Author Archives: Janice Headley

Double Trouble: KEXP’s Video Roundup of Twins in Bands

Twins Kim and Kelley Deal celebrate their 54th birthday today, which got us thinking about twins in bands. It’s no wonder it works so well: researchers have found that twin babies interact in the womb, so they’re collaborating from even before birth. Twins have also been known to exhibit a sensitivity towards the other whereRead more…

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Live Video: Black Mountain

When Vancouver-based band Black Mountain stepped in the studio, we got a contact high. Not necessarily from their clothing, but definitely from their heavy, sludgy, psychedelic sound. Vocalists Stephen McBean and Amber Webber trade verses over a Black Sabbath-inspired wave of droning guitar and keyboard. The KEXP session was a little bit of a homecoming,Read more…

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Song of the Day: David Bazan – Both Hands (Over My Eyes)

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Both Hands (Over MyRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2016 Review: We Are X

We Are X (Directed by Stephen Kijak, USA, 2016, 89 minutes) Festival screenings: Sunday, June 5th at 8:30 PM – Ark Lodge Cinemas Wednesday, June 8th at 9:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Egyptian Although there’s an L.A. band who would disagree, We Are X is the story of Japan’s most successful rock band of allRead more…

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Thursday Music News

Surprise! Baltimore duo Wye Oak have sprung an EP on us titled Tween, out now digitally and available physically on August 5th via Merge Records. The title reflects the contents: via a press release, they explain the songs “don’t make sense for album number five,” but “just because they don’t belong there doesn’t mean theyRead more…

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Live Video: Frankie Cosmos

She may be young (she just turned 22 in March), but New York’s Frankie Cosmos (real name: Greta Kline) literally has too many albums to count, in that, I tried, and I got tired of counting. With album titles like the landlord LOVES restaurants! (2011) and Collaborative Farting (2011), and song titles like “little blushingRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

Following his stunning participation in A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and His Month of Song at Benaroya Hall last month, L.A. punk legend John Doe shares a video for the track “A Little Help,” which, incidentally, gets a little help from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. Doe explains, “There is beauty & simplicity in hardRead more…

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Photo Gallery: KEXP Hood to Hood Live Music Showcase 6/5

As the sun set on KEXP’s 2016 Hood to Hood broadcast from the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the party headed a few miles away to the Skylark Cafe where DJ Troy Nelson was hosting an evening of local music. It’s a good thing the show was All Ages, because we had the winners of thisRead more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2016: Porter Ray

Closing out KEXP’s 2016 Hood to Hood was Seattle’s own Porter Ray, whose laidback flow at least kept things chill, y’know, musically. The wise-beyond-his-twenty-something-years rapper brought some romantic rhymes to the stage, combining some old-school R&B vibes to his hip hop sounds. It’s easy to see why Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler brought Ray to SubRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2016 Preview: Red Gringo

Red Gringo (Directed by Miguel Ángel Vidaurre, Chile, 2016, 67 minutes) Festival screenings: Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 PM – AMC Pacific Place 11 Saturday, June 11th at 6:30 PM – Kirkland Performance Center [ Producer Paulina Obando scheduled to attend both screenings ] I’d never heard of singer/songwriter Dean Reed before this film. ApparentlyRead more…

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