Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Frightened Rabbit

“You don’t need to do that same ol’ shtick.” That’s apparently what Aaron Dessner of The National told Scott Hutchison, founder and frontman of UK group Frightened Rabbit. Since their 2003 debut album, the Scottish group have become known for their anthemic guitar-based songs, punctuated with lyrics of heartache and loneliness. With their latest release,Read more…

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Live Video: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

You’ve probably watched a lot of our in-studio videos, but you probably haven’t seen one quite like this one from Seattle’s eccentric, Johnny Cash-saddled Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. Having been around for ten years, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo certainly have their sound and live performance down pat. First off, there’s Mr. Amaker’s zany, frontman personalityRead more…

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Live Video: Rodrigo Amarante at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Welcome to Pickathon’s 2016 Spring Season. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes. Through twelve individual channels of content, you can experience this one-of-a-kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On The Farm, up to The Pumphouse, across to The Slab, out toRead more…

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Live Video: Junior Boys

Who would have thought a “Big Black Coat” could be so inviting? The album of that name is the first in nearly five years for KEXP favorites Junior Boys, and it comes not just as a return to form but a revisitation of the pop sounds they’ve cherished for some time – house, techno, soul,Read more…

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Live Video: Radiation City

Portland band Radiation City have come a long way since their cassette-exclusive underground releases, tapes that quickly earned praise for their vintage stylings, pleasant dream-pop explosions over 60’s harmonies and sways, synth parts that sound like what people thought 1984 would sound like before 1984. Some of these elements have remained, and even on their recently releasedRead more…

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Live Video: José González

Fifty fans christened KEXP’s live room during an exclusive tear-soaked performance with José González, all to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The Swedish singer-songwriter, whose history with KEXP dates back over a decade, broke listeners’ hearts for a full set of gorgeous, heartbreaking bliss, while sharing songs from throughout his catalog. Rarely does a hushed performanceRead more…

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Live Video: Eleanor Friedberger

Out in support of her third album, New View, Eleanor Friedberger stopped by the KEXP studios to share some of the new tracks. This wasn’t her first time in studio – she was here back in 2013 in support of Personal Record , but it’s clear that three years of grind have sharpened her act. Her albums have longRead more…

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Live Video: Dengue Fever

Though they hail from Los Angeles, Dengue Fever are like Cambodian ambassadors to the Pacific Northwest. On their recent return to the KEXP airwaves, the six-piece seemed right at home, even in our new studio. The band’s instrumentation is uniquely cinematic, a multicultural modernization of the psychedelic rock popular in Cambodia during the ’60s andRead more…

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Live Video: The Sonics Live at Easy Street Records

Record Store Day is monumental in Seattle in a way that isn’t seen in the rest of the country: we crawl out of whatever grunge holes we live in and slither over to the nearest record stores and start feeding on vinyl, eating 45s, and rubbing the sleeves all over our bodies, happily rolling around in our ownRead more…

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Live Video: Nada Surf

Nobody does wistful like Nada Surf. The veteran NYC band have long made longing a thing, crafting some of the most loveably poignant pop melodies you’re likely to hear. (Even their “Happy Kid” ain’t so happy.) Thankfully, age hasn’t settled them, and two decades after their debut, they return with You Know Who You Are,Read more…

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