Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: HAM at Iceland Airwaves

We are HAM! If you aren’t yet, that’s okay. HAM is legend. It took years of inactivity to become the rock icons they are today. Following the Icelandic doom metal band’s prolific years, from 1988 to 1994, their legion of fans grew, until finally their members stepped aside from their other careers — some inRead more…

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Live Video: Mammút at Iceland Airwaves

To call Mammút‘s live act “emotive” is a huge understatement. Frontwoman Kata Mogensen seems to enter a completely different state onstage, even covering herself in fake blood or painting her face ominously, while the rest of the band unleashes a colossal sound. We’ve been fortunate to watch the young group rise to the front ofRead more…

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Live Video: Sondre Lerche

“It’s not the average, kind of whiny divorce record… You can dance to half the record and cry your eyes out to the rest of it.” That’s how Sondre Lerche describes his seventh and newest album, Please. Despite the innate heaviness of the subject material, Lerche is eager to explore every facet of the demiseRead more…

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Live Video: Kiasmos at Iceland Airwaves

Not surprisingly, a country known for its epic landscapes like Iceland also produces similarly cinematic music, like that of Kiasmos. The breathtaking sound of this new duo, featuring composer Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen (also of Bloodgroup), was the perfect intro for the first day of KEXP’s four-day broadcast from Kex Hostel in Reykjavik duringRead more…

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Live Video: Sloan

We knew an excellent in-studio session was in the cards when Canadian rock legends Sloan stopped by KEXP. On their eleventh studio album, Commonwealth, the Toronto quartet split the deck on an ambitious double album, with each band member taking a side represented by a playing card symbol. The foursome brought that democratic approach toRead more…

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Live Video: Merchandise

Some frontmen were born to brood across the stage with enigmatic allure, but Merchandise‘s Carson Cox is not one of them. When the Tampa, Florida, quintet arrived in the KEXP studio in October, Cox’s loquacious charm outfitted the session with a series of one-liners, ad-libs, and shoutouts to fellow musicians, but despite the singer’s uncannyRead more…

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Live Video: Owen Pallett

It’s been four years since Owen Pallett stopped by KEXP for a live in-studio, four long years. Although he’s grown a beard, Pallett’s new music could be described as clean-shaven, bare in its autobiographical revelations. His latest material even includes his phone number! In between performances of songs both new and old, Pallett and DJRead more…

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Live Video: Pond

Don’t think Pond a lesser Tame Impala. Though they drink from the same cosmic pool as their fellow Perthians (and share members, past and current), the Australian five-piece ride a heavier wavelength. Friends Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and Joseph Ryan formed the band originally to play whatever the hell they wanted, but since they’ve realizedRead more…

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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

She’ll haunt your dreams and shreds guitar with the best of them, so its no surprise Courtney Barnett chose Freddy Krueger as her alter ego on Halloween. The whole band, in fact, took to the holiday with gusto, dressing up for their in-studio set at KEXP in some inconvenient but very entertaining costumes. Still, theyRead more…

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Live Video: Helado Negro

“There are some people in tinsel costumes around me… uh… that’s what’s happening.” When Helado Negro is asked to describe his “bandmates” in the studio, that’s how he does it, smirking with just enough hesitation to leave a sense of intrigue. On his latest album, Double Youth, the artist sometimes known as Roberto Lange embodiesRead more…

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