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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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In Stores Now 6/6

While Cullen Omori pursues a solo career with Sub Pop Records, two of his former bandmates in Smith Westerns have formed the group Whitney. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the Chicago band’s debut “an excellent set of ’70s-influenced folk-pop featuring a consistently strong set of beautifully arranged, melodically rich songs and a warm, summeryRead more…

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Monday Music News

All over the world this weekend, KEXP’s favorite bands were trying out new material. As a warm-up, Icelandic kings Sigur Rós sneakily tried out a new song at an intimate show in the UK. On Saturday evening, they unleashed the well-rehearsed track, titled “Óveður”, at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. Watch fan-shot footage from theRead more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2016: Acapulco Lips

Where did all these people come from?! We ain’t gonna front: it’s freakin’ hot out here at KEXP’s 2016 Hood to Hood broadcast from the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. But as local trio Acapulco Lips took the stage, the crowd came emerging from the shadows. The band were practically made for fun in the sun:Read more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2016: Greys

“Seattle’s really funny to me, because no matter what the weather is, you’re always complaining.” And, okay, frontman/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani is on to something: Seattle’s experiencing some unusual 90 degree weather today. But, you know what’s even hotter? Oh, just Greys, who kicked off KEXP’s 2016 Hood to Hood with blistering guitars, fiery drum slashes,Read more…

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Thursday Music News

New Beck! Aside from his gorgeous collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, we haven’t heard much from the once self-proclaimed loser since his 2013 Grammy Award-winning album Morning Phase. Stream the brand new single “Wow” below. In an interview on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Beck says of the next album, “I mean, technically, I shouldRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

Ontario electronic duo Junior Boys share a clip for the track “No One’s Business,” off their latest Big Black Coat. The video, directed by Simon Mercer, features time-lapse footage of a man getting ready to perform in his basement. (No, not like in a Silence of the Lambs kinda way.) Watch below, and watch theirRead more…

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