Category Archives: Live Video

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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Live Video: The Drums

Despite the recent years of turmoil that almost resulted in a break-up, the beat goes on for Brooklyn band The Drums. Now stripped down to founding members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, it’s been a three-year wait for their latest album, Encyclopedia, out now on Minor Records. As Pierce notes himself, “Good things take time.”Read more…

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Live Video: Low Roar

The otherworldliness of Iceland’s landscape is never lost on those who live or travel there. Not just a land of fire and ice, it is also a land of light and dark, starkness and majesty, community and isolation. The only thing that isn’t a wonder about Iceland is how artists of all kinds echo itsRead more…

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Live Video: Arga Bileg

Arga Bileg swings. And we’re incredibly grateful the Mongolian band made time to swing by KEXP recently to record a session with Wo’Pop’s Darek Mazzone. Currently on their second tour of the U.S., Arga Bileg fuses traditional Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle — made of bamboo and horse tail — with Western compositions.Read more…

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Live Video: Old Crow Medicine Show

In 1998, Old Crow Medicine Show were busking in front of Pike Place Market. In 2014, they’re headlining the 2,800-capacity Paramount Theatre. Along the way, the Nashville, Tennessee-based group became one of the primary figures in the 2000s roots music revival, bringing the same energy from their busking days onto stages across the globe. AfterRead more…

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Live Video: Simian Mobile Disco

Prepare for liftoff with London duo Simian Mobile Disco‘s kosmische influenced electronic beats. While their array of sequencers, keys, colorful wires, and a mixer might call the duo’s namesake mobility into question, they’ve had no trouble traveling with their equipment (or “mobile studio”). Their latest album, Whorl, was recorded during a series of live performances in theRead more…

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Live Video: Alice Boman

Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman‘s subtle vocals and delicate instrumentals could get a response from even the chilliest of hearts. The minimalist musician, who released her second EP, EP II, this year, creates such an uncluttered sound that it disguises the fact that she is accompanied by three others.  Boman and her band brought their emotional lyrics and understated aestheticRead more…

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Live Video: Pete Molinari

American influences from John Coltrane to Bob Dylan are clear in U.K. singer-songwriter Pete Molinari’s acoustic bluesy-folk. Scratch the surface of his four albums and you’ll find a broad range of sounds in the low-key Brit’s music. Molinari grew up in an Egyptian, Maltese and Italian family, which he cites as a powerful effect on hisRead more…

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Live Video: Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo creates incredibly intimate music. There’s a personal quality to the music that can only come from a bunch of old friends writing and playing music together, as they describe the production process for their second, sophomore effort out on Sub Pop, At Best Cuckold. KEXP’s Cheryl Waters aptly describes the band as quilters,Read more…

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Live Video: Rubblebucket

“High energy” barely begins to describe Rubblebucket. The seven-member Brooklyn-based band is actually pared down in size from when they originally met in the Northeast, but the core members keep the joyous spirit of Rubblebucket alive through their quirky multi-insturmental dance pop, which can get an entire room of fans hopping. In fact, it wasRead more…

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