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Interview with Girl Talk

by RJ Cubarrubia These days, laptop musicians are big: they’re in rock bands, pop bands, R&B groups, behind rappers, and even DJ’s. Mashups have gone from a fun and rare adventure into sampling done by skilled DJ’s to a common and pedestrian event performed by countless computer kids. And then there’s Greg Gillis aka GirlRead more...

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The Lonely Forest at Bumbershoot 2009

photos by Dan Muller review by RJ Cubarrubia I’ll be honest: with all the talk of Anacortes’ The Lonely Forest, I felt like a complete dumbass for never having heard their music (it got really bad when I read in Sound that they were “Seattle’s next great band”). After having the pleasure of introducing themRead more...

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Live Review: Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head at Bumbershoot 2009

photos by Dan Muller review by RJ Cubarrubia Bumbershoot 2009 was a fairly wet and wild affair, but no band could’ve prepared for the weekend weather better than Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. Sporting a nautical theme complete with a posse of inflatable dolphins, NPSH ripped through an hour-long dance party to an absurd army ofRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

LA outfit No Age have an upcoming EP out on October 6 on Sub Pop, but you can stream all of it now on Sub Pop’s website now. You’ll need an email address to stream, but you most likely have one if you’re reading this. The recent passing of British World War I veteran HarryRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Seminal rock group the Pixies have announced their full schedule for their Doolittle tour. The band will be performing their classic album in its entirety with a few surprises along the way. The Seattle dates are November 11 and 12 at the Paramount Theater; be sure to check out our presale, which starts today atRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

Lots of free new music in the news today! Sup Pop band Fruit Bats, who have finished their latest album (which they previewed on KEXP earlier this year), are offering the title track of the forthcoming album, The Ruminant Band: Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band (MP3) NYC dance post-punkers The Rapture have announced theRead more...

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Interview with Diplo

    by RJ Cubarrubia Five minutes into hanging out on Diplo‘s tour bus, a minor crisis emerges: Major Lazer, his latest dancehall reggae project with fellow DJ/producer Switch featuring a fictional dreadlocked cartoon commando, is about to take the stage in an hour and the vest for his three-piece suit is missing. After someRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

The Polaris Music Prize Shortlist has just been announced, with KEXP favorites Fucked Up, Elliott Brood, Metric leading the way. You can check out the full list of candidates for the Canadian insider-voted contest here. Sub Pop has a new addition to their roster: the fuzzy and poppy Dum Dum Girls. The LA band isRead more...

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Interview with Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life

interview by RJ Cubarrubia photos by Chona Kasinger If you were ever a teenager in the first half of this decade, chances are you met someone, laughed, cheered, made out, fell in love, got your heart broken, fell in hate, learned a few things about life, and did a little (or a lot of) growingRead more...

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Interview with Japandroids

interview by RJ Cubarrubia photos by Brittney Bush Bollay Vancouver garage-punk duo Japandoids consists of two friends making loud, catchy, and strangely accessible music that sounds like a punk rock summer soundtrack for kids who just like to have fun. Best friends David Prowse and Brian King play loud, fast, and hard, and their debutRead more...

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