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Album Review: Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?

“Connection… correction.” If you summed up UK dance veterans Hot Chip in an obscure two word phrase, I think this bridge from “Love Is The Future” would do quite nicely. It’s between these two poles of connection and correction that Hot Chip have operated for over a decade. From “I Was The Boy From School”Read more…

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Announcing the 2015 Concerts at the Mural Line-Up

It’s that time again: KEXP & Seattle Center are teaming up to bring you Concerts at the Mural! Now in its 8th year, the concert series continues the KEXP and Seattle Center tradition of starting the summer weekends off with a blast of engaging, all-ages culture. This August, join us at the Mural Amphitheatre stageRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Northwest Folklife Festival 5/22-5/25

Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? You can at least take a cultural trip around the world with the 44th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, running May 22nd through 25th on Seattle Center grounds. You’ll get to enjoy over 5,000 performers from over 65 different cultural communities, all for the low, low price of, well,Read more…

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Thursday Music News

Dan Deacon and Death Cab for Cutie — they’re like pineapple and bacon on pizza. You wouldn’t think their opposite tastes work, but then you hear Deacon’s remix of the single “Black Sun,” and you want another slice. Check it out below. The original version of the track can be found on Death Cab’s seventhRead more…

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Live Video: The Helio Sequence

When a band self-titles an album midway through their career, it’s usually for one of two reasons: they’ve either run out of ideas or they’ve taken a significantly new tact. For Portland duo The Helio Sequence, the reason is obvious. Rather than mull over songs in their usual slow-going and contemplative process, they took inspirationRead more…

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Review Revue: Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen

If you had told the DJs at KCMU 25-plus years ago, as they listened to the debut album by the New Jersey rapper known as Queen Latifah, that in 2015 her name would the second thing suggested by Google when you type in “Queen” (just under “Queen Elizabeth”), they would have said “what’s Google?” ButRead more…

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Live Review: Stephin Merritt with Calvin Johnson at Benaroya Hall 5/13/15

There are very few artists who can pull off what Stephin Merritt did this night at Benaroya Hall: a 26-song set with the song titles performed alphabetically, from A (“Andrew in Drag”) to Z (“Zombie Boy”). Songs were culled from his extensive catalog of not only his most well-known project, The Magnetic Fields, but alsoRead more…

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Song of the Day: Hop Along – Waitress

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Waitress” by Hop AlongRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: 808

808 United Kingdom | 2015 | 107 minutes | Alexander Dunn May 23 | 9:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown May 25 | 1:00PM | Neptune Theatre Distortion. The beats of the world-converting, endlessly genre-inventing, generation-banging Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer were never, ever meant to duplicate those of real drummers. The voice of their sounds wasRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

KEXP Song of the Day alumni “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” by The Mountain Goats receives the music video treatment today. The clip features none other than wrestling legend Chavo Guerrero himself alongside the band and actor Rob Corddry. Watch below. The Mountain Goats are playing a sold out show on Friday, May 29th atRead more…

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