Author Archives: Jacob Webb

Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 1: Pillar Point, Sango, MØ, Crystal Castles, Washed Out

Pillar Point Either by design or happenstance, Friday evening at the Capitol Hill Block Party seems to always have a few notable gems that play straight to the Capitol Hill faithful as everyone else is getting off work. This year, Pillar Point (as well as Sango, see below) was one of those quiet highlights, checkingRead more…

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Music that Matters: Land of Pines

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music that Matters, Vol. 522 – Land of Pines Music from Pinegrove, Pinemen, and aRead more…

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Live Review: Mitski, Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som at the Crocodile 07/13/16

There was a palpable moment of anticipation in the crowd right before Mitski Miyawaki hit the most pivotal D chord in the evening, the one that kickstarts the massive chorus of “Your Best American Girl”, song-of-the-year candidate and the track pushed the Brooklyn musician’s buzz from slight rumbling to deafening. And when the audience wasRead more…

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Live Review: case/lang/veirs with Andy Shauf at Woodland Park Zoo 6/30/16

Anyone who’s seen the video where a meteor falls during a Modest Mouse show while they’re playing “Dark Center of the Universe” knows that it was a perfect synchronization of life and music, coincidental or not. And while there’s no footage of it – yet – let it be known that case/lang/veirs summoned an eagle during theirRead more…

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Live Review: Beth Orton at the Triple Door 6/23/2016

When Beth Orton stepped onstage at the Triple Door on a Thursday night, it was a night of great change for the Norfolk singer. Bathed in a gauzy lighting display seemingly pulled straight from an Animal Collective production, Orton acknowledged that it was a quite significant night for her: “My countrymen are all cunts,” sheRead more…

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Song of the Day: PAWS – No Grace

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 “No Grace” by PAWSRead more…

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The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 2: Torres, Against Me!, HAIM, Purity Ring

The second day of The 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival was also its final day. (The threat of severe thunderstorms led the festival’s organizers to cancel the Sunday programming – most notably including Kanye West.) But until the unexpected deluge of rain came pouring down around 7 p.m. on Saturday, the festival was running quiteRead more…

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The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 1: Bob Moses, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Bloc Party, The Strokes

Only a year or two after establishing itself as the first NYC music festival to actually pull off an event with the caliber and scope fitting of the city, The Governors Ball Music Festival is at a crossroads. Stereogum’s Michael Nelson does an excellent job explaining it in depth, but due to the emergence ofRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Jamie xx

A 12:30 a.m. timeslot on the final day of a four-day Sasquatch! Music Festival is a daunting test. You’re either playing to whoever’s passed out on the lawn or people who are, for any number of personal and chemical reasons, not ready to let their festival experience end. Jamie xx wasn’t the most explosive electronicRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Florence and the Machine

“Will you be my choir of hungover angels tonight?” If there’s ever been a more on-point request on the closing day of a music festival, they’ll have to tell it directly to Florence and the Machine’s eponymous singer, who couldn’t have been more spot-on in describing the massive crowd that was in attendance for herRead more…

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