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SXSW 2012, Day 3: Pickwick

Along with Allen Stone, Pickwick has served as the face of the recent Seattle soul revival, and like Allen Stone, Pickwick revolves around the amazing voice, energy, and stage presence of their leading man. Galen Disston and company first appeared on KEXP last summer by way of the song “Hacienda Motel” from their debut EPRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Nada Surf

Listening to Nada Surf‘s most recent release The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, it’s hard to believe it was recorded by a band that has released seven studio albums over the course of a 16 year-career dating back to their 1996 debut High/Lo. Caws, Lorca, and Elliott seem as they’re almost getting younger with age,Read more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Choir Of Young Believers

Danish ensemble Choir of Young Believers are known for their angelic pop melodies, frontman Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’s crystalline vocals, and their use of airy synths and effects to complement spot-on traditional instrumentation, giving their music a lightweight, ethereal quality. Formed in 2006, the collective released their debut album This Is For The White In YourRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: The Wedding Present

Formed in 1985 in Leeds, UK, The Wedding Present have undergone many incarnations in their near 30 year career. Founder, frontman, and creative force David Gedge has been the group’s only consistent member, with several musicians coming and going over the years to suit whichever direction Gedge wanted to take the project. He stopped releasingRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Imperial Teen

At this point, Imperial Teen should be a household name. They’ve been carving out a name for themselves in the indie rock scene since the mid-1990s and have opened up for Hole and Marilyn Manson. Their mix of post-grunge alternative and new wave earned them SPIN’s 4th best album of the year with 1996’s Seasick,Read more…

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Coming Up: Day 2 of KEXP’s SXSW Performances from Mellow Johnny’s

As expected, Day 1 of KEXP’s performances from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop was a resounding success. How could it not be with a lineup that included the likes of Howler, Allen Stone, Wussy, and The Barr Brothers, and Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men, who delivered an unforgettable performance to a capacity crowd to closeRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 1: Allen Stone

It’s getting to the point where Allen Stone no longer needs an introduction. No longer an up-and-comer, the Seattle soul phenom’s appeal has spread well beyond the Northwest, and it’s no longer a secret how amazing his live performances can be. With the help of a performance on Conan O’Brien, he has gained a goodRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 1: Wussy

Cincinnati band Wussy was formed by Lisa Walker and former Ass Ponys member Chuck Cleaver in 2001. Their fourth full-length album, Strawberry, was released in November of 2011 on Shake It Records and features today’s KEXP Song of the Day, “Pulverized.” Led by the vocals of both Walker and Cleaver, Wussy embody the droning, reverberatingRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 1: The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers first caught the attention of KEXP when they opened for Deer Tick at The Tractor Tavern last November. The performance was so incredible that we invited them to play an in-studio session the very next morning, which you can watch here. Originally from Montreal, The Barr Brothers released their self-titled debut albumRead more…

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SXSW 2012, Day 1: Howler

Minneapolis rockers Howler first caught the attention of a Rough Trade executive in 2011, when shortly after hearing a demo he hopped on a plane to Minnesota and promptly signed the band to the UK label. Later in the year they released their debut EP, This One’s Different, and early in 2012 they released theirRead more…

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