Author Archives: Jacob Webb

Live Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Although they hit you immediately, the depth of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs belies their urgency. Underneath a pulsating rhythm or Ruban Nielsen’s expressive vocals is always a subtle, just-as-infectious keyboard melody or a texture that alters Nielsen’s voice. On the Portland group’s latest album, Multi-Love, that mastery of nuance serves Nielsen well as he exploresRead more…

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Live Video: Dan Deacon

“We could be in an igloo inside of a cave of ice,” gasped a sweaty Dan Deacon. “And I would still be a puddle.” To be fair, the KEXP studio’s ventilation was only partially the reason why the Baltimore-based musician was drenched in sweat. The other reason was that he was two songs into aRead more…

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Song of the Day: Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)

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. This week, we’ll be featuring songs by local artists playing the 2015 Capitol Hill BlockRead more…

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Live Video: Lady Lamb

“I just wanna keep very, very quiet,” admits Aly Spaltro (a.k.a Lady Lamb) at the end of the fourth verse of “Billions of Eyes”. It’s not an inaccurate statement, but it also doesn’t mean she won’t get loud when she needs to. Spaltro builds intricate songs that move through dynamics and lyrics more efficiently andRead more…

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Song of the Day: Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray

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. This week, we’ll be featuring songs by local artists playing the 2015 Capitol Hill BlockRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Kendrick Lamar

The most anticipated performance of the weekend was also the most divisive, and as the biggest audience of the weekend walked away from the Gorge one last time, everyone had something to say about Kendrick Lamar’s closing set. As the first show played since the release of his instant classic To Pimp A Butterfly, moreRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Tame Impala

Although it was their third time at the festival, Tame Impala‘s Sasquatch 2015 set was their first appearance at the Gorge that was both planned and executed smoothly. They were a last minute replacement in 2010 and an airline misplacing their gig forced the band to play the far-too-small Yeti stage at midnight in 2013,Read more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Courtney Barnett

From the beginning, much of the praise directed at Courtney Barnett has been centered on her talents as a clever, affecting lyricist. While that praise is completely deserved – you don’t get away with naming your debut Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit unless you’ve got the incisive wit to backRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Sharon Van Etten

“This is our first rap song.” Sharon Van Etten may have an extraordinary talent for extracting every last excruciating detail of her romantic failings, but it can’t be said that she doesn’t have a sense of humor. One of a handful of acts to play during Monday’s brief period of cloudy skies, Van Etten andRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Natalie Prass

Although there was plenty of star power on the final day of Sasquatch, there was a clear standout during the early afternoon on Monday, and it wasn’t just because brought a Godzilla figurine onstage with her. When an assured Natalie Prass opened with an electric version of “Bird Of Prey”, it was clear that evenRead more…

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