Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Exclusive Interview: St. Vincent

In the middle of her two night stand at The Moore Theatre here in Seattle, St. Vincent stopped by the KEXP studios to share songs from her latest LP, Masseduction (with a fan-favorite from 2011’s Strange Mercy thrown in for fun). With just an acoustic guitar and her powerful voice, St. Vincent (real name: AnnieRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols

For many of us who grew up in the punk era, the sound of the Sex Pistols — that power, energy, propelled by a sneer — was life-changing. For me, it was those guitar chords. That sound — copied over and over by legions of guitarists since — changed my life on a cold, sunnyRead more…

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KEXP Songbook: Barrett Martin Talks Music, Community, and the Environment

By Beverly Bryan Barrett Martin, best known as the drummer for Seattle grunge rockers Screaming Trees, was an integral part of Seattle’s music scene in the 1980s and ’90s. The drummer, producer, and composer has played on more than one hundred albums, from records by R.E.M. to Queens of the Stone Age, and has circledRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler on Quazarz, Migos, and the Absurdity of Our Reality

Every Shabazz Palaces record feels like a transmission from a far-off planet. In 2017, the Seattle hip-hop duo took this aesthetic a step further with two records — Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. The albums collectively chronicle the story of an alien sent to observe a place called Amurderca, only to findRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Feed Embraces Psychic Energy and Otherworldly Hooks on Debut Cassette

Just off of the 99 overpass, Feed stowed themselves away in their practice space affectionately referred to as the Dank Dungeon. Armed with a Tascam 488 tape recorder, the trio of guitarist Chase Hoyt, bassist Matt Kolhede, and drummer Pat Schowe spent months crafting their self-titled debut album, out now via Kolhede’s own Help Yourself Records.Read more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Richard Lloyd of Television

by Annie Zaleski Legendary Television guitarist Richard Lloyd says in the prologue of Everything Is Combustible that his new book is a “memoir — not an autobiography. I’m not sure I know the difference, but I can imagine that an autobiography traces a person’s own history somewhat chronologically, factually, perhaps even objectively, whereas a memoirRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper on The Grunge Hoax of Greatness

On this day in 1992, the number-one hit song in the U.S. was “How Do You Talk to an Angel” by The Heights. The Jacksons: An American Dream, which chronicled the rise to fame of the Jacksons, premiered on ABC and movies like A River Runs Through It, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Steven SeagalRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Mo Troper – Exposure & Response

A catchy melody doesn’t just get stuck in your head – it lives there. You sit with it, sometimes for days or even years, ruminating on it whether you want to or not. Writing just one of these songs can be an accomplishment. Portland songwriter Mo Troper does this 15 times over on his latest album, ExposureRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Noel Brass, Jr. Searches for the Beautiful Unknown on Broken Cloud Orchestra

Noel Brass, Jr. sits at the back of Cafe Vita in Greenwood, quietly sipping on an espresso. He’s immediately recognizable — it’s hard to find a photo of Brass where he isn’t wearing his trademark fedora and glasses. It’s a rainy November afternoon and I can’t think of a better setting to dive into talkingRead more…

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KEXP Songbook: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World with Billy Bragg

In early October, KEXP was thrilled to host an evening with leftist icon and buck-the-man songwriter Billy Bragg, as part of Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series. Over the summer, Bragg released his second nonfiction book Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, said to be the first to explore this musical genreRead more…

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