Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Billy Idol, YG, Cashmere Cat, Manatee Commune, & So Pitted

Wow, another year of Bumbershoot action already over, and what a ride it was! This year’s festival was truly a different beast. With the new overhead having a full year to strategize and plan logistics, it seemed like by day 3, a lot of these were starting to go out the window. Crowd rushing inRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis, JoJo, Dude York, Reggie Watts, & Manatee Commune

Bumbershoot 2016’s middle day was an interesting one. With a line management fiasco at the Key Arena the day before, police ran the line down the main drag, roping off necessary crosswalks and rerouting people trying to get their chicken burrito on at Chipotle into tree beds and bushes. And while strobe after strobe atRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Jagwar Ma at KEXP

KEXP in-studio performances continue on Day 2 of Bumbershoot with Jagwar Ma. The Sydney psych band may have blown the world away with their 2013 debut Howlin’, but with the first few singles from upcoming album Every Now & Then, it looks like they are bent on maintaining their skyrocket trajectory to the moon. TunesRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis at KEXP

KEXP begins Day 2 of Bumbershoot in-studios at the new home with Black Joe Lewis and his band the Honeybears. The Austin blues singer is three years deep into a cathartic rampage. With the release of Electric Slave in 2013, Lewis shed all extra weight from his warpath. The band name is slimmer, the arrangementsRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Blind Boys of Alabama, Fetty Wap, Chevy Metal, & Tyler, the Creator

“Discovery and exploration” – that’s what AEGLive’s vice president of Pacific Northwest operations Rob Thomas said was the guiding principle of this year’s Bumbershoot bookings. The long-standing festival has held operations at the heart of Seattle for 46 years, always managing to pull in a diverse crowd of all different age groups for a weekendRead more…

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Album Review: Vince Staples – Prima Donna

While he’s been building steam for quite some time now, California rapper Vince Staples hit most people’s radar hard with last year’s excellent double LP studio debut, Summertime ’06. Here, Vince showcased far more than bloodthirsty hooks and ravaging technique – he also displayed a keen awareness of the world around him, all starting fromRead more…

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Live Review: Diarrhea Planet with Hounds of the Wild Hunt at Tractor Tavern 8/27/16

“We’re here for a rock n roll good time”, Ryan Devlin chuckles as Hounds of the Wild Hunt finish another total jam. He points to the Tractor Tavern door. “If you aren’t here for a rock n roll good time, you best just turn right around.” Tonight, the Hounds open up for the infamous NashvilleRead more…

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Song of the Day: Petite League – French New York

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “French New York” by PetiteRead more…

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Album Review: Factory Floor – 25 25

If there is one singular takeaway from 25 25, it’s this: Factory Floor are done introducing themselves. A lot of young bands feel immense pressure coming into their first full-length record, and there’s no doubt that the duo of Gabe Gurnsey and Nik Colk Void (then also joined by Dominic Butler) felt this in full.Read more…

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Album Review: Crystal Castles – Amnesty (I)

Like me, you may be nervous about the prospect of a new Crystal Castles album after the departure of Alice Glass in October of 2014. Alice’s departure came with an excellent statement: “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others”, she said. UnderRead more…

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