Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Natasha Kmeto

Portland composer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto dropped by and dropped jaws with her magnificent multitasking performance for KEXP’s Audioasis. Surreal and vocally symphonic, Kmeto’s songs stretch the boundaries of both contemporary pop, IDM and EDM with percussively intriguing compositions that slide easily into the ear but aren’t so easily forgotten. Crooning over a background of delicate digi-noise onRead more…

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Live Video: Zola Jesus

In Taiga, Zola Jesus has made her songs truly evergreen. Named for the Russian word for forest, the new album by Nika Roza Danilova draws upon the cold Siberian woods of her ancestors, the frosty clime of her childhood home, Wisconsin, and most recently, the great outdoors of her must residence on Vashon Island, Washington,Read more…

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Live Video: Be Forest

Making the long journey from their native homeland, Italy, Be Forest drop by KEXP to transform our live room into a warm cocoon of earthly awesomeness. The distinctive drum setup offers a foundation of unique rhythms that the echoing guitars and firm vocals are simply poured over. From the haunting beauty of the opener “GhostRead more…

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Live Video: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Carrying on the long tradition of the Motor City’s vast musical heritage, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas drop by KEXP to electrify our live room with their exhilarating and captivating energy. The Detroit’s rockers are in dazzling form – Hernandez’ voice, with its vibrato and quality a bit more polished than Amy Winehouse’s, is complementedRead more…

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Live Video: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

What a great way to kick off 2015: our very first in-studio session of the year was with Canadian musical craftsmen Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. On his fourth album, Club Meds, out now on Arts & Crafts, the Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter expands into new sonic soundscapes with his band, Blacksmith. “It was a long adventure,”Read more…

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Live Video: The Vaselines

For a band that’s distinctly Scottish, The Vaselines couldn’t be more “Northwest”, and now more so than ever. Formed by current members, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, the Glasgow group released only one album before breaking up in 1989. That might have been the end for their catchy, quirky, charmingly disaffected sound, but, as mostRead more…

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Live Video: Ex Hex

All throughout her conversation with Stevie Zoom, Mary Timony kept mentioning how Ex Hex “just came together”. You’d be forgiven for thinking a band so fierce and tight could never be assembled so serendipitously, but when you’ve got a trio of D.C. punk lifers in the same room, there’s no other possible outcome. Timony, BetsyRead more…

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Live Video: Museum of Love

Museum of Love‘s frontman Pat Mahoney has been killing it for so long you would have to think he has made a pact with the devil. As evident in this stunning KEXP session by his new project with DFA’s Dennis NcNany, a.k.a. Jee Day, the former LCD Soundsystem stickman and his pals fire out aRead more…

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Live Video: Ben Watt and Bernard Butler

Words and photo by Charina Pitzel: They met, not exactly incongruously, at a sopping wet backyard gathering of a mutual friend in London, sharing shelter and cradling warm beers. The fact it took so long for the fortuitous occasion to take place is what makes it so surprising. Ben Watt (one half of Everything ButRead more…

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Live Video: Meatbodies

Caught in a spin cycle of updated 70s punk and hard rock aesthetics, LA’s Meatbodies drop by KEXP shred out a hot plate of marinated melodies from their self-titled release on In the Red Records. Cooking up a rich mixture of fuzzed out genre-blurring jams and high strung vocals, this is a band that knowsRead more…

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