Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: RL Grime with Lunice at Neptune Theater 1/22/15

The problem with cool stuff is there’s always a process by which it becomes uncool. A handful of true artists perfect a craft and then an uncanny number of hackneyed copycats sample bits and pieces out of context and bastardize the whole thing to no end. This is maybe no better exemplified than with modernRead more…

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Live Review: Death Cab for Cutie with Say Hi at The Crocodile 1/20/15

Death Cab for Cutie is a band that embodies change. From the light-hearted melancholy of “Photobooth” to the heavy-handed post-marital blows of “Cath…”, Death Cab have shown us hundreds of ways in which circumstances shift and we find ourselves to be different people when the light changes. We might discover newfound strength through the painsRead more…

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Album Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes

This week, Sacred Bones invites a second filmmaker into their musical midst. Much like his label predecessor David Lynch, John Carpenter has influenced numerous generations across every genre with both his films and his music. Afrika Bambaataa sampled the Assault on Precinct 13 soundtrack on “Bambaataa’s Theme”. Chromatics paid homage on tracks like “Tick ofRead more…

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Album Review: Viet Cong – Viet Cong

When’s the last time you listened to a record and thought to yourself, “Wow, that’s a sound you don’t hear every day”. Calgary based post-punk quartet Viet Cong (featuring members of now-defunct Calgary act Women) drop their self-titled first LP this week on Jagjaguwar, and it’s one of those records. I’m not saying that theyRead more…

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Live Review: Another One Bites The Dust! Chop Suey’s Last Hurrah 1/18/15

As the song goes, the times, they are a-changing. The face of Capitol Hill continues to shift and grow and morph in different ways. And while we aren’t cynics here at KEXP, some of those shifts are very, very sad, the latest of which being the demise of one of our favorite little venues, ChopRead more…

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Album Review: Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

We can finally say it: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is here! And yet, now listening to it, it seems like the record wouldn’t have been appropriate coming any sooner than it did. The long-anticipated, long dreamed about concept piece from Animal Collective founding member Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, has arrived in impressive,Read more…

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Live Review: Zola Jesus with Deradoorian at Neptune Theatre 1/8/15

Last year, Zola Jesus returned to the scene with a new look, a new label, and new vastness that she’s never shown off before. Taiga, her first LP on Mute, puts Nika on a new plane of existence, much more natural and much stronger than she’s ever presented herself to be before. And with it,Read more…

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Live Video: HAERTS

At KEXP, we like to brag a little bit that we were among the first radio stations to express undying love for HAERTS. After “Wings” dropped at the beginning of 2013 and we put it on repeat for weeks, we knew we had to grab them later in the year at CMJ. But just aRead more…

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Live Review: Yung Lean & Sad Boys with Gravity Boys at Neumos 12/18/2014

18 year old Swedish rapper Yung Lean (Jonatan HÃ¥stad) may be one of the most polarizing, confusing faces on the independent hip-hop scene of the last few years. Pitchfork hates him. Fader loves him. The rest of us find ourselves somewhere in between, trying to balance all of the bizarre parts of the whole thatRead more…

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Live Video: Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens makes for one of the most interesting characters on the indie scene. His band former band, Girls, garnered mass critical acclaim in the late aughts, with a bright, unique rock sound and Owens’ brilliant albeit dark assessment of the modern context of youth and progression in the city he lived in. Then, aRead more…

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