Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: The Suffers

The Suffers have earned their name: it took them about five years of running the Houston circuit before jumping overnight to national attention. Houston is one of the cities that often gets overlooked in the discussion of the American music scene, partially because neighboring New Orleans dwarfs it in the cultural conversation, but that’s aboutRead more…

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Song of the Day: Radiation City – Juicy

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Juicy” by Radiation CityRead more…

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Live Video: Daughter

Daughter – the word alone inspires feelings of love, protection, fostering, sharing and hope. For KEXP listeners and viewers, there’s even a stronger bond, as the band Daughter have become, since their first appearance on our airwaves in 2012, one of the most endearing bands to ever perform live in our studio, accruing over twoRead more…

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Live Video: Parquet Courts

Anxiety, nausea, discord – they’re not just the frequent subjects of Parquet Courts‘ songs, but the feelings their fans get while waiting between albums. Usually, the wait’s never too long, as the Brooklyn group eases jitters by alternating albums and EP’s in quick succession. The extra months it took for their latest LP to hitRead more…

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Live Video: Ben Harper

Ben Harper has defined the sweet spot between reggae and American folk for over two decades now. It’s hard for an artist to survive that long while maintaining relevance and staying true to the original sound that hooked listeners long ago while evolving and while shifting and growing – but after reuniting with his legendaryRead more…

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Live Video: Metric

Canadian indie legends Metric have undoubtedly “made it.” They’re at the glorious stage in a career where they have the commercial success to justify any off-kilter choice they make, while still being independent enough that they have the freedom to make those off-kilter choices without any corporate desk monkey breathing down their throat, yelling buzzwordsRead more…

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Live Video: Wussy

Collectors of kitsch and arcane Americana in their private lives, Cincinnati’s Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker are also accumulators of high praise with their band, Wussy. Over the past 15 years, from when they first formed as a duo, the now five-piece has built a loyal fanbase and gathered a wealth of critical reviews, including,Read more…

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Live Video: Diane Coffee

All of the reviews of Diane Coffee‘s second album, Everybody’s A Good Dog, touch on one unanimously agreed upon point: that Foxygen touring drummer Shaun Fleming has created a historically self-aware album that wears its influences loudly and proudly. The reference points cut through clearly: 70’s glam, Queen, Rocky Horror, the fuzz-pop instrumentation of T. Rex, shades of psychedelia, MeatloafRead more…

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Live Video: Fauna Shade

A review of Fauna Shade‘s single “Marzipan” described their sound as “Floydian… zapping electronic wiggles.” This simultaneously whimsical yet vague description fits the band perfectly: their sound bounces through all the psychedelic subgenres, with droning stoner fuzz meeting some of Tame Impala’s catchier melodies, all set to a patient, mid-tempo shoegaze backdrop. The Everett, Washington, outfitRead more…

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Live Video: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Celebrating their fourth LP, A Man Alive, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down stopped by KEXP to throw a little pre-release party. Though the new songs are energetic and completely accessible, as Thao explains to the Midday Show’s Cheryl Waters, recording A Man Alive was an incredibly personal, at times difficult, and ultimately cathartic experienceRead more…

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