Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: New Order at Paramount Theatre 7/6/2014

It’s Sunday night, July 6, 2014, and I’m front and center at the Paramount Theater waiting for New Order to hit the stage. The lights are dim as techs move back and forth across the stage, checking guitars and synthesizers and making sure everything’s in its right place. Meanwhile, the tour DJ plays a steadyRead more...

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Live Review: Cloud Nothings with METZ and The Wytches at Neumos 7/3/14

Thursday night before 4th of July at Neumos, you could tell who watched the show from the safety of the balcony from those on the floor strictly based on the quantity of sweat dripping from their clothes upon leaving the premises. I can’t speak much for the casual observers above, but between the handful ofRead more...

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Album Review: Drenge - Drenge

It’s been an interesting year and a half for Sheffield indie rock duo Drenge. The band’s rise to public awareness has taken a pretty incongruent path: being name checked by a member of Parliament upon resignation, dubbed “Derbyshire’s Black Keys” by the Guardian UK, and getting commercial appeal from BBC sitcoms and the like. AllRead more...

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Song of the Day: Beat Connection - Hesitation

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 DJ John Richards, is “Hesitation”, the newRead more...

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Album Review: How To Dress Well - “What Is This Heart?”

Tom Krell has always been a thinker. On 2010 debut Love Remains, Krell introduced us to his unique blend of slow jam R&B and heady philosophy (what he studied at school in Brooklyn and Cologne, Germany) with an unforgettable collection of heartbreaking magic. On 2012 breakthrough Total Loss, Krell contemplated the death of a closeRead more...

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Album Review: Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Whatever your personal opinion of her may be, there is one fact that is truly undeniable: Lana Del Rey is in a league of her own. If you don’t believe me, read her fantastically revealing cover piece with Fader. If you don’t feel like it, listen to her albums, watch her videos, read other interviews,Read more...

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Song of the Day: Trust - Capitol

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 Midday Show with DJ Cheryl Waters, is “Capitol” by Toronto synthpopRead more...

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Live Review: The Faint with Reptar and Grave Babies at Neptune Theatre 5/30/14

Fresh off of the release of sixth studio album, Doom Abuse, Nebraska synth and dance punk band The Faint brought one hell of a Friday night to the Neptune. While Doom Abuse is the band’s first new record in six years, the band hasn’t lost any steam in time away - least of all inRead more...

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Album Review: Blackbird Blackbird - Tangerine Sky

San Francisco’s Mikey Maramag has a gift for painting landscapes. As Blackbird Blackbird, Maramag has made our heads spin with dense texturing and ear-worm hooks that take you far away to a place untainted by the imperfections of daily life. Always alternating between driving pop accessibility and ambient impressionism, Blackbird Blackbird follows in a proudRead more...

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Album Review: Hercules & Love Affair - The Feast of the Broken Heart

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a phenomenally awesome trend happening right now where dance bands are accompanying thumping tracks with a lyrical message of higher understanding and deeper self-knowing. Last fall, Cut Copy gave us Free Your Mind, a record musically inspired by rave culture godfathers like the Happy Mondays thatRead more...

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