have made a career out of finding their place in the world. When they were just kids, they wrote the teenage guide to popularity, navigating a close proximity between love and lust and insecurity. When they grew up and into real relationship, they found the inside of love, discovering that it’s always loveRead more…

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Album Review: Prince Rama – Xtreme Now

Over decades of milquetoast radio throwaways and sales taking precedent over content, it’s undeniable: pop music has lost its sensibility of the extreme. But all is not lost in the brave new world of the digital age. Need evidence? Look no further than Prince Rama‘s press release for their new album, Xtreme Now, which explainsRead more…

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Live Review: American Football with David Bazan at Neptune Theatre 2/26/16

Halfway through the American Football show at Neptune Theatre, the band is tuning up guitars and getting ready to launch into another number, and there’s a small, singular moment of silence. Then, from somewhere in the throng of voices, someone yells out, “I still can’t believe this is even happening!”. The crowd laughs, as doesRead more…

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Live Review: Parquet Courts with SSDD at Neumos 2/23/16

“Sweep” – that’s the command that Parquet Courts give us over and over again on their new single “Dust”. In the context of the tune, it’s about the dust that accumulates, sitting on everything that doesn’t move, marking the time we’ve spent without motion, watching the wheels go round. The irony of the matter is,Read more…

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Album Review: School of Seven Bells – SVIIB

“I got knocked down, but I’ll get up.” That’s how School of Seven Bells’ Alejandra Deheza said goodbye to bandmate Benjamin Curtis a little more than two years ago. The Joey Ramone cover was recorded from Benjamin Curtis’s hospital room in late 2013. After a long battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, the band found itselfRead more…

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Album Review: Animal Collective – Painting With

It feels like a long time since we last saw Animal Collective, not because three and a half years is an egregiously long time to wait for a new album, but because so much has happened since then, both within the Collective and out of it. Centipede Hz came out in September of 2012, anRead more…

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