Category Archives: CMJ

Live Video & Interview: HAERTS

During our CMJ broadcast last month, KEXP was excited to host a performance from New York’s own HAERTS, a band clearly on the brink of something big. With just a couple of singles and one EP to their charmingly-misspelled name, we felt fortunate to share some of their unreleased tracks with the world. Watch theirRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ, Day 3: Ghost Wave

Text by Britta Plyler and Janice Headley For a group that’s only been together for three years, Ghost Wave has certainly made a splash on the worldwide music scene. They recorded their debut full album and first US release, Ages, in six short days and released it via Flying Nun this summer. This five-piece bandRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 3: The Dismemberment Plan

It’s never in any band’s plan to break up, but it’s much less anticipated for a band to reemerge as a more mature version of their past selves. But to everyone’s surprise -- even their own -- The Dismemberment Plan are back with a new record, Uncanney Valley, that not only recognizes that they’ve gottenRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 3: Eleanor Friedberger

Text by Gerrit Feenstra and Janice Headley Standing on the marble altar, and beneath the stained glass windows, Eleanor Friedberger quipped to the audience, “The only thing better than playing at noon, is playing at noon in a church.” If we may add, the only thing better than that is having it be the melodicRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 3: HAERTS

Text by Gerrit Feenstra and Janice Headley On our final day broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church, it was local band HAERTS who transformed the venue back into a place of worship. “This is a song that we don’t get to do very often, but we thought it fit a church,” noted vocalist Nini Fabi beforeRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013... our final day!

Today, we wrap up our 3-day broadcast from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. Tune in from 9AM to 5PM Seattle time to hear exclusive live performances from HAERTS, Eleanor Friedberger, The Dismemberment Plan and Ghost Wave. If you happen to be in the NYC area, come see us! AllRead more...

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Song of the Day: Ghost Wave - Here She Comes

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week’s featured songs come from artists performing during KEXP’s broadcast from CMJ Music MarathonRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Ski Lodge

It’s pretty perfect that the frontman of Ski Lodge shares a surname with the guitarist for The Smiths since their sound is totally reminiscent of those Manchester legends. Andrew Marr, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist acting as the creative glue binding the New York band together, thrives on dichotomies. Ski Lodge’s debut album, Big Heart, delvesRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Au Revoir Simone

Text by Jacob Webb and Janice Headley In one of the best moments of our CMJ broadcast so far, a teenaged boy showed up at the Au Revoir Simone session holding a handmade sign: “I’ll Stay Awake for You,” a play on the lyrics for their single “Somebody Who.” It’s true -- their sound mayRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Wild Cub

At today’s CMJ session, dance-pop band Wild Cub brought their own baby cub: frontman Keegan DeWitt’s 4 1/2-month old baby was in the audience, watching his papa bear in concert for the very first time. A former NY-based composer, now living in Tennessee, DeWitt worked on the soundtrack for the film Dance Party USA, namedRead more...

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