Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Q&A: Charles Peterson

On August 23rd, Seattle musicians Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin, and Mark Arm ascended the roof of Pike Place Market for Raw Power KEXP, a historical evening of Iggy & the Stooges covers. But they weren’t the only local legends on stage. Off to the side, quietly stood world-renowned photographer Charles Peterson. As theRead more…

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KEXP Q&A: Richard Lloyd and Jessica Dobson

As a founding member of seminal post-punk group Television, Richard Lloyd continues to influence generations of future guitarists, including Seattle’s own Jessica Dobson of Deep Sea Diver. On the eve of Lloyd’s Wednesday night show at the Columbia City Theatre, we gathered the two guitar gods for a chat. What followed was an intimate, uncensoredRead more…

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Inside Paul’s Boutique: Interviews with The Dust Brothers

As we step inside Paul’s Boutique today, we’re are exploring all of the intricate and diverse elements that have made Beastie Boys‘s second LP so revolutionary. Perhaps no greater element to the genesis and genius of the album was the Beasties’ collaboration with the Dust Brothers, two friends who, while in college, experimented with musicRead more…

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Interview: Courtney Barnett on her great new album, writing political songs, and only ever eating carrots

In the three hours before she sat down with KEXP for an interview at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Courtney Barnett nailed a mainstage performance, signed a massive stack of records for fans, and posed for some portraits backstage. Despite having an incredibly busy afternoon, however, the Melbourne, Australia songwriter didn’t seem tired in the least.Read more…

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Interview: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on his personal, danceable new album Currents

There’s always drama with Tame Impala, according to frontman and band mastermind Kevin Parker, but this time, it’s only relative to the backstage amenities: the refrigerator holding their beer is leaking. But considering that Parker and his bandmates have their light show and all of their gear – which hasn’t always been the case at SasquatchRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Interview: 808 Producer Alex Noyer

808 (Directed by Alexander Dunn, UK, 2015) 808 is the best drum machine film I ever seen. The documentary about the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer screened to near sell-out crowds during the Seattle International Film Festival this year, followed by a Q&A with producer Alex Noyer. What I have here is a special 12 inchRead more…

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KEXP Q&A: Scotty Smith of Fauna Shade

This is a big summer for Fauna Shade. They have a new singles premiering, a showcase with KEXP, gigs at summer music festivals and features on Seattle radio stations. For singer Scotty Smith, it’s the dream life. We got a chance to catch up with Smith during this whirlwind experience and ask him a fewRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Meklit

Immigrants move to a new country for a guarantee: That life can be better in ways that were impossible in the home country. This is certainly true for Meklit Hadero, an Ethiopian-born woman who, through her immigrant experience as well as her talent, became an intriguing artist in the US. Immigration is inherently a traumaticRead more…

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KEXP Q&A: Ryan Granger of The Grizzled Mighty

The duo behind The Grizzled Mighty play hard, up-tempo rock. Their big, beefy chords and frenetic drumming inspire the blood cells running in your veins to speed up and push you to new heights. Don’t believe us? You can check out the band’s new album here and go see them live at Neumos today (Saturday,Read more…

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Interview: Brandi Carlile Talks New Album, New Baby, and KEXP’s New Home

When Brandi Carlile and her cohorts Tim and Phil Hanseroth (a.k.a. The Twins) take the stage this Friday night at the Moore Theatre for a sold-out “Pin Drop” show to benefit KEXP’s New Home, you can expect to hear new songs crackling with energy and emotion. That’s a direct outcome of the real life feel-for-allRead more…

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