Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

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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Song of the Day: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Open Your Eyes”, fromRead more…

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Live Review: Junior Boys with Jessy Lanza & Borys at Neptune Theatre 3/11/16

“Everybody wants to be in a big black coat”, Jeremy Greenspan sings on the title track from new Junior Boys LP, Big Black Coat (read our review, “everybody wants to have your style”. Truly, few electronic bands have style like this Ontario duo. While Greenspan sings softly, Matt Didemus stands in his electronic threshold, makingRead more…

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Live Review: Vince Staples at Neptune Theatre 3/2/16

While he may not have enjoyed the widespread attention that Kendrick Lamar received last year for his fantastic To Pimp A Butterfly, rising Oakland rapper Vince Staples deserves just as much credit for pushing the culture in new directions with his own 2015 LP, Summertime ’06. Staples’ first full-length outing was a double album conceptRead more…

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Live Review: Animal Collective with Ratking at Neptune Theatre 3/4/16

The deeper we get into Animal Collective‘s Painting With chapter, the more it feels like a real renaissance for the band. As the band themselves described it, the process for the new record felt natural and fun – a far cry for the laborious process it took to put forth Centipede Hz. Spending time inRead more…

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Album Review: Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf have made a career out of finding their place in the world. When they were just kids, they wrote the teenage guide to popularity, navigating a close proximity between love and lust and insecurity. When they grew up and into real relationship, they found the inside of love, discovering that it’s always loveRead more…

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Album Review: Prince Rama – Xtreme Now

Over decades of milquetoast radio throwaways and sales taking precedent over content, it’s undeniable: pop music has lost its sensibility of the extreme. But all is not lost in the brave new world of the digital age. Need evidence? Look no further than Prince Rama‘s press release for their new album, Xtreme Now, which explainsRead more…

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Live Review: American Football with David Bazan at Neptune Theatre 2/26/16

Halfway through the American Football show at Neptune Theatre, the band is tuning up guitars and getting ready to launch into another number, and there’s a small, singular moment of silence. Then, from somewhere in the throng of voices, someone yells out, “I still can’t believe this is even happening!”. The crowd laughs, as doesRead more…

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