Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Happyness at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Pickathon’s 2015 Fall Season continues. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes every week through February 2016. Through twelve individual channels of content, you can experience this one-of-a-kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On The Farm, up to The Pumphouse, across toRead more…

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Live Video: Julia Holter

When Julia Holter sings “Can I feel you?” on “Feel You”, it’s more of a question of capability than one of permission, recalling a feeling of faint familiarity mixed with a lingering inquisitiveness. That gap between existing in a moment and fully grasping it is where the songs on Have You In My Wilderness, Holter’sRead more…

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Live Video: Salad Boys

Summing a two-song barrage in the KEXP studio by New Zealand’s Salad Boys, DJ Kevin Cole exclaimed that they sound like “the best of The Feelies, Velvet Underground and Yo La Tengo in one song”. While they certainly make a lovable racket channeling those and other legendary bands from their hometown Flying Nun label, theRead more…

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Live Video: Dilly Dally

As Toronto-based teens, best buds Katie Monks and Liz Ball would sneak off to the park to play guitar. What started as a secret has now become broadcast around the world on KEXP: as Toronto quartet Dilly Dally, Monks and Ball channel their ’90s influences into fierce, grunge-inspired pop, spotlighting Monks’ whisper-to-a-scream vocal style. It’sRead more…

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Live Video: Bully

Leave it to Minnesota expat DJ Kevin Cole to champion Bully, fronted by former Rosemount-native Alicia Bognanno. A former intern at Steve Albini‚Äôs famed Electrical Audio, Bognanno brought the band back there to record their debut full-length, Feels Like, out now on Columbia/Star Time. The result is a ’90s-influenced grunge-tinged power pop dream, punctuated byRead more…

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Live Video: Kurt Vile

“I’m not explaining this really good,” said a flustered Kurt Vile to KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters during this KEXP in-studio session. Thankfully, the young singer/songwriter is able to let his music speak for itself: his sixth and most recent full-length b’lieve I’m goin down… has been topping Best Albums of 2015 lists for several KEXPRead more…

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Live Video: Death & Music

It started with the Mom Show, a dedication by KEXP Morning Show host and producer John Richards as way to honor his mother after she passed away from cancer. The show touched so many listeners, who themselves have all been touched by the memory and loss of loved ones, that the show became a muchRead more…

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Live Video: Ought

When it comes to young bands making self-assured, thoughtful and influence-referencing music, Ought already do. The Montreal-based four-piece formed just three years ago amid a burgeoning DIY scene in the city’s Mile End district and, while drawing heavily from sonic inspirations like Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and The Fall, have fashioned a sound of theirRead more…

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Live Video: EL VY

What a fantastic way to send off the KEXP Live Room at our Dexter/Denny studios! When the members of EL VY arrived to the station in matching polka-dot shirts, we thought they looked pretty cool, but then once they stepped into our studio with its iconic twinkling lights, we realized how special their customized camouflageRead more…

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Live Video: Mew

Danish psych-rock band Mew returned to the KEXP studios in support of their first album in six years, + – (pronounced “plus minus”). It ended up being quite an appropriate title. Plus: the return of founding bassist Johan Wohlert, who left the band in 2006 before the birth of his first child. Minus: original guitaristRead more…

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