Category Archives: Bumbershoot

Live Video: Mac DeMarco at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

First there was the Rat Pack, then the Brat Pack, and now… the Mac Pack? The uniforms may have changed – from suits to cardigans to oversized t-shirts and backwards-facing baseball caps – but the life-is-to-be-lived attitude of today’s scene makers hasn’t. Singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco embodies the persona as performer with his goofy exuberance andRead more…

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Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Usually, you’d want to hustle the riff raff out, but when it comes to the New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff, you want them to stick around. That’s why we featured them three times this year: in our studio, at our SXSW showcase at Mellow Johnny’s, and during our broadcast over Labor DayRead more…

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Live Video: Big Star’s Third at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

It’s one of those touchstones of rock that if you don’t have in your collection, you’re likely to add immediately on first hearing. Big Star’s Third never reached the commercial success it deserved upon its release, but over the years it grew into a cult favorite frequently name-checked (and cribbed from) by all sorts ofRead more…

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Live Video: Nada Surf at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

You won’t find a more kicked-back band than Nada Surf. Their relaxed demeanor, easy banter and effortless performances make you think they’re the kind of guys you just want to hang out with. During their recent acoustic session, live on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge, it was like the entire audience was sitting inRead more…

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Live Video: The Reverend Horton Heat at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Call it rockabilly, psychobilly, punkabilly… whatever kind of “billy” you want to call it… The Reverend Horton Heat practically sets fire to the stage whenever he performs. After nearly 30 years and 11 albums, the Heat hasn’t lost the spark, and still packs the house with fans of all ages and tastes, just as heRead more…

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Live Video: The Both at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

What brought two already well known and respected artists together to collaborate on a new project? The internet, of course. Though Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shared a casual friendship and a liking for each other’s music, they bonded over things “#dumb” on Twitter. Eventually, a 140-character comedic repartee turned into a tour, and aRead more…

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Live Video: The Dream Syndicate at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Considering the early 80’s were the heyday of The Dream Syndicate, you’re forgiven if, like the song says, you’re “just trying to remember the days of wine and roses”. As leaders of the so-called Paisley Underground, the LA band carried the sounds of the previous decade, particularly of The Velvet Underground and The Doors, intoRead more…

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Live Video: Poliça at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Forget the big sales and weekend trips, KEXP spends Labor Day at Bumbershoot every year, where once again we returned to the “secret space” of the Music Lounge to present 14 exclusive live sessions with many KEXP listener favorites, including an otherworldly set of live and electronic instrumentation by Poliça, featuring Channy Leaneagh’s ethereal vocals.Read more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 3: Nada Surf, Twin Shadow, The Reverend Horton Heat, and more

Well, that’s a wrap on another year! Bumbershoot 2014 closed out with yet another incredible day on Monday, seeing the last good weather before a big rain and the last tour appearance by several bands before heading back to the studio. But the farewells were all in great spirits – fantastic sets abounded throughout theRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: Big Star’s Third, The Dream Syndicate, Bootsy Collins, and more

Too much awesome to keep track of on Sunday at Bumbershoot 2014. Saturday may have gotten the party started, but Sunday is where jaws started dropping left and right. Chris Stamey made the Big Star’s Third performance one of the most beautiful and captivating things that has ever happened on the mural stage at SeattleRead more…

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