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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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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: Jeremy Enigk

Day one from our Upstream Music Fest & Summit coverage closed off with an intimate, gorgeous performance from Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft), who is no stranger to the KEXP airwaves. Performing mostly tracks off his 1996 debut record, Return of the Frog Queen, Enigk was joined by a handful of talented local musicians,Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: The Maldives

During hour six of KEXP’s live broadcast from Upstream Fest + Summit, The Maldives brought their harmonic alt-country to our performance space at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. The Maldives played five tracks from their latest record, Mad Lives, a concept album about a man’s life and death experience with the elements. The band’s storytelling chops and tri-partRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: MASZER

KEXP’s broadcast from Pioneer Square as part of Upstream Music Fest + Summit continues with Seattle-based group MASZER, who brought a expansive, droning set to our stage at Little London Plane. Built on the propulsive dual percussion of Joseph Braley and Emilio Muniz, resonant guitar from Tomer-David Rapaport (aka STITCX), and vocal power of Kate Blackstock, MASZER easilyRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: COSMOS

COSMOS kicked off KEXP’s Live Broadcast at Upstream Music Fest + Summit with an undeniable style and presence, establishing the all-ages presence at the festival, and further cementing the band’s place within the local music scene. Upstream marks another junction on the rising career of COSMOS, following a top finish at 2016’s Mo’Pop Sound Off! competition, which earned theRead more…

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KEXP’s Upstream Music Fest + Summit Broadcast in Pioneer Square Begins!

Today begins KEXP’s coverage for 2017’s Upstream Music Fest + Summit from the Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. For the next three days, KEXP will broadcast programming, as well as exclusive live performances, all from our second home in Downtown Seattle between Occidental Ave & S Jackson. Join us for all-ages sets today from COSMOS, MASZER, TheRead more…

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Song of the Day: Waxahatchee – Silver

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. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Silver” by Waxahatchee, from their forthcoming 2017Read more…

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