Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: School of Seven Bells – SVIIB

“I got knocked down, but I’ll get up.” That’s how School of Seven Bells’ Alejandra Deheza said goodbye to bandmate Benjamin Curtis a little more than two years ago. The Joey Ramone cover was recorded from Benjamin Curtis’s hospital room in late 2013. After a long battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, the band found itselfRead more…

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Album Review: Animal Collective – Painting With

It feels like a long time since we last saw Animal Collective, not because three and a half years is an egregiously long time to wait for a new album, but because so much has happened since then, both within the Collective and out of it. Centipede Hz came out in September of 2012, anRead more…

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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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