Category Archives: Interviews

Interview: Tennis

Denver trio Tennis emerged in the summer of 2010 with the release of “Marathon,” a heavenly 7″ single featuring a catchy, easy-going melody and the crystalline vocals of front woman Alaina Moore. Their debut full-length, Cape Dory, was released the following January and contained a similarly delightful collection of laid-back surf pop inspired by aRead more...

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Interview: The Alabama Shakes

A year ago, The Alabama Shakes were called, simply, The Shakes. They didn’t have a website or any songs uploaded onto the Internet, and were playing where they could around their home state. A few performances caught the ears of the right people, and as the year progressed the band found themselves recording an EP,Read more...

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Album Review & Band Interview: See Me River - Where Did We Go Wrong

“Don’t call it a comeback,” LL Cool J once tersely asserted, and I don’t want to, because See Me River’s last full-length, The One That Got Awake, was actually pretty good. But though its story songs were nuanced and compelling, it just wasn’t as delectably dense and urgent as their previous Time Machine (leader KerryRead more...

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Interview with Andy Gill: Gang of Four does nothing that means nothing

If you listen to KEXP, you’ve heard Gang of Four. If by some chance you’ve missed out on hearing the real thing, you’ll still know the sound. The band’s sonic signature -- the harsh stutter of Andy Gill’s guitar slicing up the rhythm section’s heavy grooves, topped with Jon King’s urgent vocal delivery -- hasRead more...

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KEXP Q+A: Scribes

With a recent KEXP in-studio under his belt, and a brand new album droppin’, Henry “Scribes” Kleaveland is a Northwest hip-hop force to be reckoned with. We got to chat with Seattle’s young MC. Here’s what he had to say. Growing up, what were some standout albums that really shaped you as an artist andRead more...

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Interview: The Strange Powers of Stephin Merritt & the Magnetic Fields

I still remember the first time Stephin Merritt visited the KEXP studios a couple of years ago. He performed alone, sitting on one of our creaky chairs, ukulele in hand, but he was trailed by a two-person camera crew, who I was delighted to learn were film directors Gail O’Hara and Kerthy Fix. Earlier thisRead more...

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Live Preview + Interview: Robyn

2010 has been a fantastic year for pop music, but if any pop singer/songwriter has had a breakthrough year, it’s Robyn. Beginning her career in the pop music industry when she was sixteen, Robyn originally found mainstream U.S. success with the release of her debut album Robyn Is Here in 1997. However, it wasn’t untilRead more...

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Kristin Hersh: Rat Girl Live!

In 1985, Kristin Hersh was a eighteen-year-old kid, sleeping in her car or abandoned apartments, playing shows every week with her band Throwing Muses. In one tumultuous year, she would be signed to major label, diagnosed as bipolar, and become pregnant. This is the story told in her new memoir, Rat Girl. In 2010, KristinRead more...

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Live Preview + Interview: Liz Phair

With 17 years in the music biz under her belted mini-skirt, Liz Phair has had one of the most unique careers of any indie singer/songwriter. From her influential early material (see: Exile in Guyville), to her underrated gems (see: Whip Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg), to her controversial glossy pop albums (see: her Capitol Records LPs), Phair neverRead more...

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Interview with Joey Ramone

The Ramones are as relevant today as they were twenty years ago -- How great is that? -- Joey Ramone Today, Joey Ramone, the gentle giant of punk, would’ve turned 59 years old. KEXP celebrates this iconic rocker with this exclusive, never-before-aired interview with Joey Ramone, conducted by Kevin Cole.

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