Category Archives: Hood to Hood

Live Video: Iska Dhaaf at KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood Broadcast

It’s difficult to imagine Iska Dhaaf as only a two-piece, even when they’re right in front of you. The sound of their full-bodied post-punk is supported by Benjamin Verdoes’ (Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band) unique ability to simultaneously play the keyboard and drums. It takes a talented musician to keep a band on beat, butRead more…

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Live Video: The Faint at KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood Broadcast

Set against the illuminated backdrop of the many pallets of Chrome Satan at the Hilliard’s Beer Taproom, The Faint, during their performance, looked like dance-punk dictators, rulers of some Mad Max dystopia in which beer’s more valuable than gold. In case you missed it, or in case you just wanted to view The Faint inRead more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2014: Katie Kate

Rapper, producer, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician, and Stranger Genius award-nominee Katie Kate does it all. A classically-trained pianist, the adept Cornish alum is working on not only her new album Nation but also music for a fringe theater show called “Love in the Time of Zombies” that will be opening in Ballard on JuneRead more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2014: Iska Dhaaf

Inspired by Sufi poetry, their obsessions with writing, and limitation, Benjamin Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga, the creative masters behind Iska Dhaaf (a Somali phrase which roughly translates to “let it go”), have been collaborating for the past couple of years with impressive results. At first glance, Quiroga (A.K.A. Buffalo Madonna), affiliated with the infamous MadRead more…

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Hood to Hood Day 2014: The Faint

Since the mid-’90s Omaha, Nebraska natives, The Faint, have been composing within the dance-punk tradition, but not without a distinctive tinge. On their website, they state that, they’re “disinterested in making anything except what their own inspiration drives them to make.” This philosophy, albeit bold, has led them to where they are today, successful artistsRead more…

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Coming Soon: KEXP’s 9th Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge

KEXP’s 2014 Hood-to-Hood Day celebration in Ballard is in full swing today—and the battle to host next year’s Hood-to-Hood party is about to begin! KEXP’s 9th Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge coincides with our One-Day Summer Fundraising Drive on Friday, June 13. Power the “music that matters” to you with a gift to KEXP during this fundraisingRead more…

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Hood-to-Hood Day 2014: It Begins!

Join us for Hood-to-Hood Day 2014. Today, KEXP invades Ballard to celebrate the ninth-annual Hood-to-Hood Day! From noon to 5:00 PM, we’ll be broadcasting live from Hillard’s Beer Taproom, featuring three bands for free, all-ages performances among the many fermentation tanks in the brewery. Today’s broadcast artists include Omaha-based The Faint, Benjamin Verdoes’ and NathanRead more…

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Friday on My Mind: Hood-to-Hood 2014!!!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. If you haven’t already called in sick to work on Friday yet, then do it now and get over to Ballard forRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Ballard Day 2014

Like the wily vikings who first settled there, Ballard has risen victorious, staking their claim in KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood Challenge with their fifth win in the nine years we’ve held the competition. Join us this Friday, May 30th as we toast their ‘hood with an all-day party throughout the neighborhood. This year’s live broadcast will beRead more…

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Summer Fundraising Drive: Why Do YOU Power KEXP?

Everything you hear or see or experience via KEXP is powered by YOU and your fellow music lovers. We’re in the thick of our One-Day Summer Fundraising Drive and Hood-to-Hood Challenge right this very minute, and amidst the excitement I wanted to share a few of the reasons donors have shared with us for whyRead more…

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