Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: Essaie Pas – Demain Est Une Autre Nuit

Essaie Pas is Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau, a married singer and engineer from Montreal, who have worked as individual artists as well as making three prior Essaie Pas records before this one. Demain marks a special milestone for them as their first for DFA, a label which continues to give home to the lostRead more…

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Album Review: Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit

“Voodoo in my blood is living” – that’s how Young Fathers kick off the third track on Massive Attack‘s return to the scene after nearly six years away. And after all that time, Young Fathers aren’t lying – the voodoo is still strong. Last time we saw them was 2010’s fantastic Heligoland, their first recordRead more…

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Song of the Day: Shearwater – Quiet Americans

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 comes from indie rock stalwarts Shearwater. “Quiet Americans” is the seriously groovy leadRead more…

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Live Review: Charlie Hilton with Phaedra at Barboza 2/11/16

Portland singer Charlie Hilton and her band Blouse have consistently found themselves in KEXP’s watch list for rising talent. Blouse played Iceland Airwaves back in 2012 behind their first record, then toured extensively behind Imperium, their second, including a great stint with Dum Dum Girls. This year, Charlie branches out for her first solo record,Read more…

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Album Review: Junior Boys – Big Black Coat

Junior Boys return this week with their first record in five years. Listening to it, it’s hard to picture the space in between. Truly, the electronic scene to which the Ontario duo belong has seen a massive shift in that time period, largely towards a directive that Junior Boys initiated. For comparative context, think aboutRead more…

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Song of the Day: Charlie Hilton – Pony

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Pony” by Portland songwriterRead more…

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Album Review: Porches – Pool

You’d be hard pressed to find a list of 2016’s most anticipated albums without Porches on it. The moniker of New York’s Aaron Maine and friends makes its Domino debut this year with Pool, a record that sounds and feels like a breakout ready to happen. Here, Maine ditches the lo-fi indie rock basement soundsRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #14, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lower Dens, and Hibou 1/29

Every time a Little Big Show happens, our accomplishments seem to get bigger and better. Our must recent show, at Neptune Theatre last Friday, marks the fourteenth occasion on which Starbucks, STG, and KEXP have put their heads together to line up a crazy good show. And not only that – like all other LittleRead more…

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Album Review: Savages – Adore Life

Post-punk gods Savages have done the unthinkable with their second outing: they made their sophomore record an unabashed anthem to embracing life and love. “Love is the answer” – this is the message of Savages’ first single off of Adore Life, their second LP and follow up to the highly acclaimed 2013 debut, Silence Yourself.Read more…

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Live Review: The Juan Maclean with Marcus Marr and Pressha at Nectar Lounge 1/9/16

There are few better ways to ring in the new year than staying up until 2am dancing incessantly to furious house music. Thankfully for us, John MacLean and Marcus Marr agree with us, and this week’s The Juan MacLean show at the Nectar Lounge was a pretty fantastic way to kick off another year ofRead more…

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