Author Archives: Janice Headley

Song of the Day: Zola Jesus – Exhumed

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 “Exhumed” by Zola Jesus, fromRead more…

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KEXP Video Roundup: Top Five Music-Related Films of John Cusack

John Cusack. You can’t hear his name without thinking of the iconic boombox scene in Say Anything…, right? Over his 30-year career, and with more than 80 acting credits to his name, Cusack’s love of music has informed some excellent film choices along the way. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Cusack says, “TheRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Puget Soundtrack presents Prom Queen

Puget Soundtrack presents Prom Queen Festival Screenings: Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 PM – Triple Door Two of our favorite local non-profits are combining forces for one incredible night of music. Northwest Film Forum’s “Puget Soundtrack” series pairs local bands with films of their choosing to perform a unique, live soundtrack. Tonight, Thursday, June 1st,Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: The Shins

There was something magical about the Sunday night Sasquatch Music Fest performance by The Shins. Or maybe it just felt “magical.” The stage was covered in giant paper flowers, with stems taller than the musicians and blooms bigger than their heads. (Ego jokes aside; everyone seems to have perfectly healthy self-esteems.) The backdrop was aRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall (USA | 2017 | 100 minutes | directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright) Festival Screenings: Monday, May 29 at 7:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Egyptian Thursday, June 1 at 4:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown When people talk about the DIY scene, it usually conjures up thoughts of the ’70s punkRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Hoops

“Anybody here from Indiana?” Representing their hometown of Bloomington, Hoops took the Yeti stage early Sunday afternoon at the Sasquatch Music Festival. On their debut album Routines, the quartet (or quintet live, with touring guitarist) solidify the dream-pop sound they began developing on their self-released cassettes and last year’s self-titled EP. It’s funny to thinkRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Aesop Rock

Born and raised in New York, Aesop Rock originally emerged from the city’s indie hip-hop world, releasing his breakthrough album Labor Days in 2001 on Definitive Jux, the label ran by El-P (Run the Jewels). But, Aes (real name: Ian Matthias Bavitz) moved to Portland in 2008, so after nearly a decade in the Northwest,Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: The Radio Dept.

The Radio Dept. don’t seem like your typical “summer festival” style band. On their most recent album, 2016’s Running Out of Love, the Swedish duo paired their dreamy ’80s-influenced synthpop with fierce, biting lyrics towards their homeland’s government. But, somehow, the group got the bros and teens bopping to the songs like “Death to Fascism”Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: LCD Soundsystem

As the lights went up on the Sasquatch! Music Festival main stage, James Murphy, founder, frontman, and mastermind of LCD Soundsystem, sauntered out from the wings, sipping a glass of white wine. There’s cause to celebrate: he shared with the audience that the band finally finished their highly-anticipated new album a mere two days ago.Read more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | directed by Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 26 at 7:00 PM – Paramount Theatre Saturday, May 27 at 11:30 AM – SIFF Cinema Uptown (Executive Producer Ernest Webb and Producers Lisa Roth & Tracy Rector scheduled to attendRead more…

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