Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: Childish Gambino – STN MTN/Kauai

Some haters will always hate, no matter what gold you throw at them, but Donald Glover sure silenced a multitude of them with last year’s out of nowhere sophomore slinger Because the Internet. As Childish Gambino, Glover started a rap career with immediate pushback, with critics claiming that he was flexing his networking connections toRead more…

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Song of the Day: The Juan MacLean – I’ve Waited For So Long

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “I’ve Waited For SoRead more…

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Live Video: Tycho

Tycho has seen a marvelous ascent to brilliance in the last couple years. With each album, Scott Hansen seems to find himself in a brighter sense of awareness and emersion in the beautiful, captivating world that the music of Tycho embodies. The band is now two albums deep with a fleshed out live setup. TychoRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Friends of Friends Showcase, featuring Salva, Nadastrom, Groundislava, and Deru + Effixx

Closing up Decibel Festival is no small task, but if anyone is up to the task and still ready to party after four previous nights of madness, it’s LA hip hop collective Friends of Friends. The group houses a brilliant group of young musicians, specializing in electronic, trap, hip-hop, and experimental music, all finding waysRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Sines of Life, featuring El Ten Eleven, Yppah, Blue Hawaii, and Vox Mod

Both Friday and Saturday’s Decibel Festival festivities were stacked top to bottom with incredibly good sets, at pretty much every venue in the greater Seattle area. And somehow this year, the festival organizers have done an incredible job at giving each set an incredible sense of creative continuity from beginning to end. But out ofRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Dance Nostalgic, featuring Com Truise, Lindstrøm, Midnight Magic, and Avalon Emerson

Saturday night is the night for dancing – Decibel Festival fans have known that for 10 years. You’ll dance every other night of the festival too, no doubt. But Saturday is where you can bank on the fact that you will work up a sweat on the dance floor and at one point consider buyingRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Rhythm & Bass, featuring TOKiMONSTA & Baths

Rhythm and bass: perhaps the only two places of common space in the Venn diagram between electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA and dark synth pop wunderkind Baths – well, those and Los Angeles, I suppose. Both Jennifer Lee and Will Weisenfeld bend and break the pop skeleton and reshape it into something you would have neverRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Resident Advisor Showcase, featuring Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and Jusmoni

Well, Day 1 of Decibel Festival was just about spectacular. The festival has never been short on prestige, but this year, festival organizers have really put time and effort into carefully crafting some brilliant programs for each venue each night. Each night, Decibel fest attendees can hit their favorite Seattle haunts – the EMP, Neumos,Read more…

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Album Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz – Tyranny

If solo records are truly artists giving in fully to self-indulgence, Julian Casablancas has a pretty bizarre way of indulging. Some chose to pack on a slough of bloated guest appearances that ended up making it even less of a solo record than their normal band’s material. Others have created a whole new character forRead more…

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Live Review: Interpol with Rey Pila at Paramount Theatre 9/16/14

Indie rock stalwarts Interpol returned to the scene earlier this year with a fantastic new LP, El Pintor, ten tracks of ageless Interpol mastery, heavy on the guitar hooks and light on filler. After a brief foray on a major label with 2007’s impossibly underrated Our Love To Admire, tumultuous band relations led to aRead more…

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