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POP Montreal Live Video: Wake Island

The very first band we had in during our residency at Breakglass Studios for POP Montreal was Montreal-via-Beirut duo Wake Island. Comprised of Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal, the two grew up in war-torn Beirut before coming to Montreal where they ended up meeting in college and bonding over their common roots and music. AfterRead more…

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R.I.P. Malcolm Young of AC/DC

Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for influential rock band AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 64. Young had been battling dementia for several years. A statement on the band’s website reports he “passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.” On Facebook, his younger brother and fellow band member Angus writes: WithRead more…

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POP Montreal Live Video: Napster Vertigo

One of the many reasons KEXP went to Montreal was at the recommendation of our friend Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Operators), so when we had our plan in place to record at Breakglass Studios during the POP Montreal Festival, naturally we asked Dan if he had any local bands that he would recommend that weRead more…

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Music That Matters: In Which Elvis Sees the Face Of Stalin in the Clouds

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 591 – In Which Elvis Sees the Face Of StalinRead more…

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Friday Music News

St. Vincent has unveiled the video for MASSEDUCTION highlight track “Pills.” Following in the vein of her previous visuals for “New York” and “Los Ageless,” the video is a brightly colored, high fashion affair. Director Philippa Price focuses on a slew of model-appearing women making mannequin-like movements while popping pills. The song features Annie Clark’sRead more…

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Song of the Day: Shenandoah Davis – Orbit

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Orbit” by Shenandoah Davis from her album Souvenirs,Read more…

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Throwaway Style: Vektroid is Bigger Than Vaporwave on Seed & Synthetic Earth

Throwaway Style is a weekly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region, every Thursday on the KEXP Blog. CreatingRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Saint Etienne

Influential British trio and longtime KEXP favorites Saint Etienne released a wonderful cover of Neil Young’s song “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” as their breakout debut single nearly 30 years ago, and they’re still going strong today. With each new release, they continue to find ways to tweak and perfect their sophisticated blend ofRead more…

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Thursday Music News

Alt-J have shared an incredibly cinematic video for “Pleader,” off their latest album Relaxer, released back in June. Directed by Isaiah Seret, the exact plot is difficult to derive but according to the band: “When we set out to make a video for ‘Pleader,’ Joe sent the following one-line brief to director Isaiah Seret: ‘a Welsh mining loveRead more…

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Review Revue: Third Circle – Last Night Was the Best Night of My Life

There’s not a lot out there in Internet-land about Third Circle – or even about their label, Rouska – despite the fact that pretty much everybody at KCMU in 1986 seemed to agree that their debut release was some version of “good.” Discogs and this one other blog post agree that Third Circle was mostlyRead more…

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