Author Archives: Hallie Santo

Live Video: First Aid Kit

photo by Bebee Labree Besch

Before they headlined our fourth Little Big Show at the Neptune, Swedish duo First Aid Kit stopped by our studio to chat with Stevie Zoom about Bright Eyes, the Polar Music Prize, and their remarkable harmonies. Klara and Johanna Söderberg made a great first impression with their cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” andRead more...

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Thursday Music News

photo by Jesse Trbovich. art by Steve Powers.

Kurt Vile is commemorating his upcoming album by commissioning a mural in his hometown of Philadelphia. Violators guitarist Jesse Trbovich posted a photo of Steve Powers’ mural on Facebook yesterday and confirmed that Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze is, in fact, the title of the record. When asked if Vile was trying to upstage the RockyRead more...

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Friday Music News

Brooklyn dream-rockers DIIV made their network television debut on Letterman last night. Zachary Cole Smith & Co. played a frantic rendition of “Doused,” the penultimate track on their outstanding debut album, Oshin. Watch the “fantastic” Letterman performance below.

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Thursday Music News

Well, that Paul McCartney/Nirvana thing happened. Macca “jammed” with former grunge-rockers Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (plus Foo Fighter Pat Smear) at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show at Madison Square Garden last night. The quartet (or “Sirvana,” as Spin has dubbed them) debuted a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack,” which features some furiousRead more...

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Friday Music News

photo by James Bailey

James Murphy may have pulled the plug on LCD Soundsystem, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be collaborating with other bands. Most recently, Arcade Fire fan group Arcade Fire Tube have discovered proof that Murphy is in the studio with the band, working on their forthcoming album. The photo the group posted on their FacebookRead more...

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Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

Last night, James Blake treated the audience at Conway Hall in London to some soulful new songs. In the clip below, Blake plays two unreleased tunes, plus “Lindisfarne I and II” and a cover a Joni’s Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” According to Consequence of Sound, Blake will play one more show in the UKRead more...

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Song of the Day: San Cisco - Awkward

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 selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Awkward” by San Cisco from the 2012 EP AwkwardRead more...

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KEXP Suggests: Jherek Bischoff @ Moore Theatre 12/1

photo by Angel Ceballos

Jherek Bischoff is a man of many talents. He’s a songwriter, a producer, a composer, and a performer. He’s mastered nearly a dozen instruments, starting with saxophone and tuba and making his way through the strings, though he can usually be found playing bass in Amanda Palmer’s Grand Theft Orchestra or conducting string quartets whileRead more...

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Friday Music News

photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

A performing arts teacher in Michigan has been suspended for playing a song by Seattle’s own Macklemore, Fox News reports. Susan Johnson allowed a student to play the underground rapper’s track “Same Love,” which supports same-sex marriage, for her class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, MI. Johnson, who was not paid for twoRead more...

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Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

Radiohead fans, rejoice! A video of the band’s performance at The Roseland Ballroom on September 29, 2011, is now available thanks to the fine folks at the Radiohead At Ease fan site. According to Gothamist, the band has given their OK, providing the official audio for the two-hour video. So if you couldn’t make itRead more...

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