Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Alvvays

Canada’s musical climate got a couple of degrees cooler this year with the debut self titled release of Toronto’s Alvvays. During their journey through Seattle, the band turned the KEXP live room into cosmic ocean of tranquility with their gleaming melodies, luxurious tones and the haunting beauty of Molly Rankin’s vocals. The sparse guitar linesRead more…

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Live Video: The Young Evils

On the eve of the release of their new EP, False Starts, Seattle band The Young Evils stopped by KEXP to squeeze out their brand of infectious sultry soundscapes until our tiny live room walls were dripping in all elements of retro cool. From the rocking spaghetti western whimsy of “Get Your Guns” to theRead more…

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Live Video: Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens makes for one of the most interesting characters on the indie scene. His band former band, Girls, garnered mass critical acclaim in the late aughts, with a bright, unique rock sound and Owens’ brilliant albeit dark assessment of the modern context of youth and progression in the city he lived in. Then, aRead more…

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Live Video: Mariachi El Bronx

Mariachi and punk don’t seem like harmonious ingredients for palatable, let alone outstanding, music, but hardcore punk band The Bronx were creative (and brave) enough to try it out. The unprecedented hybrid punk/mariachi band they formed, named Mariachi El Bronx, had enough talent, appeal and nicely tailored charro outfits to release not one but three albums. FollowingRead more…

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Live Video: Thurston Moore

He’s never lived so far away, yet he’s never sounded so much like himself. After a move to London, former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore reclaimed his place as a ranking don of noise-rock while reassembling his band with some true ringers, namely former SY bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and Debbie “effing” Googe ofRead more…

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Live Video: Ballet School

If you, like myself, live in 2014 but still can’t get over 80s new wave, you can’t get much better than Berlin band Ballet School. The band is a godsend for new wave diehards and make some of the most incredible synth pop around. But tribute isn’t Ballet School’s only trick in the cards –Read more…

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Live Video: The Shivas

How does K Records label impresario Calvin Johnson feel about Pink Floyd? DJ Sharlese may not get the local legend to reveal how he feels, but one thing we know for sure is that he loves Portland surf-rockers The Shivas. Not only has he released the young band’s fourth album You Know What To DoRead more…

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Live Video: Jungle

A lot of great music came out in 2014, but UK duo Jungle never got lost. In fact, their Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut of retro-futuristic electro-funk is among this year’s most enjoyable and is sure to land on many critics’ “Best of” lists. But it takes a lot to recreate Jungle’s lush sound live,Read more…

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Live Video: Árstíðir at Iceland Airwaves

In Icelandic their name means “seasons”, but the warm, acoustic chamberpop songs of Árstíðir are particularly comforting on these cold days of winter. Recently, the group has been busy recording and crowd funding their third LP, Hvel (due February 2015), but they took time to share a handful of gorgeous new songs during their performanceRead more…

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Live Video: Sóley at Iceland Airwaves

Sóley is the cutest creeper out there. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is so disarmingly charming, and her voice so exquisite, that even her songs about killer clowns, murderers and weird, one-eyed ladies are quite soothing. She’s also an expert looper and a snappy dresser. In other words, there’s a lot for KEXP listeners to love aboutRead more…

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