Category Archives: KEXP Premiere

Video Premiere: Naked Giants – Born To Be Wild

If you’ve ever seen Seattle’s Naked Giants live, you know just how passionate and rabid they can be. Even the drummer can barely contain himself to his throne while the trio is churning out furious, excitable riffs. They feel like they were born to be wild, which is why they’re the perfect fit cover Steppenwolf’s mega-hit, well, “BornRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Prom Queen – End Of The World

Seattle’s Leeni Ramadan (aka the glitter-gloom pop singer, Prom Queen) has established herself as a singular-voiced, bouffant-boasting player in the Emerald City music scene. If the ultimate goal of any creative person is to establish an immediately recognizable style, Ramadan has done that already. With a pink guitar in hand, she stands front and centerRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers – Summer Sky

Danny Newcomb, a long-time fixture of the Seattle music scene, returns with a new album tomorrow, Friday, August 11th. All the Way is the second release for the project Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, but is just another addition to a lengthy discography for Newcomb who previously played in local bands Goodness and The Rockfords.Read more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: Chris Staples – “Spinning Wheel”

Chris Staples has a way of turning the simplest of ideas into affecting, serene poetry. It’s something he’s fine tuned over his career, from his days fronting Florida indie rock outfit Twothirtyeight and throughout his solo work crafted here in Seattle. His latest song, “Spinning Wheel,” may be one of the clearest manifestations of his subtleRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Midnight Faces – Devil’s Money

The career of Midnight Faces frontman Matthew Doty feels like scrolling through the KEXP Blog. He began making music as a teenager with childhood friend Jonny Pierce of The Drums (who was recently in town and who we interviewed). And as a young adult, he co-founded the band Saxon Shore with Josh Tillman (aka FatherRead more…

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Video Premiere: Lemolo – Casting Call

Lemolo has a knack for nostalgic imagery in their videos. Earlier this year, we premiered the video for the dream-pop act’s “One to Love“, which featured songwriter Meagan Grandall walking the eerie streets of her hometown of Poulsbo, Washington. With “Casting Call”, Grandall ventures even further back – 20 years to be exact. The video,Read more…

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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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