Category Archives: KEXP Premiere

Album Premiere: Joseph Arthur – The Family

Over the years, Joseph Arthur has been such a frequent guest at KEXP that we consider him family, so it’s no surprise to us he’s taken the idea as the theme of his latest album, The Family, on which he entwines fact and fiction to explore these universal ties. For Joseph, the new LP alsoRead more…

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Album Premiere: Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser

A couple of months ago, we were able to tease the forthcoming album by Fruit Bats, the “reunited” project of one Eric D. Johnson, who broke from his 16-year career under that name, recorded briefly as EDJ, and now is back. His forthcoming album’s first song, “From A Soon To Be Ghost Town”, which weRead more…

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Song Premiere: David Bazan – Teardrops

Most bands start by writing songs at home and recording in their basements. For David Bazan, it took nearly two decades to get there. The former Pedro the Lion bandleader and subsequent solo artist has long been a local treasure, appealing to a generation of Northwest indie kids in the 90s and 2000s with hisRead more…

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Video Premiere: Capsula – Candle Candle

Even as it feels like rock ‘n’ roll is losing too many of its heroes lately, we should also remember those who continue to carry the flame. Among them, KEXP favorites Capsula, who exalt the rock gods of yore with a fiery passion. On eight kinetic LPs, plus a handful of collaborations, compilations and liveRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur

There should be no misconception about it, Delusions of Grand Fur is a gorgeous return to form for Oakland band Rogue Wave – not that they really ever left it. For their sixth release, though, frontman Zach Rogue and his longtime collaborator Pat Spurgeon have returned to self-producing and self-recording in their own studio, essentiallyRead more…

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Video Premiere: Success – Believe In

Many in the area have known Seattle’s Success for a while, but it was last year that these hometown heroes got some love on a national level. Their breakout LP, Radio Recovery, was released by Chicago indie label Red Scare Industries and the quartet accepted tour offers from bands like Masked Intruder and 7 Seconds.Read more…

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Song Premiere: Plants and Animals – No Worries Gonna Find Us

For Plants and Animals, growth can take time. The adventurous Montreal trio took four years to release their fourth album, double the time between each of their previous ones. After years of prolonged touring and rapid recording, the childhood friends Nic Basque, Matthew Woodley, and Warren Spicer decided to slow down, to enjoy the livesRead more…

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Song Premiere: Pinemen – Predictions

Last month, we introduced you to a new group called Pinemen, whose late 2015 debut EP, Pleasant Pain, offered a much needed dose of jangly surf-rock psychedelia. More than just a taste, our featured Song of the Day, “That Certain Flavor”, suggested a wider palate that the young Stockholm band might offer. As you wouldRead more…

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Video Premiere: Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist

We should consider ourselves lucky to call Prism Tats “local”, however briefly. Though Garett van der Spek hails from Durban, South Africa, he conceived this solo project after moving to Seattle. The Emerald City is in fact where he also formed the duo Koko and the Sweetmeats with his then sweetheart and now wife, Laura,Read more…

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Album Premiere: Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

Though a relative unknown here in the states, singer/songwriter Marlon Williams is a star in his native New Zealand and his recently-adopted home of Australia. At the age of 17, he, some high school classmates, and their apparently-pretty-cool science teacher formed the band The Unfaithful Ways. In 2011, Williams formed a duo with acclaimed countryRead more…

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