Category Archives: Interviews

Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Alan Sparhawk of Low

While most of the well-known Minnesota bands hail from Minneapolis, out on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior is the city of Duluth, hometown to the band Low. In the early ’90s, the local sound was loud, abrasive, and grunge-inspired. Someone made the joke, what if a band were to play quiet music on stage?Read more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Scott MacDonald of Arcwelder

They may not have made the majors like The Replacements and Hüsker Dü did, but Minneapolis-based band Arcwelder were more than a perennial local favorite, cracking John Peel’s Festive Fifth countdown in 1992 and getting crowned NME‘s “Punk Rock Single of the Week” by none other than guest editors, New Order. After four excellent albumsRead more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Jim Walsh

If something was happening in the Minneapolis music scene, writer Jim Walsh was there to cover it. A former City Pages music editor (think, The Stranger) and award-winning columnist for the Pioneer Press, Walsh writes about music and culture. He is the author of the oral history The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting. KEXPRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Rachel Goswell of Slowdive

It was exciting enough when Slowdive reunited in 2014 for a worldwide tour, but now the Berkshire-based shoegazers will release a self-titled LP tomorrow, Friday, May 5th, via Dead Oceans. It’s their fourth album, and first new music in 22 years. Founding member, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Rachel Goswell took some time to chat with KEXPRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Sashay

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, a Northwest regionally focused festival with over 300 acts, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle queercore act Sashay, performing Friday, May 12 on the Mo-Wave stage at 9:45 PM. HardcoreRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Susan Rogers Remembers Prince

Besides being the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory, and an associate professor at Berklee, Susan Rogers is also the person who worked most closely with the late Prince during quite possibly his most important period artistically. From 1983 to 1988, it was Susan who was on the other side of theRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: David Byrne on Here Lies Love

Back in 2010, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim collaborated on the concept album and “disco musical” Here Lies Love, which tells the story of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Following award-winning runs in New York, London, and Adelaide, Australia, the project has now arrived in Seattle, with performances running through May 28thRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: COSMOS

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, KEXP will be spotlighting a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle hip-hop collective COSMOS, performing Thursday, May 11 on the Sound Off! stage. Seattle hip-hop has garnered national attention for the “space rap”Read more…

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Thunderpussy’s Molly Sides Talks Danger Diva

When Molly Sides takes the stage fronting her band Thunderpussy, it’d be easy to mistake her for a cybernetically enhanced superhuman. How else could anyone prowl the stage and howl so ferociously? Amazingly, Sides is human like the rest of us. However, in director/writer Robert McGinley’s new film, Danger Diva, Sides plays a hard rock vocalistRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Father John Misty talks Pure Comedy

If you missed a minute of our exclusive interview with Father John Misty, stream his hour-long intimate chat with DJ Cheryl Waters below. KEXP has had a long-standing relationship with this charismatic singer/songwriter (real name: Josh Tillman) and one-time Seattle resident. From his early days as the drummer in Fleet Foxes to his first soloRead more…

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