Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Black History Month Spotlight: Gil Scott-Heron

For Black History Month, KEXP is giving a spotlight to some of the most outstanding African American artists in modern music history. Gerrit Feenstra, contributor to the KEXP blog, chose jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron. There are few artists as prolific as Gil Scott-Heron. As a novelist, a social activist, and a jazz musician,Read more...

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Song of the Day: Blank Realm - Back to the Flood

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 “Back to the Flood”Read more...

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Album Review: Sun Kil Moon - Benji

“It’s a complicated place, this planet we’re on.” That’s how Mark Kozelek closes “Dogs”, the most confrontational and stomach-churning cut on new Sun Kil Moon record, Benji. It’s a great thesis for the rest of the record, really - Kozelek has witnessed some pretty insane shit, and much of it appears on Benji in someRead more...

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Live Review: Oneohtrix Point Never w/ The Sight Below, Dawn of Midi, & Nordic Soul @ The Crocodile 2/4/2014

Tuesday night was just another night in the weird, wonderful world of the Crocodile. Some nights, you can see phenomenal jazz and soul, others you’ll witness scorching rock shows with face melting guitar solos and pyrotechnics (maybe). Then nights like Tuesday, you’ll stand facing the back wall with two hundred or so people watching computerRead more...

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Album Review: Gardens & Villa - Dunes

What does the passing of time sound like? That’s the question that Santa Barbara retro synth-pop band Gardens & Villa seem to be asking often on their sophomore record Dunes, out this week on Secretly Canadian. We first met Gardens & Villa back in 2011 with a self-titled LP decorated with jewels like “Black Hills”Read more...

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Live Review: Little Big Show #8 feat. Washed Out, Kingdom Crumbs, & Kisses at Neptune Theatre 1/31/14

On Friday, the Little Big Show made its return with a sold out gig with a stellar, diverse lineup, and raising funds for a wonderful charity. Each couple months, KEXP teams up with STG and Starbucks to put on these incredible events, where no less than 100% of tickets sold benefit the charity selected. ForRead more...

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Live Review: Sasquatch! Launch Party feat. Cold War Kids, St. Lucia, Sir Sly, & Pete and Derek (of The Cave Singers) at Neptune Theatre 2/3/2014

This year’s Sasquatch! Launch Party was a pretty spectacular event from beginning to end. It goes without saying that the two minutes right before Cold War Kids came on made the whole night. Seriously, the lineup for Sasquatch! this year is incredible beyond words. Both weekends are going to be a spectacle and it goesRead more...

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Album Review: Broken Bells - After The Disco

“Oh London moon, help me stumble home, help me lose myself along the way.” So begins the return of Broken Bells, the all-too-perfect team up between now legendary producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and the genius songwriter who gave us the Shins, James Mercer. After The Disco is the soundtrack to the rest of yourRead more...

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Album Review: Mas Ysa - Worth

There’s an art to first impressions. As an artist, you really only get to make one first step onto the scene, and whether everyone cares or no one cares, that’s the point from which you take every single step after. For Thomas Arsenault, that first step has been a long time in the making. He’sRead more...

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Live Review: Volcano Choir w/ The Cloak Ox at Neptune Theatre 1/25/14

“I brought tissues.” That’s what the girl next to me told her friends as she reached into her bag and started dishing out Kleenex. At any other show, the action might have been silly, but not tonight. Tonight, Volcano Choir, the spectacular collaboration between Bon Iver and Collections of Colonies of Bees, took the NeptuneRead more...

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