Author Archives: Katy McCourt-Basham

Airwaves is Coming!

It’s a beautiful fall day in Reykjavik, and the small northern capitol is buzzing with activity, with bars, venues, shops, and restaurants in every nook and cranny of the city are busy with preparations for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. While the KEXP broadcast begins tomorrow at 6 AM, you can catch some of the pre-Airwaves festivities liveRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Sub Pop, Shaprece, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie

With a rare chunk of time to spare between great acts at Bumbershoot, a stop at the Sub Pop installation was in order. A short walk down the hill from KEXP to the International Fountain Pavillion to check out the installation and pop-up shop from the legendary Seattle label. Only up for the weekend, the Sub PopRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Margo Price at KEXP

Joining us in the studio for this year’s final Bumbershoot Secret Stage show is rising Nashville rising star Margo Price, who released her debut record A Midwest Farmer’s Daughter on Third Man Records earlier this year. Hers is an archetypal country star story: Price grew up in a small midwest town, worked a variety ofRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Throngs of people filled Memorial Stadium during Bumbershoot to watch Seattle’s favorite son headline night two of his hometown festival.  The excitement in the audience was palpable, buzzing with anticipation, bursting into a deafening roar at any small hint that the show might be starting—a flash of light, the quieting of a song, any sign of the manRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Erik Blood at KEXP

Producer and musician Erik Blood is a Seattle icon, working releases for a broad roster of local artists, including Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, The Moondoggies, and TacocaT. Released earlier this year, the influence of his diverse collaborations is apparent in his new record Lost in Slow Motion. It’s an absolute stunner, featuring local talents Palaceer Lazarro (of ShabazzRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Explosions in the Sky at KEXP

Joining us in the studio for a KEXP Secret Stage performance at Bumbershoot is Austin post-rock powerhouse Explosions in the Sky. Playing together for over 15 years, their sound is hugely emotive, accented with glistening guitar. It’s a unique listening experience, both cathartic and calming, comforting and unsettling. They released a new album, The Wilderness,Read more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Fly Moon Royalty, St. Lucia, Chastity Belt, Andrew Bird

Fly Moon Royalty lit up the KEXP stage this afternoon with their glorious, funky jams. Originating as a twosome in Seattle in 2011, with the powerful voice of Adra Boo and the rapid rhymes of Mike Illvester, they’ve now grown into a full band, synchronized backup singers and all. Always a crowd favorite, Fly Moon Royalty GetsRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot, Day 1: Michael Franti & Spearhead at KEXP

KEXP’s stellar lineup at Bumbershoot continues with festival heavy-hitter Michael Franti & Spearhead live on the Secret Stage. Franti has his fingers in many pots. He’s a poet, rapper, and singer-songwriter, who has been spreading positivity all over the world since 1994 with his current project, Michael Franti & Spearhead. Their music blends rap with a wide variety of otherRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Blind Boys of Alabama at KEXP

Before most of the festival’s attendees have even arrived at Seattle Center, KEXP’s Bumbershoot was already underway. Setting a high bar right from the get-go, gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama opened the festival with an intimate set at KEXP’s Secret Stage. From their humble beginnings nearly 80 years ago as the Happy Land Jubilee Singers, aRead more…

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Bumbershoot Begins!

It’s Labor Day weekend, and in Seattle this means one thing: Bumbershoot is taking over Seattle Center. And since KEXP’s New Home is located right on the festival grounds, we’ll be right in the center of the action. We’ll be braving the rain all weekend long to bring you great festival coverage here on the KEXPRead more…

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