Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Nurses at Barboza 5/9/15

For almost five years now as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson has been learning how to give himself away. On his eponymous debut, it was from behind the closed door of a bedroom, where we heard psychedelic funk gems muffled through the wall and wanted to know more. On 2013’s II, the door cracked aRead more…

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Live Review: Dan Deacon with Prince Rama & Ben O’Brien at Neumos 5/8/15

For Friday night’s Neumos crowd, reality became something entirely separate from what we knew it to be. The night’s headliner, Canadian electronic wunderkind Dan Deacon, bends the strings that we dangle by enough on his own, but combined with the dystopian shimmer of New York synth rock act Prince Rama and the 21st century AmericanRead more…

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Song of the Day: Chromatics – I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around

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‚Äôs song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “I Can Never BeRead more…

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Album Review: Tei Shi – Verde

Argentinian-born singer Tei Shi is upping the ante with her second EP release, Verde, out now through Mermaid Avenue. Her debut EP, Suadade was released back in November of 2013, garnering comparison to Feist and other melancholy songwriters operating on the sonic fringe while maintaining some semblance of accessibility for the more adventurous, but herRead more…

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Live Review: Clark and Nosaj Thing at Neumos 4/25/15

The good folks over at Decibel Festival have made April of this year really special for Seattle. For those of us who are waiting on pins and needles for this year’s lineup to drop, the announcement of DB Micro Fest was a wonderful surprise. All April, we’ve had incredible shows, from John Talabot & MarcRead more…

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Live Review: Liturgy and Lightning Bolt at Neumos 4/28/15

Some shows, I’m seriously surprised when I exit Neumos after the set’s over and am not witnessing irreparable damage running up and down the walls. Tuesday night, label-mates Liturgy and Lightning Bolt played one of those types of sets. When there’s one guy in the front row that doesn’t have earplugs and three people aroundRead more…

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Live Review: Polaris with Scarves and Cotillon at The Crocodile 4/22/15

When you wish upon some stars… I guess that’s really the only way to start any write up of Polaris being active again 20 years after the recording of their only record. In the recent trend of album anniversary tours, there’s one record that I and many, many other listeners never could have imagined gettingRead more…

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Live Review: Mac DeMarco with Dinner at Neptune Theatre 4/23/15

Love him or hate him, you truly cannot say that Mac DeMarco isn’t consistent. The indie rock songwriter is barely three years into his public career and he is already at the point of selling out the Neptune Theatre with ease, garnering a massive fanbase both young and old, and rocking every night with aRead more…

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Live Review: Shlohmo with Purple and Nick Melons at Neumos 4/24/15

Shlohmo is one fearless dude. If there is anyone else left in the room doubting that at this point, I really think they need to come forward if for nothing else than to just have a talk. Last year, Henry Laufer dropped an EP with R&B god Jeremih on his own record label, WEDIDIT, andRead more…

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Live Review: Philip Selway with Adem at Columbia City Theater 4/15/15

If there’s a band member sweating on stage during Philip Selway‘s sets, how is it not going to be the drummer? Selway’s work with Radiohead through the late 90s, 2000s, and even the 2010s continuously reinvents how we see and hear the art of drumming in the modern rock and electronic atmosphere. The man paintsRead more…

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