Author Archives: Janice Headley

Kristin Hersh Shares Five Favorite Vic Chesnutt Songs

It was a pact Vic Chesnutt held with Kristin Hersh, his long-time friend and frequent tourmate: “Don’t suck, don’t die.” The two prolific songwriters shared not only the stage, but struggles with major labels and with mental health. But, sadly, Chesnutt did die, from an overdose on Christmas 2009 at the age of 45. HershRead more…

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Out This Week 10/26

Seattle’s own Beat Connection make their Anti- Records debut with an album KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates describes as, a “first-rate set of sleek electro-pop inflected with New Wave, R&B, funk and other styles, with consistently strong songs featuring bright synths, jangly guitars, shimmering melodies and propulsive rhythms accompanying Tom Eddy’s breezy, soulful vocals.” (ReadRead more…

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Monday Music News

Levi’s has produced a short documentary, titled Skateboarding In Pine Ridge, which features an original score by Slint’s David Pajo, and a brand new song from Cat Power, titled “Anthem.” Watch the 17-minute film below to hear both. Director Greg Hunt captures two skatepark-building projects in South Dakota. A press release states, “Pine Ridge isRead more…

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Live Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks with Tomten at EMP 10/3/15

Um, Mr. Malkmus? Correct me if I’m wrong, if you’re reading this (and by golly, I sure hope you are!), but you seemed a little uncomfortable the night you performed at the EMP Museum. The show was part of the museum’s “Influencers Concert Series,” which pairs newer artists with the established acts who inspired them,Read more…

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Live Review: Ultimate Painting with Zebra Hunt at The Vera Project 10/6

With all due respect to their respective bands, Ultimate Painting are, well, the ultimate. The London-based duo of James Hoare and Jack Cooper formed after their other bands (Veronica Falls and Mazes) went on tour together. The two quickly found a shared love for ’60s music, and began to collaborate in Hoare’s home studio afterRead more…

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Live Review: Laetitia Sadier, Deradoorian and Lilac at The Vera Project 9/26

Okay, sure, this show was almost, like, a month ago, but I’m still reeling from seeing former Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier perform at the Vera Project. The influential artist spotlighted tracks from last year’s Drag City solo full-length Something Shines, as well as her most recent single “Dry Fruit” (which was available at the merchRead more…

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Friday Music News

Over the summer, Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls/Menomena secretly played an EL VY show at Los Angeles venue Largo as part of Pete Holmes’ monthly showcase. Matt’s brother, Tom, captured video of the duo performing the track “Need a Friend,” which you can watch on their Facebook page here.Read more…

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Thursday Music News

Brooklyn-based popsters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce a new EP today, Hell, out November 13th via their own cleverly-named label, Painbow. Today, they share a track from that, a cover of the 1993 single “Laid” from Manchester band James, which you’ve surely heard on The Morning Show on KEXP. Jen Goma, alsoRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

UK quartet Savages share a new single from their highly-anticipated sophomore release, Adore Life, out January 22nd via Matador. The album was recorded in London with producer Johnny Hostile and engineer Richard Woodcraft, and mixed in Copenhagen with Trentemøller. The video for the track “The Answer” was directed by Giorgio Testi at Pulse. In aRead more…

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Live Video: Destroyer

Though a man of few words in person, singer/songwriter Dan Bejar finds his voice through music, which rang out loud and clear when his project Destroyer stopped by the KEXP studios. With his tenth full-length, Poison Season, what began as a mostly-solo project of Bejar’s has expanded into a eight-piece touring act, robust with hornsRead more…

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