Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy

Love him or hate him, you simply cannot call the Billy Corgan of 2014 predictable. For the dedicated Smashing Pumpkins out there, this fact is a wonderful, rewarding thing. Sure, Billy is currently rolling out an extensive set of rereleases and remasters of the classic Pumpkins years, each complete with an elaborate collection of rareRead more…

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Live Review: Alvvays with Absolutely Free at Barboza 12/2/14

Toronto indie rock band Alvvays introduced themselves to Seattle in quite a dazzling fashion Tuesday night. This was the band’s last US show on the tour supporting their fantastic self-titled debut (out now on Polyvinyl) before heading up across the border to finish things off before the end of the year. The sold out crowdRead more…

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Live Review: Death From Above 1979 with Biblical at Neumos 11/19/14

Well, that was a long time coming, but I’ll be damned if that could have been any better than it was. Death From Above 1979 made a great record back in 2004 – like a really great record. You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine put DFA 1979 on the map like clockwork, feeding the bandRead more…

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Live Review: FKA Twigs with BOOTS at Showbox at the Market 11/18/14

Before the Fallon performance, FKA Twigs was a pervasive mystery – a voice and an image spun together in perfect unity to create something entirely other worldly that you felt both drawn to and intimidated by. Maybe it was fear, or maybe it was just mystery, but either way, FKA Twigs was impossible to lookRead more…

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Album Review: NAVVI – // EP

Seattle electronic duo NAVVI have enjoyed a steady climb towards full scene integration over the past year, and with the band’s first EP out this week to plenty of web hype, it looks like nothing is set to slow it moving forward. Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry introduced NAVVI to the world in October ofRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #10 feat. Ben Gibbard & Eric Anderson of Cataldo @ Neptune Theatre 11/15/14

Little Big Shows tend to sell out – that much is true. But with Little Big Show #10, Seattle broke a ground speed record, as tickets were gone almost before they even appeared. Every few months, KEXP joins Starbucks Seattle Theater Group to spotlight a Seattle charity with a show at the Neptune Theatre soRead more…

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Live Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz with Mac DeMarco at Showbox 11/13/14

Julian Casablancas kicked off his Showbox set Thursday night with an eleven minute experimental track about the corruption of the music industry and the doom of creativity called “Human Sadness”. It is truly a new era for one of our generation’s best songwriters, personally coming full circle with the highs and lows of indie rockRead more…

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Song of the Day: Caribou – Our Love

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Our Love” by Caribou from theRead more…

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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from theRead more…

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Album Review: Les Sins – Michael

Don’t be fooled by the inflatable tube dancer guy on the front cover – behind that hapless smile is a maniacal, beastly force waiting to be unleashed. Chaz Bundick continues to prove himself as one of the most capable, surprising, and provocative producers on the scene today. Last year, he dropped Anything In Return, aRead more…

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