Category Archives: KEXP Premiere

Video Premiere: Merso – Serial Killer

When Seattle prog-rock purveyors Merso released last year’s Red World, they sought to examine what it’s like to become a monster, drawing heavily from Alan Moore’s iconic run of the Swamp Thing comics. Monsters can be a hard thing to define. They’re not always the mythic beasts we see in literature or in film. As the band’s new music video forRead more…

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Video Premiere: Tomo Nakayama – Fourth of Julivar’s

There’s something about Tomo Nakayama‘s voice that feels like an old friend. The Seattle singer-songwriter doesn’t just sound great, that’s undeniable, but the way he softly sings is comforting — especially paired with his wistful, floating finger-picking. In the music video for “Fourth of Julivar’s”, off his upcoming LP Pieces of Sky, Nakayama doesn’t just hear thoseRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Pegboard Nerds x Motopony – Free

What do you get when you combine “glitch folk” locals Motopony with Euro-electropop duo Pegboard Nerds? You get “Free,” a new single making its world debut today on The Morning Show with John Richards. It’s a surprising collaboration: Norwegian DJ Alexander Odden and Danish DJ Michael Parsberg have been active in the EDM scene asRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Chong the Nomad – you’re really pretty

Composing great dance music is more than just choosing the right beats per minute and finding a catchy synth patch. It’s about capturing an emotional impulse in the groove – that indescribable, wordless “something” that resonates beyond how it booms out the speakers. It’s an idea that Seattle producer Alda Agustiano aka Chong the NomadRead more…

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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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