Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: The Hold Steady

After pumping out five albums in seven years, The Hold Steady were due for a break. But during the time between albums, the Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis band just couldn’t keep from working. While vocalist Craig Finn released and toured a solo album of his own, guitarist Tad Kubler got the guys together, now including an additional guitarist,Read more...

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Live Video: The Bamboos

Bamboo is known for its uncanny ability to spring up from the ground, growing tall against all odds while covering everything in its path. With each sprout though, the stalks’ compositions change, and an altogether different group of shoots emerge. Like the plants themselves, The Bamboos, a resilient Australian soul/funk band, since their inception inRead more...

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Live Video: Chimurenga Renaissance

Already, between the blazing Seattle sunlight and constant music he’s been cranking out, it’s been a solid summer for Chimurenga Renaissance‘s front-man and activist Tendai Maraire. After having released his album riZe vadZimu riZe in March, an ambitious collage of contemporary rap and traditional Zimbabwean instrumentation, he’s finishing up Shabazz Palaces‘ highly-anticipated Lese Majesty andRead more...

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Live Video: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

We couldn’t describe Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires‘ recent Sub Pop debut any better than label co-founder Jonathan Poneman himself, who claims in his own press release for the album, “Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record”, adding that even frontman Bains’ “hyper literate musings are no matchRead more...

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KEXP Video: Israel Nash

“Follow me to hill country,” singer-songerwriter Israel Nash invites at the outset of his recent in-studio at KEXP, and you can’t help but feel immediately transported not just in place but in time. Born in Missouri, Nash sought his fortune in New York before settling in Texas hill country. In Dripping Springs, he conceived RainRead more...

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Live Video: Wussy

“It’s what turns the kids on,” guitarist and vocalist Chuck Cleaver said, defending a bit of questionable narrative during a recent in-studio. We’ve been fans of Wussy since their first LP, but this year’s Attica! is easily one of the year’s best. Even if the kid’s aren’t listening to it, we’re glad to see moreRead more...

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Live Video: Yann Tiersen

With his eighth album, Infinity, on store shelves, international sensation Yann Tiersen, with his current collaborative outfit and a dazzling array of multicolored bells, toy pianos, and obscure woodwinds, cleverly crammed themselves into the studio for a cinematic live set, bringing the highly-acclaimed artist’s sound to our eager listeners’ ears. A violinist since his youngerRead more...

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Live Video: The Antlers

Whether it’s the goal or method of art to turn complex thought into pure emotion, The Antlers are masters of their craft. The Brooklyn band frequently finds impetus in heady conceits, like on 2009′s Hospice, for which vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman compared an emotionally abusive romantic relationship to the interactions of a hospice workerRead more...

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Live Video: Jessica Lea Mayfield

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve literally watched Jessica Lea Mayfield grow up before our very eyes. She’s been on our airwaves since she was a teenager, starting with her 2008 debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Over the years, we’ve been lucky to have her perform onRead more...

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Live Video: Mark Lanegan

Some singers can sing anything, and some of them practically do. Mark Lanegan has one of those voices that will stop you dead in your tracks no matter when or how you hear him. The former local boy (he’s lived in LA now probably longer than anywhere else) began a series of deep, dark soloRead more...

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