Author Archives: Janice Headley

Album Premiere: Nightmare Fortress – The Wanting

Since their inception in 2011, Nightmare Fortress has kept KEXP under a spell. Today, we’re excited to bring you an exclusive premiere of the Seattle band’s dark debut full-length, The Wanted, self-released next Tuesday, May 12th. Famed local producer Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Crypts) takes their dancefloor darkwave to new heights. KEXP Music DirectorRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

West coast garage rocker Mikal Cronin released his third solo album yesterday on Merge Records (titled MCIII, natch), and he shares this hilarious video for the single “Turn Around.” Comedians Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, and Kurt Braunohler do a shot-for-shot remake of the Natalie Imbruglia video for “Torn.” Watch below, and stay tuned for videoRead more…

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Out This Week 5/5

Lots of great releases this week for your Spring soundtrack: L.A. duo Best Coast return with what KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates describes as a “consistently strong set of ‘90s-influenced power pop, featuring a big, punchy sound with fuzzy guitars, energetic rhythms and Bethany Cosentino’s honeyed, often multi-tracked vocals and emotive, often-melancholy lyrics, along withRead more…

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Live Review: Kathleen Hanna at Neptune Theatre 4/29/15

“Girls to the front!” This was the mantra for feminist artist Kathleen Hanna when she fronted the influential punk band Bikini Kill in the ’90s. Twenty-five years later, Hanna is on tour, presenting the lecture Riot Grrl: Then and Now, and the girls were down in front at the Neptune Theatre, excited to hear fromRead more…

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Video Roundup: Star Wars Day

It’s May 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. Like many pop-culture phenomenons, the epic space saga has made its way into music, influencing everything from band names, lyrics, and even stage attire. (Looking at you, Gnarls Barkley.) To celebrate the Lucas legacy, today we’ve compiled a galactic force of songs, bands, or lyrics inspired by StarRead more…

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Monday Music News

Toronto trio METZ return with a blistering new album, METZ II, out tomorrow on Sub Pop Records. Today, they share the clip for the track “The Swimmer,” a glitchy, gritty video directed by Michael LeBlanc and Scott Cudmore. METZ will be in Seattle on Tuesday, August 4th at Neumos. [Spin]

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Thursday Music News

Beloved Northwest duo The Helio Sequence share a vibrant video for the track “Upward Mobility” off their upcoming self-titled full-length out May 19th on Sub Pop. The clip, directed by Emanuele Kabu, is a fun, animated experience. Watch below. The Helio Sequence will be LIVE on KEXP on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 PM PT.Read more…

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Wednesday Music News

Who could forget that impassioned performance from Future Islands on the Late Show with David Letterman last year? (Watch it again here.) Letterman was so wow’ed, he brought the guys back last night where they performed their single “The Chase,” just released the other week for Record Store Day. As always, frontman Samuel T. HerringRead more…

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Out This Week 4/28

It’s been twelve long years, but there’s finally a new album from UK pop giants Blur out today! KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes their eighth album as “a strong return-to-form incorporating everything from classic-sounding, crunchy Brit-pop to excursions into spacy electro-pop, brooding, dub-inflected ballads and other styles that are more representative of some ofRead more…

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Monday Music News

Uncanny! DJ Kevin Cole’s favorite band has written a song about his favorite grocery store: listen to a live version of The Replacements performing “Whole Foods Blues” at a recent show in Los Angeles. Frontman Paul Westerberg displays his usual wicked way with words, lamenting his journey to get a protein shake. The band sayRead more…

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