Author Archives: Jon Harthun

Live Video: Smoosh

If it seems like the youngsters of the formerly Seattle-based Smoosh have long since outlived the kitschy, trendy, ironic critiques, buzz and labels, you’re correct. It’s been a decade since the young ladies released (er, mailed out) their 2-track single Tomato Mistakes to anyone who was willing to listen. Since then, they’ve played Lollapalooza, openedRead more...

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Live Video: Frightened Rabbit

In this gray rain-soaked landscape, The Winter of Mixed Drinks (on FatCat) might very well be the Seattlelite’s anthem for the next 4-6 months. But self-medication aside, Frightened Rabbit exhibits more than just your average meat & potatoes indie band. Their understated pop-sensibilities reflect that of the R.E.M. and Counting Crows of yesteryears. And I meanRead more...

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Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation Benefit Shows & Giveaway

Father, husband, label man, and music lover Andy Kotowicz, 37, tragically lost his life over a month ago. The Sub Pop VP of Sales and Director of Marketing left behind a city of music and a community of friends. In honor of Andy’s legacy, three benefit concerts are planned to take place tomorrow night, Dec. 4th,Read more...

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Live Review: Black Mountain & The Black Angels @ Showbox at the Market 11/29

I’m one of those damn kids who complains that they were “born in the wrong era.” I get chills when I read Lester Bangs reviews, tear up when I watch Joe Cocker kill it at Woodstock doing “With a Little Help With My Friends” and find comfort in the crackle and pops of a vinylRead more...

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Song of the Day: Cloud Nothings - Can’t Stay Awake

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 DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the AfternoonRead more...

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Live Video: The Vaselines

Until recently, The Vaselines may just have been known as a blip in musical history. Their recording career spanned from 1987 to 1989, releasing two EPs, Son of a Gun and Dying for It, and one full-length album, Dum-Dum. The band found greater exposure a few years later, when Nirvana covered their tracks on Incesticide (“SonRead more...

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Thanks from KEXP!

Whether it’s the turkey (or Tofurky), the stuffing, the gravy or the green bean casserole, Thanksgiving has something for everyone. It’s a day full of guilt-free binge eating, so spend it wisely. To get in the Thanksgiving mood we rounded up a few videos of remarkable musicians giving their thanks in the best way theyRead more...

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Record Store Day takes on Black Friday!

Maybe you’re the kind of person who camps out for 4AM sales, or maybe you’re against big business and over-spending. I don’t care which you are, Black Friday is yielding some great additions to your music collection. From the 180-gram triple album reissue of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass to 7″ & 12″ singlesRead more...

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Song of the Day: Salem - Frost

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 DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the MiddayRead more...

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Live Video: Eels

His face may be hidden behind dark glasses and a lofty beard, but his dark, smokey voice begs to be aired out and listened to. Mark Oliver Everett, or E, the main man behind Eels to anyone with a set of headphones, dropped in and quadrupled your chances of loving him with four in-studio tracks, performedRead more...

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