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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: The Black Crabs

The Black Crabs are Jonathan Stuart, Tom Forster Jr., and Kirsten Ballweg, experienced musicians of many flavors. Before initially forming as the backing band for Wanda Jackson, the various members had had diverse musical pasts that ventured down every avenue from 60′s garage rock to swing and rockabilly. Spearheaded by the success of touring withRead more...

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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Joan as Police Woman

Joan Wasser, better known as Joan As Police Woman, has a long and storied past. Despite playing music since age six, it wasn’t until 2004 that she struck out on her own, forming her own project. After years alongside such musical luminaries as Mary Timony, Chris Dowd (Fishbone), and Antony and the Johnsons, Wasser finallyRead more...

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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Buffalo Tom

Boston’s Buffalo Tom derives their name from Buffalo Springfield (replacing the “Springfield” with the name of their drummer), but the band’s music has more in common with mid-90′s alternative rock than their namesake’s folk jams. Their new album, Skins, was released on March 8 of this year.

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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Point Juncture, WA

Portland five-piece Point Juncture, WA are the very definition of DIY. As a band, they bought and jointly share a house; there they grow food, which they cook over campfires on tour; they remodeled a dilapidated barn on their property into a home recording studio; they’ve even printed their own records. For all this homegrownRead more...

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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Yuni in Taxco

Local Seattle quintet Yuni in Taxco borrow from many diverse influences, from Beach Boys-esque surf pop/rock and Brazilian world rhythms. KEXP soon fell in love with the band’s summery grooves, but the band has also made a splash in Europe with Portuguese upstart label Cakes & Tapes, who oversaw the international release of their debutRead more...

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KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: David Bazan

Seattle local David Bazan is well-renowned on his homefront, whether for his work with the now-defunct Pedro the Lion or as lead singer of Headphones. Recent years have seen him pursue numerous solo projects, all garnering him a significant local following. His second solo full-length, Strange Negotiations, is set for release on May 24th. It’sRead more...

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KEXP presents Ballard Day 2011!

Get ready! KEXP will take over the Ballard neighborhood for the third time on Friday, May 20th! During our 2010 Ballard listeners stepped up to win the Hood to Hood Challenge and KEXP is excited to give the Ballard people what they want! KEXP will broadcast all day from The Sunset Tavern with live DJRead more...

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Live in Ballard: Cloud Cult at Sonic Boom Records

photos by Krissi Pearson It’s been a fantastic day in downtown Ballard, with John Richards hosting Common Market and Arthur & Yu at Verite Coffee and Cupcake Royale, and with Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole at Sonic Boom Records with Throw Me the Statue, Mochipet, Man Plus, Velella Velella, and Cloud Cult. Around Ballard tonight,Read more...

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Live in Ballard: Velella Velella at Sonic Boom Records

photos by Krissi Pearson One more performance to go (Cloud Cult! Get down here!) and then KEXP DJs take over the clubs in Ballard tonight. Here’s Velella Velella:

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Live in Ballard: Man Plus at Sonic Boom Records

photos by Krissi Pearson Wow! A stellar set from Man Plus -- complete with a “record bin as balance beam” act. There are still two bands to follow (Velella Velella and Cloud Cult), so come on down. Also, KEXP DJs spin and bands perform showcases at Ballard clubs throughout the night. Check the Ballard DayRead more...

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