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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day Two: The Replacements, Mission of Burma, The Dismemberment Plan, and The Head and the Heart

The Replacements – 6:15 p.m. Twelve months ago, you could probably count the number of people who thought the Replacements would ever play another gig on two hands. Paul Westerberg hadn’t played live in nearly a decade and Tommy Stinson had been a regularly touring member of Guns N’ Roses for even longer. But, startingRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 3: Nada Surf

Labor day weekend in Seattle means only one thing to music fans: Bumbershoot! Each year, crowds pack the Seattle Center to the gills for three days of music, comedy, film, and much, much more in one massive celebration of art, local and otherwise. Once again, KEXP brings you closer to the bands you love withRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: The Head and the Heart

What’s better than hearing local music at a local festival? One of Seattle’s most definitive contemporary indie acts, The Head and the Heart, are known for playing an infectious live set. Between the hand-clapping and the harmonies, they’re a hometown favorite not to be missed live. The band, signed to Sub Pop Records, released their secondRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: San Fermin

When recording, San Fermin is the creative project of Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a Brooklyn-based composer who began shifting away from classical arrangements to pop ones towards the end of his college years. On tour, San Fermin is an eight-musician tour de force that brings those compositions to life. Written in six weeks in a studio onRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 1: The Lonely Forest, Elvis Costello, The Both, The Afghan Whigs, and Mavis Staples

The Lonely Forest – 3:30 p.m. The Lonely Forest played its last ever show (before heading on hiatus) on a drizzly, gray Saturday afternoon to a medium-sized crowd of local fans and their hometown following from Anacortes, and it couldn’t have been any more fitting. Emotional, but never overbearing, the band certainly acknowledged that the bandRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: Polyrhythmics

Seattle’s own funk masters Polyrhythmics have become well known for their dynamic, hard-hitting live performances and today’s Bumbershoot audience was experience it first hand. Polyrhythmics has made such a huge impact for such a young band, the eight piece orchestra was founded in 2010 by friends Ben Bloom and Grant Schroff. Their impressive roster includesRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: Big Star’s Third

While we consider all our Bumbershoot Music Lounge sessions “special,” there’s something undeniably extra-special about this one. When main songwriter Alex Chilton passed away in 2010, followed shortly by the passing of founding bassist Andy Hummel the same year, most assumed we’d never hear from the legendary band Big Star ever again. (Co-songwriter Chris BellRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 2: The Dream Syndicate

Pinch yourself, because this is really happening. Not only are The Dream Syndicate back in Seattle for the first time in 25 years – they also are playing an additional set for the KEXP Music Lounge to bring us as close as possible to this timeless and influential act. From their debut EP through fourRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 1: The Both

text by Jacob Uitti and Anna McClain Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are both clever, melodically-inclined songwriters with a knack for harmonies, so while their past careers aren’t that similar on paper (Mann emerged in the ’80s with new wavers ‘Til Tuesday, Leo in the ’90s with hardcore punks Citizens Arrest) their joint project TheRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2014, Day 1: Poliça

In an industry where auto-tune is often synonymous with lack of talent, the vocals of Channy Leaneagh, frontwoman of Minneapolis electro-pop group Poliça, are boldly filtered through reverb and auto-tune on each of their albums. But the use of these tools is an overt stylistic choice for Leaneagh and band co-creator Ryan Olson, Leaneagh calls theRead more…

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