Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Speedy Ortiz

Cooking up a rich mixture of fuzzed out indie jams and smart lyrics, Massachusetts’s Speedy Ortiz knows how to make the tastily technical sound effortlessly easy in this catchy KEXP live session. Showing off a selection of tracks from their new release, Foil Deer, Dupuis controls the room with her loose vocals and lush tones.Read more…

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Live Video: Surfer Blood

As DJ Cheryl Waters points out, Surfer Blood may not be the same “pen of puppies” they were in 2009, but on their newest release, 1000 Palms, they go back to their DIY roots. No longer with a major label looking over their shoulder and now with years of touring experience under their belt, theRead more…

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Live Video: TORRES

On Sprinter, the latest album by TORRES, Mackenzie Scott does not run away from the big issues. The 24-year old Brooklyn-based artist has clearly grown from her Southern Baptist upbringing, outpacing the usual “country girl meets big city” timeline but not so quickly that she dodges heavy themes of identity, mortality, religion and dissolution. WhileRead more…

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Live Video: Elvis Perkins

When we asked our old friend Elvis Perkins to play a few songs live in-studio at KEXP, he obeyed, or rather, he aubade. The New York singer-songwriter’s third album, I Aubade, is filled with love songs for the morning, or any time, with melodies steeped in ’60s soul and rich ambient folk that gently complimentRead more…

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Hood-to-Hood Day 2015: Live Video Roundup

Just a few weeks ago, KEXP took over the streets of West Seattle for our Hood-to-Hood Day 2015 celebration with live music from John Danielle of The Mountain Goats, Australian electro-pop group Miami Horror, Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, and howling indie-rockers Hop Along. If you weren’t able to make it for this sun & fun-filledRead more…

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Live Video: Waxahatchee

In the liner notes of her latest album, Ivy Tripp, Katie Crutchfield — better known by her recording alias Waxahatchee — has a photo of none other than Dolly Parton. She laughed when KEXP DJ Stevie Zoom asked her about it. “I have Dolly everywhere I go,” she smiled. Like Parton, the Alabama-born Crutchfield isRead more…

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Live Video: East India Youth

In this stunning set, William Doyle brings his alter-ego project, East India Youth, into the KEXP live room, unfurling a collection of intriguing tunes from his April 2015 release, Culture of Volume. Marshalling strange, ingenious ideas into coherent, interesting pop music, East India Youth flirt between genres; with a mix of IDM, soft rock, and prog-pop allRead more…

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Live Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Although they hit you immediately, the depth of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs belies their urgency. Underneath a pulsating rhythm or Ruban Nielsen’s expressive vocals is always a subtle, just-as-infectious keyboard melody or a texture that alters Nielsen’s voice. On the Portland group’s latest album, Multi-Love, that mastery of nuance serves Nielsen well as he exploresRead more…

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Live Video: Dan Deacon

“We could be in an igloo inside of a cave of ice,” gasped a sweaty Dan Deacon. “And I would still be a puddle.” To be fair, the KEXP studio’s ventilation was only partially the reason why the Baltimore-based musician was drenched in sweat. The other reason was that he was two songs into aRead more…

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Live Video: Lady Lamb

“I just wanna keep very, very quiet,” admits Aly Spaltro (a.k.a Lady Lamb) at the end of the fourth verse of “Billions of Eyes”. It’s not an inaccurate statement, but it also doesn’t mean she won’t get loud when she needs to. Spaltro builds intricate songs that move through dynamics and lyrics more efficiently andRead more…

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