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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Moon Duo

Portland’s Moon Duo made maybe one of their most surprising moves yet: showing up and playing a set as a trio. Alright, that’s not totally true. They did play with a third member on the KEXP Stage at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, but the band is constantly taking surprising new avenues for theirRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Dude York

Punk trio Dude York has made a name for themselves in Seattle for being a guarantee for at least a half hour of overflowing joy. As “America’s Band,” they cannot tell a lie and totally followed through on the promise on Day One of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Even when they had technicalRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Acapulco Lips

“This is an instrumental about weed,” Acapulco Lips bassist Maria-Elena Juarez said pointedly as the band started their set at the KEXP stage. It got giggles at first, but the second they started leaning into their psych-meets-surf jam, the laughter turned into dancing and some serious vibing. It was hard not to be enamored byRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: J GRGRY

Covered in pink and gold paint, J GRGRY took the Mural Amphitheatre stage in Seattle Center. Under the gaze of the Space Needle with the sun beaming down on the band, it made for an electric opening for the first day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Lead vocalist, Joe Gregory, moved across the stageRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Dave Depper

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring Portland songwriter Dave Depper, who plays Bumbershoot this Sunday at 5:30 PM on the KEXP stage. You might have heard Dave Depper‘s playing and not even known it. The Portland musician’s resume is aRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Moon Duo

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we feature Portland psych outfit Moon Duo, who play Bumbershoot this Friday at 6:40 PM on the KEXP stage. It’s easy to get lost in Moon Duo‘s music. The formerly San Francisco-now-Portland act creates some of the mostRead more…

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KEXP Video Roundup: Bumbershoot Music Lounge Memories

Back in the day, before KEXP was on the Seattle Center campus, we would hold annual “secret” intimate performances from the Charlotte Martin Theatre during the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Nowadays, we have a spacious Gathering Space where pass holders can come see artists like Moon Duo, Crater, and The Maldives, and a luckyRead more…

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10 Local Bands to Check Out at Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot has been a local institution since 1972. Ask anyone who’s lived here for even a few years and they’ll likely be able to talk off your ear with stories of their first experience at the fest in Seattle Center. In 2017, the arts and music festival is continuing strong for another weekend under theRead more…

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Announcing the 2017 Bumbershoot Line-Up

We’re excited to unveil the lineup for the 2017 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, held right here on the Seattle Center campus from Friday, September 1st through Sunday, September 3rd. This year’s lineup is bolder than ever, with headlining sets from Flume, Lorde and ODESZA. Among a wide range of artists are many KEXP faves,Read more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Erik Blood & Kamasi Washington

To call Erik Blood’s set at the KEXP stage during Bumbershoot “performance art” might be to accidentally imply a lack of pop music value. This would not be true. And yet, to call it anything else would feel like a disservice to the meticulously planned and beautifully executed art direction of the show. Of course, it’sRead more…

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