Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: KINS

Often touted in 2013 as one of the bands you should know, KINS are quickly becoming one of the bands you do know. The Brighton-based band’s well-received debut was several years in the making, starting from the original demos Australian transplant Thomas Savage brought with him from Melbourne, and grown more brooding, spacious and atmospheric,Read more...

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Live Video: James Vincent McMorrow

Justin Vernon, James Blake, Thom Yorke, Pat Grossi — all artists whose voices soar happily in the upper register. Add to them James Vincent McMorrow. With his gorgeously produced new LP, Post Tropical, the Irish singer-songwriter left his folky debut in the dust, choosing instead horns, synths, and other lush pop instrumentation to bear hisRead more...

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Live Video: Tangerine

Tangerine is the kind of band that puts a smile on your face. They’ve been playing locally around Seattle for a few years now and have started to hit the summer festival circuit, as well. Their bright pop sound with floating guitar tones and sweet vocals make them one of those bands that you don’tRead more...

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Live Video: LAKE

Step aside, Beyonce. Sure, the pop diva may have self-released her own album last year, but as DJ Sharlese points out, Washington’s own LAKE have been DIY’ing it since 2006. In fact, last year, the quirky locals released two albums -- The World is Real, on K Records, and their self-released album, Circular Doorway. AddRead more...

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Live Video: Angel Olsen

It’s no wonder people can’t help but use fiery rhetoric when describing Angel Olsen and her new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Whether they’re referring to the heated passion of her lyrics, her smokey voice or occasionally scorching melodies, listeners can’t help notice the bright quality shining through the album’s inner darkness. AsRead more...

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Live Video: Obits

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, but represented by Seattle’s own Sub Pop Records, Obits came by the KEXP studios for a live — part tribal, part rock — set to celebrate the release of their new album, Bed & Bugs. Lead singer Rick Froberg mixed his Jack White-style singing voice with a penchant for screaming on the micRead more...

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Live Video: Fruit Bats

Closing out his career as Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson has come full circle. Sixteen years ago, he started the folksy project as a personal outlet, but, as these things happen, the singer-songwriter solo effort eventually grew into a full band, first, with support of his tourmates, Califone (one of a handful of bands heRead more...

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Live Video: Quilt

Interweaving a patchwork of influences, from ’60s psych to outsider folk, Boston band Quilt blanketed the KEXP studios with songs from their latest album, Held in Splendor, out now on Mexican Summer. Stitched together with their unique three-part-harmonies, the ambitious young band explained to DJ Cheryl Waters that they wove in piano, cello, violin, singingRead more...

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Live Video: Cibo Matto

It’s been over a decade since New York darlings Cibo Matto mixed up their unique batch of hip-hop-infused cocktail-pop. What have they been up to since their 1999 album, Stereo ★ Type A? With downcast eyes and a wink, vocalist Miho Hatori confessed to KEXP, “Well, we were in jail.” Bandmate Yuka Honda quickly pickedRead more...

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Live Video: Mas Ysa

From the dance clubs of São Paulo to the Kent Avenue scene in Brooklyn, Montreal-native Thomas Arsenault, a.k.a. Mas Ysa, has found inspiration across the globe to create his rich, beat-driven songs. After discovering techno while in high school in Brazil, Arsenault went on to study Modern Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. YouRead more...

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