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Capitol Hill Day: Say Hi

photos by Katy McCourt-Basham Ah, straight up good indie rock. Nothing like it. KEXP and Seattle favorite Say Hi just wrapped up their set here at Caffe Vita; peek these photos and get ready for Mates of State at 1:30 PM! The music just keeps on coming today so don’t miss out. We even hadRead more…

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Capitol Hill Day: The Moondoggies

photos by Katy McCourt-Basham The Moondoggies just finished up their set here at Caffe Vita on Capitol Hill full of blues riffs, piano melodies, shout-out-loud choruses, and smart pop songwriting. Check out these photos from their performance while we wait for Say Hi coming up at 11:30 AM! Visit us all day; these performances areRead more…

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Interview with Wavves

interview by RJ Cubarrubia With fuzzy guitars, strange instrumental electronic interludes, 60’s pop and surf punk sensibilities, and some of the lowest fidelity recordings you will ever hear, San Diego skater Wavves, aka Nathan Williams, is a young gun who might be this year’s most talked about artist. At 22, Nathan has already released twoRead more…

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Interview with Travis Senger, director of The Saturday Knights’ “Count It Off”

interview by RJ Cubarrubia Northwest hip-hop group The Saturday Knights are known for their often playful approach towards rhymes and beats; MCs Barfly and Tilson jump and jab on their lyrical jungle gym behind the bouncing beats of DJ Suspence. Taking it to the next level, the group recently collaborated with Seattle filmmakers Michael J.Read more…

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Interview with Makeup Monsters

interview by RJ Cubarrubia Indie-pop duo Makeup Monsters are a young band from Tacoma quickly making a name for themselves in the Northwest music scene, combining bouncy beats, fun, clean guitar, and thoughtful yet slightly goofy lyrics to create well-written pop songs rarely longer than three minutes. With an endearing, quirky charm that puts MichaelRead more…

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Ratatat at Showbox SODO 3/2

  photos by Katy McCourt-Basham review by RJ Cubarrubia For me, the best possible academic environment often includes a healthy murmur of Ratatat; their guitar driven electronic instrumentals are never too fast, never too slow, never too dance-y, and never too lounge-y, creating a uniquely stimulating atmosphere of sound that can make the ironic phraseRead more…

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Interview with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

Since their viral videos and first show at Neumo’s last summer, art-pop collective Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has hit the beat hard, gaining tons of recognition and getting a reputation as one of Seattle’s quirkiest groups faster than you can say their name. Recently, MSHVB brought their sharp guitar melodies with pop sensibilities toRead more…

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Thursday News Threads

Want to get in Alison Goldfrapp‘s pants? Maybe Nick Cave‘s? Or Sacha Baron Cohen‘s? Guardian writer Simon Hattenstone requested signed skivvies from many celebs for an Ebay fueled fundraiser for New North London Synagogue. You can view all the available undies here. No comment on where these have been. Neil Young‘s long awaited Archives Vol.Read more…

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KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 2: The Love Language

photos by Jim Bennett North Carolina lo-fi indie-pop group The Love Language sounds romantic, but like many things that are interesting, there’s a twisted side to their feel good name. After getting the boot from his previous band, The Capulets, and getting the boot from his girlfriend, Frontman Stuart McLamb created the name by startingRead more…

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KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 1: Alela Diane

photos by Jim Bennett When I first heard of a the new-folk genre, I was prepared for peyote tripping bearded men in flannel and countless Mother Earths with soothing, psychedelic voices and delicate folk harmonies; one listen to Alela Diane and I too was tripping the countryside fantastic. The Nevada City, California native has beenRead more…

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