Category Archives: Live Video

Hood-to-Hood Day 2015: Live Video Roundup

Just a few weeks ago, KEXP took over the streets of West Seattle for our Hood-to-Hood Day 2015 celebration with live music from John Danielle of The Mountain Goats, Australian electro-pop group Miami Horror, Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, and howling indie-rockers Hop Along. If you weren’t able to make it for this sun & fun-filledRead more…

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Live Video: Waxahatchee

In the liner notes of her latest album, Ivy Tripp, Katie Crutchfield — better known by her recording alias Waxahatchee — has a photo of none other than Dolly Parton. She laughed when KEXP DJ Stevie Zoom asked her about it. “I have Dolly everywhere I go,” she smiled. Like Parton, the Alabama-born Crutchfield isRead more…

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Live Video: East India Youth

In this stunning set, William Doyle brings his alter-ego project, East India Youth, into the KEXP live room, unfurling a collection of intriguing tunes from his April 2015 release, Culture of Volume. Marshalling strange, ingenious ideas into coherent, interesting pop music, East India Youth flirt between genres; with a mix of IDM, soft rock, and prog-pop allRead more…

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Live Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Although they hit you immediately, the depth of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs belies their urgency. Underneath a pulsating rhythm or Ruban Nielsen’s expressive vocals is always a subtle, just-as-infectious keyboard melody or a texture that alters Nielsen’s voice. On the Portland group’s latest album, Multi-Love, that mastery of nuance serves Nielsen well as he exploresRead more…

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Live Video: Dan Deacon

“We could be in an igloo inside of a cave of ice,” gasped a sweaty Dan Deacon. “And I would still be a puddle.” To be fair, the KEXP studio’s ventilation was only partially the reason why the Baltimore-based musician was drenched in sweat. The other reason was that he was two songs into aRead more…

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Live Video: Lady Lamb

“I just wanna keep very, very quiet,” admits Aly Spaltro (a.k.a Lady Lamb) at the end of the fourth verse of “Billions of Eyes”. It’s not an inaccurate statement, but it also doesn’t mean she won’t get loud when she needs to. Spaltro builds intricate songs that move through dynamics and lyrics more efficiently andRead 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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Live Video: Mikal Cronin

Showcasing tracks from his recently released MCIII on Merge Records, Californian singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin fills the KEXP live room with his most realized, beautifully arranged, and well-crafted works to date. With an ear for melody and and a knack for emotional resonance, tracks like the opener “Turn Around” or the immaculate “say” exhibit his trademarkRead more…

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Live Video: Polaris

There were two generations of Polaris fans at KEXP this day. There were those of us who remember the band from the ’90s Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures Of Pete And Pete: the band composed the soundtrack for the now cult-classic series and even appeared on the show’s opening credits. And, then there were thoseRead more…

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Live Video: Other Lives

“Let’s get heavy,” Other Lives frontman Jesse Tabish jokes before launching into the principle dichotomies behind the creation of their latest release, Rituals. But whether they’re conflating old and new styles or humanity’s primal nature and our technologically isolating modern world, the surprising thing about the Portland-via-Stillwater, Oklahoma band’s densely layered songs is actually howRead more…

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