Category Archives: All Ages

KEXP Presents: 2012 Halloween Kids Dance Party

KEXP will host our annual Halloween Kids Dance Party on Sunday, October 28 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at The Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Kids and their families are invited to don their scariest costumes and join host John Richards and DJs Darek Mazzone and Larry Rose for a day of crafts and dancing.Read more…

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EMP’s Sound Off! preview

Sound Off!

Responsible for showing the world The Globes, Brite Futures, The Lonely Forest, and many other KEXP favorites, EMP’s Sound Off! competition is a must know – especially if you live in the PNW. Now in its eleventh year, Sound Off! is an underage “battle of the bands” of sorts. Selecting some of the most promisingRead more…

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Bumbershoot: KEXP + Vera Project at Free Yr Radio Stage

KEXP has teamed up with The Vera Project, the venerable all-ages music and arts venue, and Toyota’s Free Yr Radio, a program supporting non-commercial and indie stations across the country, to bring you a truly unique experience at Bumbershoot this weekend. Over the past few weeks, young music fans from Vera have been instructed byRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: HEALTH, Pregnant, Pictureplane at Vera Project 9/12

by Ben Funkhouser photos by Isabel Yasui Pregnant weren’t who I thought they were. There are other bands called Pregnant, and I had assumed that there weren’t many noise rock bands called Pregnant in existence. Apparently though, there are, and this particular Pregnant was my favorite of all Pregnants. This Pregnant is comprised of someRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: Desolation Wilderness

by Ben Funkhouser I showed up to the best named house in the city. (Hint: it’s from Squidbillies.) There weren’t a ton of people there. Right away, Desolation Wilderness‘ handsome and well dressed frontman, Nic Zwart, seemed a little worried about the crowd. Who could blame him, the band was about to embark on aRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: Problems and Other Voices

by Ben Funkhouser There are many high school age bands around our community, often putting the most work into maintaining it. However, not a lot of these bands can really pull of the creativity and angsty pop genius of Problems. Starting as a garage rock duo, they evolved over the last year into a fullRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: Friday at Capitol Hill Block Party

by Ben Funkhouser photos by James Bailey Audacity: I spent some time at the Vera stage before the weekend got warmed up, just to enjoy an otter pop and feel the sun on my back. I chatted with some of the Audacity dudes, who turned out to be pretty nice guys. Their bass player toldRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: Three days of Coachella

Coachella Day One: Crystal Castles, Girl Talk, Morrissey, Paul McCartney, Genghis Tron I had flown back home from a school language trip to Sevilla, Espana two days before I left for Coachella. I spent the night in Indio before the show was supposed to begin and planned my route for the inevitably sweaty and funRead more…

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Sound Off! Semifinals Round Two

    review by RJ Cubarrubia photos by Katy McCourt-Basham Ok, we admit, we missed the First Semifinal Round of Experience Music Project’s Sound Off! competition, where winners Dyno Jamz automatically advanced to the Final Round and runners-up Dearboy earned a spot to the Wildcard Round against the other second place finishers for the last spotRead more…

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Oh, Messy Life: The Mae Shi take The Helm

written by Ben Funkhouser photos by Jake Goltiani The Mae Shi is an amazing band and hands down one of the best live bands in existence. I first met them at the KEXP station in April of 2008; they had just done an in-studio. I nervously asked them if I could get on the listRead more…

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