Category Archives: KEXP Premiere

KEXP Track Premiere: Ephrata – Odds

Seattle’s Ephrata have been purveyors of dreamy, expansive-yet-poppy music scene they formed in 2012. With each new single and EP, they’ve expanded their sonic palette and even managed to squeeze in some startling visuals and music videos — sometimes things got bloody. The band will self-release their debut self-titled record on Sept. 22. Ahead ofRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Nearby – Nearer Still

Irene F. Barber has led many musical lives. She’s lent her vocals and multi-instrumental talents to various projects in Seattle — from the heavy distortion of Dust Moth to the psych-production of Erik Blood. She’s an artist that constantly embraces change, pushing her sonic ventures into varying directions while still constantly hitting the mark. It’s anRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Zen Mother Create Their Own Reality on I Was Made To Be Like Her

“I want to love eternally. I want to love eternally. I want to love eternally.” Zen Mother‘s Monika Khot and Wolcott Smith repeat these words in unison on the aptly named “Mantra.” They keep repeating the phrase over and over again, while booming bass thuds burst below their voices. The words slowly start to change shape. EventuallyRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: Baby Dayliner – You Push I’ll Go

The name “Baby Dayliner” may not ring a bell, but trust us, you know this song. This earworm of a track was a heavy hitter on the Morning Show in late 2000’s, and was chosen as a Song of the Day by DJ John Richards. A couple of years ago, we were able to coaxRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Hardly Boys Embrace Friendship Punk with Dear Diarrhea

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring punk outfit Hardly Boys, who release their latest record Dear Diarrhea this Friday on Make Fart Records. You can stream the whole album in full ahead of its release at the bottom of this article.Read more…

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Video Premiere: Bread & Butter – Cool In the Water

Listening to Bread & Butter is the aural equivalent of the proverbial “cracking open a cold one with the boys.” The vibrant guitar hooks, the upbeat rhythms, and the shout-along melodies are basically pre-packaged to be your ultimate summer soundtrack. In the new video for “Cool in the Water”, from their recently released self-titled debut on Killroom Records,Read more…

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Video Premiere: Western Haunts – Saved 4 Me

Listening to Seattle band Western Haunts is like stepping into a hazy, disorienting dream. The powerful thuds of percussion against the airy, translucent synthesizers and guitars are amorphous and almost comforting. It’s a mood that’s perfectly captured and expanded on in the sugar-high video for their song “Saved 4 Me”, off their 2017 LP, Problem Pop. The band squeezeRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: CHARMS Grapple with 21st Century Anxiety on Human Error

Droning feedback. Static. The mechanical thrust of distorted, blown out drums. These are the first few sounds you hear on CHARMS’ debut album, Human Error, out June 16 on Killroom Records (which you can stream below). Even before the song descends into a flurry of manic, sharp riffs and guttural synthesizer wallops, these first fewRead more…

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Video Premiere: Shelby Earl – James

Shelby Earl‘s voice is a coveted gift. Google her name plus the word “heartbreaking” and you’ll get endless results. With her mournful vibrato and aching howls, it’s no wonder she’s an artist many turn to in their most aching moments. However, that’s just one facet of what Earl’s capable of. On her latest album, TheRead more…

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Video Premiere: Pickwick – Turncoat

Seattle band Pickwick has always been a band that embraces change. In their earliest incarnations, they were an ambient-folk group before falling in love with the hypnotic grooves of R&B that would be the foundation for their 2013 full-length debut, Can’t Talk Medicine. Even still, the band continues to evolve and adapt. In 2015, they wrote andRead more…

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