Author Archives: Janice Headley

Live Video: Neil Finn

It’s hard to believe that the album Dizzy Heights is only the third solo release from beloved singer/songwriter Neil Finn. From Split Enz to Crowded House to the Finn Brothers and his soundtrack work, the New Zealand icon hasn’t stopped making music for the past 30 years. “It’s confusing for the general public to trackRead more...

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Out This Week 4/8

The sun is finally out in Seattle, and so are lots of great new albums for your springtime soundtrack. Avey Tare of Animal Collective has teamed up with former Dirty Projectors bassist Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman for the project, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes their debutRead more...

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Monday Music News

The legacy of Kurt Cobain was clearly on a lot of people’s minds this weekend on the 20th anniversary of his death. At Saturday night’s show at The Riviera in Chicago, St. Vincent paid her own tribute with a cover of Nirvana‘s “Lithium” -- watch below. [Stereogum]

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Live Review: Chickfactor Music Fest at the Bell House, 3/20-21/14

Wherever Chickfactor goes, I will follow. The premiere indiepop zine, Chickfactor began in 1992, around the same time the east coast pop scene was starting to explode. Labels were forming, like Slumberland and Teen-Beat, and founders Gail O’Hara and Pam Berry were on the scene, interviewing bands, taking photos, and organizing fantastic little pop fests.Read more...

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Live Video: Future Islands

From being 18-year-old kids playing house parties in Greenville, North Carolina, to last month’s nationwide broadcast on The Late Show with David Letterman that made them internet superstars — throughout it all, Future Islands have always stayed true to themselves, and to their strong work ethic. After spending nearly five years straight on the road,Read more...

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Wednesday Music News

A documentary about beloved singer/songwriter Elliott Smith is scheduled to make its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 5th. Director Nickolas Rossi describes the film as “an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith.” Titled Heaven Adores You, the film features unreleased songs and rare footage,Read more...

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Live Video: Throwing Muses

“Seriously? Another song?” Kristin Hersh, frontwoman for Throwing Muses, teased KEXP’s DJ El Toro (a.k.a. Kurt Reighley) in mock-exasperation during their in-studio session, “We are so old, Kurt -- why are you doing this?” The veteran alt-rock legends are doing it for their latest release, Purgatory/Paradise, their first new album in a decade, and theirRead more...

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Out This Week 4/1

2014 kicks off April with another great batch of new releases, including the fourth album from Cleveland trio, Cloud Nothings. KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates describes the release as “a ferocious, consistently engaging set of anthemic punk-pop with raw, distorted guitars, relentless driving rhythms, strained vocals, angst-filled lyrics and an abundance of memorable song hooks.”Read more...

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Monday Music News

KEXP faves First Aid Kit have announced the follow-up to their beloved release, 2012′s The Lion’s Roar. The Swedish folk sisters will release the full-length Stay Gold on June 10th via Columbia Records, produced by Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis. Sample the single “My Silver Lining” below. The girls are playing Saturday, May 24th atRead more...

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Thursday Music News

Atlanta garage rockers Black Lips have shared the video for the song “Nightmare Field,” a bonus track from their new album, Underneath The Rainbow, out now on VICE Records. Hear an exclusive live session from the ‘Lips this Saturday, March 29th at 3:00 PM PT on KEXP, and catch them tomorrow night at Neumos. [Stereogum]

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