Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Motopony

The lore of Seattle’s Motopony begins not in a dense, leafy forest in the rainy Pacific Northwest (a scene which heavily inspires their music), but in a warehouse in Tacoma. Frontman Daniel Blue set the story of the now acclaimed band in motion when, at 27, he picked up his ten year-old guitar. With the addition ofRead more...

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Live Video: The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers have always had a knack for explosive, shining melodies, but after two relatively experimental, more mellow albums, they’ve returned to playing to their strengths – multi-part harmonies and agile, punchy performances – on their new album, Brill Bruisers. The Vancouver supergroup were back from a four-year break when they entered the KEXP studios,Read more...

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Live Video: Tycho

Tycho has seen a marvelous ascent to brilliance in the last couple years. With each album, Scott Hansen seems to find himself in a brighter sense of awareness and emersion in the beautiful, captivating world that the music of Tycho embodies. The band is now two albums deep with a fleshed out live setup. TychoRead more...

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Live Video: Mac DeMarco at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

First there was the Rat Pack, then the Brat Pack, and now... the Mac Pack? The uniforms may have changed – from suits to cardigans to oversized t-shirts and backwards-facing baseball caps – but the life-is-to-be-lived attitude of today’s scene makers hasn’t. Singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco embodies the persona as performer with his goofy exuberance andRead more...

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Live Video: CYMBALS

For a band celebrating The Age of Fracture, CYMBALS sure form a cohesive sound. On their debut, the UK foursome may shirk “concepts”, but their songs are nevertheless about ideas – about “action and desire”, “the city”, “working”, “love” and so much more – but they’re even more about dancing and elation. On their seriousRead more...

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Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Usually, you’d want to hustle the riff raff out, but when it comes to the New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff, you want them to stick around. That’s why we featured them three times this year: in our studio, at our SXSW showcase at Mellow Johnny’s, and during our broadcast over Labor DayRead more...

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Live Video: Cymbals Eat Guitars

Though much of the latest Cymbals Eat Guitars album is about loss – of a childhood friend, of innocence, of easier days – frontman Joseph D’Agostino has turned LOSE into an emotional gain, for himself and his listeners. Often tumultuous, sometimes anthemic, always melodic, the new songs are the band’s most directly impactful yet, tradingRead more...

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Live Video: Big Star’s Third at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

It’s one of those touchstones of rock that if you don’t have in your collection, you’re likely to add immediately on first hearing. Big Star’s Third never reached the commercial success it deserved upon its release, but over the years it grew into a cult favorite frequently name-checked (and cribbed from) by all sorts ofRead more...

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Live Video: Chuck Prophet

While his previous release, Temple Beautiful, looked backwards, particularly at the storied past of San Francisco, Chuck Prophet‘s latest, Night Surfer (out today!), looks brazenly forward. But even if the future isn’t always bright on this, his 13th album, the songs are characteristically punchy, well-crafted rockers, the kind you want to sing along to, evenRead more...

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Live Video: Nada Surf at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

You won’t find a more kicked-back band than Nada Surf. Their relaxed demeanor, easy banter and effortless performances make you think they’re the kind of guys you just want to hang out with. During their recent acoustic session, live on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge, it was like the entire audience was sitting inRead more...

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