Author Archives: Matthew Howland

Song of the Day: The Cairo Gang – Real Enough to Believe

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 “Real Enough to Believe”Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: The Fabulous Downey Brothers

To state the obvious, The Fabulous Downey Brothers know how to put on a hell of a show. The sextet’s costume changes, frenetic dual vocals, prop comedy (industrial shrub material; see below), and themes of extraterrestrial body modification killed at the Vera Project-curated Buttnick Building space. The titular Liam Downey, fresh from his So Pitted set,Read more…

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KEXP Presents Six Degrees of Chris Cornell

In light of the tragic passing of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog), KEXP has decided to dedicate an additional 12 hours of programming to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell. Six Degrees of Chris Cornell will place Cornell’s music within a larger musical context, exploring his connections in the Seattle music scene,Read more…

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Song of the Day: Cende – What I Want

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “What I Want,” byRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Chavela

Chavela (Directed by Catherine Gund, 2017, 90 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 19 at 6PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Saturday, May 20 at 11AM- AMC Pacific Place [Director Catherine Gund scheduled to attend the Friday screening] Chavela Vargas seems an ideal candidate for a documentary. Born in Costa Rica, Chavela rose to fame in 1950s MexicoRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: DoNormaal

Though at this point a remarkable DoNormaal performance is no unusual occurrence, Friday’s set from the artist (as part of the 2017 Upstream Music Fest + Summit) found DoNormaal in quite good form, the artist’s enthusiasm returned by a sizable audience in the Court in the Square venue. Since before the release of her 2015 album JumpRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals are a band which announces their presence. Since the release of 2016’s Full of It record, released on Kill Rock Stars, the band has fine-tuned an impressive live show, as evidenced by their set today at Little London Plane, as part of Day 3 of our Upstream Fest & Summit coverage. Featuring dual guitar workRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Long Winters

KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed off with John Roderick’s Seattle institution The Long Winters, who performed highlights spanning their three full-length albums in a memorable performance. Roderick was joined by Sean Nelson (KEXP, Harvey Danger), former Long Winters drummer (and 4AD head) Nabil Ayers, and musician, engineer, and longtime Long WintersRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: J GRGRY

The third set from KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit came from local glam rock outfit J GRGRY, memorably led by the eponymous Joe Gregory. Shirtless, donned with extensive pink and gold makeup, Gregory commanded KEXP’s stage at Little London Plane, playing tracks from his record released earlier this year, Gold Teeth &Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: Karl Blau

Our second live performance of the day came from Mr. Karl Blau, long a fixture of the local music scene in Anacortes, WA, who has released upwards of 30 records since the early-90s. Playing tracks from a forthcoming record, as well as his interpretations of songs from the 60s and 70s presented on 2016’s Introducing Karl Blau, Karl Blau playedRead more…

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