Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

If there’s one rule about horror movies, it’s that you always leave enough of a loose end for a sequel, regardless of whether or not it ever happens. Sure enough, that’s exactly what the master of horror and suspense cinema John Carpenter did on his first solo LP outing. Lost Themes, an album comprised ofRead more…

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Live Review: Operators with Bogan Via at Sunset Tavern 4/4/16

KEXP has a special love for Operators in the live setting. Sure, synth-heavy brainchild of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) would fit on KEXP’s airwaves regardless, but we have history together. Three days after the band announced it existed, they played on KEXP and later in the day at Barboza, where theyRead more…

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Live Review: Prince Rama with Dinner at Barboza 4/3/16

Brooklyn synth-pop duo Prince Rama ask their audience a simple question halfway through their new LP, Xtreme Now. “When was the last time you had fun?” On the record, it’s supposed to be a question about belief, about conviction, and about our response to that in a positive and nourishing manner. In a real lifeRead more…

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Album Review: Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

There’s a great scene in Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood where Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) is about 10 or 11 years old and is in Houston sleeping over at his dad’s place when he asks him this great question. “Dad, there’s no, like, real magic in the world is there?” Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) asks himRead more…

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Album Review: The Range – Potential

If the Internet age is defined by one thing, it’s probably disposability: the temporal state of everything we define ourselves by. We live in a world that is exponentially unsatisfied with singularity and smallness. Our good intentions for globalization and interconnectedness have gone by the wayside as technology continues to evolve, and now, we areRead more…

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Album Review: Operators – Blue Wave

“I felt a blue wave coming on.” If there were any way to sum up the trying events that led up to the amalgamation of Dan Boeckner’s latest project Operators, the album’s title track does it pretty well. Dan Boeckner, responsible for Wolf Parade (alongside Spencer Krug) and Handsome Furs (alongside Alexei Perry), is aRead more…

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Live Review: Hinds with Chastity Belt & Cotillon at Sunset Tavern 3/27/16

Madrid indie rock quartet Hinds made their full length debut on Mom + Pop at the turn of the new year with a fantastic album called Leave Me Alone. But, after seeing them live, it’s hard not to interpret the title as being somewhat ironic, because there are few bands around that are as funRead more…

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Live Review: Porches with Alex G at Vera Project 3/25/16

Domino don’t have many missteps in their record of signees. Three years into their third decade, their roster only continues to shine more impressively with time. All of that rings especially true for the label’s more recent American indie rock signings, of which tonight’s sold out Vera Project spectacle showcased three. Your Friend, Alex G,Read more…

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Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins with Liz Phair at Paramount Theatre 3/23/16

Billy Corgan is a man of extreme dichotomy. It’s this gleefully dynamic binary that has made him one of the most interesting artists of the last three decades. And really, you don’t have to go back that far into the throws of The Smashing Pumpkins history to get there. Take just the last couple yearsRead more…

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Song of the Day: Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You

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 “It Means I LoveRead more…

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