Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Sloan

We knew an excellent in-studio session was in the cards when Canadian rock legends Sloan stopped by KEXP. On their eleventh studio album, Commonwealth, the Toronto quartet split the deck on an ambitious double album, with each band member taking a side represented by a playing card symbol. The foursome brought that democratic approach toRead more…

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Live Video: Merchandise

Some frontmen were born to brood across the stage with enigmatic allure, but Merchandise‘s Carson Cox is not one of them. When the Tampa, Florida, quintet arrived in the KEXP studio in October, Cox’s loquacious charm outfitted the session with a series of one-liners, ad-libs, and shoutouts to fellow musicians, but despite the singer’s uncannyRead more…

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Live Video: Owen Pallett

It’s been four years since Owen Pallett stopped by KEXP for a live in-studio, four long years. Although he’s grown a beard, Pallett’s new music could be described as clean-shaven, bare in its autobiographical revelations. His latest material even includes his phone number! In between performances of songs both new and old, Pallett and DJRead more…

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Live Video: Pond

Don’t think Pond a lesser Tame Impala. Though they drink from the same cosmic pool as their fellow Perthians (and share members, past and current), the Australian five-piece ride a heavier wavelength. Friends Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and Joseph Ryan formed the band originally to play whatever the hell they wanted, but since they’ve realizedRead more…

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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

She’ll haunt your dreams and shreds guitar with the best of them, so its no surprise Courtney Barnett chose Freddy Krueger as her alter ego on Halloween. The whole band, in fact, took to the holiday with gusto, dressing up for their in-studio set at KEXP in some inconvenient but very entertaining costumes. Still, theyRead more…

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Live Video: Helado Negro

“There are some people in tinsel costumes around me… uh… that’s what’s happening.” When Helado Negro is asked to describe his “bandmates” in the studio, that’s how he does it, smirking with just enough hesitation to leave a sense of intrigue. On his latest album, Double Youth, the artist sometimes known as Roberto Lange embodiesRead more…

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Live Video: The Drums

Despite the recent years of turmoil that almost resulted in a break-up, the beat goes on for Brooklyn band The Drums. Now stripped down to founding members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, it’s been a three-year wait for their latest album, Encyclopedia, out now on Minor Records. As Pierce notes himself, “Good things take time.”Read more…

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Live Video: Low Roar

The otherworldliness of Iceland’s landscape is never lost on those who live or travel there. Not just a land of fire and ice, it is also a land of light and dark, starkness and majesty, community and isolation. The only thing that isn’t a wonder about Iceland is how artists of all kinds echo itsRead more…

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Live Video: Arga Bileg

Arga Bileg swings. And we’re incredibly grateful the Mongolian band made time to swing by KEXP recently to record a session with Wo’Pop’s Darek Mazzone. Currently on their second tour of the U.S., Arga Bileg fuses traditional Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle — made of bamboo and horse tail — with Western compositions.Read more…

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Live Video: Old Crow Medicine Show

In 1998, Old Crow Medicine Show were busking in front of Pike Place Market. In 2014, they’re headlining the 2,800-capacity Paramount Theatre. Along the way, the Nashville, Tennessee-based group became one of the primary figures in the 2000s roots music revival, bringing the same energy from their busking days onto stages across the globe. AfterRead more…

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