Category Archives: Live Video

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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Live Video: P.O.S

Minneapolis’ ubiquitous underground hip hop figure P.O.S has a long list of credentials: guitarist for Building Better Bombs, vocalist and keyboard player for Marijuana Deathsquads, member of well-populated supergroup Gayngs, and a founding member of the Doomtree collective. All of these were running full bore before he was laid up with kidney failure, but after aRead more…

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Live Video: STRFKR

Portland synth pop legends STRFKR are no strangers to KEXP, but they came through the studio once again after returning stateside from a quick jaunt over to Japan and played a quick set that included cuts spanning their whole career. Their sound has often been difficult to define: at times straight-ahead pop, at times a poundingRead more…

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Live Video: Grace Love & The True Loves

Seattle’s silver-haired soul singer and her backing band, Grace Love & The True Loves stopped by KEXP to perform a few tracks off of their eponymous debut album, and the nine of them filled our live room to beautiful capacity. Their performance was pure vintage – her rich baritone echoing the inflections and stylings of ArethaRead more…

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