Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Trampled By Turtles

There are two main takeaways from Trampled By Turtles‘ KEXP in-studio session last October: that these guys have serious technical chops and that they’ve got the songs to put them to use. The Duluth, Minnesota, quintet’s latest album, Wild Animals, features some of their most emotionally resonant songwriting to date, and when they stopped byRead more…

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Live Video: Cold Specks

Following up from her stunning debut, Toronto’s Cold Specks drops by the live room to give us a crucial shot of excitement by sharing a sprinkling of sultry and sincere tunes from her new sophomore longplay Neuroplasticity. Helping to embellish Al Spx’s powerful and magnetic voice is her minimal but technically brilliant backing band, whoRead more…

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Live Video: The Jayhawks

Talk about a storied past. The Jayhawks rose from the fertile era of Twin Cities rock that also produced such contemporaries as The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum and Prince. Though they often get tagged as “country rock revivalists” or “alt-country icons”, the band’s sound and personnel shifted throughout their nearly 30-year career. When oneRead more…

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Live Video: Allo Darlin’

Although the title of the band’s new album, We All Come From The Same Place, isn’t referring to a specific place, geographic location seemed to be on the minds of Allo Darlin‘ when they stopped by KEXP in October. The Australian/English quartet’s songs shimmered with an honed precision, allowing Elizabeth Morris and Paul Rains’ voicesRead more…

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Live Video: Sólstafir

When Sólstafir plays for KEXP, the gods take notice. Two years ago, during KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves, hurricane-level gales swept across Reykjavik as the hard rocking band brewed up their own storm inside Kex Hostel. Last month, on their first tour of the West Coast, heavy winds followed them to the KEXP studio toRead more…

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Live Video: Owl John

The roots of Owl John lie in the idea that to save something, sometimes you need to walk away from it. That’s what caused Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson to take a break from the Scottish indie rock group and return to writing songs the way he did when he started the band a decadeRead more…

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KEXP Hits 300 Million!

Videos views, that is! KEXP’s YouTube channel just surpassed 300,000,000 video views of our own in-house produced content. With a very small team of dedicated producers and volunteers, we uploaded over 350 individual sessions in 2014 alone and are still working on more that we’ve filmed! Among them are some amazing sessions with some reallyRead more…

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Live Video: King Tuff

Artists like Vermont’s King Tuff don’t just play rock n roll – they personify it. Showcasing a smattering of bewitching jewels from his 2014 Sub Pop release, Black Moon Spell, King Tuff and his band clog up the pores of the KEXP live room with the dirty sound that rock purists have been jonesing for.Read more…

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Live Video: Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner has an uncanny ability to conjure haunting atmospheres with little more than an acoustic guitar and her chilling, sparse vocals, but what’s even more striking is the narratives she chooses to craft with those talents. Mortality, family, and love are just some of the themes that colored in the singular, disarmingly-hushed songs fromRead more…

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Live Video: Girl Band at Iceland Airwaves

There’s nothing pretty about Girl Band. In fact, the Dublin-based four-piece play some of the most abrasive pop songs you’re likely to hear. But it hadn’t always been that way. Singer Dara Kiely and guitarist Alan Duggan had played together in more conventionally “indie” type bands before hitting upon, quite literally, their aggressive sound. WithRead more…

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