Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Nightmare Fortress

Seattle’s own Nightmare Fortress crash the KEXP live room with their stronghold of sound to unveil a handful of unheard harmonics from their upcoming full length, ‘The Wanting’. Drowning in their heralded Grave Rave otics – guitar strings of tension are mixed with dark, sublime computer manipulations, creating an awe-inspiring architecture of sound. Alicia Amiri’sRead more…

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Live Video: KEXP’s New Home Ground Breaking with Rose Windows and Bass Drum of Death

Over the past few years, we’ve tried to make KEXP videos not only fun to watch but also instantly recognizable. But when artists and other guests visit our actual studio space and see the dark and starry walls, they almost always say, “Wow, this is much smaller than it looks!” Charming as it may be,Read more…

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Live Video: Hanni El Khatib

Even within its own darkness, Moonlight shines bright. LA rocker Hanni El Khatib improves upon his Dan Auerbach-helmed second album with his latest, and self-produced, LP. This time, Hanni El Khatib pulls just about everything he can find off the shelf to add to his garage-rock riffs, including psych-rock, hip hop, disco, electronica, you nameRead more…

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Live Video: Dillalude at Iceland Airwaves

Today marks the birthday of James Yancey, better known as J Dilla, one of the most influential hip-hop artists of this century. Just days after his 32nd birthday, back in 2006, the Detroit-based DJ and producer passed away, leaving an enduring legacy for others to follow. Above the nine albums he produced in his lifetime,Read more…

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Live Video: Natasha Kmeto

Portland composer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto dropped by and dropped jaws with her magnificent multitasking performance for KEXP’s Audioasis. Surreal and vocally symphonic, Kmeto’s songs stretch the boundaries of both contemporary pop, IDM and EDM with percussively intriguing compositions that slide easily into the ear but aren’t so easily forgotten. Crooning over a background of delicate digi-noise onRead more…

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Live Video: Zola Jesus

In Taiga, Zola Jesus has made her songs truly evergreen. Named for the Russian word for forest, the new album by Nika Roza Danilova draws upon the cold Siberian woods of her ancestors, the frosty clime of her childhood home, Wisconsin, and most recently, the great outdoors of her must residence on Vashon Island, Washington,Read more…

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Live Video: Be Forest

Making the long journey from their native homeland, Italy, Be Forest drop by KEXP to transform our live room into a warm cocoon of earthly awesomeness. The distinctive drum setup offers a foundation of unique rhythms that the echoing guitars and firm vocals are simply poured over. From the haunting beauty of the opener “GhostRead more…

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Live Video: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Carrying on the long tradition of the Motor City’s vast musical heritage, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas drop by KEXP to electrify our live room with their exhilarating and captivating energy. The Detroit’s rockers are in dazzling form – Hernandez’ voice, with its vibrato and quality a bit more polished than Amy Winehouse’s, is complementedRead more…

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Live Video: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

What a great way to kick off 2015: our very first in-studio session of the year was with Canadian musical craftsmen Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. On his fourth album, Club Meds, out now on Arts & Crafts, the Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter expands into new sonic soundscapes with his band, Blacksmith. “It was a long adventure,”Read more…

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Live Video: The Vaselines

For a band that’s distinctly Scottish, The Vaselines couldn’t be more “Northwest”, and now more so than ever. Formed by current members, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, the Glasgow group released only one album before breaking up in 1989. That might have been the end for their catchy, quirky, charmingly disaffected sound, but, as mostRead more…

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